Living on a fixed income can be hard especially when the prices of necessities continue to rise. If you or your loved one is having difficulty paying for monthly needs, you can contact various organizations and government agencies for assistance. Below are some highlights of some programs available to help you pay for food, utilities, housing, social activities, home maintenance and repairs, and more. Henderson offers seniors programs to make living life on a fixed income a little easier.
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada delivers meals directly to homebound seniors for free through their Meals on Wheels program. Participants receive seven balanced and nutritious, meals each week. If you have a pet, you can request pet food with your delivery. The City of Henderson offers various meal programs, including a daily congregate lunch.
If you wish to purchase and make your food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income families assistance to buy food. Eligible participants can buy various foods, seeds, or plants to grow your food. There are some restrictions on the types of food you can purchase. You can apply online for this program or visit your local welfare office.
If you need home updates but can’t afford it, the City of Henderson offers a zero percent interest loan to residents with less than $25,000 in assets (not including house, furnishings, or vehicles).
If you are having problems paying your utility bills, Nevada Energy offers Project REACH, to help adults over 62. The assistance program is available all year. The Nevada Housing Division provides a Weatherization Assistance Program to help reduce energy costs for low-income households by improving the home’s energy efficiency.
If you need help finding housing, the city’s public programs have long wait lists. However, there are other places to turn for senior low-income housing in Henderson. The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority have some rentals available for rent 30-40 percent below market value. Nevada HAND also has affordable senior apartments.
In Clark County, there are 20 senior centers offering games, crafts, exercise programs, day trips, and educational seminars. If you are homebound, Nevada Aging and Disability Service Division provides programs such as homemaker, transportation, personal assistance, companionship, and case management. You can call the area Las Vegas office at 702.486.9200 for information on services available.
You can find a variety of clubs and social groups in the Henderson/Las Vegas area. For individuals over 50, Las Vegas Senior Tripsters is a non-profit organization providing travel geared toward seniors. The Center in nearby Las Vegas presents activities and events for the LGBTQ community for all ages. You can find various social clubs for all ages and interests on Meetup.
If you want to volunteer your time, the City of Henderson offers volunteer opportunities through The Volunteer Connection. There is something for everyone and all budgets in Henderson, so you can have fun and meet others in the area.
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