KCDSC understands that the newly immigrated and others not familiar with the English language often face difficult challenges in many different aspects of their life in the U.S. These concerns were at the heart of KCDSC’s founding vision and they remain a high priority. To address these needs and ensure that language does not prove to be a barrier that prevents clients from applying for benefits or otherwise advancing in society, KCDSC offers the following services:
- Bilingual and Citizenship Education
This program is provided for the elderly during the day, Monday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The elderly have a more serious difficulty in learning English than the young adults and thus take more time in the program and the program assists them in preparing for citizenship interviews.
- Social Security and Medicaid Services
The elderly are unable to communicate with the public service agencies such as the Social Security Administration and County Public Assistance agencies in obtaining SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and Medicaid assistance. The social service program staff works closely with the public service agencies and provides translation and interpretation for the elderly so that they may obtain the necessary services.
- Housing Referrals for Low-Income Housing
Most of the elderly are eligible for low-income housing assistance (Section 8 ) but they are unable to apply for the service. Therefore, the social service staff provides the necessary assistance so that the elderly may obtain low-income housing assistance.