In her short adulation at the official opening of Coretta Scott-King Senior Apartments in East New York, Brooklyn, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of the Aging praised the nonprofit Community Partners Commission Association, Inc. and the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, one of the city’s largest multi-service nonprofits. In the same breath the commissioner also acknowledged the grim realities of decent housing for seniors in one of the most underserved neighborhoods in the city, a Brooklyn community often described and referred to as the most dangerous in New York City.
“Thank God, thank God, thank God and thank God,” Commissioner Donna M. Corrado told approximately 150 people in front of the entrance of the 51-unit building at 660 Jerome Avenue where a temporary dais was set up and several in the audience sat in chairs. “It can take divine intervention to get an apartment. There are thousands of seniors wishing that they could be here and have one of these apartments. Every day we get thousands of calls from seniors.” – READ MORE