EHDOC Presents Upcoming Steve Protulis Towers to Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association

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On Saturday 7/17/21 representatives of EHDOC attended a Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association (BCNA) meeting to present the Steve Protulis Towers East and West, a 119-unit affordable housing development for seniors ages 62 and up and the disabled, which is currently nearing the end of construction.

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Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association Meeting 7/17/21

On Saturday 7/17/21 representatives of EHDOC attended a Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association (BCNA) meeting to present the Steve Protulis Towers East and West, a 119-unit affordable housing development for seniors ages 62 and up and the disabled, which is currently nearing the end of construction. Attendees included Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava, State Representative James Bush III and EHDOC Vice President of Development Roland Broussard.

EHDOC, along with its partner Integra, are proud to become a long-term neighbor in this community and look forward to building a strong coalition and valuable relationships with the state, county, and local leaders to further assist in the betterment of the community. As EHDOC thrives to provide quality, safe and secure affordable housing for seniors across the country, it is the mission of the Brownsville Civic Neighborhood Association to improve the quality of life for all stakeholders of Brownsville by preservation of its history, civic engagement, social and economic renaissance and a high health and safety standard for the people of Brownsville.

Steve Protulis Towers East and West offers spacious 1 and 2-bedroom units averaging in size from 621 sq. ft. to 1,012 sq. ft. with rents ranging from $426 to $1,500 per month, with Section 8 Vouchers also accepted. The projected date of first occupancy is August or Sept of 2021.  

Steve Protulis Towers East and West are located at 2495 NW 54th St, Miami, FL 33142 and 5500 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33142 respectively. To request an application for affordable housing or to learn more about Steve Protulis Towers East and West, please contact: Mildred and Claude Pepper Towers Leasing Office at 2350 NW 54th St, Miami, FL 33142 between 9:30AM – 3:30PM Monday – Friday or call 305-635-6494.

Steve Protulis Towers East and West is professionally managed by Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation, an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava
State Representative James Bush III and EHDOC Vice President of Development Roland Broussard
State Representative James Bush III and EHDOC Vice President of Development Roland Broussard
Steve Protulis Towers West - East Facade
Steve Protulis Towers West – East Facade
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Steve Protulis Towers West – South Facade

North Park Village Closed On Financing

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North Park Village Apartments, Chicago, IL - LGG Article
Congratulations are in order to Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC)! This Spring, EHDOC closed on financing for their project, North Park Village! This will be a rehabilitation of 180 senior housing units. The historic appearance and original character of the building will be preserved.

The overall campus was originally constructed in 1911 as a Tuberculosis Sanitarium until it was permanently closed in 1974. In 1979 it was redeveloped into a combination of rehabilitated and newly constructed senior buildings. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium Historic District. The building is roughly 253,279 SF including four connected 3 story buildings, which will consist of 1 and 2 bedroom units. 15% to 60%, AMI, 27 State Referral Network units will be set aside for those that are physically or mentally disabled and 81 Project Based Voucher units through the Chicago Housing Authority.

This building is located on the corner of North Pulaski Road, and Bryn Mawr, in Chicago Illinois. This will be a senior campus situated on 6.0 acres and adjacent to a large nature preserve campus in excess of 160-acres. Newly renovated affordable housing with updated ADA accessible parking and walks, on-site library, central laundry, fitness center, community room and on-site management for seniors. The exterior includes a picnic area, sitting area, and park setting adjacent to a nature preserve.

Thank you to all those who were part of this development!


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Housing with a Heart Special Edition 2021: Steve Protulis, Moments in Time: A Tribute

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Louisiana Properties offer Immediate Occupancy

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EHDOC offers subsidized housing opportunities in Louisiana for low income seniors seeking long term residency. For seniors 62 and older who were displaced by Hurricane Laura or others seeking immediate occupancy, please call our Community Managers to inquire about these four properties:


Other Louisiana communities are listed below. 
Our Community Managers look forward to speaking to you.

Chateau Des Amis, Ville Platte, LA:                      Debbie Clark – 337.363.4301

Point Villa Apartments, Church Point, LA:           Tessa Guilbeaux – 337.581.5963

Leisure Lane Apartments, Rayne, LA:                  Tessa Guilbeaux – 337.581.5963

Pine Grove Apartments, Pineville, LA:                  Marilyn Jones – 318.640.3006

Oakwood Apartments, Cheneyville, LA:               Marilyn Jones – 318.279.2746

Sunshine Center Apartments, Leesville, LA:        Melissa Wingate – 337.239.0463


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Available for Immediate Occupancy

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Visit our  Immediate Occupancy page for a list of EHDOC affordable senior communities that currently have Immediate Occupancy apartments in Louisiana. Click here.


