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Q: free help for low income disabled senior citizens in san francisco ( Answered 2 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: free help for low income disabled senior citizens in san francisco
Category: Science
Asked by: scarrozza-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 04 Oct 2002 12:26 PDT
Expires: 03 Nov 2002 11:26 PST
Question ID: 72548
Need list of city, state, non-profits or other organizations in san
francisco and immedidate surrounding area providing free services for
disabled, low-income senior citizens?
Subject: Re: free help for low income disabled senior citizens in san francisco
Answered By: rico-ga on 04 Oct 2002 13:51 PDT
Rated:2 out of 5 stars
Hi  scarrozza,

The good news is that there are many agencies providing free and/or
low-cost services to disabled low-income senior citizens in San
Francisco. The bad news is that there is so much information that it
can be a little overwhelming. I've tried to condense it to what I felt
is the more useful information, but the search,


...generates many more results than what I've listed here.

I'd suggest first starting with an inquiry to the San Francisco Office
on the Aging, a program of the Department of Aging and Adult Services
(DAAS), located at:

25 Van Ness Ave., Suite 650
San Francisco 

Phone: 415-626-1033 

From their site...

"The Office on the Aging (OOA) is the Area Agency on Aging for the
City and County of San Francisco which is specifically charged with
planning, coordinating, and providing community-based services for the
elderly. It is one of the divisions of the Department of Aging and
Adult Services. The Office on the Aging provides a Senior Information
and Referral program for seniors, caregivers, and community-based
organizations. Senior Gold Cards, Muni ID Cards, and senior resource
lists are provided to the public."

Their web site is located at...

If you take a look at this page on their site...

You'll find a comprehensive list of services for seniors broken down
by zip code. Most of these services are offered by non-profits who
either provide free services or provide services on a sliding scale
based on ability to pay.

Another useful site I found is SF-GetCare at...

Their home page notes, "SF-GetCare is designed to assist older and
disabled adults who need to locate supportive services and resources
in order to continue living at home and in the community. Using this
Website, you can easily obtain information about San Francisco's
in-home and community-based services, plus social, volunteer, and job
training opportunities."

I'd suggest starting at this page...

... and going through the "assessment" and "learning" functions first
before going directly to the "Search for Providers" section.  Also,
please note that some searches from the "Learn" section were breaking
the search mechanism.  I reported that problem to the site owner, and
hopefully it will be fixed by the time you look at it.

As you'll find when you go to the "Search" page at...

There are a variety of service types you can select.  For instance,
"community services" and "homecare" will bring up over 51 listings,
almost all free services.

The site also offers a good listing of other resources on the Wewb,
that you may find useful. I particularly liked the link to "The Senior
Survival School" at...

According to their mission statement: 

"Senior Survival School is a program that teaches seniors and people
with disabilities about the resources in their communities.

We provide seniors of all ages, languages, income levels and health
with the information, understanding and contacts necessary to:

• Empower and motivate them 
• Increase their independence 
• Enhance the quality of their lives 
• Assure their access to health, housing, transit and other support

I feel their site is worth a look.

You may also find the Independent Resource Living Center a useful
resource, located at:

649 Mission Street
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

English phone: (415) 543-6222 

Their services page at...

...notes a variety of services they provide to the disabled and

As I've said, there's an overwhelming amount of information available
on senior care services in San Francisco.  However, I think the
information and links I've provided are your best bet to find the
specific services you need. My best wishes to you.


scarrozza-ga rated this answer:2 out of 5 stars
Sorry, Rico. Answers were too generic. On my own I was able to find
many more specific organizations. Ever here of the Salvation Army? The
Season for Sharing Fund? The Easter Seal Society? All are very
specific and helpful than the AARP. Much of same information is
available in a free booklet from SF. Many of the links were to
fee-based companies. Some links were out of service. Was very
disappointed. Bottom line is that there were VERY few useful links.

Subject: Re: free help for low income disabled senior citizens in san francisco
From: rico-ga on 05 Oct 2002 11:43 PDT
I'm sorry that you found my answer disappointing, scarrozza, and
surprised that you found the information I provided unhelpful.

I note this was your first time using Google Answers. In the future
you may want to use the clarification process before rating an answer
in order to help both you and a researcher find the specific
information you want. I would have been happy to have researched more
specific information for your needs.

Again, sorry for your dissapointment, and I do wish you the best of
luck in finding what you're looking for.

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