What are HUD 202 Parking Lots and Why Are They Critical to Affordable Senior Housing in NYC?

LiveOn NY’s new study, Paving the Way for Senior Housing has identified 39 residential parking lots within already existing senior housing that could be utilized differently to make additional affordable senior housing.  These parking lots are part of the HUD 202 program. To understand why LiveOn NY wants to open a dialogue on usage of these parking lots, it’s important to understand why HUD 202 parking lots exist.

The HUD 202 program is designed for large residential buildings (50 units or more) for low-income seniors. HUD 202 buildings are classified in the New York City Zoning Code as Non-profit Residences for the Elderly.  Because of this they have an accessory parking requirement per the zoning code. Specifically this zoning code requires that off-street accessory parking be provided in all residential zoning districts. These parking lots are only to be used by residents of the building, and are not available for usage by the outside general public. These are not municipal lots.

Currently, there is no parking waiver available in any zoning district for this housing type. Given that the typical HUD 202 building contains 60-80 units, these zoning code requirements have resulted in the production of large parking lots. There is strong evidence to suggest that many lots are underutilized by residents.

While the parking requirement was originally intended to ensure sufficient accessory parking, it does not reflect the reality most HUD 202 tenants’ lives. In order to be eligible for residency in a HUD 202 building, applicants must qualify under strict criteria that target the very low-income. In most cases, tenants earn less than $15,000 annually and ownership of an asset like a car is unlikely given their income level. Meanwhile, senior housing is typically built in areas well served by public transportation and in some cases, shuttle service is provided as a building amenity.

LiveOn NY through its Affordable Senior Housing Coalition (made up of over 25 of the leading nonprofit housing providers in NYC), has advocated for several years to eliminate these unnecessary parking requirements so that nonprofit housing providers could, if they choose to do so, find better usage for these lots, specifically building more affordable senior housing.

Again, to read the entire report, click here.

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LiveOn NY Issues Ground-Breaking Report – Paving the Way for New Senior Housing

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Media Contacts:    Margie Schustack, Communications/LiveOn NY                     917 406-4478,   mschustack@liveon-ny.org,   Andrea Cianfrani, Deputy Director of Public Policy/LiveOn NY   212 398-6565 x233,    acianfrani@liveon-ny.org

Review of HUD Parking Lots in NYC provides real-world roadmap to help address crisis in affordable housing for seniors

Study identifies potential for 2,000 new senior housing units in NYC in all five boroughs through usage of 39 residential parking lots

(May 21, 2015 – New York City) Today LiveOn NY released Paving the Way for New Senior Housing: Site Selection Survey of HUD Parking Lots in New York City. This report is a comprehensive overview of HUD sponsored senior housing in New York city, and examines the feasibility of building senior housing on accessory parking lots. No such map portfolio of HUD sponsored senior housing buildings and accessory parking lots in New York City has been done before. The report also provides policy recommendations for elected officials and agencies on zoning, regulatory requirements.

“We are issuing our report at a critical juncture for seniors in New York City, announced Igal Jellinek, Executive Director of LiveOn NY. At a time when there is a crisis in senior housing, and where there is almost no new land to build on Paving the Way for New Senior Housing, provides a solutions-based, real-world roadmap that could play a significant part in solving this problem. There is space available, with parking lots not fully utilized that could be turned into affordable senior housing. We hope that this study will raise public awareness on the need for this housing and new ways to look at the land available.  At LiveOn NY we feel it is important to prioritize people and the unique needs of seniors when making these decisions.”

By 2030, New York City’s 60+ population is projected to increase by 47% to 1.84 million older adults. While the national poverty rate for older people has declined, New York has consistently increased. Upwards of 20% of older adults live in poverty according to the Center for Economic Opportunity’s measure. In addition, the median income for older adults is often inadequate to cover the cost of living in New York City, but their income is still too high to qualify for public benefits. Nearly one in three New Yorkers spend at least half their income on housing.

At the same time there is a dearth of affordable housing for these seniors. Land scarcity is the greatest challenge faced in creating affordable senior housing.  In the face of a dwindling stock of city owned land, soaring land acquisition costs and growing demand from a low-income senior population, HUD 202 lots are an untapped source of new land resources for development. The HUD 202 program is designed for large residential buildings (50 units or more) and requires that off-street accessory parking be provided in all residential zoning districts. These lots are only to be used by residents of the building. Survey data has shown that car ownership, particularly among low-income senior housing residents is very low.

REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

  • There are 277 HUD senior properties in New York City, 191 with accessory parking lots. The report cites 39 underutilized lots that are potential development sites. These 39 lots have the potential to support 2,000 housing units.
  • Change zoning requirements – eliminate the parking requirement for Residential Use Group 2, adopt proposed parking modifications from DCP’s proposed Zoning for quality and affordability initiative, allow existing lots near transit to be eliminated, modernize zoning definitions to recognize the spectrum of senior housing types.
  • Implement regulatory changes – HUD should remove restrictions on developing the accessory lots without penalty to the building owners, and create a mechanism that would allow owners to negotiate the terms of their existing regulatory agreements. This would allow owners to develop the lots as senior housing or accessory uses under a revised zoning code.
  • Funding – A dedicated funding stream should be identified to support on-site services in senior housing

Click here for a copy of the complete report.

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ABOUT LiveOn NY: LiveOn NY, formerly the Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS), is a non-profit organization recognized as a leader in making New York State a better place to age. Founded in 1979, it is recognized as a leader in aging that connects resources, advocates for positive change, and builds, supports and fosters innovation. With over 100 member organizations providing community based services through more than 600 programs, LiveOn NY’s members range from individual community-based centers to large multi-service, citywide organizations. Our goal is to help all New Yorkers age with confidence, grace and vitality.

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Advocacy Day – Support Age Equality Budget for Older Adults and Caregivers

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Media Contacts

Bobbie Sackman, Director of Public  Policy, 212 398-6565 x226bsackman@liveon-ny.org,   Margie Schustack, Communications/LiveOn NY,917 406-4478   mschustack@liveon-ny.org

 20TH LIVEON NY ADVOCACY DAY – MAY 6, 2015

OVER 350 OLDER ADULTS FROM 130 SENIOR CENTERS, NORCS AND OTHER PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK MEET WITH MEMBER OF THE NY CITY COUNCIL ADVOCATING FOR AN EXECUTIVE BUDGET THAT SHOWS NEW YORK CITY’S COMMITMENT TO OUR AGING COMMUNITY.

ONE IN 5 SENIORS IN NYC LIVE IN POVERTY.

On the 20th anniversary of the LiveOn NY’s (formerly CSCS) Advocacy Dayfor Older NewYorkers, the largest turnout ever of older adults from 130 senior centers, converged on City Hall and met with 45 Councilmembers to advocate on their own behalf.  Older New Yorkers are the fastest growingpopulation in the City. From 2000 to 2030 their numbers will double to 1.84 million, about onein five New Yorkers. Current resources do not allow senior services staff to connect with the broad array of needs of ever changing immigrant groups, diverse populations and caregivers. The $33.7 million budget priorities for FY 16 reflect community supports for all older New Yorkers.

“Today is the 20th anniversary of Advocacy Day, said Igal Jellinek, Executive Director of LiveOn NY. For these last 20 years, LiveOn NY’s Advocacy Day has led the way in support of the needs older adults in New York. The need is even greater now.   As New Yorkers live longer and continue to age in place, increased support for older and adults and caregivers is essential. It is imperative that government funding keep pace. By investing, now, in programs that will keep seniors safe and healthy in their own communities, we will be saving millions of dollars in future costs to government.”

Bobbie Sackman, LiveOn NY, Director of Public Policy and leader of Advocacy Day states, “LiveOn NY’s central premise is that everyone, no matter their age, has a future worth investing in. It is the responsibility of city government to invest  adequately in services across the lifespan. Our meetings today demonstrate that older New Yorkers want to remain actively engaged in their communities and families. Standing up to inequality for all generations should be a hallmark for the administration and City Council.”

BUDGET PRIORITIES

  • Access to affordable elder care and support for family caregivers are the workforce issues of the 21st century, especially for women. Thousands of women and men are forced to leave work to care for elderly parents making funding for supportive services for caregivers critical.
  • Remove Unacceptable Waiting Lists–Case management waiting lists of 2000 homebound elderly individuals for case management, over 500 for home care, and a fully utilized meals-on-wheels system risking the return of waiting lists, sends a clear message that the city needs do more to serve seniors and caregivers.
  • Elder Abuse – We have just begun the fight to bring elder abuse into the daylight and fund services for the 120,000 elder abuse victims suffering behind closed doors.
  • Use this link for a complete list of budget priorities -http://www.liveon-ny.org/files/FY16_city_budget.pdf

Per Council Member Margaret Chin, Chair of the Committee on Aging – “It is imperative that the Mayor increase city funding for senior services, particularly for core programs currently funded by the City Council year to year. Close to one out of five seniors in our city live in poverty. If we’re serious about making this city affordable and livable for all New Yorkers, it is time to make our senior services a real priority.”

“With a rapidly growing senior population, how can we as a City be expected to provide them with the best care and services while faced with stagnant funding that does not reflect that growth? The answer, quite simply, is that we cannot,” stated Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair of the Subcommittee on Senior Centers. “I am proud to stand here united with LiveOnNY and all our advocates for seniors in urging the Mayor to provide additional funding for senior services and create a truly responsible executive budget that reflects our priority and commitment to the aging community.”

