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Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty
October 24, 2009

Met Council came to the rescue just in time! Our apartment building was turning co-op and the landlord was not renewing rental contracts for those who were not rent stabilized. I had given up my job to be a full time caregiver for my mother who has moderate Alzheimers' so we had limited income. We could not afford market rental rates in NYC and with only some small savings and my mother's SS check, the outlook was grim. With our lease about to expire and nowhere to live, I attended a housing symposium at Fordham University. A councilwoman had suggested applying for an apartment lottery for low income seniors sponsored by the Met Council. Although it was a long shot, there was nothing to lose. Two months later, the powers that be smiled on us. The screening staff was extremely qualified and accommodating in helping to sort through the red tape. We then moved into a beautiful, brand new "seniorized" one bedroom, rent subsidized apartment. I hate to think where we would have ended up without this small miracle. The administrative and maintenance staff are, without a doubt, the most professional, accessible and courteous people imaginable. The full time superintendent solves problems in a timely fashion and has implemented excellent security measures. The residence director is a pro-active, on site presence always available to the residents. She is very sensitive to the needs of low income elderly residents and has built a strong sense of community. Met Council sponsors various social events in the building's community room that are comparable to those offered by many senior centers. There are also opportunities to attend off site concerts and field trips. All in all, the Met Council treats needy seniors with the sort of respect and warmth that helps them remain in and be part of the larger New York community. In return these seniors help to maintain the social, cultural and economic diversity which has always made NYC special. My mother and I will be eternally grateful for this safe haven which happens to come with a view of the Empire State Building!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

plan and build even more housing for low income elders and perhaps expand to offer family related services that would bring together various age groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & tenant.