Description & History
The Bill Payer Program is a free service that enables low-income seniors to remain in the community with independence and dignity. Compassionate, trained volunteers meet one-on-one with seniors in their own homes to help with the tasks of monthly bill-paying. The older adult makes all financial decisions and signs all checks. Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. (CSCS) coordinates the Bill Payer Program in conjunction with AARP Foundation, which has been offering the service nationwide for over 25 years. Volunteers help: Organize paperwork Create a monthly budget Write checks for the client’s signature Balance the checkbook Eligibility: • Age 60 or older (younger clients by exception) • Liquid assets of $35,000 or less • Income up to $49,611 single / $70,200 couple • Reside in a neighborhood currently being served • Capable of making financial decisions and signing checks • Willing to designate a low-balance checking account and allow monitoring Bill Payer clients continue to receive social services from the referring agency. Volunteers report unmet client needs for social work follow-up. Funding provided by the Isaac H. Tuttle Fund, FJC – A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, and The New York Community Trust. The Money Management Program is part of AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity.