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Moraine Township Secures Permanent Home to Serve Residents

For immediate release: October 8, 2016
Contact: Anne Flanigan Bassi, Township Supervisor, (847) 432-3240, super@morainetownship.org

Moraine Township Secures Permanent Home to Serve Residents

In a tax-saving move, Moraine Township has purchased a building to continue serving residents with critical human services. The new space will remain conveniently located in downtown Highland Park so that clients can continue to access the popular Food Pantry and for Township staff and volunteers to adequately deliver other needed social services.

The Township's current lease ends next year. The Township, which includes the Assessor's office, has secured a permanent space to serve residents at 794-800 Central Avenue. The transit-pedestrian accessible location includes parking for Township clients, volunteers and staff, and is a valuable real estate asset for Moraine Township taxpayers. The property will be purchased without incurring debt.

"We knew staying in our current location long-term was not an option, and we had to plan ahead to enable us to provide all of the services our residents have come to rely upon," said Anne Flanigan Bassi, Moraine Township Supervisor.

Moraine Township provides critical support for many families and seniors. In the last 12-month period, the Township provided more than 17,000 resident services/responses, including Food Pantry visits, paratransit door-to-door van rides for seniors and disabled residents, Emergency and General Assistance, and help for residents accessing health insurance, utility assistance, and other services. Moraine Township also owns and manages two cemeteries, and includes the services of the Township Assessor's office.

Planning ahead in anticipation of its current lease scheduled to end in 2017, the Township has been accumulating reserves for a new location. The new location meets the Township's current and anticipated future needs, and provides ample parking and access to public transportation for staff, residents and volunteers.

Use of reserves enables the Township to purchase the property without incurring debt, and should allow the Township to reduce its property tax levy since the future budgets will not require appropriations for rent expense. A permanent home also ensures that the Township will not be subject to uncertainty and rising costs in the rental market to maintain a workable, convenient space with adequate parking for residents and the 30+ weekly volunteers.

For additional information call Moraine Township 847-432-3240 or email super@morainetownship.org.

Moraine Township's website is www.morainetownship.org.

 

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