ABOUT LiveOn NY: LiveOn NY, formerly the Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS), is a non-profit organization recognized as a leader in making New York State a better place to age. Founded in 1979, it is recognized as a leader in aging that connects resources, advocates for positive change, and builds, supports and fosters innovation. With over 100 member organizations providing community based services through more than 600 programs, LiveOn NY’s members range from individual community-based centers to large multi-service, citywide organizations. Our goal is to help all New Yorkers age with confidence, grace and vitality.

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PRESS ADVISORY – LiveOn NY 20th City Hall Advocacy Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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LiveOn NY (formerly CSCS) 20th CITY HALL ADVOCACY DAY –WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015

 UNITED VOICE OF OVER 350 OLDER NEW YORKERS FROM130 SENIOR CENTERS MEET WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS TO ADVOCATE FOR AN AGE EQUALITY BUDGET.  

 PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM ON STEPS OF CITY HALL.

What:             City Hall Advocacy Day to ask for $33.7 million in new and restored funds for community based senior and caregiver services in New York City funded through the Department of Aging.

Where:           Senior delegations meet with Council members at 250 Broadway.          Press conference on steps of City Hall.

WHEN:         

9-10:30 and 12-1:00                City Council Meetings

11-12:00                                  City Hall Press Conference

WHY

Community‐based aging services funded through the Department for the Aging have been on the front lines of serving elderly immigrants and the diverse population of older New Yorkers for many years. Current resources don’t allow senior services staff to connect with thebroad array and ever changing immigrant groups and other diverse populations. The $33.7 million budget priorities for FY16 reflect community supports for all older New Yorkers addressing:

  • Senior nutrition/anti‐hunger programs
  • Affordable senior housing supports
  • Economic security – access to benefits
  • Elder abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Supporting family caregivers
  • Culturally competent neighborhood based services
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Seniors are Needed at NY City Hall on Monday March 23 in Support of Older Adults and Caregivers

This is an important moment to make your voice heard in New York City.  HUNDREDS OF SENIORS NEEDED TO FILL UP CITY HALL CHAMBERS FOR DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING BUDGET HEARING TO ADVOCATE FOR $33 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR SENIOR SERVICES

Date: Monday, March 23rd

Time: 10:00 am

Location: 250 Broadway at City Hall Chambers (elevator available)

Please arrive at 9:30 to get through security and find seats.

We encourage service providers and older adults to testify. You can register at the hearing that day – go up front of the Chambers to the Security Guard and sign up.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on the budget priorities to support older adults in New York City.  Please see attached budget priorities.

 Winning new funding would help – please testify about important funding for your programs:

  • Congregate meals and home-delivered meals and 6th weekend meals
  • Case management – 1900 seniors on waiting lists
  • NORCs
  • Elder abuse
  • Adult day services
  • Senior center rent
  • Transportation
  • More Innovative Senior Centers in immigrant communities
  • ESL/Citizenship classes
  • Social workers in senior centers and senior buildings
  • Caregiver supports

If you have questions, please contact Bobbie Sackman, Director of Public Policy, (212) 398-6565 x226, bsackman@liveon-ny.org or Andrea Cianfrani, Deputy Director of Public Policy, x233 or acianfrani@liveon-ny.org

 

 

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New York State Information Gathering to Inform the White House Conference on Aging Webinar

This is an important moment for New York to participate in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and learn how you can provide input and recommendations. We urge you to be part of this webinar.

WHEN: March 4th at 10:00 a.m.

 How:    To join the Webinar click on this link  

The New York State Office for Aging, in collaboration with AARP New York, and the Association on Aging New in York (Aging NY) is seeking your participation in a widespread effort to solicit input into the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

The webinar will discuss how stakeholders across New York State can provide input and recommendations, which will be summarized and conveyed to the White House Conference on Aging.  This kickoff webinar will provide details and direction on New York’s efforts to inform the White House Conference on Aging.

The White House Conference on Aging will focus on:

  • Retirement and financial security
  • Healthy aging
  • Long-term services and support
  • Elder Justice

For more details, read this background flyer White House Conference on Aging Flyer

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5 Lessons on Love (and Knowing Yourself!) from Older Adults

Valentine’s Day has passed, but love shouldn’t be held to any particular day.  What lessons can we learn from those that have been around long enough to see and experience so much?

In his new book, 30 Lessons for Loving  as well as interviews done as part of the Cornell Legacy Project, well respected gerontologist, Karl Pillemer interviewed scores of older adults and got their thoughts on love, relationships, success and marriage.

To be clear, this is not a book review. You’ll need to read the book yourself and write your own review! What we want you to see are 5 short videos each with a different pearl of wisdom!

Enjoy!

#1.  Eleanor on Happiness

#2. Sy on Working for Love, Not Money

# 3. Blossom on the Importance of Knowing Yourself Before Marriage

#4.  Jessie on Choosing Happiness

#5. Bill on the Importance of Listening

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