Emergency Housing and Counseling
Emergency shelter and counseling services are now available for Kent County residents over the age of 60 who are victims of vulnerable adult abuse. Senior Neighbors, Inc. will coordinate the services and an Adult Foster Care home located in Grand Rapids will provide up to one month of no cost room and board (clients must be female and able to walk up stairs). In addition, counseling services are available for any senior victim of abuse, male or female. These clients do not have to take advantage of the emergency housing.
This pilot program has been awaarded grant funding and will be available through September 30, 2015.
For a referral, please contact your local law enforcement or Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911.
Grant Awarded to Address Elder Abuse
The Office of Services to the Aging has awarded Senior Neighbors a grant in the amount of $24,809 to combat elder abuse. Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will be a co-collaborator on the six month pilot project will work to provide emergency transitional housing and counseling to seniors who are victims of elder abuse.
Tax Preparation Options for 2012
Senior Neighbors will no longer be offering assistance with taxes. However, they have compiled a list of resources older adults can contact for help with tax preparation. Senior Neighbors’ outreach workers will help seniors problem solve tax issues through appropriate referrals, like they do with many other concerns. To contact Senior Neighbors, call (616) 459-6019 or visit www.seniorneighbors.org
H&R Block is willing to go to senior housing sites and senior centers and provide tax services like Senior Neighbors has done for the past several years. They are willing to assist the seniors using the same suggested donation schedule Senior Neighbors used last year. The contact person at H&R Block is Carl Underhill. He has been volunteering with Senior Neighbors the last couple of years helping with its tax program, so he is familiar with how the program has operated. Carl can be reached at 616-669-2081 or at email@example.com
AARP will continue to operate their senior tax program at the Baxter Community Center. They have the capacity to help many seniors with their tax forms at the Baxter Center and can be reached during tax season at 616-456-8593. Phil Quist is the contact at Baxter. For more information, visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/ .
The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition operates over 20 sites to assist people with tax forms. For more information, call 211 or check this link: http://www.hwmuw.org/media/KCTCC_Coupon_English_2011.pdf