Elderly Housing Through the Federal Section 202 Program
Met Council has developed 638 units of federally financed housing in four separate buildings for low-income independent elderly individuals and couples. The projects were financed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 Program and grants from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The operating costs of the building are supported by tenant rents and federal Section 8 funds.
Weinberg Council Towers I, Bronx (opened in 1995)
777 Co-op City Boulevard (between Rombouts Avenue & Dreiser Loop)
Council Towers I is a HUD Section 202 Program residence which was completed in 1995. It is located in the Co-op City area of the Bronx and contains 124 one-bedroom apartments. The building is equipped with a laundry room, library, community room and a garden. Every apartment at Council Towers has emergency pull cords in the bathroom and bedroom, which are connected to a panel which is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the building and security staff. Tenants are linked to a wide range of benefits and entitlements such as SSI, Public Assistance, CASA, Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, Epic, Lifeline, Heap and the annual re-certification for these programs. Council Towers has relationships with many local agencies which provide recreational activities, transportation and adult day care.
Council Towers V
789 Co-op City Boulevard, Bronx, N.Y
An 11-story, 70-unit residence (69 apartments and one for a superintendent) for very low-income senior citizens in the Bronx. Funding is being provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Weinberg Foundation, the Office of the Bronx Borough President, United Jewish Appeal, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of New York and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.Council Towers V will provide apartments for very low-income elderly people and homeless individuals or couples, referred by the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Gas for cooking, heat and hot water is included in the rent; tenant pays for electricity only. Amenities include two community rooms on the first floor, an outdoor recreational deck with seating and a resident lounge on the second floor. The building has two elevators and other accommodations to enhance safety and security for the elderly residents, such as grab bars, emergency pull-cords, closed-circuit TV cameras, fully accessible entrances and handicapped adaptability. There is also on-site parking.
Council Towers VII
2219 Givan Avenue
This new development has 78 units of affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, age 62 and older. Council Towers VII is immediately adjacent to Met Council’s Weinberg Council Towers V and Weinberg Council Towers I. Building amenities include shared community space, laundry facilities and on-site parking. This is the latest addition to Met Council’s Tower developments which are spread throughout the boroughs of New York City. The development provides a safe environment with on-site social service programs for residents. Met Council joined with the Arker Companies, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing and Development Corporation (HDC), and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to develop this property.
Council Towers VI
155-25 71st Avenue, Queens, NY 11367
This 8-story residence is for very low-income senior citizens. Located at 71st Avenue between Kissena and Parsons Boulevards in the Electchester area of Queens. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the NYC Housing Development Corporation, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of New York with federal low-income housing tax credits through the Enterprise Foundation. Gas for cooking, heat and hot water is included in the rent; tenant pays for electricity only. Amenities will include a community room and outdoor seating area. The building will have two elevators and other accommodations to enhance safety and security for the elderly residents, such as video intercoms, grab bars, emergency pull-cords, closed-circuit TV cameras, fully accessible entrances and handicapped adaptability. There will also be landscaped open space as well as on-site parking.
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Council Towers
Council Towers II (opened in 1996)
99 Vandalia Avenue
Council Towers III (opened in 1998)
1170 Pennsylvania Avenue
Council Towers IV (opened in 2000)
1180 Pennsylvania Avenue
A cluster o f 3 HUD Section 202 Program residences with 366 apartments for senior citizens in Canarsie, Brooklyn form “Council Towers Village” a cohesive community for close to 600 seniors who enjoy a wide range of services and programs. Each building is equipped with laundry room, community room and a park and garden area, and two of the buildings have libraries. Every apartment at Council Towers has emergency pull cords in the bathroom and bedroom, which are connected to a panel which is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the building and security staff. Council Towers ‘Village’ has become a service center for its own residents as well as for neighbors from the local community. Our staff, working together the staff of the JCC of Canarsie, has facilitated our tenants’ needs which include: home care, liaison with local hospitals, medical education, and nursing home referrals and placements. Our staff also successfully links the tenants to a wide range of benefits and entitlements such as SSI, Public Assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, Immigration services, Food Stamps, Epic, Lifeline, Heap and the annual re-certification for these programs.
Transportation is provided to residents for medical appointments, group recreation and shopping.
The waiting list for Council Towers II III and IV are closed.
Park Lane at SeaView (opened 2009)
The historic rehabilitation of this landmark structure created a 104-unit senior housing facility with the
support services for low and moderate income individuals and couples. There are also market rate units. It was developed in partnership with the Arker/Domain Companies. The site abuts the Staten Island Greenbelt and is a lovely serene setting.