A Legacy of Quality
Selfhelp’s founders, refugees from Nazi Germany, understood the deep pain and trauma of having their homes looted and stolen. They formed Selfhelp in 1936 to help their fellow refugees rebuild their lives through job training and providing homes. Throughout the years, Selfhelp expanded the program to help other seniors beyond the survivor community, but who also found themselves in desperate need of housing.
Through the Selfhelp Realty Group, which has been named in honor of Holocaust survivor and philanthropist Ilse Melamid, Selfhelp is leading the development and preservation housing with direct access to onsite social services that promote aging with independence and dignity. This model of housing enables older adults to age in their own homes and communities and avoid institutional care, such as nursing homes. The Institute will advance affordable housing policies and funding through advocacy opportunities and will also share our best practices and experience as a provider of affordable senior housing for more than six decades.
Selfhelp Realty Group | The Melamid Institute for Affordable Housing serves as the primary entity for Selfhelp’s housing development projects. Today, Selfhelp owns and operates 17 affordable housing residences that are home to 1,500 older adults, and provides social work services to additional residences. With four new projects under construction and pre-development, we’ll be providing safe and affordable housing for more older New Yorkers soon.
A Unique Perspective
A Real Estate Developer for Seniors
A home is not simply where we live; it is a state of mind where we feel most at peace, feel safe, and stable housing is critical to overall health and wellness. Selfhelp’s efforts are not just about housing, they’re about keeping older New Yorkers healthy and resilient. Residents in Selfhelp housing have improved health outcomes and lower Medicaid costs compared to a control group of older adults living in the same zip code.
Selfhelp’s unique real estate developments offer low and moderate-income New York seniors the opportunity to age in their home in the neighborhood they love with access to on-site social services. SHASAM, Selfhelp’s Active Services for Aging Model, brings together safe and affordable apartments with our legacy of quality social services.
WHAT WE DO
Affordable & Sustainable Housing
The Selfhelp Realty Group | Melamid Institute for Affordable Housing is leading the development and preservation of housing with direct access to onsite social services that promote aging with independence and dignity. This model enables older adults to age in their own homes and communities and avoid institutional care, such as nursing homes.
Housing is a platform for delivering health and social services that make a positive impact on the lives of older adults, as demonstrated by SHASAM (Selfhelp’s Active Services for Aging Model), which has shown positive health outcomes and reduced healthcare spending through extensive research. The Institute will advance affordable housing policies and funding through advocacy opportunities and will also share our best practices and experience as a provider of affordable senior housing for more than sixty years.
OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESIDENCES
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