Senior Housing

Affordable Senior Housing*

Based on information from the New York City Department of the Aging

Market Rate Housing with Services: Studios or one bedroom apartments with a basic package of services. Services usually include light housekeeping, linen service, social programs, and two or three meals daily served in a congregate dining room. Additional personal and home health services might be available, such as services for individuals with dementia. Some of these residences are certified by NYS as Enriched Housing Programs or Adult Homes, but many are not licensed.

Mitchell-Lama Housing:  Subsidized rental and cooperative apartments developed for individuals of all ages, which have developed a small portion exclusively for senior citizens. Does not provide supportive services, but some residences have limited services such as transportation, social services, and leisure activities. This type of residence is overseen by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal or the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Public Housing: Independent, rent subsidized apartments available for low and moderate income individuals of all ages. Most of these developments are not specifically reserved for senior citizens. This type of housing is built and managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

Section 202 Housing:  Studios and one bedroom apartments available for senior citizens. The services provided vary depending on the residence, ranging from none to a full complement of support services such as daily congregate meal, housekeeping, transportation, and social services. Residents pay 30% of their income for rent, with federal subsidies covering the balance of the unit's fair market price. This is the main source of subsidized, low-income housing for seniors in New York City and it is federally funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Single Room Occupancy (SRO): One-room unit, often with a shared bathroom and/or kitchen. This type of residence is developed for individuals of all ages, but some accept the senior citizens as the primary population. Some residences offer supportive services for residents with special needs, including the mentally ill, homeless or people with AIDS-related illnesses.  This is a subsidized alternative for low income and very low income individuals.

* For more information on affordable housing please visit the Affordable Housing section.