Howard Beach is home to a new senior housing location, providing more than 80 units of affordable housing for the elderly.
Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development and Management Corporation, a century-old organization, has various housing sites through Brooklyn and Queens and recently completed renovations at the Cross Bay Boulevard location, formerly the Fineson Center.
“The opening of the Catholic Charities’ senior housing residence is a huge victory for the Howard Beach community and all of the residents in Queens,” said Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder. “Our growing senior population can finally achieve the quality housing they deserve.”
All resident applications have already been accepted, and the applying period is closed, said a Catholic Charities official.
The Fineson Center, constructed as a private hospital in the 1960s, closed in the summer of 2009 to begin the conversion into a senior housing facility.
Catholic Charities additionally provides accommodations for the developmentally disabled, mentally ill and the isolated, according to its website. The official said this Howard Beach spot has additional units designated for people with disabilities.
Goldfeder said the new housing will also allow residents to keep “financial and economic independence” and remain “in their own backyard.”
“This building will finally provide a centralized location for our diverse senior community to meet under one roof,” he added.
The new facility, outside of housing units, will also have laundry facilities, resident lounges and offices. State Senator Joseph Addabbo also recently secured the return of a U.S. Mail collection box in front of the building.
There is not yet a set occupancy date for the new residents.