In 2011, EBC leaders began an ambitious new effort to organize senior citizens to identify ways in which neighborhoods can be made safer, easier to get around in, cleaner and healthier. Seniors at EBC member institutions have begun hundreds of conversations to identify issues and solutions, and then develop plans to take action to get results.
EBC leaders in East New York recently met with managers from the United States Postal Service, which led to improved mail delivery and shorter lines in some of the local post offices. Now leaders in Bushwick, Brownsville and East New York are developing plans to make intersections and sidewalks safer, provide more benches and bus covers at stops used by seniors, and challenge the MTA to run the buses on time.
In 2011, Irving Domenech Senior Housing in Ocean Hill opened and provides housing to 72 seniors. Domenech Housing was built by Common Ground and named after a longtime EBC leader.
Our sister organization, Manhattan Together, has successfully forced the Department of Transportation to install new countdown timer crosswalks in several areas in the Upper West Side, East Harlem and the Lower East Side. Leaders from EQUAL, in Queens, have gotten the local Social Security Administration offices to provide more chairs and privacy. Together, these efforts are part of a Metro IAF's citywide strategy to organize seniors to make improvements.