Area Agency on Aging

That frigid time of year is upon us.  BRRRR!!! 
Here is some Code Blue information to have handy as the chill becomes bitterly cold: 

  • For Lower, Central and Upper bucks: www.buckshousinglink.org/need-help/  
    • Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN), operated by the Lower Bucks Code Blue Shelter, is located at:

      December
      Shir Ami
      101 Richboro Newtown Rd
      Newtown, PA 18940
      January
      Woodside Church
      1667 Edgewood Road
      Yardley, PA 19067
      February
      Calvary Baptist Church
      250 Green Lane
      Bristol, PA 19007
      March
      Morrisville Presbyterian Church
      771 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
      Morrisville, PA 19067
      The shelter will open December 1st through March 31, when the temperature is 26 degrees or below, including wind chill, and when we can secure 18 volunteers for each night. Guests need to be 18 or older as we do not take children. Visit the website by 10:00 am each morning to see if we are open or call (215) 550-3868 x 100. Follow AHTN on Facebook for more information. Doors open at 8:30PM.
    • AHTN has two 15-passenger vehicles that the volunteer drive team uses to pick up our guests and bring them to Code Blue. Bus stops are listed on the AHTN website. In the morning, AHTN’s volunteer drive team bring will bring guests back to the bus stops. Guests are not allowed to stay in the shelter during the day.
    • AHTN can assist with emergency shelter for individuals & couples when Code Blue is NOT open. For families, call Amanda Elliott at (215) 550-3868 x 101 for motel stay.

  • Upper Bucks Code Blue (www.facebook.com/UpperBucksCodeBlue), posts:...
    For January 5-7, 2024:
  • CSSH Code Blue shelter is OPEN. The shelter location is:
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 5174 Cold Spring Creamery Rd., Doylestown
    Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon will be a snowy, windy slopfest with wind chills in the mid-to-low 20s; and Sunday night will still be wet and sloppy even after the snow moves on.  It’s a “Code Blue” weekend if ever there was one— so our Upper Bucks Code Blue emergency shelter on the first floor of the Quakertown Masonic Lodge (501 W. Broad St. in Quakertown) will be OPEN Friday through Sunday nights, Jan. 5-7, with our doors opening at 8:30 PM.  

    If you have any questions about the ministries of Advocates for the Homeless of Upper Bucks, please contact Pr Dave Heckler @ 570.470.0716
  • Lower Bucks AHTN Code Blue runs 12/3 to 3/31 and if fully staffed, as per the website.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.  The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.  

See if you qualify for benefits here

Apply through the local County Assistance Office:
1214 Veterans Highway
Bristol, PA  19007-2593
Phone:  215-781-3300 or 1-800-362-1291
Fax:  215-781-3438
E-mail:  c-bucksbri@pa.gov
Customer Service Center:  1-877-395-8930

Apply online through COMPASS.        
Apply by paper application and return to County Assistance Office.

Spanish version.


LIHEAP Hotline:  1-866-857-7095
LIHEAP Crisis:  215-781-3393

Quakertown Community Outreach

Video in honor of BCAAA's 50 years of service to the community.

Get help from PA MEDI by calling 267-880-5700. Their highly trained counselors will help you to understand your benefits and provide you with free, unbiased information regarding plans for the upcoming year.

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania returned to following pre-pandemic guidelines for renewing Medicaid (also known as Medical Assistance) and has reached out to current beneficiaries urging individuals to submit the renewal forms and provide documentation to support their eligibility for Medicaid. Tips to keep your Medicaid Coverage:

  • Make sure your address and phone number are up to date with your Medicaid plan. Call the Customer Service Center to check: 1-877-395-8930. 
  • Check your mail for a renewal form, fill it out and return it. It is very important to complete your renewal form on time. You can also renew by logging on to COMPASS: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome
  • Complete the renewal even if you think you are no longer eligible. This may help you avoid a gap in coverage or care. 
  • If you receive notice that your Medicaid will end and feel it is not correct, file an appeal to prevent a gap in your Medicaid coverage. You may also reapply for Medicaid at any time. 

For more tips and information, read more here:    Medicaid Changes

There is a new scam charging people $500 to renew their benefits now that the Public Health Emergency is ending. There is never a cost to apply for or renew Medical Assistance benefits.

Fraud Alert: Scam Calls Targeting Older Adults!

There is a recent increase in reports of government imposter scam calls, including some claiming to be from Eldercare Locator. Follow this link to the ACL (Administration for Community Living) Announcement for more details. At the very least, here are some important reminders to keep in mind and share with others:

  1. The government will never call out of the blue and ask for a Social Security number.
  2. The government will never ask for payment by gift card or wire transfer.
  3. Social Security numbers cannot be suspended.

HomeShareThe Ivins Outreach Center, in partnership with the Bucks County Area Agency on Agency is very excited to announce a new program, HOME SHARE, that will be launched in Spring 2023. HOME SHARE an affordable housing choice that brings together a homeowner (provider) who has a room to spare and a person (seeker) who is looking for a place to live. The provider and seeker each have a private bedroom, but both have full use of the rest of the provider’s home. There are many benefits derived from such a housing strategy and there are many types of participants – for example, senior citizens, working professionals, students, individuals who cannot find affordable housing, single parents, or have reduced income because of Ivins House logoa loss of full-time work – or those who simply want to share their lives and home with others. If you are interested in learning more about Home Share, in sharing your home with another or seeking to share someone’s home, please contact the Ivins Outreach Center Home Share Counselor at 215-428-0500.

• The AAA offers a variety of programs to help older adults remain independent at home. These services may be available for those who qualify.

For more information, contact the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging at 267-880-5700, and ask for the Information and Referral Department.

Report Elder Abuse

To report elder abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or abandonment, call our 24 hour hotline: 1-800-243-3767.

Video in honor of BCAAA's 50 years of service to the community.

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