Affordable Housing in Downtown Brooklyn
The 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn transformed the area from a commercial and civic center into a mixed use residential neighborhood.  Most of the new and proposed housing is described by the developers as luxury housing, however many buildings include affordable units which are allocated via a lottery.  Currently the project known as City Point, on the site of the former Albee Square Mall, is accepting applications.  To ensure that applicants for the affordable units have equal chance of being selected, a series of FREE seminars have been scheduled throughout September.  Application deadline is September 24, 2015.
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Civil Service Exams
If you are thinking of working for the City of New York, the city's Department of Citywide Administrative Services continually updates the list of current and upcoming exams on its website. 
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Health Insurance Link
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)was designed to provide increased number of Americans with affordable, accessible and improved health care.  The extended coverage includes provisions for those with pre-existing medical conditions, college students under the age of 26, wider offering for women's reproductive care, changes in Medicare and increased accountability for insurance companies.  Brooklyn residents wanting to enroll for coverage can call the Navigator Hotline at (718) 875-9300, email or visit a healthcare navigator close to their home. Click on the links for additional information.                                     
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Advocacy, Counseling and Entitlement Services Project
Through its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the Community Service Society is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to become entitlement counselors.  Following a seven-week training program, counselors will help people in their community obtain Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamp and public assistance benefits.  No prior benefits counseling experience is necessary.  For more information, call Edwina Osborne at 212-614-5412, or eosborne[at], or Yvonne Pena at 212-614-5467.

Brooklyn Public Library Service to the Aging
The Brooklyn Public Library provides two services to Brooklyn's senior and homebound population. Books by Mail provides large print books, audio books, DVDs, videos and descriptive videos to Brooklyn residents of all ages who are homebound or have a physical disability that limits their ability to handle standard printed materials. Books to Go provides collections of library material to sites such nursing homes, senior centers and adult day care centers through-out Brooklyn. For additional information, contact Service to the Aging at 718-236-1760.
Download the Books by Mail application (PDF)