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Anniversary of towers showcases collaboration in creating low-income housing - Brooklyn Paper

Anniversary of towers showcases collaboration in creating low-income housing

DHCR Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen, standing, welcomes the tenants of Weinberg Council Towers. Seated, from left, are Alexandra Shmulko and Alex and Inna Shinyansky.

The Weinberg Council Towers, an attractive living community for low-income seniors created by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and tucked away inthe Starrett City/Spring Creek section of Brooklyn, just marked its 10th anniversary.

To commemorate the event, DHCR Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Council Member Charles Barron and Council Member-elect Brad Lander attended to congratulate Met Council and the tenants of Weinberg Council Towers on their creation.

Offering roomy and comfortable apartments for a fraction of the market-rate, thanks to financing from HUD Section 202 and the Weinberg Foundation in addition to other benefactors, the Council Towers residence is a godsend for the nearly 600 seniors who live there, and a prime example of how government and nonprofit agencies can work successfully together.

Festivities included refreshments and a testimony sharing, in which tenants spoke about how the Weinberg Council Towers residence has transformed their lives, offering them a beautiful senior community at a rate they can afford.

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