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Mobile Information and Assistance Program a one-stop shop for Washington County seniors

Program's goal is to increase senior awareness of benefits and to assist those who are eligible with the application process

July 25, 2013

The Maryland Food Bank-Western Branch and the Washington County Commission on Aging Inc. in early July launched the Mobile Information and Assistance Program to reach seniors throughout Washington County.

The program provides a one-stop shop at various community sites, where seniors can find out if they are eligible for assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Renters and Homeowners Tax Credit Assistance, the Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Program and services to help pay for Medicare premiums.

By traveling to familiar locations throughout the county, the team is able to reach seniors who, due to lack of transportation, mobility or resources, might not apply for benefits they need, according to a news release about the program.

 “Some seniors who qualify for benefits may be unaware of their eligibility. The Mobile Outreach Program’s goal is to increase senior awareness of these benefits and to assist those who are eligible with the application process,” said Penny Kline, Maryland Access Point specialist with the commission. 

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“It’s important to know these services are provided free of charge, and that our agencies are working in the best interest of our seniors,” Kline said. “We encourage seniors to visit one of our sites to find out if they are eligible for any services that might help them maintain a good quality of life.”

Wendy Barrick, SNAP outreach coordinator for the Maryland Food Bank, said: “It’s very rewarding to see that we can impact so many seniors that otherwise would not apply due to lack of resources, mobility or transportation. When seniors are in a familiar environment and have personal one-on-one interaction, it makes them more comfortable to apply for help.

“We want them to feel that they are not forgotten and provide them with all the tools they need to get the assistance they need and deserve,” she said.

Appointments for seniors are recommended, but walk-ins will be served as well, officials said.

More information can be obtained by calling the Washington County Commission on Aging at 301-790-0275 ext. 217.

All applications have income guidelines and eligibility will be determined on a case- by-case review, the release said.

Those wishing to apply for any or all of these services are asked by organizers to bring the following documentation:

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Medicare card
  • Proof of all household income
  • Copy of federal income tax return (if you filed)
  • Three most recent bank statements (if you are applying for renters/homeowner tax credit)
  • Lease or property tax bill
  • Most current utility bill(s)
  • Medical expenses if they exceed $35 or more out of pocket per month (pharmacy printout, doctor bills, supplemental health insurance)

All site visit locations listed below will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Additional dates will be added soon and will be posted at www.wccoaging.org:

  •  Aug. 5 — Himes Country Store, 1324 Weverton Road, Knoxville
  •  Aug. 7 — Potomac Towers Nutrition Site, 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown
  •  Aug. 9 — Smithsburg Nutrition Site, 29 Blue Mountain Estates, Smithsburg
  •  Aug. 16 — Williamsport Nutrition Site, 215 Otho Holland Drive, Park View Knoll
  •  Aug. 20 — Francis Murphy Nutrition Site, 20014 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown
  •  Aug. 21 — Hancock Satellite Center, 126-128 High St., Hancock
  •  Aug. 22 — Walnut Towers Nutrition Site, 12 S. Walnut St., 8th floor, Hagerstown
  •  Aug. 26 — Boonsboro Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro
  •  Aug. 27 — Clear Spring Library, 12624 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring
  •  Aug. 28 — Southwestern Nutrition Site,  40 Mt. Vernon Drive, Keedysville
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