There are many special benefits and discounts available for older citizens through state and local programs. This section provides information about some of these programs. If you meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to take advantage of these benefits.
Follow the links below to find more information on these programs:
Home & Utilities
Property Tax or Rent Rebate - You may be eligible for a PA property tax or rent rebate if you or your spouse are 65+ years, or you are a widow(er) age 50+, or age 18+ and permanently disabled. You must meet financial eligibility guidelines with some income exclusions. This page also includes information on the One-Time Bonus Property Tax Rent Rebate Program for tax year 2021.
Low Income Home Energy (LIHEAP) - The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. You may apply online through the York County Assistance Office using COMPASS.
Weatherization - This program helps people who have a limited income so that they can lower their fuel bills, save energy, and have more comfortable homes in the process.
Home Improvement Program - This program provides funds for home improvements in the form of a zero-interest loan with a deferred payment. Grant funds up to $10,000 may be available for necessary home repairs to eligible homeowners who are 55 and older, or disabled individuals who meet financial guidelines.
YCAAA Home Modification Program - This service provides modifications such as ramps, grab bars, and other equipment that can help older adults stay in their homes. They will also fix safety issues, but will not work on roofs, electrical problems, or appliances. Need will be determined based upon a thorough assessment.
PA Accessible Housing Program (PAHP) - This program provides grants that enables low and moderate-income persons with disabilities, and older adults to make their current home accessible. For further information, email the Center for Independent Living Opportunities at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets.
Senior Food Box Program - Senior citizens age 60 and older who meet certain income guidelines, may be eligible to receive a monthly senior food box worth approximately $50. This is administered through the York County Food Bank. For more information call 717-846-6453 x 202
List of Food Pantries in York County - This is a printable list of the locations and phone numbers for all food pantries who receive stock from the Central PA Food Bank. Please call the locations for their hours of operation, and/or any restrictions they may have.
- This is a list of Senior Centers who will provide home delivered meals to private pay customers who are not eligible for the Meals on Wheels program.
MilitaryShare Food Distribution - A mobile food bank designed to provide fresh, nutritious foods for families with at least one member who served or is serving in the armed forces. Proof of military service is required.
Pet Food Assistance Program - The York County SPCA Pet Food Pantry provides free pet food to those who are unable to afford it. Please call the SPCA at 717-764-6109 and, when you request pet food, specify the type, size, and age of the animal. Pet food is also distributed to senior centers and the York County Food Bank to help community members who lack mobility or do not have transportation access to the shelter.
Medical & Dental Savings
PA MEDI - Pennsylvania Medicare Education & Decision Insight offers free, unbiased, easy-to-understand information to help you with questions regarding Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D), Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap), plan comparisons, Medicaid, financial assistance programs, and Medicare appeals. Virtual workshops are offered monthly, and limited, in-person, one-on-one appointments are available. They are funded through the PA Department of Aging, and do not sell insurance.
Medicare Savings Program (Healthy Horizons) - This program helps eligible elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians to pay for some or all of Medicare’s premiums. It may also pay for deductibles and co-insurance for people with Medicare and limited income and resources.
Medicare Part D Extra Help Program - This program helps Medicare consumers dramatically lower their prescription drug costs. Resource and income limits determine eligibility for full or partial assistance. You may also receive help in applying from the York County Area on Aging at 717-771-9008.
PACE & PACENET - These offer comprehensive prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians and cover most medications that require prescriptions, including insulin, syringes, and insulin needles. PACE can wrap around other prescription plans, including Medicare Part D for additional coverage. For information, call PA MEDI at 717-771-9008.
HACC Dental Treatment Facility - This clinic is part of the Harrisburg Area Community College health education program. Students learn to do simple cleanings, screenings, and procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist.
Donated Dental Services - This program provides free dental treatment to vulnerable people with disabilities, who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. DDS covers extensive dental treatment; it does not cover cleaning and regular checkups. You may also call the York County Area Agency on Aging at 717-771-9610 to obtain an application.
