In light of the growing number of evictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Department of Human Services is administering the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). This program provides assistance in paying rent, past-due rent balances, current and past-due utility and home energy costs, and other eligible expenses. Applications can be submitted through COMPASS or hard-copy. Application and income eligibility guidelines can be viewed by clicking below.
Click here for application form.
Click here to view income guidelines by county.
As the summer season approaches, the County of Delaware wants to assure that all residents, especially vulnerable populations remain safe and healthy and avoid heat related illness.
The following are tips to reduce your risk of heat related illness:
- Avoid spending much time outdoors during the heat of the day and remain in an air-conditioned location such as a mall or local emergency cooling center.
- Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic liquids, especially water, frequently unless otherwise advised by your physician.
- Reschedule activities for cooler times of the day.
- Wear appropriate sunscreen protection and wear light-colored, lightweight clothing.
- Keep windows open, especially when using a fan for cooling.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Eat small light meals more often
- Consult with your physician if taking regular medication. Some medications cause an adverse reaction in hot weather.
- Stay in contact with someone daily, especially if you live alone. If you know someone who lives alone, set up a buddy system and check on each other during the day.
To view the 2021 Heat Plan, click here.
COSA has a limited number of fans for a senior in need of one. To inquire about receiving a fan, call 610-490-1300.
More than 300,000 Pennsylvania seniors are eligible for the Pennsylvania Senior Food Box, but only about 35,000 are enrolled to receive it this year. The Senior Food Box Program works to improve the health of low-income seniors by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. In Pennsylvania, eligible participants include low-income individuals who are at least 60 years old and whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the U.S. poverty level.
The senior food boxes do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of older Americans. Among the types of foods included in the food boxes are: non-fat dry and shelf-stable fluid milk, juice, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, dry beans, peanut butter, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.
For more information and instructions on how to register for the program, click here.
Older and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2020. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $6.8 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians since the program's inception in 1971.
Officials with the departments of Revenue and Aging are encouraging applicants of the program to take advantage of a new online filing option that will allow them to submit their applications electronically. Applicants should visit mypath.pa.gov to electronically submit their applications.
This online option will be especially helpful this year during the COVID-19 pandemic because it will provide applicants with a way to file their applications from the comfort of their homes.
Submitting your application is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account. The deadline to file has been extended to December 31, 2021.
To read more, click here.
Villanova University has developed a ReachOut program in an effort to decrease the feeling of social isolation among seniors. The program partners student volunteers and older adults to participate in weekly telephone calls to engage in social discussion. Calls continue weekly or at a mutually agreed upon frequency.
Villanova ReachOut has received excellent feedback from both the volunteers and their older adult partners.
If you are, or know of, a senior who would benefit from this program, referrals can be made by email at email@example.com or by calling 610-519-5969.
You may also complete an online referral form here.
Many seniors regularly face loneliness or isolation and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it worse. With the closure of places of social activity and social distancing guidelines, many seniors are finding it difficult not spending time with family and friends. Social isolation and loneliness can lead to depression as well as other health problems.
Some seniors do not have the technology to stay connected with others. Some may not know how to utilize the technology.
Below are a few free or low-cost resources to help seniors stay connected.
Free cellphone service: www.truconnect.com, www.assurancewireless.com
Free or low-cost internet service
Click here to read about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Equipment borrowing program: TechOWL For Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia counties, contact Jule Ann Lieberman at 800-204-7428, 215-204-5967 or email ATinfo@temple.edu
Other resources: https://greatcall.com/phones/lively-flip-cell-phone-for-seniors
For Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, please contact:
Jule Ann Lieberman
Call: (800) 204-7428 or (215) 204-5967
Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) Four Year Plan for the period July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024.
View COSA’s 4-Year Plan
The County of Delaware and COSA want to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to keep residents safe and healthy.
We ask that everyone keep in mind the elderly and those who are most vulnerable to suffer the most if contracting the virus. Check on your elderly neighbors and offer to help in any way you are able.
If you are a senior or know of a senior who would benefit from a friendly phone call from a COSA staff member to check on your/their well-being or to discuss your concerns, call 610-490-1300.
The County of Delaware has a special page on their website dedicated to the latest Coronavirus news. Information can be found at www.delcopa.gov and click on the button marked "Coronavirus".
Several grocery stores in our area are adjusting their hours to allow seniors their own time to shop during this pandemic.
Click here to view more information.
Click here to visit the PA Department of Health's dedicated Coronavirus webpage.
Click here to view the PA Department of Aging's resource guide.
Click here to view the National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 guide.
Information on Economic Impact Payments can be found here.
Click here to view AARP's Guide to Protect Your Home from the Coronavirus.
Click here to view the PA Council on Aging's interactive guide with information and resources to help older adults cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view in Spanish.
Please email GroceryDropOff@CTDelco.org for this service. If you do not have access to email, call 215-900-2519.
Currently, this program does not include prescription pick-up. If you are in need of prescription refills from a local pharmacy, please consider the following options. Click here.
Scammers never take time off and, in times of uncertainty or a crisis, still come up with ways to rip off the public often based on their fears. They will exploit any situation they think will help them be more successful in their scam.
According to ABC News, scammers are already trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 fears and claim to be calling about President Trump's stimulus package. Scammers are calling to tell you that you qualify for $1,000-$14,000 in relief from COVID-19 from the federal government. In some cases, the caller states it's grant money. They tell you can get your money right away if you just give the caller your debit or credit card information.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, other scams include:
- companies claiming to sell products to cure or treat COVID-19
- Phishing emails-emails with headings related to the Coronavirus that include links that, by clicking on, could compromise your personal information or contain viruses
- charity scams
- online solicitation about immunizations
- stock scams
- undelivered goods-items you may have ordered not being received
Visit ftc.gov for information on scams, what to do if you've been scammed, and where you can file a complaint.
Visit aarp.org for additional information on scams.
The Senate Aging Committee has released its 2020 Fraud Book. The book includes tips on how to avoid scams, lists the top ten scams targeting our nation's seniors, and lists fraud resources.
To view the book, click here.
County of Delaware Services for the Aging
Annual Plan and Budget Summary