Low-income housing aimed at older population
by Andrew Pavia
Nov 22, 2013 | 532 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials celebrating the grand opening of the HANAC-PCA Senior Residence.
Officials celebrating the grand opening of the HANAC-PCA Senior Residence.
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Officials cut the ribbon on a new $24 million affordable senior housing facility in Astoria last Friday.

The HANAC-PCA Senior Residence, located at 31-34 33rd St., will provide 66 units of affordable senior housing built on the former site of the Presbyterian Church of Astoria.

“HANAC-PCA Senior Residence is a critical example of how underutilized, faith-based sites can be used to create new housing in a city where land is scarce and the need for affordable housing is great,” said John Kaiteris, executive director and CEO of HANAC. “With HANAC-PCA Senior Residence, not only can the building’s 90 seniors age in place gracefully, but also get the care, socialization, and attention they deserve.”

This six-story facility will feature 56 one-bedroom units, nine studio apartments and a two-bedroom superintendent’s unit. These apartments are targeted at seniors 62 years and older with an income at or below 50 percent of the area media income, or a maximum annual income of $29,050 for an individual.

There will be an on-site coordinator to provide services such as benefits counseling and schedule recreational and educational programs.

This facility was developed as a part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace initiative. The plan is credited with creating 16,528 new units of housingin Queens alone.

“Providing our city’s senior citizens with housing and services is at the core of the important work we do,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. “This development and the supportive services that are linked with it are both life changing and affirming.”

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