As a senior, your income is limited, and living in Florida may not feel like fun in the sun. Don’t worry as there is help for St. Petersburg seniors. You can contact numerous programs, agencies, and nonprofits offering assistance with the cost of necessities such as food, utilities, housing, transportation, companionship care, and even social activities.
Neighborly Care Network delivers meals to homebound seniors. Volunteers deliver the nutritious, well-balanced meals daily and also converse with the senior. The meal is a benefit but so is the companionship and safety check.
Seniors may also qualify for Florida Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With this program, participants can purchase foods such as bread, cereals, non-alcoholic beverages, fruits, vegetables, fish poultry, beef, dairy products, and more. You can apply for SNAP benefits online, in person at the local partner office, or by mail/fax sent to your local county office.
If you are not homebound and want to enjoy a meal with peers, you can participate in the Neighborly Care Network meal programs at local dining halls. Along with your healthy meal, you can take part in activities and enjoy entertainment with other area seniors.
If you need assistance with housing, local agencies and nonprofits will help. St. Petersburg Housing Authority provides a few options for housing. You can also search the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website for subsidized senior apartments.
There are also charity and nonprofit organizations that supply housing for low-income seniors including Catholic Charities. You can also find affordable senior apartments from Presbyterian Homes and Housing.
For those seniors that need home renovations and modifications to improve safety or get accessibility, there are programs available. Suncoast Center provides loans so you can complete these repairs. The City of St. Petersburg offers home repair loans at a 0 percent interest rate for those that qualify.
Seniors who can’t afford their full utility bills can look into Pinellas County Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which gives energy-payment help for low-income families. There are three programs:
Home Energy Assistance- Helps households pay the cost of gas and electric bills. Elderly, disabled, and families with children under five have priority.
Crisis Assistance - Helps qualified households resolve energy crisis or prevent an emergency for gas or electric.
Weather Related Assistance - Help homes address an energy issue from an emergency such as a hurricane or flooding.
There are several social opportunities and events for seniors of St. Petersburg. Sunshine Senior Center offers area seniors several activities including fitness programs, educational classes, recreational activities, volunteer programs, support groups, transportation services, and benefits counseling.
If you want to spend your time helping others, Pinellas Opportunity Council offers a senior volunteer program for those over 55.
Homebound seniors and older adults looking for more area resources can contact the local Area Agency on Aging for information on local programs and in-home services.
You can also search Meetup for local events and clubs geared toward seniors or any of your interests. There is something for all seniors and budgets in St. Petersburg.
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