Social Services

Tracey Orick is Elmhurst Public Library’s Social Services Specialist

Tracey is available to help connect you with services for:

  • Food
  • Mental health
  • Housing
  • Substance abuse
  • Employment
  • Social Security
  • Benefits
  • Domestic issues

Social Services office hours are Thursdays from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Tracey is also available by appointment. You can contact her via phone, email or the appointment request form.

****Beginning January 23, 2023 our social work intern Tracey Tillis will have open office hours on Mondays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM in addition to Tracey Orick’s office hours.

Phone: (630) 279-8696 ext 374

Appointment Request Form

Social Services Agency of the Month

  Hope Fair Housing Center

HOPE Fair Housing Center works to create greater housing opportunities for all. We want to ensure everyone has the chance to live in the community/home/apartment of their choice free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, familial status, or any other characteristics protected under state or local laws. HOPE accomplishes this through education, outreach, enforcement, training, and advocacy.

Visit our display on the 2nd Floor for more information or visit their website at  HOPE Fair Housing Center .

HOPE Fair Housing Center will be available in person to answer questions on January 12, 2023 in the Elmhurst Public Library lobby between the hours of 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM and between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM!

Interested in being featured as Elmhurst Public Library’s Agency of the Month?

Click the link below, answer a few questions and Tracey will get back to you!

Agency of the Month Application

 News you can use!

 LIHEAP Program begins September 1, 2022 

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time benefits to income eligible homeowners and renters to help with energy bills and for reconnection of energy service. Propane customers are encouraged to apply when the program opens in September to take greater advantage of lower propane prices. Propane prices typically increase during the winter months so by applying early propane customers will see their LIHEAP benefit go further. Applications are being accepted through May 31, 2023



211 is an important service used by millions of people across North America and now in DuPage County. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services and childcare and family services. Click the link above or dial 211 for assistance.


GED Testing

It’s never too late to continue your education! Click the link above for GED testing sites and classes!

Illinois Housing Development Authority

A mortgage relief fund offering up to $30,000 is reopening next month.

The fund, developed by Illinois Housing Development Authority, is designed to help struggling homeowners who have fallen behind on monthly mortgage payments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the above link for more information.

Resource Binder

Looking for a quick resource? Our resource binder contains services ranging from housing to legal that are available to you! Be sure to call first as agency hours and requirements may have changed. Feel free to reach out to Tracey if you have any questions.

In the News

Dec. 10, 2019
Elmhurst Public Library Adds Social Worker to Staff

Dec. 20, 2019
Social services a new chapter in Elmhurst library offerings [published in Suburban Life, Dec. 20, 2019]

Social Service Programs

See events hosted at the Library


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