A retirement community program gets a boost

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Hudson Guild has received a $206,015 grant to boost a retirement community program. The money, which comes from the New York State Office for the Aging, will allow the nonprofit to expand its Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community program. A press release states that this will allow Hudson Guild to serve low and moderate-income adults over age 60 at the NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea public housing developments.

“Staffing changes include the addition of case managers to support NORC residents with access to activities, information, advice, and advocacy; a health coach to offer information and guidance to residents about staying healthy and fit or managing long-term conditions; a nurse who will conduct basic health checks for our residents whether they are in-person clients or those who are homebound,” reads the press release. “Further, the grant allows Hudson Guild to increase programming and outreach to Cantonese- and Spanish-speaking clients.”


The Jacob Burns Film Center has won a $7,000 grant to support education programming for older adults. The nonprofit will use the funding from the National Guild for Community Arts Education in partnership with Lifetime Arts to pilot a 12-week digital storytelling course, according to a July 23 press release. 


The Wallace Foundation has a new director of research. Bronwyn Bevan is taking on the role, according to a July 24 press release from the New York City-based nonprofit. Bevan has most recently worked as a senior research scientist at the University of Washington College of Education. In her new role, Bevan “will contribute significantly to the design of arts and education initiatives in the foundation’s program areas, integrate research in all areas of work and, as a member of the senior management team, share responsibility for strategic planning, public policy engagement, and organizational policy and development,” according to the press release. She replaces Edward Pauly, who retired at the end of June. 


New Hope Community is helping to build a new housing complex in Monticello. The nonprofit, is partnering with a local developer on a project that broke ground on June 27 and is aiming to complete the project sometime next year, according to a July 23 press release. A quarter of the 64 apartments in the building will be set aside for clients of New Hope Community, which serves people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. NYN Media Chairman and CEO Steve Farbman is a board member at the Sullivan County-based nonprofit. 


Housing Works has opened a new harm reduction site in Hell’s Kitchen. People struggling with homelessness, drug abuse or HIV/AIDS can go to the Ginny Shubert Center for Harm Reduction, which opened on July 17. The Villager reports that the facility offers both primary care and other services.

“We all need comprehensive primary care, but New Yorkers who are most at risk of contracting H.I.V./AIDS, including those struggling with substance abuse and addiction, need a safe place to seek harm-reduction programs and substance-abuse treatment without fear of legal repercussions,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

This article has been updated to better characterize a new housing development in Monticello.