The cost of living in Minneapolis is slowly rising, which can make paying monthly bills a challenge for seniors in the city. If your monthly fixed income or that of a loved one doesn’t quite cover the essentials each month, you can reach out to Minneapolis-area nonprofits and agencies for assistance. Keep reading for information on where to find assistance with food costs, housing and maintenance, utilities, companionship care, case management, transportation, and other necessities.
The Metro Meals on Wheels program operates out of 32 locations in the Twin Cities area. Meals on Wheels delivers directly to homebound seniors in the area and provides healthy and nutritious options for a variety of dietary needs.
Qualifying seniors may also apply for assistance from the Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help pay for food and groceries. Formerly known in the state as the food stamp program, you can apply for the benefits online. If you need immediate assistance, while your application is being processed, you can also reach out to the Minnesota Hunger Partners or call the Minnesota Food Helpline at (888) 711-1151.
Senior homeowners who need assistance with maintaining their home can contact local nonprofits who have volunteers to assist with projects. Hearts and Hammers organizes projects throughout the Twin Cities for deserving seniors including carpentry, landscaping, security, and weatherization for free to the homeowner.
Seniors with a low-income who need assistance paying their utility bills can apply for assistance through the Minnesota Low Income Energy Assistance Program. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Human Services and grants are approved based on need for both renters and homeowners.
Housing run by the city for eligible low-income seniors is available at affordable monthly rates to applicants. The Minneapolis Public Housing Department operates nearly a dozen high-rise senior communities in the area, as well as funds several assisted living programsl. Seniors with limited resources can apply, and may be placed in independent housing or assisted living communities depending on your needs. You can also reach out to not-for-profit communities in your area, like Presbyterian Homes of Blooming, who may offer special rates for low-income seniors.
Other Minneapolis services for seniors offer low-cost and free social programs, local transportation, and assistance with applying for benefits. For daily social time and activities, seniors can spend time at senior centers in the area, like the Skyway Senior Center downtown. Many centers will provide transportation, as well as hot meals, exercise classes, games, and day trips. Seniors who are unable to leave the home can request a visit by someone in the Senior Companions program in the area. The volunteer program matches other area retirees with a homebound senior who needs assistance and a friendly face in the home during the week.
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