Colorado Springs area seniors on a budget have a wide variety of programs available to help them afford everyday living expenses such as groceries and utility bills. Resources come in many forms and include federally funded energy assistance programs as well as nutritional services, and affordable housing. Local senior centers provide older adults with a range of free or low-cost services and activities to help them stay connected and active within the community.
Nutritional service options for Colorado Springs seniors include the federally funded Food Assistance Program, which helps those with a limited income buy much-needed groceries. FoodPantries.org maintains a nationwide listing of individual food distribution centers located within each state.
Silver Key Senior Services administers several nutritional programs including an emergency pantry for seniors that are at least 60 years of age. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) delivers boxes of nutritious food to help older adults supplement their diet. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides additional healthy foods and groceries to seniors on a limited income so they can “stretch their food dollars”.
Congregate meals are served to Colorado Springs seniors as part of the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, which provides older adults with the opportunity to stay connected to the community by meeting with other seniors in a social setting. Meals on Wheels is yet another program managed by Silver Key Senior Services in the effort to help older adults by providing them with home-delivered nutritious meals throughout the week.
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) coordinates the Weatherization Assistance Program, which is funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Colorado Springs seniors can benefit from the services that can help make their homes more energy efficient and reduce heating and cooling costs.
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) provides financial support to low-income seniors to help them cover the costs of winter heating bills. Benefit amounts are determined by household size, and eligibility is based on federal poverty index levels.
Seniors in search of affordable housing will find an excellent selection of resources available on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site. The listings include helpful information about reverse mortgages and federal housing programs for seniors. HUD’s “affordable apartment search” tool can be used to find elderly apartment complexes in Colorado Springs.
The Colorado Springs Senior Center offers area residents a wide variety of services and programs that include educational learning and recreational activities. Older adults can enroll in art classes, sharpen their computer skills, register for an exercise program, and take day trips. The schedule of courses varies and provides seniors with the opportunity to stretch in a yoga class, take a course in storytelling, or learn a new language. Day trips can include local festivals, sporting events, and a candlelight dinner.
The Colorado Springs Senior Center sponsors a variety of workshops and local clubs that are always looking for new members. Options are in abundance and include a little something for everyone from the Cheyenne Mountain Poets, Senior Center Chorale of the Rockies, Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, the Broadmoor Waltz Club, and more.
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