The Profile of Older New Yorkers created by the New York City Department for the Aging is a comprehensive resource for those interested in this fastest-growing segment of the City’s Population. The Profile provides demographic data by borough and community district. A summary of the data precedes each borough table and highlights borough demographics “at a glance.” Column headings indicate types of demographics and rows present the demographic data for each Community District in the borough. Borough-wide and City-wide data is also presented for comparison.
While numerous city, state, and federal programs help seniors find and maintain affordable housing, and local investments have been made recently in new senior-focused affordable housing, the long waiting lists for these programs indicate that the demand for affordable, senior-accessible units far exceeds their supply. For instance, LiveOn NY has analyzed waiting lists in each City Council District and found that over 200,000 seniors wait an average of seven years for an apartment in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program.  Similarly, according to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the backlog for HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is so long that new applications have not been accepted since December 2009.  In addition, the waiting list for NYCHA apartments is approximately 270,000, meaning that it is very unlikely that a senior in need of affordable housing will get a NYCHA unit, let alone one of the NYCHA units that is specifically for seniors.