Selfhelp unveils new Flushing senior housing development

Photos courtesy of Selfhelp Community Services

Selfhelp Community Services hosted a grand opening Tuesday of Selfhelp Associates, a new development in Flushing, which looks to ease the need for more affordable housing for seniors.

The new 14-story development, located at 137-39 45th Ave. in Flushing, can accommodate more than 100 seniors in 92 units, according to Selfhelp.

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Apartments for the building were filled through a housing lottery system, with a requirement that one member of the household be age 62 or older. Selfhelp said 80 percent of the building was filled with seniors earning less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income or no more than $23,240 per year for an individual or $26,560 for two people. The final 20 percent of units were reserved for seniors who earn no more than $34,860 annually or $39,840 for two people.

“This new Selfhelp development is built to serve the needs of our growing population of seniors, a key goal of the mayor’s housing New York plan,” said City Housing Development Corporation President Gary Rodney. “Advanced age and limited income should not constrain the quality of life. Selfhelp understands this and they have put a lot of thought and care into the design and function of this building. 

The building features computers, roll-in showers, video chat-enabled computer work stations, elegant rooms, cognitive strengthening units, exercise equipment and health screening kiosks.

Residents at Selfhelp Associates will also have access to the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, a 9,000-square-foot facility being built in conjunction with Selfhelp Associates, which is scheduled to open next year.

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