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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?

The official application process for Ingersoll Senior Residences will open on May 29 at 11am ET. We estimate that the building itself will open in the fall of 2019. Sign-up for Crotona Senior Residences has not yet begun. SAGE will provide regular updates to those who sign up for more information. There are two ways to apply: Use your own computer or sign up to come to a SAGE Center near you. Fill out this form to prepare for the exact questions you'll need to answer on the application.

The application process for Crotona Senior Residences has not yet begun. 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.

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 $37,350 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 $42,700 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?

The official application process for Ingersoll Senior Residences will open on May 29 at 11am ET. We estimate that the building itself will open in the fall of 2019. Sign-up for Crotona Senior Residences has not yet begun. SAGE will provide regular updates to those who sign up for more information. There are two ways to apply: Use your own computer or sign up to come to a SAGE Center near you. Fill out this form to prepare for the exact questions you'll need to answer on the application. 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?

The official application process for Ingersoll Senior Residences in Brooklyn is opening on May 29 at 11am ET. Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY and will be administered on a first come, first served basis. Fill out this form to prepare for the exact questions you'll need to answer on the application. Sign-up for Crotona Senior Residences has not yet begun.

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