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Financial Assistance Resources For The Elderly

Written by Hank Coleman

There are quite a lot of resources for the elderly and their families looking for help and information on programs. Below is a list of many of the most popular assistance programs for the elderly. These programs cover a wide range of topics from housing, income, financial assistance, medical care, legal advice, and more. Additionally, there are resources and programs to help the elderly with hunger, isolation, and abuse.

The AARP Foundation is a great resource to find more information about additional programs for the elderly. The AARP Foundation works with organizations throughout local and state communities as well as from across the nation to ensure senior citizens can find the resources they need. Additionally, each state has separate programs and resources for its elderly citizens. Eldercaredirectory.org has an excellent directory with links to each state’s department or division that handles senior citizens and elderly programs. 

Help with Your Home

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists the elderly and low-income families to keep their energy costs low. LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program that can help manage and reduce the costs home energy bills, weatherizing your home, and recommend minor home repairs to save energy.

The government designed this program especially for those with low income. To be eligible to apply for LIHEAP, your income must be between 110 to 150% of the poverty level. The Federal government and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set the poverty levels through guidelines. There are also a few exceptions to these criteria, and you should check with your individual state for eligibility.

The state where you reside may call the LIHEAP program by a different name. You can find your state’s name for LIHEAP on AARP’s benefits check up page.

About the author

Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the publisher or the popular personal finance blog, Money Q&A. He’s also a freelance journalist specializing in retirement planning, investing, and personal finance. You can also find him on Twitter @MoneyQandA.

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