Enriched Housing for Seniors

Funding Progress: $313,000
31%
South Asian immigrants are among the fastest growing population and one of the most overlooked groups of elderly in New York City. To support this underserved population, India Home is seeking financing to purchase a property that will be demolished and rebuilt into a supportive service center and senior housing facility in Jamaica, NY. This loan will be repaid through a permanent construction loan.

Investment Summary

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Investment Notice

Who They Are: India Home

Dr. Vasundhara Kalasapudi envisioned India Home as an antidote to the loneliness and isolation experienced by South Asian elders. In 2008, India Home established the first senior center catering to South Asian values and culture at the Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP) of Eastern Queens. This community center was a response to the unique and urgent needs of a fast-growing community of South Asian seniors in Queens.

 

India Home offers a welcoming space where seniors take yoga classes and workshops, and enjoy nutritious, culturally appropriate congregate meals. They celebrate Diwali and other festivals beloved to South Asians. The programs are designed to foster community and friendship, stimulate mental and physical fitness, empower the elders through knowledge and encourage them to come together to creatively solve problems or advocate for their rights.

 

In a few short years, India Home has become the standard bearer for other South Asian groups seeking to replicate their model of community service.

India Home Bajans and morning exercises
A group of seniors starting their day right by doing Bhajans and getting in their morning exercises at Ozone park. Active seniors are the best.
India Home India Independence Day Celebration 2
India Home hosted a special 75th Indian Independence Day celebration at the Hindu Center in Flushing, Queens.
India Home Nature Walk
Seniors enjoyed the nice weather and outdoor scenery on a nature hike with Mount Everest climbers Tashi & Nungshi Malik.

Use of Proceeds & Repayment

The loan proceeds will be used to purchase the property at 87-86 153rd Street, Jamaica, NY. This property will be torn down and rebuilt to be a supportive service center and senior housing facility.

 

While awaiting approval from the NY Department of Health, this 2 family home with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms will be utilized as a co-living residence for seniors. It is anticipated that the property will house between 4 to 6 seniors with similar experiences, cultures, and diets who would live together in a “family” unit system, where they can build meaningful social connections and share household responsibilities.

 

The loan will be repaid through a permanent construction loan after India Home receives the approval for licensing of the healthcare facility.

Jamaica, Queens Property

For additional details about the property, please take a look at the realtor.com listing.

Jamaica, Queens Investment property for India Home

Why Support this Program

  • In New York City, South Asian immigrants are among the fastest growing population and one of the most overlooked groups of elderly.

 

  • Many elderlies are now migrating to the US in large numbers because of the Family Reunification Act, and experience unique challenges being recent immigrants.

 

India Home is working on establishing the first ever co-living home for South Asian seniors in NYC. This is an important step in combatting the exacerbated social isolation that our older adults have faced during the pandemic. They hope that this pilot project will be a catalyst in bringing about many more culturally competent co-living homes, improving the senior housing landscape for immigrant older adults across Queens and beyond.

India Home self defense training 2
Center for Anti-Violence Education led an impactful self-defense training at their Desi Senior Center. Seniors learned important safety tips & best practices.
India Home celebrating Grandparent's Day at 1 World's Fair Arena.
Seniors, staff, family members and grandkids having fun on the dance floor in celebration of Grandparent’s Day at 1 World’s Fair Marina.
India Home CPR Training
Seniors participated in CPR training at their Hindu Center. Safety comes first and these important skills are being learned by their members.

Testimonials from India Home Seniors

India Home testimonial from Mahmuda and Eunus

Mahmuda Khatun & Eunus Khan have been a part of India Home since 2017, when they joined the Desi Senior Center in Jamaica. Mr. Khan enjoys the yoga class for exercise, English class and the creative writing classes. Mrs. Khatun enjoys the social aspect India Home provided even during the pandemic. She enjoys different lectures, but the most important thing for her is that she has made friends to talk to. Mr. Khan & Mrs. Khatun are extremely grateful for the case management India Home has offered, through which they got assistance they needed. 

Usha Mehta expresses her sincere gratitude to India Home. She is especially grateful that India Home has kept her motivated, happy and healthy. She says,”India Home makes me happy.” She appreciates the phone calls to check in and make sure the seniors are doing okay. “If we need anything, they will be there to help us out,” she says. Usha expresses gratitude for the groceries as well and says India Home staff’s efforts help to ensure that seniors don’t go into depression. She says, “through [the Zoom app] we are conducting yoga, art class, computer classes and fun games…with everyone. That makes us happy and puts smiles on our faces.”
India Home testimonial from Usha

“THEY HAVE GIVEN ALL THEIR LIFE TO THEIR CHILDREN AND THE COMMUNITY…IT’S TIME TO GIVE BACK.”

Dr. Vasundhara Kalasapudi, Executive Director

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