2018 Holiday Hope Guidelines for services
Helping Low Income Seniors 60+ During the December Holiday Season
When applying for services, Holiday Hope follows the Federal guidelines regarding the definition of a “Low-Income” senior listed below. Holiday Hope realizes that under “Certain” Circumstances, situations arrive that may or may not be temporary for an individual close to that age of 60. These types of cases are reviewed on an individual basis.
Federal Guidelines of a Low Income Senior
According to Federal guidelines, a “Low-Income” senior is an individual who is at least 60 years old and their household income is not more than 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The Assistant Secretary publishes these guidelines each year for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Why is this important to know? Many organizations use this as a means test for eligibility for their programs. The income of many older adults, however, exceeds the official poverty line, which in today’s economy, is inadequate to live on. Resources exist but finding them takes work.