Are you a Tempe senior who is having trouble covering the cost of food or housing? Citywide government agencies and private organizations make it easy for locals like you to access financial assistance programs for disabled individuals and older adults.
Lunch programs sponsored by recreation and community centers located throughout Tempe give active older adults the chance to get out of the house and socialize while they enjoy a nutritionally balanced noontime meal.
Cahill Senior Center hosts Fabulous Fridays $3 lunches and special holiday luncheon events.
Escalante Senior Center lunch program offers nutritious afternoon meals on Tuesday through Friday.
Pyle Adult Recreation Center’s Tuesday and Thursday lunch program costs just $3 for Retirees of Tempe Advisory (RTA) members and $4 for nonmembers.
North Tempe Senior Center hosts congregate lunches every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The North Tempe Multi-Generational Center not only offers on-site meals for seniors but also operates a volunteer-based Home Delivered Meal Program sponsored by the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA). Tempe Meals on Wheels, Inc. also provides hot meals to low-income seniors living throughout the city. Help with your grocery bill is available through the Arizona Nutrition Assistance (NA) Program, which provides food benefits and nutritional education to low-income Tempe families.
Owning or renting a home can be expensive, but luckily, there are many ways that low-income Tempe seniors can slash their housing expenses. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides financial aid to Arizona families struggling to pay their utility bills. Seniors over 60 can also reduce their energy consumption through the Arizona Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps families make energy efficient upgrades to their home. The Tempe Community Council provides utility, rent and mortgage assistance to local families that qualify for financial aid through a telephone pre-screening process.
During the week, older adults can visit their nearest center to take part in free and low-cost classes, exercise programs, social clubs and game groups. Tempe senior centers also organize special events and field trips for active older adults. If you need a ride to your local senior center, you can hop aboard the free Orbit bus service or schedule inexpensive transportation through the Valley Metro Dial-a-Ride program.
Seniors with limited mobility don’t need to leave their house in order to enjoy the regular social interaction. Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a local volunteer organization, provides a spectrum of personalized care services for housebound seniors. Members pay an annual fee of just $96 for access to friendly home visits and phone calls, transportation solutions, light home maintenance, and more.
If you want to learn more about senior services and financial aid in your area, contact your nearest senior center or call the Maricopa County Region 1 Area Agency on Aging senior help line at (602) 264-4357. Assistance is available 24-hours a day for seniors who need help navigating local resources for older adults.
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