Established in 1984, the Village of Great Neck Housing Authority is a non-profit organization providing low-income residential housing to senior citizens and handicapped individuals.
A wonderful place to live - for seniors in Great Neck!
The mission of the Village of Great Neck Housing Authority (referred to as the "Arrandale" Senior Citizens Residence as it is known in the Community) was to develop an environment where these citizens could age in a place with dignity.
The residence at 700 Middle Neck Road consists of 75 apartments (both one-bedrooms and studios) serving a total of 88 residents.
The staff consists of an executive director, a certified social worker, a resident services coordinator, two part-time office clerks, a building superintendent and a cook.
The Arrandale Senior Residence provides a coordinated, comprehensive program to address the needs of the elderly and disabled residents whereby enabling them to live as independent and active senior members of the community. Arrandale's staff is a unique group of dedicated and intelligent professionals. They each have extraordinary communication skills and are able to interrelate well with community agencies to help maintain the residents in this healthy, pleasant, safe and affordable housing complex.
In the community room the staff serves the residents and local neighbors hot lunches twice weekly, followed by an hour of social activities or lectures. Current plans are being implemented to increase the frequency of these meals and activities. Additionally, regular special events are scheduled; these include brunches, outdoor barbecues and picnics, theme luncheons, holiday parties, classical and pop concerts, shopping excursions, quarterly jaunts to Atlantic City and an annual day cruise around New York Harbor.
The social work staff assists residents with support and health service intervention and are fully trained to facilitate the completion of paperwork for government programs, often a daunting task for the elderly. Counseling is available to the residents on an "as needed" basis.
Having described the stimulating environment of Arrandale as it exists today, it becomes clear that as an organization it must have an open mind and develop an environment that will be responsive to the increased needs and number of baby boomers who will age in place in the 21st century.