Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made a visit to PSS Grandparent Family Apartments, located at 951 Prospect Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, during his first “Mayor’s Housing Day” on February 16.
|Mayor Bloomberg and NYCHA Chairman Hernandez welcome Dorothy Jenkins at the soon-to-be-opened PSS GrandParent Family Apartments. Photo: Pete Mikoleski.
The Mayor toured the $12 million, first-ever, housing facility in the United States constructed to meet the special needs of grandparents or elderly caregivers who care for grandchildren or other relatives. The six-story building consists of 50, two and three bedroom apartments, which are being rented exclusively to households with generation-skipping family compositions.
Grandparent Apartments also contains 5,760 square feet of space for community and supportive services programs; 6,051 square feet of retail and office space with 12 parking spaces, and a landscaped courtyard.
NYCHA collaborated with two not-for-profit organizations, Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS) and West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc. (WSFSSH), to establish this unique form of housing. NYCHA provided the land and will contribute a public housing subsidy which will keep the rents affordable. Additional funding was provided by New York State and private sources. The first families are expected to move in over the next few months.
"This is a really exciting step for the Housing Authority," said NYCHA Chairman Tino Hernandez. "It not only meets the special needs of a very special population, our seniors, but demonstrates how we can make better use of our land, our relationship with other government agencies and our ability to form partnerships with the private sector." Hernandez noted that, "Over a third of NYCHA's households are headed by persons over 62 years of age. Today we've shown that by being creative, there is a way for us to meet the unique generation-skipping housing challenges some of them face".
February 16, 2005