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Financial Assistance for Reno Seniors

Living on a fixed income can be hard when prices continue to rise especially on the things you need every day.  If you or your loved one is having difficulty paying for monthly or daily necessities, you can contact various organizations for assistance. Read on to learn more about some programs available to help you pay for food, utilities, housing, social activities, home maintenance and repairs, and more.  Reno offers seniors several resources through local non-profit agencies and government programs.

Food at Your Door or in Your Home

Meals on Wheels provides up to seven meals delivered each week.  This delivery includes one hot meal and up to six other frozen meals to heat up throughout the week. Participants will also get two meals a year for emergencies or severe weather. You must be 60 years or older and be homebound because of illness to participate in the program.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low-income families assistance to buy food.  Eligible participants can purchase foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, cereal, and bread. You can also buy seeds or vegetable plants to grow your food through the program. Hot prepared foods at grocery stores are not eligible for SNAP. You can apply online or visit your local welfare office.

Resources for Housing and Utilities

Seniors can find assistance for minor home repairs through the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which provides loans for critical and urgent home repairs such as roofing, heating and cooling, home modifications such as ramps and grab bars, and green housing for energy efficiency.

Nevada Energy offers Project REACH, which helps adults over 62 pay for utilities. This assistance program is available all year  The Nevada Housing Division provides a Weatherization Assistance Program to help reduce energy costs for low-income households by making a home more efficient.

Housing is another issue low-income seniors face, and the city’s housing programs have long wait lists.  However, there are other places to turn for senior low-income housing in Las Vegas.  Reno Housing Authority partners with Silver Sage Manor to provide housing for the elderly.  In addition to regional and state housing programs, there are non-profit organizations that offer assistance with housing including United Way of Northern Nevada.

Fun, Friends, and Activities

Three community centers in Reno provide activities for seniors including games, crafts, trips, exercise, dancing, quilting, and more. The Neil Road Recreation Center provides a hot lunch for seniors to gather and socialize. Each year the city hosts Senior Games to engage residents and have fun.

Homebound seniors need companionship and socialization, too.  Nevada Aging and Disability Service Division offers programs such as homemaker, transportation, personal assistance, companionship, and case management.  You can call 888.729.0571 for information on services available.

Washoe County offers a variety of senior services including aging programs, recreational activities, home care, and more.  Meetup is another great site to find local clubs and events that meet your interests.

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