New Eyes - This program assists those who have no other resources to obtain a basic pair of eyeglasses so they can have clear vision and ensure their safety. A basic pair of single or lined bifocal lenses are provided at no cost to the client. Applicants must have an eyeglass prescription dated within the last 24 months. For applicants in need of a new eyeglass prescription, a prescription renewal vision test is available.
York County Special Needs Registry - This is a free, confidential, and voluntary program to aide local municipalities in identifying those who may need additional assistance during an emergency or disaster. All information is secure and confidential.
Automobile & Transportation
Automobile Insurance Discounts - Pennsylvania has a mandated discount on automobile insurance for drivers (aged 55 and above) who complete a mature driver improvement course.
Motor Vehicle Registration - If you are retired and have a total income from all sources not exceeding $19,200 (each person), you may be eligible for a motor vehicle registration for a $10 processing fee.
Handicapped Parking Placards - Special parking placards and license plates are available through the PA Department of Transportation. Initial applications must be done in-person in Harrisburg or through the mail. Renewals, replacements, or change of address may be done online. If you need assistance in obtaining the necessary form and/or filling it out, please contact the York County Area Agency on Aging at 717-771-9610.
Legal and Income Tax Programs
AARP Income Tax Preparation - AARP provides free help with filling out tax forms during income tax season. This service begins annually in February and runs through April. Tax counselors are available at various locations throughout York County, You must make an appointment. For information call 717-771-9610 or email: email@example.com
PA Senior Law Helpline - This program is a free and confidential telephone service, staffed by attorneys providing legal information, advice, and referrals to PA residents age 60 and older. Open Monday thru Thursday, 10 am - 12 pm. Attorneys will answer as they are able. Callers may leave messages during call hours only. 877-727-7529
Modest Means Legal Program - This program helps low-income families find affordable legal assistance in the areas of family and criminal law. Participating attorneys have agreed to charge reduced rates to clients in this program. Eligibility is based upon type of legal matter, household income, asset level, and attorney availability. There is a $25 application processing fee.
New Horizons Newspaper - This free newspaper is published 3 times per year by the York County Area Agency on Aging. It contains news and information of interest to older adults in York County. You can subscribe to the printed or online editions by emailing your information to York County Area Agency on Aging at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rent-a-Kid - This is an intergenerational program that pairs older adults who may need help with various household chores with students in 7th through 12th grades who may wish to earn some extra money. Chores may include light housekeeping, lawn mowing, yard work, snow removal, technology assistance, and other odd jobs.
Dog Licenses - If you are 65 years of age or older or disabled, you can obtain licenses for your dog(s) at a reduced price through the York County Treasurer's Office.
Hunting & Fishing Licenses - If you are 65 years of age or older, you are eligible for reduced rates on hunting and fishing licenses. Proof of age is required.
State Museums & Historical Sites - Older adults age 60+ may be eligible for reduced admission to Pennsylvania State Historical & Museum Commission sites, properties, and museums. Specific prices and discounts for each museum vary. You must look at the specific museum to find the discounted price.
PA State Parks - If you are age 62 or old, you are eligible for free admission to all PA state parks, and free use of most facilities. You may also be eligible for reduced camping fees from Sunday through Thursday. Please note that national parks also offer special opportunities.
Free Library of Philadelphia - This library provides reading materials for all persons who are permanently or temporarily unable to read ordinary print without corrective glasses, or persons unable to turn the pages of a book. They are also available by phone at: 833-825-5357.
Presidential Greeting - The White House Greetings Office will send greeting cards signed by the President of the United States to commemorate special events, accomplishments, or milestones. It is free of charge to U.S. citizens. They include: Anniversary greetings to celebrate a 50th or greater wedding anniversary. Birthday greetings to people 80 or older or veterans 70 or older. Retirement greetings to employees who have spent 30+ years at the same job. Other greetings: Wedding, Baby's birth / adoption of a child, Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or equivalent religious occasion.