This new 7-story senior housing project will provide 83 units of low-income affordable housing to LGBT seniors in the Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx, NY. It is one of New York City’s first subsidized housing developments that will specifically create a community for LGBT Seniors; a Senior Center run by HELP USA will provide services and support with a focus on LGBT resources. A key design driver of the development overall, is the creation of space which provides a comprehensive strategy for aging in place.
HELP Crotona Senior Housing will consist of 55 studios and 28 one-bedrooms. Each unit will be flexible in its arrangement for the comfort of the resident. In order to separate the living from sleeping areas in the studios, allowing for two residents to live flexibly, the studios are designed with sleeping alcoves.
Each floor will feature a senior lounge which will overlook the neighboring park. These spaces will be critical space for socializing, drawing tenants out of their private apartments, and supporting the goal of comfortable aging in place. Specific lighting, signage, and anti-glare finishes will allow the residents easy wayfinding, and handrails along the corridors will provide a sense of ease.
The ground floor will include a space for providing basic medical services to the residents and a 9,000 square foot community space. A landscaped roof terrace will enable the residents to engage not only with each other, but with the outdoors, both aspects of which are important components to mental and physical stability.