KIMMEL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing

Location: 237 Schenck Ave Great Neck NY 11021 USA

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This charity created beautiful safe housing for more than 70 families.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My interest in housing led me to learn about the Kimmel Foundation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their ability to replicate these buildings by ensuring their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation through the work of a family member for the foundation, and since then I have watched the progress of the foundation's work with great interest. In particular I have interacted with the residents of the Westbury houses and have been extremely impressed with their delight in their living conditions and the state of the buildings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the housing at Westbury, NY

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Endow them with more money to accomplish their goals

Rating: 5 stars  

I have observed what the Kimmel foundation has done over the past many years with the various projects it has been involved in. The two buildings in Westbury New York (APEX I & APEX II) are a huge plus to the neighborhood but mostly to the senior citizens and workforce families they house. The solar project they are currently working on should be a great tribute to them as well as a huge savings for the tenants of both buildings

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Viewing both APEX I & APEX II

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase it's capability to do more in the affordable housing market.

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about the Kimmel Housing Foundation after hearing Mr. Howard Kimmel, President of this organization speak at a Social Action Committee meeting at our synagogue. Mr. Kimmel's dedication was apparent and I was impressed by his passion about the need to build affordable housing for seniors and workforce families in Nassau County. I also learned that the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation was originally formed by three Kimmel families to build affordable housing began in 1994 as a private Foundation and in 2009 the organization became a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. I was intrigued by the focus of the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation that I drove to Westbury, Long Island to view the two existing facilities that were constructed. The first, a 38 unit senior housing development was completed in 2003 and received the coveted Long Island Builder's Institute Platinum Award. The second building, for workforce families was completed in 2009. The reality after seeing these two building outweighed anything I ever thought possible. They are thoughtfully and expertly constructed to provide ease and safety for the tenants, particularly the elderly and the frail. Additionally, the two buildings are a hands-on management and continued maintenance. I decided to join this organization as a grants writer/fundraiser because I admired their commitment to strengthen the lives of the elderly and disadvantaged families to achieve the best quality of life. As a grants writer/fundraiser, I have the ability to apply for funds which are always needed to maintain the buildings in the optimum working conditions and for future projects such as: 1. The installation of solar panels for the residents of the two existing buildings which will greatly reduce utility costs, benefit the economic/comfort needs of the residents and be environmentally responsible. Solar panels have proven to be low maintenance and as electricity rates rise these savings will increase. 2. The construction of more buildings that duplicates the ones already constructed for seniors, the disadvantaged and veterans. I believe that the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation deserves every consideration to help us help others who need it.

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I have marveled at the expertise, management and maintenance of all those concerned with the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make would be to try to construct future sights that function as well as the two already constructed in Westbury.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Kimmel Housing Foundation provides revolutionary low income housing to high needs family's. The concept of communal living is the work of Mr. Kimmel and his dedicated staff. The concept not only reduces the cost of living, but provides companionship.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing that people of low income will not be living on the street, but proved shelter at a cost within budget.

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The foundation is doing an outstanding job and I cannot think of any shortcomings or recommend any changes.

Rating: 5 stars  

Worked as an Intern from New York Institute of Technology. Created a budget and plan for the the Kimmel Foundation to outfit their facility with Solar Panels. The professionals there are kind courteous and very generous. It is seen in the effort they put forth when doing work for their tenants. They strive to make them comfortable and the simple smile on the residents faces prove that. I fully support their work and endorse them 100%

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Worked as an Intern from New York Institute of Technology. Created a budget and plan for the the Kimmel Foundation to outfit their facility with Solar Panels. The professionals there are kind courteous and very generous. It is seen in the effort they put forth when doing work for their tenants. They strive to make them comfortable and the simple smile on the residents faces prove that. I fully support their work and endorse them 100%

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. Just needs more funding, exposure and political support.

Rating: 5 stars  

Honest, dedicated, hardworking group of people who work tirelessly for the cause of Affordable Housing in Long Island. All the very best to them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The winning of the first competition we applied to, the TD Bank Grant Competition.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved, and get the word out to society that there are people out there who care about the community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Honestly, none. I had a fantastic time there.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely. Helped me become more confident of my abilities, helped me learn how to research and apply my skills gained through education in the real word.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fantastic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a supporter, as well as a Board member, of this organization for the past 6 or so years, and have been privileged to assist it in serving the needs of those in the Long Island community for whom affordable, quality housing has long been an elusive dream. The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation has succeeded in exceeding all expectations, and continues its efforts and innovative approaches to "housing for all the people."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met often with seniors and other folks who, thanks to KHDF, have quality, safe and affordable housing, and their stories and experiences clearly demonstrate that our job is only begun.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase public and governmental financial support.

Rating: 5 stars  

Some people on LI cannot afford housing and live in temporary shelters or on the street. The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation is the only non-profit organization in Nassau County that has helped build affordable housing in Nassau County for such people. The residents of Apex I (38 units) and Apex II (35 units) are all very grateful to be able to have a place to live and call home that is well maintained and affordable

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have met many residents at different events and they have talked about how living at Apex I & II has greatly improved the quality of their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can’t think of any changes. I would have the Foundation continue to do what it has been doing in the same manner as it has in the past.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation incredibly develops truely affordable and very livable housing on Long Island. Against the odds, this group has found land to create housing for seniors and working poor people. Additionally, they recently added a lovely park adjacent to one of the buildings. I was at the dedication ceremony for the park, attended by people who live in the building, board members of the Foundation, local politicans, local interdenominational clergy, and community members at large. The positive spirit was hard to match anywhere. Despite the bare bones staff there is much to applaud!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting some of the residents, who have clean, safe and secure homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more money and more land!

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