Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2019
Brooklyn has many local state and non-profit organizations that help elders pay for costs associated with senior care. Read our guide to find contact information for state resources as well as contact information for non-profit groups related to paying for senior care. You can also see our guide to paying for senior care in New York for more exhaustive information about available federal and state resources in New York.
The average cost for assisted living is much higher in Brooklyn than in other parts of the state. According to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Long Term Care Study, assisted living costs an average of $5,916 a month. The price for nursing home care is over $300 more in Brooklyn, on average. Home care, however, has an average monthly cost that’s equivalent to the average in the state.
In Brooklyn, assisted living can cost up to $2,000 more a month than the state average. More affordable areas include Glen Falls and Utica, both average around only $2,600 a month. Along with Brooklyn, the most expensive regions in New York for assisted living are NYC and the Watertown area.
In Brooklyn, the cost of home care is similar to that of the state average per month, at $4,576. There are more affordable areas, such as Watertown which averages at $4,242 monthly, as well as Binghampton and Rochester which both average at $4,385 a month. The most expensive areas for home care are Elmira, at $4,814 a month on average, Ithaca at $5,100, and Syracuse which averages the most per month at $5,329.
Day health services for elders in Brooklyn are $30 less expensive per month on average than the rest of the state. The most affordable areas north of Brooklyn are Albany and Watertown, both areas average at $1,083 a month. Kingston is by far the most expensive area, at $2,600 a month on average.
In Brooklyn, elders that are interested in receive federal and state assistance paying for long-term care are referred to the Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) program.
Qualified elders are:
To apply for this Medicaid program and others, please call (718) 557-1399 or visit NYC Access to see what programs you qualify for.
Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program
For elders that want to remain in their homes but need financial assistance paying for increasing senior care needs, there may be assistance available through the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance (CDPAP) program. This program pays a caregiver that the participant elects, or their legal guardian elects. The legal representative cannot be the caregiver.
To qualify for this program, an adult over the age of 65 must be eligible for Medicaid services. To apply for this program in Brooklyn, call the CDPAP NYC group at (718) 831-2200.
Expanded In-home Services for the Elderly
Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly is a program that provides home aide services for tasks such as laundry, personal care, and meal preparation to older adults that want to remain in their homes as they age.
To be eligible for this program, a senior must be age 60 and above, not eligible for Medicaid, and require services to remain living in their homes. Services are provided on a sliding-fee scale basis. To apply for this program, call (212) 639-9675.
Assisted Living Program (ALP)
The Assisted Living Program, which is now phased into the Medicaid Long-Term Care program, was created to provide financial assistance to older adults struggling to live independently. Elders have access to a variety of replacement programs, further outlined in this guide.
NYC Housing Connect Lottery Program
The NYC Housing Connect Lottery program manages the lotteries for many subsidized apartments in Brooklyn. Eligibility for these apartments is income-dependent; click here to see the current income guidelines.
Below is a list of more resources for seniors living in Brooklyn, as well as many properties in the city that are subsidized to provide housing to income-eligible seniors.
66 John Street, 3rd Floor, New York, N.Y.
Eligible seniors over age 65 that make less than $50,000 a year can apply to have their rent frozen with the SCRIE program. Applications are available online.
77 Water Street, 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10005
The Met Council funds this project, which helps eligible seniors with home repairs for their co-ops, houses, and apartments.
11 Park Place, 14th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10007
The NY Foundation for Senior Citizens helps eligible seniors by providing safety audits and home repairs to homes, apartments, and co-ops.
191 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11201
This group provides housing for low-income elders in Brooklyn through 24 apartment buildings with subsidized rents.
4006 Eighteenth Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11218
This group is a collaboration of three housing agencies in Brooklyn, who provide nearly 450 apartments for income-eligible families, including many subsidized specifically for elders.
77 Water Street
New York, N.Y., 10005
The Met Council has three senior apartments towers in Brooklyn, the Council Towers II, III, and IV, with 366 rent-subsidized apartments between the three buildings.
11 Park Place, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 1000
There are two low-income senior apartment buildings in Brooklyn through the NYFSC: Surf Gardens and Cumberland Gardens.
161 Corbin Place
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11235
JASA maintains three buildings in Brooklyn for low-income elders, as well as community centers and other programs.
78 Troutman St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11206
This residency features 82 apartments subsidized for seniors.
2 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11211
This program has three towers in Brooklyn that provide subsidized apartments and services to senior citizens.
745 Gates Avenue, #1E Brooklyn, N.Y. 11221
This group has nine buildings in Brooklyn, with many subsidized apartments for seniors.
477 Howard Ave, #1D, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11233
These Brooklyn projects have 27 buildings with many apartments subsidized for low-income seniors.
380 Belmont Avenue,
Brooklyn, N.Y., 11207
(914) 365-6365 ext. 7318
These 86 apartments are for very-low-income elderly, and nine are handicap accessible. The head of household must be at least 62 years old.
55 Goodwin Place, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11221
This building has 86 apartments for elders, 13 of which are handicap accessible.
2164 78th St., Brooklyn, N.Y., 11214
This building has 70 apartments subsidized for elders, and seven that are handicapped-accessible.
415 Bleecker ST
Brooklyn, N.Y., 11237
These projects have 57 elder-subsidized apartments and services, including 24-hour security.
41 1st St., Brooklyn,
The Carroll Gardens Association has over 500 low-income apartments, including 100 for seniors.