Mesa is home to a range of shopping, entertainment and fine dining options guaranteed to suit any taste. With so much to do, it’s no surprise that the cost of living in Mesa is 4.5% higher than the national average. Luckily, there are a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations committed to helping low-income seniors reduce their daily living expenses.
East Valley Adult Resources offers a variety of meal delivery services for older adults living in the Mesa area. Meals on Wheels delivers nutritionally balanced meals to low-income and at-risk housebound seniors, while Meals for You delivers affordable hot lunches to local adults over age 50. Meals While You Heal delivers up to five weeks’ worth of frozen dishes to the doorstep of seniors who are recovering from a hospital stay. From Our Freezer to Yours also delivers low-cost frozen meals to seniors, providing assistance for as long as necessary.
Seniors who are having trouble covering the cost of groceries may qualify for financial assistance through the Arizona Nutrition Assistance Program. You can find out about eligibility requirements and get help on your application by reaching out to trained East Valley Adult Resources Outreach Specialists.
There are a number of low-cost communities in and around the Mesa area that welcome older adults of all ages. Discovery Point and Encore Senior Housing, located in the heart of downtown Mesa, both offer income restricted rental housing for older adults. The Salvation Army also provides affordable living quarters for seniors at the Silvercrest Senior Citizens’ Residence. Christian Care Manor IV offers subsidized housing for seniors over the age of 62, including independent and assisted living options.
When you need some help covering the cost of your utility bills, you may be able to find financial assistance through the Mesa Community Action Network, also known as MesaCAN. Qualifying Mesa residents can get help paying for utilities and installing energy efficient home systems through the Arizona Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Arizona Weatherization Assistance Program also helps eligible Mesa seniors improve the energy efficiency and overall safety of their homes.
Mesa is home to two conveniently located East Valley Adult Resources Active Adult Centers that offer a chance for local seniors to get together and socialize. Drop by the downtown Mesa Active Adult Center or the Red Mountain Active Adult Center in East Mesa to play free games, take low-cost exercise classes, watch live entertainment, and more. You can contact an East Valley Adult Resources Outreach Specialist to learn more about Mesa’s senior social programs and for referrals to local services.
If you want to learn more about Mesa meal programs, housing assistance, social programs and transportation services, you can contact the Maricopa County Region 1 Area Agency on Aging. Call the 24-hour senior help line at (602) 264-4357 for information, assistance, and access to resources that can help you make the most of the local senior benefits programs.
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