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Center for Senior Services

Few contemporary issues are more critical than the aging of the population. Recognizing that senior citizens remain valued members of our community, B’nai B’rith has a leading role in providing senior housing and advocating for the issues that affect older adults.

B’nai B’rith International is a leader in the Jewish community’s approach to aging issues through the B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services. With our first housing partnership with HUD launched in 1971, and with 35 buildings in 27 communities, we are the largest national Jewish sponsor of subsidized housing in the United States. But we don’t just build senior housing—CSS staff support training and programs for the residents, building staff and board members that make up our Housing Network.

Working with our members and supporters throughout the United States, our Senior Advocacy work advances B’nai B’rith’s agenda on a range of seniors’ issues—including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, funding for the aging services network and any Federal programs that affect the day-to-day lives of older adults living in the U.S.—to policy makers in Washington, D.C., and across the country.

It should be noted that the B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Network is more than bricks and mortar and provides so much more than just basic shelter needs. Quality housing is key to aging with dignity. Each of our buildings provides personal interaction, services and life enhancing activities for every resident in the property. 

Our goal is not simply to build an apartment building, but to create a sense of community and a welcoming environment for all of the residents, as well as to keep them living independently in their neighborhoods for as long as possible.”

 – Janel Doughten, Associate Director, Center for Senior Services

Senior Advocacy: Our Issues. Our Perspective.

Housing –   B’nai B’rith is a recognized leader in providing housing for low-income older adults since 1971. We are the largest national Jewish sponsor of subsidized housing for the elderly and we continue to look for innovative ways to build new housing and preserve existing units. 

Health Care and Medicare  Healthy aging cannot begin at 65—it requires lifelong access to affordable health care, without which older adults are more likely to have multiple chronic (and expensive) health problems. B’nai B’rith actively supports responsible efforts to expand access to these services. B’nai B’rith supports the U.S. government’s Medicare program that currently covers those who are 65+ as well as millions of disabled adults. We support changes that are helpful to beneficiaries and for the program’s sustainability.

Social Security – B’nai B’rith International supports maintaining and strengthening the Social Security system as a social insurance program and believes it is important to help older Americans safeguard their retirement savings.

B’nai B’rith has long maintained that both Social Security and Medicare must be carefully examined in order to strengthen them as the social safety nets they have  been since their inception. We have expanded upon our expertise in senior housing to become leading specialists in many aspects of critical  senior services

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CSS Leads Service Project to Kick Off 2024 Training in Los Angeles

The B’nai B’rith Managers and Service Coordinators Meeting kicked off on May 15 in California with a service project at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Along with a few other groups, our B’nai B’rith volunteers helped pack 2,604 food boxes for people in need.
 
This exemplifies our spirit of 𝘛𝘪𝘬𝘬𝘶𝘯 𝘖𝘭𝘢𝘮, repairing the world: B’nai B’rith gives back to the local community where we hold our training. Most of our residents are recipients of food boxes from their own local food banks, so our CSS senior housing network understands how vital this local support is to the community.
The training included fraud and investment education from the Securities and Exchange Commission, emergency preparedness with My Safe LA, updates from a representative from the Social Security Administration and more.
 
As the largest national Jewish sponsor of non-sectarian subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States we understand the critical importance of training to ensure the B’nai B’rith senior housing network continues to provide quality housing, allowing residents to age in place in dignity.

Congressional and AASC staffers speak with Homecrest House leaders

Residents of B'nai B'rith Homecrest House

Staffers speaking with Homecrest House staff

On a CSS Visit to B'nai B'rith Homecrest House

CSS Leads Congressional Staffer Trip to B'nai B'rith Homecrest House

Prior to the pandemic, the B’nai B’rith International Center for Senior Services (CSS) regularly organized tours of our U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) senior housing properties around the country. These tours provide an opportunity for members of Congress and their staff to see the critical importance affordable housing plays in the lives of seniors.

Today, staff members from the House of Representatives committee responsible for funding rental subsidies and service coordinators for HUD senior housing toured Homecrest House, a B’nai B’rith sponsored property in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Staff members Kate Koschewa and Christina Monroe toured the campus where they saw an apartment unit, the gym, the library and dining room. They also spent time talking with residents about their experiences living in Homecrest House.

We thank Mike Goldman, president of the board of directors for Homecrest House and Homecrest staff members for participating. Also, attending on behalf of B’nai B’rith International were Evan Carmen, legislative director for aging policy, and Alayna Waldrum and Kendra Kuehn, representing the American Association of Service Coordinators‘ policy team.

“B’nai B’rith thanks Kate Koschewa and Christina Monroe for visiting Homecrest House and appreciates their time touring the property and speaking with residents. Homecrest is a great example of how HUD senior housing can make a big difference in the lives of older Americans who are worried about paying healthcare and grocery bills,” Carmen said.

B’nai B’rith is a leader in the Jewish community’s approach to aging issues through our Center for Senior Services. Our first housing partnership with HUD launched in 1971 and now, with 35 buildings in 27 communities, we are the largest national Jewish sponsor of non-sectarian subsidized housing in the United States.

We don’t just build senior housing – CSS staff members support training and programs for the residents, building staff and board members who make up our housing network.