Medical Assistance Transportation – Baltimore City Health Department. 410-396-6422 (for scheduling).
410-396-7007 (for problems). (http://www.icarol.info/ResultDetails.aspx?org=2046&agencynum=200900)
Wheel-chair accessible taxi and van service for people on Medical Assistance. To medical appointments only. Professional certification required.
MTA – Bus, Subway, Light Rail—410-539-5000 (www.mta.maryland.gov).
MTA Mobility Service – 410-764-8181 (https://mta.maryland.gov/mobility)
Service for people with disabilities who are not able to ride fixed-route buses, metro, or light rail services. Application and health professional certification required.
Taxi Access: Call-A-Ride – 410-764-8181 (www.taxiaccess.org) MTA service available to certified Mobility customers.
Taxicard Program – Office of Aging and CARE Services – 410-396-2273 (www.caretaxicard.com)
Low-cost taxi service for people 60+ or with disabilities. Eligibility and registration requirements.
Housing and Homeless Intervention Services 410-396-4932.
(http://health.baltimorecity.gov/node/179) Note: scroll down.
Housing interventions for evictions, locating alternate housing,
assistance with utilities, taxes, and landlord issues.
Maryland Access Point 410-396-2273
Senior Resource Guide lists apartments for seniors in Baltimore City/County. Call for a free copy.
Mayor’s Office of Human Services 410-396-3835
(http://humanservices.baltimorecity.gov) Oversees the development and implementation of a continuum of housing services for individuals experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness, including possible eviction.
www.MDHousingSearch.org Website tool to find rental housing.
Includes accessibility features, age-restricted housing, affordable or market-rate housing, rental rates, and availability.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Baltimore Field Office: 410-962-2250
Legal Aid Bureau Senior Legal Helpline – 410-951-7750 (http://www.mdlab.org/get-help-services/elder-rights)
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am—4 pm; Thurs: 9:30 am—1 pm and 6 pm—8 pm.
Senior Legal Services 410-396-1322 (www.baltimoreseniorlegalservices.org)
Free legal assistance in general civil matters to Baltimore City residents age 60+.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
Baltimore City Health Deptartment Senior Initiatives and Services 410-396-2273
Baltimore City Health Department provides elderly and disabled adults with free comprehensive evaluations, including medical, environmental, and psychosocial assessments. This evaluation is used to develop a care plan, outlining the services needed to help the individual remain at home, or in the least restricted environment possible.
Baltimore Crisis Response Hotline 410-433-5175 (www.bcresponse.org)
Responds to emotional or mental health crisis situations, providing access to care and referrals to resources needed, regardless of ability to pay.
Behavioral Health Administration – 410-402-8300 Ext. 3 (http://bha.dhmh.maryland.gov/Pages/Index.aspx)
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration provides a referral service for individuals with behavioral health conditions or who are at risk of emotional, substance related, addictive, and/or psychiatric disorders.
Community First Choice – 410-396-4494 www.google.com/search?q=Community+First+Choice&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
The Baltimore City Health Department provides personal aide service for Medical Assistance eligible individuals who have a disability or chronic illness and are at risk of being institutionalized. Allows individuals to remain in their homes in the community.
Dental Clinic: Baltimore City Health Department – 410-396-0840 http://health.baltimorecity.gov/node/89
Dental Clinic: University of Maryland Dental School – 410-706-7063
Maryland Healthcare Access – 1-855-642-8572 (www.marylandhealthconnection.gov)
Enroll in health insurance programs; determine Medicaid eligibility.
Medicaid—Home and Community Based Services 410-396-2273
Gives older adults and people with disabilities the choice between nursing home care or receiving services in a community-based setting.
Medicare Outreach and Assistance – 410-396-2273 (www.medicare.gov)
Medicare counseling, education, enrollment assistance, and savings programs.
Medline Plus – Nutrition for Seniors – (www.medlineplus.gov/nutritionforseniors) –
Good nutrition in later years reduces the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers.
Medline Plus – Senior Health – (www.medlineplus.gov/seniorshealth) –
How to stay healthy and active; to understand what to expect as we age and what may be warning signs of a medical problem.
