Bright Invention Debuts its Senior Living Initative

“On Friday Spetmeber 5th, eight Bright Invention members took our form Click to the Samuel F. Green House in Elkins Park, a senior independent living community of Federation Housing, Inc. In a bright community room, we performed a slightly modified version of Click for about 40 seniors in residence there. Rising Leader Randi Hickey stage managed, ensemble member Kevin Chick had his Bright Invention debut, and, for the first time, Artistic Director Jennifer MacMillan played in with the ensemble!

By all accounts it was a smashing success, and we mingled with the residents afterwards who shared their delight and questions with us. White Pines will be growing this Initiative in the future, so if you have any ideas about senior centers that might support a visit from us, please let us know!

Our partner at Federation Housing, Kathy Sarlson, was extraordinarily helpful and supportive, and she shared these pictures with us!”

-White Pines Productions – Original Post




Energy Partnership Benefits Low-Income Seniors

fedJFRE_0Jeff Bartos is the North American CEO of the Mark Group,a global provider of home energy efficiency solutions. He also is a member of the executive committee of Jewish Federation of Greater Phila­delphia’s real estate affinity group, colloquially known as JFRE.

In his business dealings, Jeff has worked closely with the Phil­adelphia Electric Company and knew of a PECO program that would help JFRE fulfill its mandate of enabling older ad­ults to age in place and remain connected to their communities.

The PECO Default Service Provider program, or DSP, invests resources in helping low-income residents of multifamily dwellings to replace “energy-guzzling” heating and air-conditioning systems and appliances with more efficient models.

“I thought that this would be a great way for Federation Hous­ing, Inc., to conserve energy and save on their utility bills,” said Jeff, who personally pitched the project to Valeria Bullock, senior business analyst for PECO’s Low Income Usage Reduction Program.

Jeff sat down with Eric Naftulin, executive director and CEO for the housing agency, to determine which facility would reap the most benefits from this program. Together, they looked at past utility bills and selected the Robert Saligman House in Northeast Philadelphia, where more than 180 low-income seniors make their home.

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Source: Jewish Exponent, Link: Full Article, Author: Lynn B. Edelman



Federation Housing, Inc. Friend’s Digest 2013

Friend’s Digest 2013

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A Welcome Reception for a New Torah



Ark of triumph? That’s what it was all about at the Samuel A. Green House, a Federation Housing complex for seniors in Elkins Park, as the leaders of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am presented the residents with a Torah for the ark in their chapel. 

It was a festive affair as congregants brought the Torah from their Abington site to the seniors, who greeted the arrival with song and dance — and, maybe, more than a tear or two of joy.


Florence E. Green House Grand Opening

(May 17, 2013) On Tuesday representatives from K&A attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Florence E. Green House – a three-story, 60-unit affordable housing community for seniors in Trevose, PA. The new residence responds to the need for safe, affordable housing for the elderly and provides access to supportive services. The project was built on a wooded lot adjacent to a new single-family development that blends into the existing residential fabric of the surrounding area.

Various amenities provide residents with a blend of spaces for community activities and social interaction as well as personal space for respite and relaxation. They include a community room with kitchenette, exercise room, game room, library, media lounge and computer room, central laundry facilities, meditation room, and wellness office. The building achieved Energy Star Certification, with various sustainable design features including Energy Star labeled mechanical equipment, appliances, lighting, and windows, along with water-conserving plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints. Congratulations to Pennrose Properties, Federation Housing, Domus, Inc., and the entire team on this project opening!

Florence E. Green House Grand Opening

Florence E. Green House Grand Opening

Source: Kitchen and Associates

Somerton Court Senior Residences / Florence E. Green House General Information – Update 4/23/2013



                                                4701 Somerton Road, Trevose, PA 19053

General Information

Update: 7/3/2013

  • Somerton Court Senior Residences  also known as Florence E. Green House is open and there are apartments still available.

Application/Eligibility Information


  • Applications are available by calling 215-673-6446  ext 2 or by going to our website
  • The Tenant Selection Plan will be mailed with the application.
  • The Tenant Selection Plan provides detailed information about eligibility requirements and the application process. It is also posted on our website at
  • All members of the household must be 62 years of age at the time of application.
  • There is no HUD  rental subsidy for the property.
  • Section 8 voucher holders may not be refused based upon their status as a voucher holder.
  • This is a Low Income Housing Tax Credit building.
  • Applicants must meet eligibility requirements set forth by Pennsylvania Housing finance Agency (PFHA) as part of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program of Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Serve (IRS) Code of 1986.









Building Information

  • There is on- site management, social services and maintenance
  • This is a non-smoking, wheel chair accessible building with two elevators.
  • There is a walking path and rear patio.
  • Apartments all are wired for cable television/ internet and telephone. This is fee for service from Comcast or Verizon.
  • There is a community computer room with free internet access.
  • There are fee for service community laundry rooms.

