A wide variety of programs and services benefiting our seniors are available through the City of Mentor as well as other organizations.

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The Mentor Senior Center is a thriving meeting place for senior citizens of all ages and currently has more than 5,000 members. Full use of the facility is available to anyone age 55 and older.

This vibrant 22,000 square foot facility features a library, billiards room, computer room, fitness center with aerobic and strength training equipment, fitness studio offering a variety of fitness classes, arts and crafts room, health service room, meeting rooms, kitchen, main hall with stage, and an inviting lobby and reception area with double-face fireplace.

The Senior Center also hosts a variety of programs, clubs and service and support groups for our members.   Learn more about everything the Mentor Senior Center has to offer.

The City of Mentor has established a “Well Check” database for those residents that would like to be contacted during extended power outages.  This system is intended for those residents who may have special medical needs, transportation and/or communication issues, or no nearby friends or relatives that they can count on to check on them during these times.

Information is collected in regards to the person’s address, nearest relative or friend with access to their residence, information on neighbors who are able to check on them as well as any special needs such as mobility issues, electrical needs or oxygen requirements. The information is then entered into a secure data base in the Safety Forces Dispatch center.

After an approximately 48 hour period without power those who are in the data base will initially be contacted by phone to determine if they need assistance.  Those who can not be reached by phone will be visited at their home by a City representative who will normally be a uniformed member of the Police or Fire Department. The residents will then be advised of what services or aid is available to them.

Residents should remember that cordless telephones do NOT work during power outages and everyone should consider keeping at least one hard wired phone in their residence.

Those interested in signing up for the Well Check data base should call the Mentor Police Department Records Division at 440-974-5762, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Recommended for senior citizens and disabled residents.  The Residential Lock Box Program enables Fire/EMS/Police to gain access to your home in the event that you are unable to open the door. Two models are available – one which mounts over the door and another which is bolted to your home.

The Mentor Fire Department will install the lock box for you for a one-time fee of $35 cash or check (made payable to the City of Mentor).

Nearly 200 boxes have been installed since the program began.

For additional information, call (440) 974-5768

Residents who are having difficulty paying their monthly gas and electric bills may be eligible for financial assistance based on federal income guidelines (200% of the poverty guideline). The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is operated by Lifeline for the Empowerment and Development of Consumers. The program runs from November through March. Call (440) 350-9160 or (866) 223-1471 if you have questions, or to schedule an appointment for assistance with the application.

During the first two weeks of November, Lifeline will take walk-ins from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM ONLY at their offices at 4 S. State St., Suite 303 in Painesville.

During the months of January, February, March and April, Lifeline will provide free tax preparation assistance for the community through the VITA Program. This program, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, will allow low to moderate income households to participate in free tax preparation sessions with IRS certified tax preparation volunteers in an effort to increase the amount of tax return for which they can qualify and receive.  Learn more at Lifeline.

The City of Mentor uses a portion of its annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund its Single Family Housing Rehabilitation (SFHR) program. This program is designed to assist qualified low to moderate income Mentor residents to have eligible repairs made to their owner-occupied residential property and upgrade their living conditions.

Applicant Eligibility

Maximum Income Limits are based on total gross household income and family size and is established annually by HUD.

Property Ownership – only single-family, owner-occupied homes are eligible. Applicant must be a resident of the home for a minimum of one year prior to making application. The owner of the property must agree to remain an occupant of the property for a minimum of five years to a maximum of 10 years from the date of completion of the work.

Lien – a lien is filed against the home in the amount of the work that is undertaken, this guarantees the reimbursement of the grant if the owner sells or transfers the property or any legal or equitable interest in the property. The five or 10 year length of the lien is determined by income level.

Grant Criteria

Maximum Grant Amount is $10,000 per property.

Taxes and Mortgage – all property taxes and mortgage payments must be
paid and current.

Insurance – the property owner must provide proof of liability/hazard insurance on the dwelling unit.

All improvements must be physically attached to the property and permanent in nature.

Home owners are not permitted to personally perform any work paid for with program funds.

Projects must comply with the Mentor Code of Ordinances and Sanitary Conditions maintained. The homeowner must correct any existing code violations and/or substandard conditions within two months from the date eligibility is determined to participate in this rehabilitation program.

Emergency Grants may be available where a property is considered to be substandard or where a governmental agency (health or building department) certifies in writing that there is an imminent threat to health and safety. The funds will only be used to address the deficiency noted. Persons receiving an emergency grant under this section will be subject to the lien restrictions specified above.

Eligible Improvements – Making the Home Safe, Sanitary and Secure

  1. Generally these are any improvements or repairs that are required by local codes that will bring the structure into greater compliance with local codes.
  2. Any energy conservation improvements which, when made in conjunction with other code improvements, result in substantial weatherization.
  3. Site improvements to ensure proper building and yard drainage.
  4. Repair or replace existing sidewalks.
  5. Handicapped accessibility improvements.
  6. Exterior painting.
  7. Electric and electrical panel updates.
  8. Foundation repair and weatherproofing.
  9. Furnace repair and replacement.
  10. Vermin and insect removal.
  11. Plumbing repairs including hot water tank replacement.
  12. Connection to sanitary sewer and/or water line.

Ineligible Improvements

  • General property improvements in excess of local code requirements are specifically prohibited, included in this are: room additions, carports, and detached garages or outbuildings.
  • Appliances, including air conditioners, fixtures, equipment or landscaping are not permitted. The purchase, installation, or repair of personal furnishings and equipment are not permitted.
  • Any and all costs incurred prior to date of the Contractor’s Agreement for any improvements are ineligible.
  • The City will not undertake any improvement where it has been determined that the home is sub-standard and/or unsanitary.
  • All rooms, walls and floor surfaces must be visible and there must be no accumulation of trash, animal feces, garbage, or excess amounts of debris accumulated within the home or on the property.

*The above is a synopsis only. For additional information and complete rules, a copy of “Housing Rehabilitation Program Guidelines” may be obtained from the Economic & Community Development Department by calling (440) 974-5740.

This program is administered by Western Reserve Community Development Corporation for the City of Mentor. Western Reserve may be reached at (440) 357-4400.

Visit the Department of Housing and Urban Development for more information on the Community Development Block Grant program.

The Lake County Council on Aging of Ohio offers a wide array of programs for those 60 and older including:  information and referral, support services, nutrition services, case management, in-home safety, homemaker services, and much more.  Learn more.