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What are the Ingersoll and Crotona senior residences?

The Ingersoll Senior Residences and Crotona Senior Residences are New York City's first affordable LGBT-welcoming senior housing developments for individuals and couples who are 62 years and older.

Ingersoll Senior Residences (Ingersoll) will be the nation's largest LGBT-welcoming elder housing community. The property will be built in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, across from Fort Green Park, and will feature 145 apartments.

Crotona Senior Residences (Crotona) will be built on Crotona Park North in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx and will feature 83 apartments.

When will they open?

Construction on both properties is underway. We estimate that Ingersoll will open in the summer of 2019 and Crotona will open in the fall of 2019. SAGE will provide regular updates to those who sign up for more information. You can do so by filling out our form.

Who can live there?

Individuals and couples who are at least 62 years old and income-qualified for affordable housing in New York City can apply to live in the Ingersoll and Crotona Seniors Residences. There will be preference given to current NYCHA residents and those on the waitlist for NYCHA or Section 8 housing. The official application process has not yet begun. Please sign up for updates. We will alert those on the list well in advance of the official application process.

How much will it cost to live there?

Both Ingersoll Senior Residences and Crotona Senior Residences offer affordable senior rental housing. No resident will pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent. Both residences will be limited to single older adults and couples whose annual income is below a certain amount, with the details based on an annual calculation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2018, that income cap is $36,550 per year for an individual, which means that a single person cannot make more than that amount annually. Similarly, the income cap for a couple is $41,750 per year.

Residents' rent will be calculated at approximately 30 percent of their expected income. For example, if you earn $25,000 as a single person, you would be charged $625 per month in rent for a studio apartment. If you are a couple earning $40,000, you would be charged $1,000 per month in rent for a one-bedroom apartment.

Use this formula to calculate your anticipated estimated rent:
          (Annual income x 0.30) / 12 = your estimated monthly rent

How do I apply?

SAGE and its developer partners will advertise when the application process opens. We'll notify you far enough in advance to make sure you know when to apply and will contact you directly if you have signed up to receive updates. On the application itself, you will be asked for basic information such as name, date of birth, and gender, as well as your Social Security number (or your individual taxpayer identification number if you don't have a Social Security number). You'll need to verify that you and your household member, if applicable, are both 62 or older. The application may also include questions related to income and income sources, household assets (such as stocks and bonds, cash on hand, or money you have in your checking account), and your credit history. The application period will occur over a certain amount of time that is to be determined. Please note that many more people are likely to apply than there are units available.

Is there anything I can do now to prepare?

You can check your credit score—and get advice on repairing your credit, if needed—well in advance of the application process. You can also start gathering the documents that you will need to apply. While certain documents required for the application can't be older than 120 days, other documents should be easy to obtain and make copies.

What documents will I need?

You will need to start collecting documents for your interview that prove who you are, what you do, and how much money you make. These include copies of your Social Security card, identification documents for you and your partner, copies of last year's W-2 forms (all pages), copies of the last six pay stubs from your current job (or last six paystubs from a job that ended within the past 12 months), proof of cash payments, and bank statements. Keep in mind that tax returns and pay stubs must not be older than 120 days at the time of your interview.

What happens after I apply?

Once applications are submitted, some applicants will be chosen for an interview to determine eligibility. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive either a letter in the mail or an email (please diligently check both) from the Property Managers. The letter will tell you where and when the interview will be, as well as what to bring with you. An agent for the Property Management company will then interview you.

You may have only a few days between the time you receive your letter and the date of your interview, so you should have your documents ready to be reviewed.

When will applications be accepted?

We anticipate that the application period will open in early 2019 for Ingersoll and that the application period will open in early spring 2019 for Crotona. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for regular updates about the status of the developments.

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