Living life costs money. The necessities of food, shelter, home repairs, and activities can weigh you down. Being a senior on a limited budget can cause financial strain. Luckily, there are nonprofit and government programs to assist you with covering these necessary living expenses. Read below to learn more about programs right here in Lincoln to help you live a more comfortable life.
Tabitha Meals on Wheels offers a hot lunch 365 days a year. There are no income requirements or cap on this program. Volunteers will also perform a safety check for seniors who may not have contact with another person all day.
Nebraska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals buy food at local supermarkets or farmer’s markets. These benefits can only be used to purchase food and not items such as cleaning products, pet food, alcohol, or tobacco. If you are over the age of 60, you may be able to use this program to pay for Meals on Wheels. You can apply online or contact the nearest Health and Human Services Office.
If your home is in need of repairs, you can contact one of the various housing organizations through HUD. These programs help low-income seniors and provide low-interest loans to those who qualify.
Utility bills can get rather expensive, whether you have to heat or cool your home. Nebraska’s Health and Human Services offers an Energy Assistance program for low-income households to help pay the cost of heating and cooling. The Salvation Army also provides year-round energy assistance for qualifying households.
Nebraska also offers a weatherization program to assist with home improvements to increase a home’s energy efficiency and lower the cost of utility bills.
If you need help with the cost of housing, the Lincoln Housing Authority offers Public Housing, Section 8 Housing, and Senior Housing to residents. Charles Senior Housing also provides senior living options. You can also search HUD’s site for subsidized senior apartments.
Lincoln has several senior centers with activities such as bingo, cards, yoga, aerobics, swimming, dance classes, local excursions, and much more. The calendars are always full, and there is an activity to meet all interests. The Aging Partners Seniors Centers provide transportation to each center. You can eat a hot lunch with other seniors for about $4 a day.
Homebound seniors can contact the Nebraska Department of Aging to find services for information on transportation, companionship programs, respite care, adult day services, and more. Tabitha Health Care also provides in-home support for services such as companionship, housekeeping, and transportation, so homebound seniors can get the socialization they deserve.
You can find other social groups to keep busy and meet other seniors. Active Older Adults at the Lincoln YMCA provides a community for those over 50 to participate in healthy living activities and exercise classes geared toward older adults.
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