Life in Arlington can be expensive, and can be especially hard for seniors on limited income. There is help if you or your loved one’s money is not stretching as far as needed for necessities. There are services to help with paying for food, housing, home maintenance, utilities, case management, transportation, and more.
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County delivers meals with the help of 5,000 caring volunteers. Volunteers can also deliver pet food, medical equipment, blankets, fans and other essential items to help seniors keep their independence.
The Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers help to cover the cost of food and items for a home garden. You can apply for SNAP online. Arlington Senior Centers offer grocery help and other food assistance programs as well. The Harvest House also offers food assistance to Texas residents.
For seniors staying in their homes, they may need assistance to stay independent in these homes, and that includes help paying for this home, upkeep, and utilities. Harvest House also provides assistance through government grants for funds to pay for rent, utility bills, mortgage, and security deposits.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with utility bills, the Texas Weatherization Program is there to help. Also, the Texas Comprehensive Energy Assistance program can help reduce and cover the full cost of gas, water, and electric bills.
Catholic Charities also offer financial assistance, housing, and other services in Tarrant County.
The City of Arlington also offers housing for low-income seniors and provides home services like rehabilitation and repairs. If you are looking for more affordable housing, check with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. There are additional non-profit groups in Arlington to assist with housing for the elderly, including Volunteers of America, Nuestro Hogar, Salvation Army, and more. If there is another senior community that you like, be sure to ask about low-income opportunities. This is a very common question, and there are options.
There are other groups available for social programs at little or no cost. You can also find transportation, benefits help, hot lunches, and wellness education. Senior Citizen Services of Tarrant County offers programs in 27 senior centers to help seniors stay alive, connected, and healthy. There are programs for wellness, education, arts, volunteers, and more.
If you or your loved one is homebound, you can still benefit from social time at home through Texas Senior Corps, which is the leading organization to help seniors live independently. There are several affordable or free Arlington senior resources including Texas Department of Aging, Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County, and more. With the help of these services, you can get the most out of your retirement and your budget. They are here for you.
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