You can get information about housing options for seniors, including:

  • Affordable housing for seniors age 62 or older with low income
  • Nursing homes, adult homes, assisted living, and enriched housing for seniors who are age 60 or older and frail or living with Alzheimer's, dementia, or disabilities
  • Home sharing where at least one housemate is age 60 or older

Assistance is not available here with:

  • Low-income housing for anyone under the age of 62
  • Finding apartments for seniors
  • Finding emergency shelter for seniors
  • Filing applications for senior housing, public housing, or Section 8
  • Complaints about the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program (SCRIE)
  • Problems such as landlords or management agencies who fail to make repairs, apartment violations, heat or hot water complaints, bed bugs, or noise from neighbors

You can get information about housing for low-income seniors age 62 or older who live in New York City.

You must provide your daytime phone number or email address so the Department for the Aging (DFTA) can follow up with you.

What Happens Next

A DFTA representative will contact you to get details about the senior's situation. The senior's income will be reviewed to see if he or she may qualify for a particular housing option. While DFTA can provide a list of affordable housing for seniors and information on the application process, it does not find an apartment for a senior.

You can get information about housing options for seniors age 60 and older who live in New York City and are frail or living with Alzheimer's, dementia, or disabilities. These housing options provide personal care or health care services to residents.

Housing options include:

  • Nursing homes
  • Adult homes
  • Assisted living
  • Enriched housing

Services may include:

  • Activities
  • Bathing and dressing assistance
  • Group meals
  • Housekeeping
  • On-site medical and nursing care
  • Supervision

The appropriate options depend on the senior's needs, health condition, and financial situation.

You must provide your daytime phone number or email address so the Department for the Aging (DFTA) can follow up with you.

What Happens Next

A DFTA representative will contact you to get details about the senior's situation. Details about the different options and referrals to facilities will be provided.

Information about roommate matching is available for older adults and people who want to open their home to seniors. This service pairs adults with extra room in their homes or apartments with people looking for housing to share the space and expenses.

At least one member of the matched pair must be age 60 or older. Matches are paired through a safe and trusted process.

The Home Sharing Program is provided by the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens with funding from the NYC Department for the Aging.

Online

Learn more about Home Sharing.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are long-term residential facilities for people who need 24 hour nursing care and supervision outside of a hospital.

Adult Homes
Adult homes are long-term residential facilities that can be either single or shared rooms with no cooking facilities. Services include three meals per day, housekeeping, personal care, social activities and 24-hour supervision. Nursing and health care services are not provided.

Assisted Living Programs
Assisted living programs provide personal care and home health care services to eligible residents in selected New York State licensed Adult Homes or certified Enriched Housing Programs. Services include three meals per day, housekeeping, social activities, home health aide, intermittent nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and adult day care.

Enriched Housing Programs
Enriched housing programs provide personal care and support services to the elderly living in government subsidized or non-profit apartment buildings. The apartment units must have at least an efficiency-type kitchen facility. Services include one or two daily congregate meals, part time supervision, light personal care, social activities, housekeeping, help with shopping, and care management. Nursing and health care services are not provided.