Living life costs money from food, shelter, home repairs, and activities. 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 life expenses like housing, food, utilities, and home maintenance. Read below to learn more about programs right here in Omaha to help you live a more comfortable life.
Meals on Wheels provides seniors with food delivered right to their home. You can contribute what you can toward your meals. Suggested cost is $7.70 per hot meal.
Nebraska’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals buy food. These benefits can only be used to purchase food. 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 ENCAP Senior Program for rehabilitation assistance such as electrical, flooring, doors, plumbing, and roof shingles. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha also provides a home repair program for eligible families.
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 Omaha Housing Authority offers Public Housing, Section 8 Housing and Senior Housing to residents. Good Samaritan Society offers budget-friendly senior apartments at Millard Manor. Seniors need to be 62 or older to live at Millard Manor.
Care Consultants for the Aging was created to help find services for the elderly. They put together a listing of services for seniors in Omaha including housing aid.
Omaha 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.
Homebound seniors can contact the Nebraska Department of Aging to find services for transportation, companionship programs, respite care, adult day services, and more. For more information, call the main line at 402.471.3121.
You can find several social groups in Omaha to fit everyone’s tastes. There are travel groups, support groups, and card groups. Seniors Omaha has a listing of fun things for seniors to do in the Omaha area. Meetup is a great website to find local clubs and activities. The Intercultural Senior Center has a variety of activities for all nationalities. Westside Church also has groups for senior adults to connect through worship. There are activities for all interests (and budgets) in Omaha.
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