“Housing is an issue in the neighborhood, especially for seniors. A lot of seniors lost their homes to foreclosures, and a lot don’t rent out rooms because of fear.”
Senior Staying Power Could Ward Off Bed-Stuy Gentrification
About 30 seniors gathered last week at the Akwaaba Mansion on McDonough Street in Stuyvesant Heights to hear about a new program that will help senior homeowners better manage their bills, allow for more senior housing and allow for many longtime residents to stay in the neighborhood that they love and live in.
The state and city-funded program is called Home Sharing, which matches senior citizens with comparable persons of any age in shared living arrangements in homes throughout the city. The program is a unique and affordable housing option that is working in other Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Sheepshead Bay, which like Bed-Stuy has a large and growing Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).
“Bedford Stuyvesant takes pride in its status as an Age Friendly Neighborhood and our goal is to insure that seniors can age in place. In today’s economy, many Seniors in the community live on a fixed income and cannot afford the increasing rents,” said City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. “By implementing programs such as Home Sharing, we create more affordable housing options in an environment that addresses the socioeconomic needs of seniors, contributes to their overall quality of life and improves our community as a whole.”