Apartment Information

  • There are 54 one- bedroom apartments and 6 two-bedroom apartments.
  •  There are a limited number of apartments designed for people with mobility impairments who need the accessible features of that apartment.
  • There are a limited number of apartments designed for people with a hearing or vision impairment.
  • Each apartment has a tiled kitchen floor, and is equipped with a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.  There are no garbage disposals.
  • There is an individually controlled thermostat for heating and cooling.
  • Gas and electric utilities are the responsibility of the resident and are individually metered for each apartment.
  • The heat is gas and the hot water is electric .
  • Air conditioning, cooking and lighting are electric.
  • There are carpeted living and bedrooms with blinds.
  • There are balconies only in the apartments that face the front of the building.
  • Pets are permitted and are limited to one domestic household pet with proper vaccinations and $300 pet security deposit. More information is available on this.



  • Rent will be based on the income, bedroom style and the apartments available at lease signing.
  • Income cannot exceed 60% of the area medium income which is $33,300 for 1 (one) person and $38,040 for 2 (two) people.
  • There are a limited number of apartments with reduced rents that are available for persons with extremely low incomes at 20% of the Area Medium Income (AMI).

Application Processing 

  • All “complete” applications will be date/ time stamped upon receipt at FHI.
  • A post card will be mailed to you acknowledging receipt of your application.
  • Please refer to the Tenant Selection Plan for more information about this processing
  • We will call applicants by the date order of their application to schedule appointments to process their application.
  • You will need to wait until we contact you to set up an interview.

Florence Green House opens in Bensalem


Florence Green House to provide affordable homes to seniors

The Florence Green House in Bensalem opened last month to provide affordable housing to senior citizens. The complex is run by Federation Housing Inc., a Philadelphia affordable housing agency. The Flo Green House was supported by generous donations from Firstrust Bank and its CEO, Richard Green, Flo’s son. Residents Beverly and Sol Superfine relax in their spacious living room. They are among the first to take residence in the Florence Green House.

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Volunteers Do a Spring Spruce Up in Elkins Park



On Sunday, June 2, Federation Housing Inc.’s Samuel A. Green House in Elkins Park benefited from a beautification project courtesy of volunteers representing two community organizations.

Members of the Jewish Federation Real Estate group (JFRE) and their families teamed up with volunteers from Firstrust Bank to construct benches, add three new tables with umbrellas and 12 chairs, plant 20 flats of flowers in six gardens, hang a dozen floral baskets, build a fountain, fill bird-feeders and create stepping stones to further enhance the grounds of this senior adult apartment complex.

Green House residents pitched in as well in this spring spruce up, which was generously underwritten by JFRE. Said JFRE’s Jeremy Fogel, event co-chair, “Our members raise funds and deploy them in the community in line with Federation’s goals. This project was ideal for us to fund because it involved real estate and supports people in the community.”

The youngest volunteer was 2 and the oldest was 99-year-old resident Dot Kap­­lan, who had high praise for the spring spruce up. “I love it. It enhances not just the Green House but the entire neighborhood,” she said.

Kathy Sarlson, director of development for Federation Housing, noted, “We’re incredibly grateful to JFRE for so generously donating not only this new furniture and the flowers, but also their time. This outdoor area is where the residents spend most of their time during the warmer months.”

Daniel Green, son of the building’s namesake Samuel Green, serves as Firstrust Bank’s chairman of the board. He and his son, Arlin, were part of the Firstrust Bank volunteer contingent. “I’m very pleased with the work of Federation Housing. It’s the spirit and the creativity that they’ve put into this building,” Green said, adding, “I couldn’t have imagined that this building would have been as meaningful as it’s turned out to be.”

For more information on JFRE, visit:”

View a photo album from the day on:


Source – Jewish Exponent

Federation Housing Opens Bucks Facility




“Federation Housing, Inc. has opened its second apartment building for seniors outside the city of Philadelphia.

The first, the Samuel A. Green House, opened in Elkins Park in late 2011 with the help of a $3 million contribution from the Green Family Foundation and Firstrust Bank. Last week, Federation Housing opened the Florence E. Green House, an affordable housing site for 60 low-income seniors in Bucks County. That project received a $1 million contribution from the Green foundation and the bank, which was started by Samuel Green in the 1930s.

Federation Housing, a nonprofit organization, was created in 1970 with the help of a grant from what is now the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to the Green facilities, the agency operates nine other properties, mostly in the Northeast. All together, they house more than 1,500 people. All of the properties have a waiting list and the demand is expected to increase as baby boomers continue to reach retirement age.

Richard J. Green, CEO and vice chairman of Firstrust Bank, was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building named after his mother. The Elkins Park building is named after his grandfather.

“My mother had several passions in life — family, golf, cooking and helping assure comfortable and secure housing for those who were less fortunate,” he said.

The building is a three-story, new construction apartment building located on 4.17 acres at 4701 Somerton Road in Trevose. The residence includes 54 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments.

Eric Naftulin, executive vice president of Federation Housing, said that no other projects are currently in the works.

But the agency, said Naftulin, “is always looking for new opportunities” to create housing “as our waiting lists remain extensive.”

Source: -Jewish Exponent


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