Three cheers to Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay) for his tireless efforts to assist seniors and affordable housing in the borough.
The rep, chairman of the Assembly’s Housing Committee, joined with Mayor DeBlasio to announce ‘Seniors First,’ an initiative designed to accelerate and expand the construction and protection of senior housing across the city at the Sons of Italy, a rental building that is home to 105 low-income seniors. “I’ve been working with the city and the mayor on senior housing for the last four years,” said Cymbrowitz. “I’ve been gratified over the past year by the great progress we’ve made in moving our housing agenda forward on both the city and state levels to ensure that seniors in Brooklyn and all throughout our city and state are taken care of.”
Under the first part of the three-pronged “Seniors First” strategy, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development will create new affordable senior housing.
In the second component, the agency will increase resources and outreach to preserve more of the aging senior affordable housing buildings created through the now-defunct federal Section 202 program and other senior housing programs.
Finally, to help seniors age in place, the agency will assess and make about 15,000 homes “age-friendly” through improvements such as leveling door handles and shower bars and widening doors to make bathrooms and kitchens wheelchair-accessible.
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