Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2019
There are numerous state and federal resources to help pay for the cost of senior care in the Bronx, as well as non-profit groups that are available to help eligible seniors pay for aging-related expenses. This guide details available programs in the Bronx and surrounding areas for seniors that need more information about assisted living and other senior care options. See our guide to paying for senior care in New York for more extensive information on state programs and resources.
Costs related to aging and senior care are much higher on average in the Bronx than other parts of the state. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, all types of senior care except for homemaker services are more expensive in the Bronx than the state average.
In the Bronx, assisted living costs $5,916 a month – nearly $2,000 more than the state average. There are more affordable cities closer to the Bronx - In Kingston, assisted living costs a mere $4,100 a month on average. The least expensive areas in the state include northern cities Glen Falls at $2,600 a month on average and the Utica area at $2,625.
Home care costs in the Bronx are just over $100 less than the state average of $4,690 a month. In most areas around the state, home care costs are similar, though far northern areas like the Watertown area are slightly more affordable, at $4,242 a month.
While the Bronx is on the more expensive end of adult day health service costs in New York state, it is among the more affordable cities in the NYC area. Kingston, which is just north of the Bronx, is $650 a month more on average for day health costs. The most affordable cities are currently Buffalo, Watertown, and Albany, which all average at $1,083 a month.
The Medicaid program in New York for those that need aging services is called the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) program. This program provides long-term care services including:
To qualify, an elder must be:
Call (718) 557-1399 or visit NYC Access to apply for Medicaid and to see what programs you qualify for.
Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program
The Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) helps eligible seniors over the age of 65 pay for costs associated with aging as they continue to live in their homes. Participants or their legal representative elect a caregiver that can be a friend or relative of the care receiver, or from a care agency. Those in the Bronx that want to apply for this program can call the CDPAP NYC group at (718) 831-2200.
Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly
For seniors above age 60 that do not qualify for Medicaid services, yet require financial assistance to remain in their homes as they age, there is the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly program. This program provides seniors with home aide assistants to help with laundry, personal care, and meal preparation. These services are not free, but they are provided on a sliding-fee scale. Call the program office at (212) 639-9675 to apply for services.
Assisted Living Program (ALP)
This program has been phased into the Medicaid Long-Term Care (MLTC) program as of 2018. It was created to provide eligible elders struggling to live independently with financial assistance to get personal care services in their chosen communities. This program’s offerings have been replaced by the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance and the MLTC programs.
NYC Housing Connect Lottery Program
The NYC Housing Connect Lottery program manages the lotteries for subsidized apartments in the Bronx and surrounding areas. Different residences have their own guidelines, and there are many buildings set aside for low-income elders to rent. There are income guidelines, which also vary depending on the residency.
Below is a list of various non-profits, real estate agencies, and apartment complexes that provide rentals to low-income seniors in the Bronx – many of these apartments will be handicap accessible as well. There are almost always long waitlists for these apartments, so please call and sign up to be put on the waitlist as early as possible.
66 John Street, 3rd Floor,
New York, NY 10005
In the Bronx, seniors over age 65 who make less than $50,000 a year may qualify to have their rent frozen through with this program.
245 Echo Place,
Bronx, NY 10457
The concourse Garden provides social and recreational services to seniors in 119 units of subsidized, low-income housing
789 Co-op City Blvd,
Bronx, NY 10475
These Met Council buildings provide 272 apartments to qualified seniors between there towers in the Bronx.
77 Water Street, 7th floor,
New York, NY 10005
This Met Council program helps eligible low-income seniors with home repairs in their houses, apartments, and co-ops in the Bronx.
799 East Gun Hill Rd.,
Bronx, NY 10467
This residency provides 143 assisted living and independent living apartments for qualified low-income seniors.
11 Park Place, 14th Floor,
New York, NY 10007
The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens helps eligible elders with repairs and safety audits for their homes, co-ops, and apartments.
Bronx, NY 10463
This group operates a housing lottery in the Bronx with many apartments for low-income seniors.
285 East 138 St.,
Bronx, NY 10454
Low-income seniors can apply for one of these 145 subsidized apartments.
780 East 185 St.,
Bronx, NY 10460
This group has four apartment buildings for low-income seniors with a combined 444 apartments.
120 West 106th St.,
NYC, New York 10025
This group has three subsidized apartments with aging services in the Bronx for low-income seniors.
2540 Barker Ave.,
Bronx, NY 10467
There are four apartment buildings in the Bronx through this group that subsidizes rent for low-income seniors.
862 Southern Blvd.,
Bronx, NY 10459
Ths management company specializes in subsidized apartments and have many properties for low-income seniors in the Bronx.
1605 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
Bronx, NY 10453
Seniors over the age of 62 may apply for one of these subsidized low-income apartments.