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Harsh Impact of Coronavirus Exposes the Critical Shortage of Safe and Affordable Housing and Services for the Elderly

by Steve Protulis, EHDOC President and CEO

Steve Protulis, EHDOC President and CEO

These past few months have been particularly hard with the high rate of infections amongst seniors. COVID-19 has also crippled our economy, spiked homelessness, and exposed the critical shortage of safe and affordable housing. While Congress passed in March the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), its funds are rapidly running out. As our Chairman Christopher Shelton urges in his accompanying article, we need to educate Congress to expand the supply of affordable senior housing. So, what is the Administration proposing in its FY2021 budget to develop affordable senior housing?

When the Administration released its proposed FY2021 budget in early February, I had very mixed feelings. While I was pleasantly surprised that the Administration had requested, for the first time in many years, a slight increase in funding for the construction of Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, I was also very disappointed and concerned that simultaneously the Administration was proposing very harsh cuts for other affordable housing, health care, and services for the elderly.

This is good news and a step in the right direction since it is the first time since FY2013 that any funds have been requested by the Administration for the Section 202 Capital Advance construction program that EHDOC and other non-profit organizations have long relied upon to develop affordable senior housing. However, despite the increase, it is also woefully inadequate compared to the $825 million that had been funded for Section 202 affordable senior housing in FY2010, including $582 million for new construction.

During recent years when zero funds were neither requested nor funded, the elderly population has significantly increased by several millions (AARP documents that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day); as a result the costs for housing has skyrocketed; and the number of homeless has tragically increased throughout America (over a half million homeless people nightly).

It is difficult to understand and accept these funding cuts when the Administration clearly recognizes the critical shortage of affordable senior housing as documented in their Congressional justification statement that accompanied their FY2021 budget request. Key points cited in the Administration’s proposed FY2021 budget justification for HUD included:

  • The Section 202 program is the only federally funded program that expressly addresses the need for affordable elderly housing (and) its impact is amplified through the leverage of other housing.
  • The average annual household income for Section 202 PRAC (accompanying Project Rental Assistance Contract) households is approximately $12,000.
  • HUD is only able to provide assisted housing to one in three seniors who qualify. The demand for such programs is likely to increase as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age into retirement.
  • In addition to demand outpacing investments in elderly housing, there is a growing increase in the number of older Americans with worst-case housing needs. HUD’s Worst-Case Housing Needs: 2017 Report to Congress found that 1.85 million households headed by an elderly person had worst-case housing needs in 2015.
  • The proportion of elderly, very low-income renters with worst-case needs was 39.8 percent in 2015, representing a 2.6 percentage point increase since 2013. Low-income elderly households that rely on fixed incomes may be less likely than households with wage income to benefit from positive economic trends, but elderly households are affected by rising market rents, nonetheless.
  • The Section 202 program helps to reduce the number of vulnerable seniors experiencing worst-case housing needs or homelessness.
  • With the assistance of service coordinators, many of these residents can access community-based services that are designed to help them stay longer in their housing, age in the community, and avoid more expensive institutional settings.

Unfortunately, despite slight increases in the Section 202 elderly housing program, the overall proposed FY2021 budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be drastically cut by 15% to $47.9 billion compared to $56.5 billion in FY2020. This harsh cut of $8.6 billion for HUD is much higher than the average 5 to 6 percent proposed cuts for other federal non defense programs (although proposed increase of over $800 million for defense budget).

As stated in EHDOC Board Chairman Chris Shelton’s article, “What is the commitment for Affordable Senior Housing in communities nationwide?” (see Summer, 2019 Housing with a Heart), with recent year funding cuts for the Section 202 program, EHDOC and others have needed to seek alternative funding for the development of affordable senior housing, including HOME, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and other funding through state and local governments. Unfortunately, the Administration’s proposed FY2021 budget would eliminate funding for many of these federal programs that have been used to develop affordable housing that assists low-income older persons.

Compounding the proposed funding cuts for affordable housing, the Administration is also seeking harsh cuts to other health and services that assist EHDOC residents and other older persons, including Older Americans Act programs, food stamps (now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP); fuel assistance, caregiver programs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, etc. with indications that additional cuts could be forthcoming (most likely after the election).

Overall, the Administration seeks $4.4 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, including $2 trillion in non-defense discretionary programs (Congressional annual appropriations, including HUD) and $2 trillion from mandatory programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). The Administration imposes a cap of $590 billion for non-defense programs despite the bi-partisan budget agreement last year of $626.5 billion for FY2021.

Once again, it is vital that each of us who support affordable senior housing must educate our members of Congress; candidates for elected offices at federal, state, and local offices; as well as other key Administration officials, on the critical need and benefits (to older persons, communities and taxpayers) of the cost-effectiveness of the Section 202 and other affordable housing programs that assist low-income seniors. Our earlier efforts with letter writing, meetings, media, rallies, and other communications have been helpful, but we have a long and tough fight ahead. See EHDOC Board Chairman Christopher Shelton’s article on effective communication needed for affordable senior housing (link).

