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BIG MIDDLE CLASS ISSUE--NEED FOR AFFORDABLE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES FOR ELDERLY
Release Date: January 30, 2015

Our population is aging.  And, many elderly people are moving into assisted living facilities. The problem: the assisted living facilities in Westchester are all high end, upscale and luxurious. These facilities cater to the needs of few seniors who can afford such.  I have no objections to luxury assisted living facilities. They serve a need………..
 
But…there is a need for the state and federal governments to help the middle class address long term care. Most people cannot afford the $7,000-$9,000 a month fees currently charged by assisted living facilities.
 
During the coming years it is my hope that our federal and state representatives will think of initiatives that could be taken so Westchester & Greenburgh  will be able to see affordable assisted living facilities built in addition to the upscale and luxurious facilities that are opening up around the county. Assisted living facilities are less expensive than nursing homes and provide the elderly with a much higher quality life style.
 
It is my hope that the Town of Greenburgh will be able to find a location for this kind of facility and that we will be able to lead by example.  I met with an Assisted Living Facility operator who has built very successful luxury assisted living facilities in Westchester and around New York State recently. He indicated that he could build a much more affordable assisted living facility for the middle class in Greenburgh but needs help  from  Albany.
 
NY State has a program  that allows ALP beds that serve such needs. This is a win-win situation for NY Tax payers because the ALP bed costs substantially less than a Nursing home bed. The assisted living facility developer spoke to me about the possibility of building and operating a  140 unit Affordable  Assisted Living facility  in Greenburgh.   NY State authorized ALP beds to be used to make affordable assisted living possible for the elderly. The applicant would propose building 140 units—100 ALP beds and the remaining would be rented open market. He believes that if he wishes to pursue affordable assisted living and if he gets a guarantee of 100 ALP beds that he will be able to obtain conventional financing.
 
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE CLASS---DO YOU HAVE ELDERLY PARENTS WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO MOVE INTO A LUXURY ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY?
ARE YOU AN OLDER RESIDENT INTERESTED IN MOVING INTO AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY?  YET YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO SPEND $7,000-$9000 A month?
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED IN A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO PUSH FOR AFFORDABLE MIDDLE CLASS ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES IN THE REGION?  I will be organizing a citizens effort beginning next month.   We’ll strategize and figure out ways to make this a high priority issue. 
 
Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
 
 
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