Catholic Housing and Community Services (CHCS) has received a $35,000 grant through a partnership with Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) to help eligible senior citizens enroll in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The grant, made possible by the Walmart Foundation, will support outreach and enrollment assistance by CHCS.

CHCS is offering application assistance to senior citizens aged 60 and older who earn less than $1,980 per month, through their In-Home Support Program in South Philadelphia, Senior Community Centers, and Affordable Senior Housing Communities. Social service workers at each location are able to help individuals compete the SNAP application process.

“Senior citizens are often reluctant to apply for SNAP benefits because they are not able to visit the County Assistance Office and they become intimidated by the application process,” said Ms. Karen Becker, Director of In-Home Support and Special Projects of CHCS. “The grant will help CHCS make it easier and more convenient for seniors to complete applications or renew their SNAP benefits.”

CHCS is a leading provider of senior living services throughout the Philadelphia region. Dedicated staff are committed to providing the best quality support for seniors and their loved ones through senior programs. Programs include senior housing, senior centers, older adult care management, in-home support programs, adult day care, elder care helpline, and senior clubs.

CCUSA is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit

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