National Institute on Aging – Senior Health – (www.nihseniorhealth.gov)
Extensive health and wellness information for seniors including vision and hearing, diseases and conditions, memory and mental health.
Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program – 1-800-551-5995 (www.marylandspdap.com)
Financial assistance to Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare, are enrolled in a prescription drug plan, and qualified based on income.
Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, Senior Division – 410-396-2920
Call to receive free monthly newsletter listing events and activities for adults 55+.
Baltimore City Senior Centers – 410-396-2273 (http://health.baltimorecity.gov/seniors/senior-centers)
14 Centers offer a wide range of services and programs that help meet the social, physical, and intellectual needs of older adults – informal classes, special events, trips, crafts, fitness, and education programs. Find a center nearest you.
Waxter Center – 410-396-1324, 1000 Cathedral Street. Educational, physical, and skill-building activities and classes including computers, crafts, travel, dance, and much more.
Voting – 410-396-5550 (boe.baltimorecity.gov) Board of Elections
For voter information—polling locations, registration, change of voting address, absentee ballots, and to find out who your representatives are. PLEASE NOTE: (1) if you change your postal address, you also need to change your voting address. (2) to receive an absentee ballot, you must submit a new application each year.
Family and Children’s Services Senior Employment – 410-366-5614
Work-based training for unemployed, low-income adults 55+. Placement in community service activities at non-profit and public organizations for an average of 19 hours a week.
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development – 410-396-3009 (www.moed.baltimorecity.gov)
Offers training, career counseling, as well as assistance with job search, placement, and referrals.
Senior Community Service Employment Program – 410-261-6767
Provides training and job search support for low-income people age 55+.
Senior Companion Program – 410-361-9405 Baltimore City Health Department Program offers low-income people 60+ training and a minimal stipend to provide support that will permit individuals to live independently.
Assisted Living – 410-396-4932 Baltimore City Health Department information about community based living for older adults or persons with disabilities. Services include: supervised living, meals, housekeeping, and personal care.
Baltimore CASH Campaign – 443-692-9487 (www.baltimorecashcampaign.org) Free service to increase the financial security of low-income individuals and families. Free tax preparation, financial education, and asset-building services with a coalition of partners at 6 sites in Baltimore.
Family Caregiver Program – 410-396-4932 (www.baltimorecitycaregivers.com) Baltimore City Health Department provides information, assistance, respite, training, and supplemental services to family caregivers, 55+, including those raising their grandchildren.
Maryland Access Point (MAP) – 410-396-2273 (www.marylandaccesspoint.info/consumer/index) Single entry point for information about services, programs, referrals, benefits, and other assistance for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Meals on Wheels – 410-558-0827 (www.mealsonwheelsmd.org) Helps homebound people eat well and continue to live in their own homes by preparing and delivering 800,000+ nutritious meals a year in Maryland. Also provides grocery shopping, phone pals, and other support services to help people maintain independence. Sliding scale fee. Application required.
Renters Tax Credit – 410-767-4433 (dat.maryland.gov/realproperty/Pages/Renters’-Tax-Credits.aspx) Provides property tax credits for renters who meet specific requirements. Call to determine if you are eligible.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – 1-800-221-5689 (www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap) Formerly called Federal Food Stamp Program.
Free Community Resource Directories
- BGE Community Resource Guide: call 1-800-685-0123
- Consumer Guide for MD, Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General’s Office: call 410-576-6300
- Community Resources 2016: call Maryland Access Point: 410-396-2273
Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC) – 410-624-8980 (www.marylandconsumers.org/issues/older_adults) Connects older adults to local non-profits including legal services, housing counseling, benefits, and financial issues.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore (NHS) – 410-327-1200 (www.nhsbaltimore.org) Stimulates, protects, and preserves home ownership and financial well-being. Services include: housing rehab, homebuyer education and financial fitness, HUD certified counseling, foreclosure prevention, and consumer lending.
Stop Telemarketing Calls / Do Not Call Registry – 1-888-382-1222 Call from the phone number you want removed from telemarketing lists – land line or cell phone, or both. To register online (donotcall.gov), you will be required to respond to a confirmation email. Managed by the Federal Trade Commission.