Howard Kimmel’s Corner
Selfhelp Community Services and
Kimmel Housing Development Foundation
to Develop Affordable Housing on Long Island
Selfhelp Community Services, one of the New York City area’s largest providers of housing, home care and social services for seniors, has formed a partnership with The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation, one of Long Island’s most respected nonprofit developer/owners of affordable residences, to expand access to quality housing and services in underserved areas.
“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. Our shared devotion to build housing and communities that promote the individual’s independence provides the foundation for a strong working relationship. We are proud that we can bring to the picture a number of strengths including our expertise in social programs to benefit better health and memory; learning amenities to promote continued educational and socialization opportunities, high tech health and safety advances, and timely access to quality home health care.”
“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. “Selfhelp can bring many of our initiatives, such as shared apartments, to new markets. And our tenants will certainly benefit from Selfhelp’s proven expertise in technology-aided independence, award-winning learning programs for seniors, and our shared commitment to building communities rather than mere residences.”
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano stated, “The partnership between Selfhelp Community Services and Kimmel Foundation is exactly the type of cooperative agreement that provides enormous benefits to Nassau County and its residents. Developing innovative options that work in conjunction with government programs to provide affordable housing are vitally important to the stability of our economy. Our goal is to continue to find ways to provide housing options for young, middle and senior-aged people alike.”
“Through our new alliance, we will look for new paths and approaches to solving housing issues,” added Mr. Kaplan. “This collaboration holds some exciting promise for Long Island and New York State.”
Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
Founded in 1936, Selfhelp is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to maintaining the independence and dignity of seniors and at-risk populations through a spectrum of housing, home health care and social services. Selfhelp has been dedicated to enabling the elderly and other at-risk populations to live in their own homes, independently, using the latest technologies available for aging in place. Selfhelp owns and operates seven residential buildings, which collectively serve over 1,000 low-income seniors.
Selfhelp’s learning programs offered in its Queens senior center recently earned the distinction by New York City as an innovative senior center, offering programs in computer literacy, live interactive classes enjoyed at home through the Virtual Senior Center, and a state-of-the-art apartment building with a suite of technological advances to promote health, safety and companionship, which just opened in Flushing earlier this year. For more information, visit www.selfhelp.net
The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation (KHDF)
Kimmel has, since its inception in 1994, had a mission to create affordable housing for low and very low income people: seniors, working families, single heads of households, veterans and others with special housing needs. Established initially as the Anna and Phillip Kimmel Foundation, KHDF has developed and maintains two residential buildings in Nassau County recognized as models for suburban affordable rental housing. Apex I and Apex II have earned renown for including a number of units designed as “shared housing” for non-related individuals, thus providing maximum affordability and mutual support.