It is our work to create ~
- affordable housing for working families, single heads of households, veterans and others with special housing needs
- affordable housing for "at risk but independent" seniors
- community settings that foster relationships between seniors and working families with children
- environments that encourage the development of "families of choice" among the tenants
Through collaboration with local, county, state, and federal governments; and working with planners, architects, builders, contractors, attorneys and financial advisors; we will transform unused/underutilized land into safe, positive and productive additions to our communities. We aim to do this effectively while meeting and/or exceeding community requirements.
KHDF has created two buildings in North Hempstead (Westbury/New Cassel) since 2002; Apex I Senior Citizens Housing (37 units) and Apex II Workforce Family Housing (35 units). Rents are set at less than 50% of the prevailing market rates for equal size units in Nassau County NY. We define low income according to HUD and low income housing tax credit standards. In 2011, HUD defined the Area Median Income (AMI) for Nassau County for a family of two as $80,200. All of our tenants are below 60% of the AMI.
Apex I Senior Citizens' Housing won the Long Island Builders Institute Platinum Award in 2003. The building is fully accessible and includes state of the art physical and structural amenities. The building provides market rate quality for an affordable price, and is designed for independent living. We have secure and well designed community facilities both indoors and outdoors. The effectiveness of Apex I in improving both the individual lives of residents as well as the environment in the general neighborhood has been recognized by community leaders, the Nassau County Police and the local businesses. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has cited Apex I as a housing model. Both of our buildings have tax credit investors. Key Bank, the representative for our Apex I investor, has told us that we are the best managed property in their national portfolio.
Apex I proved such a success that the Town of North Hempstead assisted us in the acquisition of the adjacent property for construction of Apex II Workforce Families Housing. The 36 unit building serving families and seniors was completed in 2009 and now provides a home to 52 individuals including nine children, five young adults, 22 adults and sixteen seniors. Two of the residents are disabled.
Today the two buildings house 72 households comprised of a total of 93 persons. The ethnicity demographics of our residents are: 68% Black; 27% White; and 3% Asian. Ten percent of our residents identify as Hispanic. A good part of the success of our buildings is that we employ a well regarded real estate management company and that our staff is actively involved in the day to day management.
As part of our buildings, we also developed very low cost apartments in the form of 16 "shared units." These units have completely self contained bedroom, private bathrooms, and walk-in closets. The common living/dining area and large kitchen include separate refrigerators and storage spaces. These units (in both Apex I Sr. Housing and Apex II Workforce Housing) are restricted to seniors. We are certain that these units prevent homelessness in our most vulnerable population. We, and state officials, believe that these are the only units of their kind on Long Island.
In 2013 The Kimmel Foundation formed a partnership with Selfhelp Community Services, one of the region’s largest and most effective providers of housing, home care and social services for seniors. The Kimmel Foundation will continue operations with its own Board of Directors and its original mission, simply defined by it’s founder and Chairman Emeritus Howard Kimmel, as “housing for all the people”. However, with this affiliation, the nine member Board of Trustees of KHDF was reorganized to have majority representation from Selfhelp, and the larger organization is now assisting KHDF with administrative and financial oversight and resources.
With congruent missions, the organizations are moving together to expand housing opportunities for seniors and other vulnerable populations on Long Island, integrating social services and health care into Affordable housing complexes, and in particular providing the elderly the support they need to age with independence and dignity. Now in its fourth year, Selfhelp’s innovative Virtual Senior Center (VSC) is a program which both organizations want to extend onto Long Island as part of their ongoing partnership.