Duncan: Sun City residents can still get help with lock boxes


The mission of the Sun City Community Assistance Network is to, “Connect people with resources to enhance their standard of living.”

In other words, Sun City CAN helps people save money on things like property taxes, income taxes, utilities, Medicare premiums, prescription drugs and other things.

Many benefits go unclaimed simply because people are unaware that the benefits exist. In an effort to shed light on some of the help that is available to low-income seniors, I will write a guest commentary each month about a different senior help program.

Lock box

Below is a refund available for low-income seniors that some may not realize is available.

The Sun City Fire and Medical Department has a program that installs lock boxes on Sun City residences. The boxes are installed adjacent to the front door. Inside the box is a key to the front door that allows fire department personnel to enter the residence in an emergency when the occupant is incapacitated. Otherwise, there would be a forced entry with resulting property damage.

Normally, the cost of installing a lock box is $65, but Sun City Community Assistance Network has a program that provides lock boxes at no cost to certain low-income residents.

CAN is grateful to Tempus West Valley Realty for underwriting the annual cost of installing these lock boxes.

The eligibility requirements are the applicant must be a full-time Sun City resident, have a monthly income less than $2,082 (single) or $2,818 (two-person) and have savings, investments and IRA less than $13,300.

If you think you qualify and would like to apply for a free lock box, call Sun City CAN at 623-933-7530.

During the coronavirus, a benefits assistance counselor will call you back and conduct a telephone interview.

Editor’s Note: Hugh Duncan is Sun City Community Assistance Network board president.