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GRANDPARENT FAMILY APARTMENTS

WHATSafe and affordable housing designed to accommodate the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren.
WHYTo provide a supportive intergenerational and affordable place to live for older adults who are raising their grandchildren.
WHEREPresbyterian Senior Services. (PSS)
U.S. Administration on Aging. National Family Caregivers Support Programs.
NYC Department for the Aging West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.
New York, NY, USA.


Program Description


“PSS was a pioneer in supporting grandparents who unexpectedly found themselves caring for their grandchildren. In the early 1990s, PSS began running support groups and providing services to this special population. In 2005, PSS partnered with the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing to open the first residence in the U.S. built specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren.”
-pssusa.org

“The PSS/WSF Grandparent Family Apartments has become the country’s model for kinship housing. It is the only residence of its kind in the entire state of New York. Visitors from across the U.S. and around the world regularly visit in hopes of replicating this nationally recognized, innovative model.”

“Barriers to receiving housing assistance include HUD offices, local housing authorities, and private housing owners who will not recognize grandfamilies as ‘families’ for purposes of that assistance.”
-grandfamilies.org A place to call home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies


Grandchildren living with their grandparents can help youth stay out of foster care and provide much needed emotional and educational support.

Intergenerational housing can help support older adults and children by having multiple grandfamilies in on apartment complex.


Grandfamilies can benefit from social activities, after-school activities, academic support, tutoring, field trips, case assistance, and support groups.

Grandparent Family Apartments provides affordable housing in two and three bedrooms for approximately 60 older adults and their grandchildren.

On-site support services for Grandfamilies include:

  • Subsidized Rent for older adults.
  • Kinship Program providing on-site support services staffed by social workers and educators.
  • Housing designed to meet the needs of both older adults and children.
  • 24-hour front desk service.
  • Library.
  • Laundry.
  • Senior and youth community rooms.
  • Green roof garden and relaxation area.

Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS) serves older adults, their families, and communities.source: pssusa.org, grandfamilies.org

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