San Antonio has a lot to offer retirees, but the high cost of Texas living can be difficult to navigate when you’re living on a fixed amount each month. If paying monthly bills is a challenge for you or a senior loved one, don’t hesitate to reach out to area nonprofits and providers who offer subsidy programs and financial assistance to help with meal costs, home improvements and weatherization, utility bills, local transportation, and more. Here we’ll summarize some of the many options available who can help San Antonio seniors.
Homebound seniors can contact San Antonio Meals on Wheels to arrange to have a hot meal delivered to your door for free. Meals are delivered daily around lunch time and feature a variety of healthy and tasty options. The service delivers to over 3,800 seniors throughout the county and is available to seniors ages 60 and up.
The Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help eligible seniors pay for groceries each month. The program was once called the food stamp program and is a benefits program awarded based on overall income and household need. While you’re waiting for your application to be approved, you can also apply for assistance through Project Hope sponsored by the San Antonio Food Bank.
Senior homeowners may find their home in need of maintenance, repairs, or upgrades like the installation of a wheelchair ramp in order to continue living safely on their property. RenewSA offers home improvement grants to needy seniors over the age of 62 up to $4,999 per household. There are also a number of home rehabilitation programs friendly to older adults in the San Antonio community.
Seniors who need help paying their monthly bill for utilities can reach out to the City of San Antonio Family Assistance Center to inquire about their assistance programs. You may also be eligible to participate in the state-sponsored Texas Weatherization Program which grants financial assistance to make the heating and cooling in your home more efficient.
The city offers several government-subsidized senior housing options in San Antonio, though some are full and many have a lengthy waiting list. As an alternative, consider reaching out to non-profit run senior communities in the area like Mt. San Antonio Gardens. Many times, they will offer monthly rates based on your income and can be an affordable option.
San Antonio offers lots of things for seniors to do though their 9 area Senior Centers. Whether you’re looking for a weekly card game, exercise class, or a group of friends to take day trips around the city with, the senior centers offer something for you. You can arrange for free transportation to and from the centers, as well as access the county resources for free medical appointment transportation throughout Bexar county. The centers will also offer a free daily hot meal at lunchtime for seniors on the property. If you’re unable to travel, the Senior Companion program administered through Christian Senior Services can arrange to have a peer visit you in your home to provide a friendly face and spend time with you each week.
Finally, the Bexar Area Agency on Aging is an invaluable resource for seniors in the county. Visit the website for lots of free information on helpful ways to make living in San Antonio on a budget affordable.
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