Services Available to You
Financial and legal advice, assistance with taxes and rebates, Medicare and healthcare options, access to other agencies and government services.
Free Income Tax Services
GHNPSS (at both Encore Experiences and The PEAK Center) will be one of several local sites for free federal and state tax preparation. The trained AARP volunteers will be available at Encore from February 6th through April 13 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Preference in scheduling appointments will be given to those seniors who have low to moderate household income, generally below $55,000. If you have self-employment income, it should be below $10,000.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and bring the following items with you:
• A copy of last year’s completed/filed tax return
• Social Security statement and a photo ID
• All 2017 year-end financial statements from banks, investments, pensions, etc.
• Since both signatures are needed to file electronically, you and your spouse must come to the appointment.
For assistance in completing the PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate application, bring paid receipts for 2017 property taxes or rent receipts. For your convenience, you may stop by the social services office to obtain a Rent Certificate form for your landlord to complete and a Tax Preparation Worksheet prior to your appointment.
Appointments can be scheduled beginning on January 16 by calling 215-256-6900.
Appointments must be scheduled in advance for the following services:
You may be eligible for benefits that you are not currently receiving! Come for a quick screening to determine if you may be eligible.
Farmers' Market Vouchers
This is a seasonal program. Vouchers will be available June 2018.
Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will open for applications until March 31 or until all the funds are distributed. Eligible low income households will receive a grant applied directly to their account with their energy supplier. The proposed income guidelines for
2017-18 for homeowners and renters are as follows:
Household Size Maximun Annual Income
Apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us or pick up an application in the office.
Ed Savitsky guides you through the Medicare maze the first Tuesday of each month.
Claire Schumaker, Notary, volunteers her services for Encore Experiences' members.
Are you or someone you know homebound and can benefit from services provided at our Center? We will reach out to those who may need assistance.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Property Tax and Rent Rebate applications for the 2017 tax year will be available. If you qualify for this program, you can receive a rebate up to $650. You must have been 65 by Dec. 31, 2017, with a maximum household income level of $35,000 for a homeowner and $15,000 for a renter. Widows and widowers aged 50 or older and people with disabilities over 18 may also qualify. In computing income, only 50% of Social Security and Railroad retirement benefits are counted. The application deadline is June 30, 2018.
Free shared ride service to Encore Experiences is available if you are age 65 or older. Rides must be booked at least one day in advance by calling Encore Experiences by 1:00 PM. Inquire in the office for TransNet registration information. To cancel a TransNet ride, please call TransNet directly at 215-542-7433.
A Montgomery County Office of Veterans Affairs representative will meet with veterans and/or spouses to discuss opportunities and claims upon request.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The CSFP is a USDA Food Program that is designed to improve the health and nutrition of senior citizens. You must be at least 60 years of age and your total household income must be at or below the following (Updated 4/2016):
Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly Income
1 $15,782 $1,315 $304
2 $21,398 $1,783 $412
To register for this program, please see Carol and bring with you:
- Proof of Age (Driver’s License);
- Proof of Residency (Utility bill, Driver’s License);
- and Proof of Gross Income (Statement from Social Security, Pension Statement, etc.)
The monthly CSFP Food Package contains: 4 vegetables, 2 juices, 2 fruits, 1 protein, 2 cereals, 1 protein alternate, milk product, carbohydrate, and 2 lbs. cheese.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Please call 215-256-6900 for more information on these services or to schedule your appointment.
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