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The Resources section is an ongoing collaborative effort at The Actors Fund to provide a one-stop database of services and organizations that meet the unique and essential needs of the arts and entertainment professional. You can use the Category and/or State filter OR use the map above to find all resources by State.


New York City Department for the Aging: Housing

This site lists virtually all of the subsidized low-income and very low-income senior housing sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Also listed are middle income Mitchell-Lama developments which are either wholly or partially set aside for seniors.

Nursing Home and Hospital Locator/ Compare

The Medicare website provides information on long-term care planning, steps to choosing long-term care and explanations of different services. This site also offers tools to search for and compare nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals.

Senior Centers

Department for the Aging (DFTA)

Access a list of senior centers and other senior services throughout New York City on the DFTA homepage. Under Senior Services found on the left hand side of the page, insert zip code or borough, then chose service of interest.

Public Advocate for the City of New York

The Public Advocate's office seeks to ensure that all New Yorkers receive the city services they deserve. They can be reached by visiting the office in person at 1 Centre Street, 15th Floor, or by phone: 212-669-7250 or email:

SAGE New York City

Extends a comprehensive array of affirming services and support throughout New York City to ensure that LGBT older people can age in good health, financially secure and with broad community support.

Services and Assistance

Free Glasses for Seniors

Several agencies that help senior citizens who need new glasses but can't afford them, including Lions Club International, New Eyes For The Needy, and Vision USA. This page explains these programs and how to apply for each.

Jewish Association for Services to Aged (JASA)

JASA provides a vast array of social, recreational, health, legal, housing, educational and advocacy programs for seniors 60 years of age and older regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC)

Has a case management program to help coordinate home care and other services for frail residents 65 years of age and older in Manhattan Community Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6, a home attendant program, home repair & safety audit program, home sharing program, ombudsman program to investigate and resolve challenging situations in adult homes and assisted living facilities and a respite care program to give temporary relief for primary caregivers.

Service Program for Older People

Accepts referrals for older adults ages 55 and over. Services include individual insight-oriented and supportive counseling, psychiatric evaluation and supervision of medication, family/caregiver counseling, and short-term behaviorally focused therapy.

Service Program for Older People (SPOP)

SPOP provides comprehensive mental health and supportive services, advocacy and education for people 55 years old and older. Services include counseling, case management, crisis intervention, family supportive counseling & home visits, an adult day center for adults with cognitive impairments, memory loss and dementia, bereavement support and assistance with entitlements and benefits.

The Actors Fund Senior Care Program

Helps entertainment industry professionals 65 years old and over, their families and caregivers with services including access to benefits, financial management and assistance and more.



Provides transportation for people with disabilities who are unable to use public bus or subway service for some or all of their trips. It offers shared ride, door-to-door paratransit service in all five boroughs for the same cost as regular public transportation. An application and interview with a healthcare professional are necessary to determine eligibility.

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC): Project C.A.R.T.

C.A.R.T. van service provides free specialized transportation for the frail elderly. It operates in Manhattan from the Battery to 96th St. on the East Side; and to 110th St. on the West Side.

Volunteer and Work Opportunities

Community Service Society

More than 26,000 seniors in New York State contribute their time and talents in one of three Senior Corps programs - The Foster Grandparent Program, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program - to meet community challenges via local nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations and other groups.

ReServe, Inc.

Matches continuing professionals with part-time service opportunities at nonprofit organizations and public institutions in order to strengthen their communities while earning a modest stipend.