Community Service is the performance of voluntary work or duties that are a public benefit, and that serve to improve the quality of life enhance resident self-sufficiency, or increase resident self-responsibility in the community. Community Service is not employment and may not include political activities.
Residents participating in the Housing Authority of Cook County’s (HACC) Low Income Public Housing (LIPH) Program, are required to perform eight (8) hours of community service per month. However, certain individuals are exempt and these persons have been listed below. If you meet the criteria listed below, you are exempt from this requirement.
– Is age 62 years or older
– Is age 17 years or younger
– Is blind or disabled (as defined under section 216[i][l] or 1614 of the Social Security Act), and who certifies that because of this disability he or she is unable to comply with the service provisions
– Is a primary caretaker of such an individual
Is engaged in work activities, including but not limited to the following:
– Unsubsidized employment
– Subsidized private sector employment
– Work experience (including work associated with the refurbishing of publicly assisted housing) if sufficient private sector employment is not available
– Job search and job readiness assistance
– Community service programs
– Provides child care services to an individual who is participating in a community service program
– Vocational educational training (not to exceed 12 months with respect to any individual)
– Job skills training directly related to employment
– Education directly related to employment, in the case of a recipient who has not received a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency
– Satisfactory attendance at a secondary school or in a course of study leading to a certificate of general equivalence, in the case of recipient who has not completed secondary school or received such a certificate
-Meets the requirements for being exempted in a work actually under Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or under any other State welfare program, including a state-administered welfare-to-work program
-Is a family member receiving assistance, benefits, or services funded under TANF, or under any other State welfare program, and has not been found to be in noncompliance with such program.
If you do not meet at least one of the criteria listed, you are immediately required to do either of the following:
- Contribute eight (8) hours of community service per month;
- Participate in an economic self-sufficiency program; or
- Perform eight (8) hours of combined activities (community service and economic self-sufficiency programs)
An individual may not skip a month and then “double up” the following month, unless special circumstances warrant such actions. HACC will make the determination of whether to allow a deviation from the schedule.
You are responsible for tracking and reporting the method by which you are earning the hours. Please click here for the Community Service Exemption Release form.