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Frequently Asked Questions

I am 50 years old and disabled. Can you help me with housing?

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Project FIND works exclusively with senior citizens; so, unfortunately we cannot provide you with direct service. You can get information about public housing from the New York City Housing Authority and information about supportive housing programs from the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development.


Who is eligible to live in a Project FIND building?

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For Hamilton House and Hargrave House, the minimum age requirement is 62 years, and income must not exceed $48,100 for a single person or $55,000 for a couple. At the Woodstock Hotel, the minimum age requirement is 55 years and income must not exceed $33,000. For full details on the three residences and how to apply, please visit the Housing section (link to Housing).


How do I apply for an apartment?

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You may download an application form for the building to which you wish to apply in the Housing Application section of this website or you may mail a request for an application to the main office, including a self-addressed, stamped envelope.   Complete instructions are available here:  How to Apply.


How long does it take to get an apartment?

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There are separate waiting lists for each building, and applicants are encouraged to apply to both. As of 2013 we are processing applications early 2011 for a Studio at Hamilton and late 2011 for a studio at Hargrave.

NOTE: Since we are processing applications from 2005 for one-bedroom, the waiting list at the Hamilton House is closed to new applicants, effective April 13, 2012.  Two bedroom apartments are filled from an internal waiting list for those who meet occupancy requirements  At Woodstock, the approximate wait is roughly two years. 


Are Project FIND senior centers only open to people who live in Project FIND residences?

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No. Project FIND’s four senior centers are open to all adults age 60 or older. You do NOT have to be a resident in one of our housing facilities to join a senior center.  You don’t even have to live in the immediate neighborhood. Project FIND’s senior centers have members who live all over New York City.


How much does it cost to join a Project FIND senior center?

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Membership in our four senior centers is FREE. All you have to do is come into any center and sign up.


Are the meals at the centers free?

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Project FIND suggests that seniors make a voluntary contribution of up to $1.25 for breakfast and $1.75 for lunch. But, no senior is turned away for lack of ability or desire to make this contribution.


What are the fees for the classes, such as yoga and creative writing?

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There are no fees for our classes, only suggested contributions of $1. Again, no one is turned away for lack of funds.


What hours are the centers open?

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Our centers are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Some of our centers are also open on weekend days. Please visit the Senior Centers (link) section on this website for further details.


I don’t really want to take classes. Can I come in and just sit for a while?

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Participation in our classes and other activities is entirely voluntary. You are welcome to come in to sit, talk with friends, read a newspaper or book, or join in the classes.


I’m 85 years old. Am I too old to be a volunteer?

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Project FIND welcomes volunteers of all ages. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact Debra Escort (email) at 212-874-0300. ext.305


If I join one center, can I go to the others?

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You must register at each center where you participate. You may join one center or all four. All registrations are free.


I am homeless. What can you do for me?

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Project FIND’s Homeless In-Reach program works with homeless men and women age 60 and over. Come to the Woodstock or Coffeehouse Senior Center and sign up as a member. At the Woodstock you can take a shower, get some clean clothes. At either location you can get a free meal. We can help you obtain benefits to which you are entitled, replace lost or stolen identification, get shelter or transitional housing, and begin the process of obtaining a new permanent home.


I have become so frail that preparing even simple meals has become overwhelming. Can you help me in any way?

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In addition, we provide takeaway meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at our Coffeehouse Senior Center (link Coffeehouse Senior Center) from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. On Thursdays, we offer communal meals at 5:00 p.m. at the same location. In addition to receiving a hot, nutritious meal, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with other seniors, and make new friends. We even provide recreational activities, such as bingo and dancing, to help break the ice and lift spirits. We hope you’ll join us. 

You can also contact any of our senior centers to be put in contact with a Community Social Worker who can assist you in organizing home delivery of meals if you are unable to leave your home.


I feel uncomfortable going to a senior center where I don’t know anyone. Will I really be welcome?

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Project FIND center members have remarked time and again how much they feel at home at the centers and how they have made friends who feel like second family. We welcome all seniors. Please stop by soon. 


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