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Financial Assistance for Newark Seniors

If you are having trouble paying for your monthly expenses due to your fixed income, there are nonprofit and government programs to help cover your needed expenses for housing, food, utilities, and home maintenance. Below you can read about programs and services in the Newark area.  

Getting You Food

Meals on Wheels brings meals to homebound seniors in Licking County.  These meals are delivered mid-day and also help homebound seniors enjoy companionship. Nine dining centers throughout the county also serve these meals to seniors. These Newark  locations include:

Candlewick Commons, 15 S. Third Street

Sharon Glyn, 914 Sharon Valley Road

Terrace Gardens, 85 W. Church Street

Washington Square, 340 Eastern Avenue

Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main Street

The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) provides low-income families the means to purchase healthy foods. There are local farmers markets that accept SNAP EBT cards.  For more information, call the New Jersey SNAP Hotline at 1.800.687.9512.

Getting You Home and Keeping it Comfortable

The Housing Authority of Newark offers subsidized housing, especially for seniors.  The buildings are newly renovated and include community rooms, sitting areas, and management offices on-site.  They also provide entertainment such as pool tables, fireplaces, and shared large screen tv areas.

You can also search affordable housing units listed throughout the state of New Jersey. The listings are updated annually.  You can also search HUD’s website for subsidized senior apartments.  

There are also non profit organizations that help with housing including Catholic Charities of Newark and the Salvation Army which provide short-term financial assistance.

Home repairs are important to keep your home safe and accessible.  You can apply for a grant or low-cost loan through New Jersey’s Disability Programs. There are additional non profit organizations for housing assistance.

Utilities can be expensive, but there are a few programs that may be able to help. The Home Energy Assistance Program offers help for low-income households to pay for heating and cooling bills. This program also provides heating system services and fuel for emergencies.  The Weatherization Program helps seniors improve the energy efficiency of their home to conserve energy, which will save money on utility bills in the future.

The New Jersey Comfort Partners Program is a free energy conservation and education program for low-income residents.

Social and Recreational Activities

You need recreational activities and companionship to fill your day.  Newark Senior Centers provide activities, exercise program, education, games, and other activities. The Newark Day Center also reaches out to homebound seniors for services such as housekeeping, companionship, and transportation.

South Ward Senior Citizen Center offers socialization, door-to-door transportation, social services, educational opportunities, health screenings, and recreational games.  There is something for all seniors.

Essex County Area Agency on Aging can assist homebound seniors with in-home services such as companionship.  They also have other senior services including transportation, information, referrals, and more.

There are a variety of services and groups available to Newark seniors for all budgets.

Find assisted living in Newark near you.