Many seniors decide to settle down in Charlotte due to its rich culture and lively atmosphere. Locals can check out scenic gardens, world famous museums, and major NASCAR races held throughout the year. Believe it or not, Charlotte residents also enjoy a cost of living that’s 1.3% below the national average. A number of local financial aid programs help to further reduce the cost of meals, housing, social services and more for Charlotte’s senior population.
The Mecklenburg County Senior Citizens Nutrition Program (SCNP) makes healthy, affordable meals available to both mobile and housebound seniors living in Charlotte. Qualifying adults over the age of 60 can enjoy hot meals through a variety of low-cost programs.
The Congregate Meal Program provides homemade meals for seniors at more than a dozen convenient locations throughout Charlotte. Socialize with your neighbors while you enjoy a nutritious weekday lunch.
The Home Delivered Meal Program brings free frozen meals to housebound seniors.
The Short Term Homebound Meal Program helps seniors who are recovering from illness or injury by delivering healthy meals for up to 12 weeks.
The Supplemental Meal Program provides liquid nutritional supplements to patients with a doctor’s order.
Friendship Trays, the Mecklenburg County branch of Meals on Wheels, also delivers affordable and healthy dishes straight to the doorstep of seniors in need. Menu substitutions are available for older adults who follow a special diet.
Charlotte seniors who are living on a fixed income or a limited savings account may be eligible to receive government assistance with their grocery bill each month. The North Carolina Food Stamp Program helps thousands of Charlotte families purchase fruit, vegetables, meats and more every year.
Income based housing for older adults is available at more than two dozen Charlotte rental properties. The Charlotte Housing Authority can help eligible low-income seniors to find an affordable apartment with an open waitlist. Tenants typically pay just 30% of their rent and utility bills, while the rest is subsidized by the government.
Both renters and homeowners can save on their energy bills each month through the North Carolina Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps reduce the cost of energy efficient home installations for low-income citizens. The North Carolina Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps families struggling to pay their winter heating bill with a one-time vendor payment.
As you age, it’s important to keep challenging yourself both mentally and physically. Charlotte Senior Centers offer a low-cost option for seniors who are looking to socialize, exercise, and learn new life skills. Throughout the week, you can always find something to do at the North Meck Senior Center, the Shamrock Senior Center, and the Tyvola Senior Center. The Levine Jewish Community Oasis Senior Center also offers fitness classes, team sports and game groups for active older adults. Seniors over 60 who are unable to drive can make their way to local senior centers via the Elderly General Purpose (EGP) Transportation system.
You can find out more about local senior services by calling or visiting your nearest senior center. Representatives at the Centralina Area Agency on Aging can also help you to locate and apply for benefits. The agency offers referrals, insurance counseling, and case management services for seniors living in and around Charlotte.
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