Personal Assistance & Independent Living

The independent Living Program allows qualified individuals with disabilities who live in the city of Chicago to receive in-home services.

Please call and speak to a Disability Specialist at 312.744.7050 to conduct a pre-screening to determine initial eligibility.


Services are limited to six (6) hours per week and include but are not limited to:

  • Personal health care such as hygiene and grooming
  • Housekeeping tasks, (laundry, washing dishes, mopping, sweeping, etc.)
  • Money management, (budgeting, paying bills, etc.)
  • Shopping
  • Assistance with preparing meals
  • Adaptive tools and technology to increase independence 
  • Help with other daily living tasks that will enable the client to live independently

 For more information on this program, please email us at

Independent Living Program Frequently Asked Questions

When you talk with the MOPD staff member, be prepared to provide the following information:   

  • Name  
  • Address  
  • Birthdate  
  • Phone Number  
  • Describe your disability  
  • Describe why you cannot prepare meals  
  • Number of people that live in the household  and if there are other household members, share why they are not able to prepare meals or assist you in meal preparation   
  • Share about other areas you may need help with at home such as cleaning, shopping, or laundry  

If MOPD staff makes a referral for Home Delivered Meals, you will be contacted by staff from MOPD’s Independent Living (ILP) vendor, which is Access Living.   The ILP staff person will confirm information they have received from MOPD and schedule an in-home visit.   

During the in-home visit, ILP staff will discuss your needs. They will also evaluate to see if any additional services may assist you. These services may include other ILP services such as Personal Assistance in the home, Assistive Devices that may make daily tasks easier, or other needed services. The ILP staff submits an assessment and recommendation to MOPD. It is reviewed and if services are approved, they will start services within a few days.  

The Home Delivered Meals program provides nutritious meals to eligible homebound Chicago residents with disabilities who do not have a support system in place and cannot cook, shop, or obtain meals. Meals are offered by MOPD’s partner, Meals on Wheels Chicago

This may include individuals with the following challenges:

  • Have a hard time leaving home because of illness or disability, or   
  • May not be able to make meals at home, or   
  • May not have help to shop for food or prepare food   
  • Live in the City of Chicago  
  • If you live outside of Chicago, contact your local city government, and ask for information on available food programs.    

If you are between the ages of 18 - 59 years (less than 60 years of age) then please contact a MOPD Disability Specialist to see if you qualify for home delivered meals. Or, email or call 312.746.5773.

If you are age 60 years old or older, you may qualify for home-delivered meals through the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, Senior Services.  You can call them at 312.744.4016, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  More information about Senior Services is available by visiting Senior Services website.