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NYC Department for the Aging

DFTA Annual Plan Summary Hearings

The New York City Department for the Aging has announced its schedule of 2015 Public Hearings on the agency’s Annual Plan Summary. DFTA encourages consumers, community partners, advocates, and other interested parties to attend a public hearing and comment on the Plan, or give testimony on other issues that impact our seniors. To register, email: or mail:

NYC Department for the Aging
c/o Yvette Parish-Chenault
2 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10007

Download Annual Plan Summary FY 2016-2017 (in PDF)

The following is the schedule for upcoming Public Hearings (Please note locations and times have changed from previous years):

Monday, October 19th
Sunnyside Community Services Neighborhood Senior Center
43-31 39th Street
Sunnyside, NY 11104
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Staten Island
Thursday, October 22nd
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island Innovative Senior Center
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Friday, October 23rd
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
10:00 am – 12 noon

Monday, October 26th
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
10:00 am – 12 noon

Wednesday, October 28th
Concourse Plaza Wellness Neighborhood Senior Center
900 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Download Annual Plan Summary FY 2016-2017 (in PDF)


Pursuant to Local Law 9 of 2015, all New York City Social Adult Day Care (SADC) programs are required to register with the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). To find out more about how NYC SADC programs can register with DFTA as well as become more familiar with the requirements and other aspects of the local law, click below.

Read more on Social Adult Day Care

Helping Seniors Get the Benefits they are Due

With foundation support, DFTA’s new Benefits Enrollment Project with HRA, Single Stop, the Medicare Rights Center and LiveOn NY, is enrolling low-income seniors into safety net benefit programs such as SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, SCRIE (the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program) and the Medicare Savings Program. This project, which has been launched at 14 senior centers, is expected to bring an average of $3,000 in annual benefits to each enrolled senior, though specific amounts will vary based on individuals’ eligibility. The project ends in November 2015, but may be extended and expanded depending upon its success.

A listing of senior centers participating in the program

White House Conference on Aging

Watch the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to hear about the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. The event is being live streamed so tune in from 10am-5pm and watch! For more details, go to

Municipal ID Cards Available in January

In January, municipal Identification Cards became available to all NYC residents who provide proof of identify and residency. Here are some key facts about the ID Card:

  • The ID Card is free.
  • The ID Card is not required. It provides a recognized identification document for people who have difficulty applying for or obtaining other forms of ID. It also provides many exciting benefits.
  • The card assures access to all City services.
  • With the card you are eligible for one year free memberships at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including museums, botanical gardens and zoos in all five boroughs. The membership will be comparable to each institution’s stand one-year membership package.
  • The City will announce walk-in centers and make available an on-line application that can be completed before visiting a center.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about immigration status.
  • No City agency will ask persons seeking assistance about legal status.
  • The Card does not provide legal status.
  • The City will protect the confidentiality of all municipal ID card applicants.
  • Unscrupulous persons may try to sell the Card or promise legal status if you buy a Card from them. You should report anyone that is committing any type of fraud regarding the Card.
Municipal ID Fact Sheet (in PDF)
Immigrant Access to City Services (in PDF)
Benefits of the Card


Firefighters will visit your home to review the condition of your current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and will install 10-year combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms if you’re a senior, a person with disabilities, or have a hearing problem and live in one of the areas listed below. To schedule, please call (718) 281-3872 or email

Bronx Community Boards 5 and 10: South Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights, Mount Hope, Throggs Neck, Country Club, Zerega, Westchester Square, Pelham Bay, EAstchester Bay, City Island

Brooklyn Community Boards 12, 13 and 14: Borough Park, Kensington, Midwood, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Seagate

Manhattan Community Boards 11 and 12: Washington Heights, Inwood, East Harlem

Queens Community Boards 4 and 7: Corona, Elmhurst, Newton, Flushing, Bay Terrace, Willets Point, College Point, Whitestone

Staten Island Community Board 3: Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville

Service Providers Seeking Contracts Urged to Register with New City System

Organizations can now compete for funding and manage multiple proposals in one system (HHS Accelerator). DFTA encourages all prospective proposers to register for training and complete an Application.

Learn more about the system and register

Newcomers to Medicare Invited to Free Classes

If you’re new to Medicare or soon will be eligible, join one of DFTA’s upcoming monthly orientation classes. The class includes information on Medicare Part A and Part B, Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Part D drug coverage and the Medicare Savings Programs. Orientation is held at 2 Lafayette Street, room 624 once a month throughout the year. Here is the current schedule of classes – each class covers the same material.

Tuesday, October 20th: 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday, November 30th: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Space is limited so please register in advance by emailing

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