Written by Jill Nossa Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00The notion of “affordable housing” is getting a makeover in Nassau County, one that will benefit everyone from working families to seniors living on fixed income.
“There is just such a demand for affordable housing,” says Patti Bourne, executive vice president of planning for the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation and a Glen Cove resident.
The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation, a Long Island-based nonprofit developer/owner of affordable residences, has formed a partnership with Selfhelp Community Services, one of the New York City area’s largest providers of housing, home care and social services for seniors, to expand access to quality housing and services in underserved areas.
Bourne stresses that, unlike the negative connotations often associated with the term “affordable housing,” the Kimmel Foundation’s goal is to have “normal middle class people have a good life, and not spend all of their income on housing.”
Kimmel Foundation owns two developments in Westbury, Apex 1 and Apex 2, both of which have gotten a positive response and have waiting lists for tenants. Apex 1, opened in 2003, is for seniors, and Apex 2, opened in 2009, houses families.
Because Nassau County is well-known as the most expensive suburb in the United States, these developments aim to keep people near their families and communities, rather than forcing them to move to cheaper cities or states.
Bourne said the goal is to provide rental properties to Nassau County residents, and the challenge is finding areas that are affordable.
Currently, they are still in the exploratory phase, while they have secured a property, the exact town where the next development will be cannot be revealed yet.
Ron Roel, who also lives in Glen Cove and sits on the board of directors of the Kimmel Foundation, says the Kimmel Foundation felt that partnering with Selfhelp is beneficial because it provides an opportunity to expand on Long Island, and they have a strong record of providing services to the aging population.
The design is with seniors in mind, though unlike assisted living facilities, there is no common dining area. The purpose is to keep people living independently for as long as possible, and to bring special services, technologies and programs to residents, since one of the issues in suburbia is getting services for seniors.
One of the innovations to keep the units affordable is a shared apartment, connected by a common living space and kitchen (with a personal refrigerator); this type of unit meets the zoning standards while keeping rent low.
Roel says the intent is to put the developments in areas where there is already a certain amount of density, which fits into the smart growth movement. The idea is to also provide transportation to doctor appointments, and possibly even get doctors to make house calls.
The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation is an excellent match for us,” explains Stuart C. Kaplan, CEO of Selfhelp. “This venture allows us to extend our housing offerings for the first time beyond the New York City area.”
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Selfhelp to address the critical need for affordable housing on Long Island and far beyond,” notes Howard Kimmel, founder and Chairman of the Kimmel Foundation. Both Roel and Bourne emphasize the importance of making the developments work within the community they come to; Roel says the developments will be modest in size and are not intended to change the character of the neighborhood, while Bourne notes the buildings are well-built, providing residents with “good decent housing with well-maintained properties and facilities.”
As to the partnership, Bourne says, “It broadens what we do. It’s not just a building, it’s a lifestyle.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.