Living on a fixed or limited income can be challenging. Many seniors struggle to meet the financial demands of everyday needs like food, housing, utilities and medical costs. We want to ensure you have resources that work with your budget and help you stretch your income to meet your needs. Below are some resources to help you and you can also reach out to our Aging Well Resource Coordinator for additional support.
Usually, caloric needs decrease as we age, making it essential that we eat a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients; however, quality foods can be expensive. There are resources available to seniors that allow them to eat healthy while being mindful of the cost. Organizations like Feeding America help locate food banks and meal programs near you.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs. You can learn more about the program on the USDA website.
Another available program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which gives assistance for buying basic needs like groceries and non-perishables.
The cost of housing continues to increase, which can be challenging as income stays the same. Having options to offset the cost of housing can be a need for many seniors. There are a variety of resources to fit your specific situation.
Think about what your current situation is and what you are looking for in housing. Do you have room to spare in the home you already have? Are you willing to rent out the space to another person to offset cost or have companionship? There are services that help match you with a roommate that fit your specifications like Senior Homeshares. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is a good source of information on what kind of assistance is available for you.
Paying for Utilities
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers several forms of energy and heating bill assistance to low-income households through local state governments, including:
- Emergency bill assistance to prevent home energy service from being shut off or disconnected
- Financial assistance towards heating or utility bills on a recurring basis
- Some funds may help pay for utility deposits
There is a wide range of other energy-related services available if states choose to offer them.
Learn more about LIHEAP and your state’s program.