City of Yonkers and Westchester Jewish Community Services Awarded Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) Grant
(L-R): Yonkers Councilmember Anthony Merante; Kirsten Hashim, Yonkers Office for the Aging; Kristen Hoin, New York State Office for the Aging; Jennifer Unser, New York State Office for the Aging; Sally Pinto, Yonkers NNORC Coordinator; Director of Yonkers Office for the Aging, Kelly Chiarella; Yonkers Council Minority Leader Mike Breen; Yonkers Deputy Mayor Jim Cavanaugh; President of Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), Seth Diamond; Judy Fink, WJCS; Alisa Holland, New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital; Mae Carpenter, Westchester Department of Senior Programs & Services
(Photo Credit: Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers)
YONKERS, NY – October 8, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced the Yonkers Office of the Aging (YOFA) and Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) have been awarded a New York State Office for the Aging Grant entitled NNORC (Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community). The $1 million grant over five years will help coordinate a broad range of health and social services for older residents to age in their own homes/ apartments, in the community that they love. Yonkers is the first municipality in Westchester County to be awarded a NNORC grant.
“Many of our aging residents are choosing to retire and age in place, in homes that may not be designed for the needs of older adults,” said Mayor Spano. “This grant gives us an opportunity to expand on the many services we provide for our seniors yet cater to their unique needs of those who chose not to leave their home. Thank you to New York State Office for the Aging, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Westchester Jewish Community Services for their support in providing for this growing population of our community.”
Yonkers NNORC is a group of residential dwellings (single family homes and apartments less than six stories), in Northeast Yonkers that were not originally built for older adults, but now are home to a significant number of seniors. The program encompasses most of the area of Yonkers between Central Park Avenue and the Bronx River Parkway, as well as a portion of Tuckahoe Road, including Bryn Mawr Ridge apartment complex. Yonkers NNORC will serve approximately 4,000 seniors in the designated area.
Seth Diamond, CEO of Westchester Jewish Community Services, stated, “We are proud to be a part of the team bringing to life Westchester’s first NORC. We look forward to working with Mayor Spano and his administration to provide Yonkers seniors with the health, wellness and support services they need to lead more enriched lives.”
Yonkers NNORC will provide case management, information and assistance, healthcare management and healthcare assistance and monitoring. Optional services may also include transportation, telephone reassurance, shopping assistance, educational and recreational programs, and health promotions.
Yonkers City Council Minority Leader Mike Breen said, “I am extremely grateful that Mayor Spano through his Office of the Aging obtained a grant which recognizes the importance of keeping the senior population in their homes by bringing the services to them. The grant’s target area, which is overwhelmingly within the community I represent, will be well served by this new source of funding.”
The program will be managed by Kelly Chiarella from Yonkers Office of the Aging and Judy Fink LCSW, Director of Geriatric Services at WJCS, assisted by the NNORC Coordinator, Sally Pinto, as well as a case manager and part-time licensed practical nurse.
This project is funded through the New York State Office for the Aging, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Yonkers Office for the Aging and Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official view of the New York State Office for the Aging.
The NNORC grant provides for five years of services, beginning January 2020.