Social Services

COVID-19

During any in-person activities, wearing masks and social distancing is strongly recommended and encouraged for all vulnerable populations.

Key West: Congregate meal offerings at the Key West Senior Citizen Plaza on Kennedy Drive as well as the Key West and Lower Keys home-delivered meals are ongoing to all registered clients. All AARP activities that are held at the Harvey Government Center and other community locations are ongoing. 

Big Pine Key: The Big Pine Key Senior Citizen Center/Meal Site on Key Deer Boulevard remains closed due to significant structural damage. The Blue Heron Senior Center/Meal Site is nearing completion and move-in should occur soon.   Home-delivered meals to all registered Big Pine clients are ongoing. All AARP activities are continuing to occur throughout the community in various locations.

Marathon: Home-delivered meals are being provided to all registered clients throughout Marathon and the Middle Keys. All AARP activities, including poker and bridge card games, are ongoing at the Marathon Senior Center/Meal Site.

Key Largo: Congregate meal offerings at the Key Largo Tradewinds Senior Center/Meal Site as well as Upper Keys home-delivered meals to all registered clients remains ongoing. For information on Upper Keys AARP and SHINE activities, contact: pmflkeys@aol.com for additional information. This location is both a meal site/senior center AND a Social Services office, during any in-person activities, wearing masks and social distancing is REQUIRED.  

In-Home Services  

In-Home Services which include personal care, homemaking, in-home respite, and chore services for our most frail, elderly, disabled, or low-income citizens will continue according to the Department of Elder Affairs. Personal care workers are Certified Nursing Assistants and as such are trained in infectious disease control. Staff members are taking extra precautions by wearing personal protective equipment.

MCT

Monroe County Transportation (MCT) is providing daily para-transit (door-to-door) to citizens throughout the County primarily to and from dialysis, physical therapy, medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery store, work, food bank, or church. We are following our standard priority of medical rides first. Buses are being sanitized and disinfected after each trip. Drivers and riders are REQUIRED to wear masks while on buses at all times. There is NO exception to this rule.  

Welfare

This program provides assistance with utility payments, prescription payments, food, etc. Contact 305-292-4408 for more information.

Funding

The majority of the funding for services comes from county taxpayers and federal and state sources. All of this department’s services are under the direction of the county administrator and the Board of County Commissioners. 

Services

Services are mostly for elderly, disabled, and indigent clients, with information and referrals given to other agencies. Some emergency assistance is available on a very limited basis to those who meet the requirements.

Programs

Boards

Dade-Monroe Express Bus

The Dade-Monroe Express bus route has now been extended to Marathon, with scheduled stops in Key Largo (Mile Marker (MM) 98), Tavernier (MM 90), Islamorada (MM 74), and Marathon (MM 50).