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New Funding for NYCHA Senior Programs

Senior Citizens who live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments celebrated two big wins last week for older adult programs.

Laughing seniors enjoy a NYCHA event

Fifty seniors from Pelham Houses’ Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC), along with representatives for a number of elected officials, participated in NORC Humor Day at the Sue Ginsburg Center.

It was a lively reception that included refreshments, music, dancing, and lots of jokes, all in honor of the elected officials who helped the Department for the Aging (DFTA) obtain funds to sustain the program.

Pelham is just one of NYCHA’s ten NORC programs made possible through a collaboration between NYCHA, DFTA, the United Hospital Fund and local community service providers. NORCs provide comprehensive supportive services for seniors.

Senior Computer Training

Seniors at Fred Samuels Houses in Harlem also have a reason to celebrate, now that they have a new computer lab and access to technology training.

Fred Samuels Resident Association President Carnetta Clark, (who is also president of the local chapter of the American Association for Retired Persons), is credited with having the vision to seek resources that would help to narrow the digital divide for NYCHA seniors.

The non-profit organization, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and City Council Member Inez Dickens provided funding for two senior technology courses, and for a new Internet-ready computer lab. NYCHA’s Asset Management department donated the computers. Ms. Clark, who has been working on this project for about 18 months, says she is proud to see those efforts pay off for NYCHA’s seniors.

By Eileen Elliott
May 1, 2007