Living in California is already expensive. If you live on a fixed income, it can be very stressful and almost impossible for some seniors. There are private organizations and government agencies that provide assistance to cover the cost of necessities such as housing, food, home repair, home modification, utilities, and social programs to help seniors live comfortably. Here are some programs in the Irvine area to help you live a comfortable life.
Seniors can have three meals delivered for the entire day each weekday from Irvine’s Meals on Wheels program. You will receive assorted cereals or bread for breakfast, hot meal and sides for lunch, and a dinner that just needs to be heated. Volunteers deliver the meals directly to the senior’s home.
CalFresh, which is federally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides assistance to purchase food for low-income households. This monthly benefit can be used to buy foods at markets and stores. There are a few restrictions on what you can buy, but you can also buy seeds and plants for a garden.
Your home should be comfortable, and you don’t want repairs to get lost in the mix. Habitat for Humanity offers assistance to Orange County residents.
If you are having troubles paying your utility bills, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance for heating and cooling and also offers a weatherization program to improve your home’s energy efficiency. All utility companies offer California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) to qualifying customers, which is a 20 percent discount on gas and electric bills.
If you need housing help, you will need to look at other organizations other than the city-run housing because it is currently unavailable. The California Department of Housing and Community offers low-income housing for seniors. You can search by county, type of home, and the number of bedrooms to find affordable apartments. One of the search options narrows down the apartments to ones for the elderly or senior communities. Southern California Salvation Army offers senior communities for low-income seniors.
Irvine has various senior centers that offer programs including art, dance, fitness, transportation, and support groups. The community also has Keen Center for Senior Resources to help seniors and their families cope with aging. Rose Garden Café at Lakeview Senior Center serves fresh meals, and you can eat and socialize with other area seniors.
Homebound seniors can contact the California Department of Aging for services. They offer programs for adult day health care, nutrition, and other supportive services such as transportation, care management, social services, respite care, chore and personal assistance, and communication services.
The Salvation Army Day Care and Residential facilities also provide worship services and recreational activities. Irvine Senior Travelers organizes a variety of trips including day trips and extended trip for senior travelers. Meetup is a great resource to find other clubs in the area.
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