Chandler is a popular retirement destination amongst today’s senior population, even having been named one of the “5 Best Places to Live” by AARP Magazine. Although the cost of living in the Phoenix metroplex area is 4.5% above the national average, Chandler seniors can lower their monthly expenditures by taking advantage of local meal programs, housing assistance, social services, and more.
Chandler Christian Community Center offers home delivered meals for frail, elderly and disabled adults who have difficulty leaving the house or preparing their own food. Volunteers deliver nutritionally balanced meals while performing a brief wellness check to ensure that housebound seniors are healthy, happy and comfortable. The Christian Community Center also offers healthy, homemade lunches on-site at the Chandler Senior Center. Different hot meals are offered each day of the week, from turkey breast with sage and parmesan yams to teriyaki pork with honey ginger carrots.
Seniors who need help with their grocery bill can apply for financial aid through the Arizona Nutrition Assistance (NA) Program, which provides food benefits to low-income families. Eligible adults can use their benefits to purchase healthy food items from their local supermarket. You can contact the Chandler Christian Community Center to learn more about applying for NA assistance and other senior meal programs.
Are you having trouble paying your bills each month? Fortunately, there are a number of housing programs designed to help low-income Chandler seniors cover the cost of utilities and home maintenance. The Arizona Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers bill payment assistance and help with energy-related home repairs, while Arizona’s Weatherization Assistance Program provides financial aid to low-income families who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their home.
Affordable living options are available through programs overseen by the Chandler Housing and Redevelopment Division. Seniors living on a limited income may qualify to move into subsidized public housing, while very low-income families may be eligible to receive Section 8 vouchers to help cover the cost of rent each month. If you are having trouble navigating local housing assistance programs, case management services are available through the Chandler Christian Community Center.
Whenever you head down to the Chandler Senior Center, you’re more than likely to find it bustling with all sorts of activity. Local seniors can stop by to catch up with friends over a morning coffee, enjoy a $2 movie matinee, play free card games, or attend low-cost classes.
The annual Senior Expo held each spring at the Chandler Senior Center, puts older adults in contact with municipal services, recreational opportunities, local entertainment, and more. You can drop by to enjoy live presentations and prize giveaways, or take advantage of free on-site health screenings. Those who don’t drive can schedule a ride through the Valley Metro Dial-a-Ride program, which provides door-to-door paratransit services for seniors and adults with disabilities.
For more information about senior services and benefits programs that are available in your neighborhood, you can contact the Maricopa County Region 1 Area Agency on Aging at (602) 264-4357.
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