RIVER FOREST, IL – The Village of River Forest is pleased to announce a new grant program for senior citizens who are unable to afford the cost of a basement protection system for their residential sewer lines. The new Senior Basement Protection Grant will work in conjunction with the existing Village “Protect Your Basement” program.
Currently, residents are able to participate in the Village’s “Resident Assistance Program – Protect Your Basement” program which provides a reimbursement of up to $4,000 for a backflow preventer or modified overhead sewer installation. Senior citizens who qualify will be eligible to have the remaining cost paid for by the Senior Basement Protection Grant.
In order to qualify, senior citizens must meet the following criteria:
- Qualify under the current regulations for the Village’s Protect Basement Program
- Be age 65 or older
- Have a total household income of $55,000 or less for previous tax year and provide proof of income or other significant financial hardship
- Be the owner of the property
- Use the property as principal place of residence
Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis until the grant funds are expended. Residents can visit the Village’s website or stop by Village Hall for an application packet. Seniors with additional questions may call Emily Creer at 708-714-3563. The program is only for projects that have not been completed and grants will not be made for previously completed projects.
The Village was awarded a $35,000 grant from the trustees of the Russell and Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust. The Oak-Park River Forest Community Foundation serves as corporate trustee for the Kott Trust, along with co-trustees Craig Lustoff and Michael Kott. The grant award will provide financial assistance for seniors ages 65 and older who are unable to afford the Resident Assistance Program entirely on their own.