An extensive variety of resources is available for Rochester seniors that are in search of low-income based assistance to help them buy groceries, cover the costs of their home energy bills, and to find affordable housing options. Financial assistance comes in many forms such as nutritional programs and food pantries, benefits of which are provided by local community-based organizations, federally funded programs, and New York state government agencies.
A New York-based service for low-income seniors to help them afford groceries includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP. Older adults receive financial assistance in the form of electronic benefits that are loaded on a monthly basis to their SNAP EBT card. Income and family size determine benefit amounts.
FoodPantries.org maintains a nationwide directory of food banks for each state that posts individual city and town locations. Listings for the Rochester area include the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, the Victor Farmington Food Cupboard, and the Geneseo-Groveland Emergency Food Pantry.
The Monroe County Office of Aging maintains a listing of senior centers that offer meal programs in the Rochester area of New York. The postings include information about the availability of home-delivered meals and the Lunch Club 60 Program.
The federally funded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. HEAP helps low-income individuals cover the expense of heating and cooling their households. Seniors that have a documented medical condition are eligible for other services including the Cooling Assistance program.
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is another service that helps low-income Rochester seniors to make their homes more energy efficient. Providers evaluate one’s home by conducting an energy audit to determine what service measures are needed to enhance energy efficiency. Examples include insulation, system repairs, replacement or repair of windows, etc.
Rochester seniors in search of low-cost housing options can benefit from the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Older adults can use the “affordable apartment search” tool to locate apartment complexes for the elderly within the Rochester area.
The New York state’s Monroe County Office for the Aging administers a wide range of services and programs to benefit low-income seniors. Options include the adult day service and caregiver assistance along with educational classes and fitness programs.
Home support includes housekeeper services that are administered in conjunction with case management. The Office for the Aging can also arrange for personal care services with local agencies that provide in-home services for seniors.
Transportation is provided by Medical Motor Service to enable seniors to go shopping, attend social events and take trips, and get rides for doctor’s office visits. Older adults that need assistance applying for available services can take advantage of the Elderly Community Outreach program. Office for the Aging caseworkers can help seniors by offering assessment and getting them signed up for assistance programs.
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