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About Penn South Program for Seniors (PSPS)

In 1985, Mutual Redevelopment Houses (MRH), the management company for Penn South Co-op, sponsored a survey which when completed showed that 70% of the Penn South households had a resident 60 or over.

With over 2,234 adults aged 60 and older currently in the community, this senior cohort is poised to expand with an additional 730 residents aged 50 – 59.

The overwhelming majority of these seniors want to stay put. They have no desire to leave their homes for assisted living or a nursing home. This population represents diversity and complexity in functional, health, social services and cultural needs. Many of them joined in the effort to address these and other problems and helped put in place what has become a very successful service model.

PSPS became the first supportive on-site community based program of its kind and established the first NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) Supportive Services Program, (NORC-SSP).

Penn South Program for Seniors (PSPS) sponsored by Penn South Social Services, Inc. (PSSS) is for NYC residents, 55 years of age and older without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender or sexual orientation. It is available to all to take part in its recreational, cultural and educational activities.

PSPS provides free social work services including advocacy, information and referral, homecare coordination and long-term care assistance to those within the co-op aged 60 years and older. The program comprehensively addresses service needs and also affirms the strengths and skilled contributions of older adults of any age and capability. We aim to support even the frailest older adults and prevent crises so that they may live as fully as possible at home. PSPS invites the experience and talents of all members to enhance our community.

Presently, the PSPS staff consists of full-time social workers that offer a variety of services to enable seniors to remain at home.  PSPS also offers a large list of programs presented each month for all our members 55 and older. These include trips, classes, movies, lectures, workshops, parties,  and many other activities.

Gerontologists throughout the US and as far away as Singapore, Japan, China and the Czech Republic have consulted with PSSS/PSPS to learn how to develop programs based on our model.

This pioneering model set the standard by which millions of people live safely and independently throughout the country and world. PSSS/PSPS is proud to have helped create legislation that provided public support to receive state and city funding to build these programs.

PSPS is funded by Penn South Social Services, Inc. which receives support from - Mutual Redevelopment Houses; The NYC Dept. for the Aging; The NYS Office for the Aging; UJA-Federation of New York; The 21st ILGWU Century Heritage Fund; Richard N. Gottfried, NY State Assemblyman, District 75; Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Corey Johnson, Councilmember 3rd District, Manhattan; Pepsico Foundation as well as private donors and contributions from the Penn South community. 

PSPS is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and 2 evenings per month.

Nancy Spannbauer, LMSW, Program Director, Penn South Program for Seniors 212-243-3670 nspannbauer@jasa.org