Government gives $20 million for affordable senior housing


August 19, 2010

Recent rumors that the Bronx’s 202 program, which is meant to help low-income seniors and the disabled find affordable housing options, will be cut have finally been put to rest by an investment of $20 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These funds will be split evenly between two non-profit development groups which will facilitate the launching of new residences and programs meant for senior citizens.

The High Bridge Community Development Corporation has so far planned a 61 one-bedroom apartment complex, as well as an inter-generational program meant to foster interaction between the elderly and youth of the surrounding Bronx area.

Hebrew Home for the Aged is using some of the money for subsidies which will help seniors pay for current housing, as well as the construction of 58 new apartments using green materials.

“The Obama Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and persons with disabilities have opportunities to live in decent, affordable homes,” Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary Shaun Donovan told the news source. “Neither of these groups should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live.”

Finding affordable residences for seniors can sometimes mean compromising safety requirements. A senior alert system is an effective and inexpensive way to ensure that older adults living on their own can contact the proper authorities in case of an emergency.