Housing for Seniors

HUD Section 202 Housing

In each of its eight senior citizen residences, RBSCC provides supportive housing services to maintain and improve the overall health of our residents. The long-term goal is to delay and even prevent institutionalization and life in more restrictive settings by allowing the tenant to "age in place".  Services include:

  • outreach
  • home visits,
  • escorts to medical appointments
  • advocacy
  • crisis intervention as needed
  • enhanced individualized support, including case management and telephone reassurance

The programming involves both recreation and social service components, and is aimed at improving the tenants' quality of life by addressing their most pressing physical and mental health and cognitive issues. Recreational and educational programming includes:

  • Oil Painting and Arts instruction 
  • Basic Computer classes
  • Yoga instruction
  • Dance and Exercise (Movement) classes
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Ballroom Dancing classes
  • English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes

The program staff are all bi-lingual in either English/Spanish or English/Chinese, a necessity for our senior population.

Housing Development for Seniors

Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses (2015)
660 Jerome Avenue

Front entrance of Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses building

Front entrance. (Photo Credit: Urban Architectural Initiatives)

The Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses was constructed on vacant formerly city-owned land which was conveyed to the developer at the nominal fee of $1 per tax lot. The new development includes 32,736 square feet of residential space and 3,471 square feet of community space. Residents of the building have access to a number of supportive programs offered by RBSCC including medical and social security assistance, exercise and educational classes, along with day trips and other social outings.

Back entrance of Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses building
Back entrance. (Photo Credit: Urban Architectural Initiatives)

Units were rented with a preference for adults age 62 or older, or to families in which the head of household is an eligible senior citizen. The entire development was designed to be affordable to very low-income families and individuals earning no more than approximately $24,800 for individual and $28,350 for family. Each renter is required to pay 30 percent of their monthly income towards rent. The remainder of the rental cost is subsidized by a HUD issued Project-Based Rental Assistance Contract in the amount of $1.1 million annually.

The HUD Section 202 program is a senior housing grant that has provided millions of dollars to New York City projects over the last few decades. The Coretta Scott-King Senior Housing Project is one of the last projects in New York City to be completed with this funding.

Moffat Gardens Assisted Living Program (Moffat Gardens ALP)

Moffat Gardens is an assisted living program (ALP) offering 26 independent living apartments within a HUD Section 202 senior citizen building. Each resident lives independently in his/her/their own apartment. The ALP offers a number of services that facilitate continued independence, including:

  • three meals per day
  • assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming and ambulation
  • medication assistance 
  • housekeeping services 
  • case management
  • social and recreational activities such as tai chi, and painting
  • on-staff physician, registered nurse, case manager and 24-hour home health aides
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy 
  • an emergency call system and a full-time security staff

For more information or to apply for this program, please call 718.676.6130 x4.