NYCHA supports the City's affordable housing goals by implementing programs that support the preservation of public housing. Through the work of collaborations developed by community engagement, these programs and initiatives help ensure safe, cleaned, and connected communities for the next generation of New Yorkers.
NYCHA's Elderly Safe-At-Home Program (ESAH) provides crime prevention and social service assistance to seniors and other physically disabled residents at seven developments in the South Bronx. Law enforcement personnel and victims' services organizations conduct monthly crime prevention educational workshops. Additional workshops cover benefits and entitlements and other available forms of support. Referrals are made to various community-based service providers as needed.
The Senior Resident Advisor (SRA) & Service Coordinator Program serves seniors through on-site services at NYCHA developments citywide. This innovative program provides assistance to frail, elderly public housing residents to prevent social isolation, victimization, and unnecessary or premature institutionalization in nursing homes. SRAs organize seniors (known as floor captains) to volunteer to make daily contact with other seniors on their floor, which helps avert crises, particularly among the sick and frail. SRAs work under the supervision of certified social workers.
The Senior Companion Program, funded by the Corporation for National Service, assigns companions through the Henry Street Settlement to conduct friendly home visits to frail and socially isolated residents in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
The Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) provides comprehensive social and medical assistance and recreational and cultural opportunities to residents 60 years and older who are aging in place in 12 select NYCHA developments throughout the city. This program partners with the NYC Department for the Aging, the United Hospital Fund, and the NYS Office for the Aging.