Selfhelp's unique real estate developments offer low and moderate-income New York seniors the opportunity to age in their home in the neighborhood they love with access to on-site social services. SHASAM, Selfhelp's Active Services for Aging Model, brings together safe and affordable apartments with our legacy of quality social services.
Selfhelp Realty Group (SRG) - The Melamid Institute for Affordable Housing ensures that older New Yorkers have access to safe, clean, and affordable housing with access to services that promote healthy aging.
Selfhelp is committed to affordable housing and currently owns and operates 12 apartment buildings in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau County. Our buildings offer our residents the opportunity to lead independent lives in affordable and appropriate apartments, with access to on-site services if and when needed, including health and wellness, social work, and referrals to home care. There are also computer rooms, community rooms and libraries, exercise equipment, closed-circuit TV surveillance in the lobby, and the buildings are near public transportation. Seven of our buildings are in close proximity to one of Selfhelp's senior centers, where residents can participate in stimulating programs and enjoy a nutritious lunch.
Selfhelp is committed to building and operating energy-efficient and sustainable residences throughout New York. As part of this commitment, Selfhelp has partnered with the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability on the NYC Carbon Challenge program, which is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 30% in ten years to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our homes and communities.
We’re committed to developing new affordable housing, modeled on our current senior housing, to accommodate the growing number of older New Yorkers who need affordable housing and would benefit from remaining independent in their own homes. Additional projects are in development within New York.
Sumner Houses, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY: As part of NYC’s Seniors First plan, Selfhelp was awarded land by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to develop an affordable senior housing residence on one of its existing public housing properties, Sumner Houses, in Brooklyn. We’re partnering with RiseBoro Community Partnership Inc. and Urban Builders Collaborative, LLC, the development affiliate of Lettire Construction, on this development. Designed by the world-class architecture firm Studio Libeskind, the building will have approximately 190 units and an NYS-Licensed Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operator, providing health care, long term care, and supportive care to the low-income and frail elderly, open to the entire Sumner complex. 30% of the building is designated for formerly homeless seniors. Construction is anticipated to begin in July 2021.
Hunter's Point South, Long Island City, Queens, NY: Selfhelp and TF Cornerstone were awarded the Hunter's Point South Parcel C project, a 1,200-unit, 2-building project, comprised of 800 units of affordable housing. One hundred of these units are designated as affordable to seniors, with Selfhelp providing services on an as-needed, as-requested basis. As part of our involvement in the pre-development process, we’ve ensured that the design of the senior units complies with our standards for senior living. Construction began in February 2019 and is expected to be completed in March 2022.
Bergen Place, Freeport, Nassau County, NY: Currently under construction, Bergen Place will soon come online as a 45-unit affordable senior housing residence, designed by the world-renowned architecture firm Studio Libeskind. The building will feature a recreational courtyard terrace, which allows for natural light and great views within the hallways, as well as a walking path on the roof, providing a safe and convenient place for senior residents to exercise. 30% of the building is designated for formerly homeless seniors. Construction began in May 2020 and is expected to be completed in January 2022.
11 Park Drive, Wyandanch Rising, Babylon, Suffolk County, NY: In partnership with The Albanese Organization, Selfhelp is developing a 94-unit affordable senior housing residence as part of Wyandanch Rising. The Albanese Organization was named Master Developer of the 40-acre redevelopment, anchored by the Wyandanch LIRR train station. 11 Park Drive is Wyandanch Rising’s fourth affordable housing residence as well as its first affordable senior housing residence. It is also Selfhelp’s first building to be built in Suffolk County. Construction began in April 2020 and is expected to be completed in January 2022.
Housing is a platform for delivering health and social services that make a positive impact on the lives of older adults, as demonstrated by Selfhelp's Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM), which has shown positive health outcomes and reduced healthcare spending through extensive research.
SHASAM (Selfhelp's Active Services for Aging Model) offers social work services to residents in Selfhelp buildings. The goal of SHASAM is to provide the appropriate level of assistance to allow older adults to remain in their apartments and not move to more costly settings such as assisted living or nursing homes. Our social worker provides health and wellness, assistance with entitlements and benefits, and referrals for home care and local resources.
A recent study, published in the journal Health Affairs found that older adults with access to SHASAM had lower odds of being hospitalized or visiting an emergency room as compared to their neighbors without SHASAM.
Dr. Michael Gusamano found that residents in Selfhelp's affordable housing had:
- 68% lower odds of Selfhelp residents being hospitalized
- $1,778 average Medicaid payment per person, per hospitalization for Selfhelp residents, versus $5,715 for the comparison group
- 53% lower odds of a Selfhelp resident visiting an emergency room compared to a non-Selfhelp resident
Read Selfhelp's White Paper on the impact of SHASAM on the health of the residents:
Housing Research One Pager PDF
SHASAM in the Community
Selfhelp brings our expertise to affordable housing throughout New York City and Long Island. Affordable housing developers are welcome to contact our team to learn how to bring this evidenced-based program to their residents.
Interested in renting a Selfhelp apartment? Please contact the on-site management company.
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Apartments
45-35 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11355
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg House
140-16 45th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Helen R. Scheuer House
45-25 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11355
Martin Lande House
137-47 45th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Scheuer House of Bayside
208-11 26th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11360
Scheuer House of Flushing
138-52 Elder Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Selfhelp K VII Apartments
137-39 45th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Kimmel Housing 1 & 2
498 Union Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
Van Cortlandt Green
Bronx, NY 10471
Joseph and Pauline Charatan Residence
333 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
71-15, 71-21, 71-27 65th Street
Glendale, Queens, NY 11385
Since 1963, Selfhelp has been building affordable housing for older New Yorkers, and today, close to 1,500 low and moderate income older New Yorkers call a Selfhelp building home. We are committed to growing that number to enable more New Yorkers to avoid institutional care and to age in their own homes, with independence and dignity. Now, thanks to the generous support of Ilse Melamid, a Holocaust survivor and member of Selfhelp's Foundation Board, we are closer to achieving that reality for more old New Yorkers.
Selfhelp Realty Group (SRG) - The Melamid Institute for Affordable Housing serves as the primary entity for Selfhelp's housing development projects. Ilse Melamid knows that a home is not simply where we live; it is a state of mind where we feel most at peace, feel safe, and welcomed. Housing is a platform for delivering health and social services that make a positive impact on the lives of older adults, as demonstrated by Selfhelp's Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM), which has shown positive health outcomes and reduced healthcare spending through extensive research. The Institute will advance affordable housing policies and funding through advocacy opportunities and will also share our best practices and experience as a provider of affordable senior housing for more than sixty years.
The board of directors, drawn from both the current Selfhelp Board and leading industry participants, which brings commitment, expertise and a strong presence in the affordable housing field to our housing program.
- David Walsh, Division Manager of Community Development at JP Morgan Chase and formerly with the New York State Housing Finance Agency
- Richard Roberts, Principal and Managing Director of Acquisitions at Red Stone Equity Partners and formerly NYC Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development
- Judi Kende, Vice President and New York Market Leader for Enterprise Community Partners
- Deborah VanAmerongen, Strategic Policy Advisor in Nixon Peabody's Affordable Housing Practice Group and formerly NYS Commissioner of Homes and Community Renewal
Members from the Selfhelp and Kimmel Boards:
- Brian Steinwurtzel, Chairman
- Ronald Ries
- Ronald Kisner
- Alfred Netter
- Victor A. Wyler
- Stuart C. Kaplan, CEO
- Evelyn J. Wolff, Executive Director
- Ronald Ries, Secretary/Treasurer