Living can be expensive especially when you are on a fixed income. If you are struggling to cover your monthly essentials, there are programs from both non-profit organizations and the government to help you with these expenses. As you continue to read, you will find information highlighting programs and services to help you cover expenses such as housing, food, utilities, home maintenance, home repairs, and social engagement.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland will bring homebound seniors meals. Seniors will receive two meals with each delivery, including one hot lunch and a cold supper. Volunteers deliver meals during the week, and for holidays that fall during the week, participants will receive frozen meals. All meals are well-rounded and follow any diet restrictions. You can also have groceries delivered to you through Meals on Wheels of Maryland. There is no charge other than the cost of groceries to save yourself a trip to the store.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families purchase healthy food. You can use this money to buy food or plants and seeds to grow your food. You can apply online or visit your local Department of Human Resources office.
Habitat for Humanity offers various programs for Baltimore residents including emergency home repair, senior safety program, home modification, and home repair. Habitat also provides free wheelchair ramps for disabled seniors.
Maryland offers programs for households that are having difficulty paying utility bills. The Maryland Energy Assistance Program provides grants for home heating bills. Electric Universal Service Program helps with electric bills. Arrearage Retirement Assistance helps customers that owe past bills to the electric company. Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Services assist with improving a home’s energy efficiency at no cost to a low-income family.
For seniors who need assistance with housing, Baltimore County offers a list of senior apartments. You can also perform a more detailed search by rent amount and type of housing such as senior. There are also non-profit organizations that assist with senior housing, including Catholic Charities Services and GEDCO.
Senior centers in the Baltimore area offer a full calendar of activities, meals, health screenings, classes, exercise programs, travel opportunities, and more. There are no membership fees, but some classes may charge a fee along with trips and parties.
For homebound seniors, the Baltimore Department of Aging offers various programs and services, including transportation, health programs, community outreach, home delivered meals, and more. To find out more information, email [email protected] or call 410.887.2594.
You can find a broad range of clubs for all ages in Baltimore. Senior Network of North Baltimore provides health activities, social fun, and more. The Parks and Recreation Department also offers social clubs for adults over the age of 60. Meetup offers a wide variety of local calendar items that lets you search by area of interest. Prime Timers of Baltimore offers cultural activities for older gay and bisexual men. You can find an event that meets every budget and interest.
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