JASA has been providing affordable housing to seniors for the last 50 years! As the need for senior housing grows, JASA is taking on new initiatives to increase housing accessibility and offer supportive services for formerly homeless seniors, utilizing two funding streams: New York City’s Human Resources Administration’s Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) and New York State’s Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI)
JASA provides onsite social and transitional services in affordable senior housing developments that set aside 30% of affordable units for formerly homeless older adults. Services includes a range of on-site opportunities, delivered in a culturally and linguistically competent manner and focused on the social determinants of wellness (i.e. social connectedness and purposeful activity), that are available for all tenants with targeted outreach and case assistance to formerly homeless seniors as they transition back to community living.
Services include care coordination, benefit/ entitlement assistance, crisis intervention, recreational and health promotion activities, and health literacy educational programs. JASA builds community within these housing developments to support healthy aging and social connectedness for all the tenants.
Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA)
SARA is a new, low income, affordable housing program in New York City that sets aside 30% of a building’s units for seniors living in a shelter. Through SARA funding, JASA provides on-site case management and inclusive group programming at buildings throughout New York City.
- Group programming includes educational groups, informal social events, seasonal outings, tenant association, event committee, and floor captains.
- Case Management includes housing assistance, assistance with benefits/entitlements, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and referrals to primary care, transportation, and other social service organizations as identified.
Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI)
ESSHI is low income, affordable housing in New York State that also sets aside 30% of a building's units for formerly homeless seniors who are high Medicaid users. Through ESSHI funding, JASA will be able to hire a full-time on-site MSW social worker and a part-time nurse to address the needs of the tenants. Services will include case management, programming, health screenings, health education and referrals to medical providers.
JASA Housing Projects:
Beach Channel Drive Housing
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
This site has 154 units with 46 set aside for the formerly homeless.
Southern Boulevard Housing
Bronx, NY 10460
This site has 115 units with 35 set aside for the formerly homeless.
Fountain Seaview Housing
Brooklyn, NY 11239
This site has 200 units with 60 set aside for the formerly homeless.
Debevoise Street Housing
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This site has 60 units with 20 set aside for the formerly homeless.
Casa Celina Housing
This site is estimated to be completed in 2023.
Linden Grove Housing
This site is awaiting to start construction. It is estimated to be completed in 2023.
Scholes Street Housing
Brooklyn, NY 11206
20 apartments will be set aside for medically frail older adults.