COVID-19 Is Tougher on Older Men, and Scientists May Now Know Why

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By E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News)
News Picture: COVID-19 Is Tougher on Older Men, and Scientists May Now Know Why

Key differences in immune system function may help determine why severe, life-threatening COVID-19 tends to target older men, scientists say.

A new study found that among elderly people and in men, especially, certain factors may lead to a weaker immune system response against infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

That could help explain high rates of intensive care unit admission and death among these patients.

“Host responses to SARS-CoV-2 are dependent on viral load and infection time, with observed differences due to age and sex that may contribute to disease severity,” said a team led by Nicole Lieberman and Alexander Greninger, both of the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle.

In the study, the investigators looked at bits of genetic material (RNA) collected from the nasal swabs of 430 people who tested positive for COVID-19, and another 54 who did not.

The researchers used that material to conduct a deep-dive investigation into the immune system responses of each patient following contact with the new coronavirus.

The findings showed that immune cell responses typically weren’t activated until three days after infection began. Also, the strength and makeup of the immune cell response was dependent on the amount of viral load — and responses also differed by age and sex.

For example, compared to young patients, older patients tended to have “reduced expression” of key immune system agents, which in turn may have triggered “deficiencies” in the activity of T-cells and “natural killer” (NK) cells. Both of those immune system cells are crucial in mounting a good defense against oncoming pathogens.

In addition, men seemed to show reductions in the activity of NK cells and another type of immune system cell, B-cells, compared to what was seen in women, the research team said.

Men infected with SARS-CoV-2 also showed an increase in another immunological pathway that might end in “inappropriately throttling antiviral responses,” the study authors reported.

The report was published online Sept. 8 in PLOS Biology.

Reading over the new findings, infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja noted that “the clinical course of every infectious disease is a combination of viral factors, such as viral load and host immune response.” Adalja is a senior scholar at the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.

“This new study provides more evidence that the reason behind the elderly and males being more susceptible to severe disease from COVID has to do with differences in the host immune response,” he said.

The findings might even point the way to improved treatments, Adalja added.

“By understanding the intricacies of how this dysregulated response occurs, it may become possible to modulate it with precisely targeted therapies, as well as to predict who is more likely to have a severe case,” he said.

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Too Little Vitamin D Might Raise Odds of Coronavirus Infection

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There’s evidence that low blood levels of the “sunshine vitamin” — vitamin D — may increase a person’s risk of infection with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

Vitamin D is important to the function of the immune system and vitamin D supplements have previously been shown to lower the risk of viral respiratory tract infections,” said study lead author Dr. David Meltzer. He’s chief of hospital medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine.

For the new study, Meltzer’s team tracked coronavirus infections among 489 patients whose vitamin D levels were measured within a year before they were tested for the new coronavirus.

While the study couldn’t determine cause and effect, patients with an untreated vitamin D deficiency (blood levels of less than 20 ng/mL) were nearly two times more likely to test positive for the coronavirus than patients with sufficient vitamin D levels, the researchers said.

“Our statistical analysis suggests this may be true for the COVID-19 infection,” Meltzer said in a medical center news release.

Half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, with much higher rates among Black and Hispanic Americans and people who live in areas like Chicago, where it’s difficult to get enough sun exposure in winter.

The body produces vitamin D when skin is directly exposed to the sun.

“Understanding whether treating vitamin D deficiency changes COVID-19 risk could be of great importance locally, nationally and globally,” Meltzer said. “Vitamin D is inexpensive, generally very safe to take, and can be widely scaled,” he noted.

Further research is needed to determine whether vitamin D supplements might reduce the risk of infection with the new coronavirus and even the severity of COVID-19, the study authors said.

Dr. Len Horovitz is a pulmonologist and internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Reading over the new findings, he said that research has “suggested that [vitamin] D plays an essential role in the immune system. This current study underscores this: D appears to reduce the risk of being infected with COVID, and other studies have suggested that patients with D deficiency fare worse with COVID.”

Horovitz suggested that the pandemic might even be raising levels of vitamin D deficiency.

“Because of city living and especially with ‘lockdowns,’ there has been less sun exposure and therefore more finding of D deficiency in my practice,” he noted.

Luckily, an easy remedy is at hand, since vitamin D supplements are available. “The proper dose depends on patient size and their sunlight exposure, and can be easily measured with a simple blood test,” Horovitz said.

Meltzer’s group believes there’s a need for studies to identify strategies for vitamin D supplementation that may be most effective in specific groups of people. The Chicago researchers said they’ve already launched several such clinical trials.

The study was published online Sept. 3 in JAMA Network Open.

— Robert Preidt

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