Here’s Where the $1.25M Rivington House Settlement Money is Going
In the wake of the Rivington House scandal, the Attorney General last year settled with the Allure Group for its nefarious conduct in shutting down and canceling the deed restriction that led to the $116 million sale of the former nursing home.
Under the terms of the settlement, Allure is on the hook for $750,000 in penalties and costs to the State, plus an additional $1.25 million to Lower East Side healthcare non-profits. A year later, payments are going out, and a clearer picture of the recipients and fund allocation is emerging.
Community Board 3 will discuss the Rivington House “grant” payout tomorrow evening, referencing a memo (below) that outlines how the organizations will use the funds. Each has designated the cash for individual projects with the “overall goal of ensuring that the Lower East Side community continues to have access to vital health care and social supports services.”
- Chinese-American Planning Council proposes using the allocated funds to assist vulnerable, low-income Lower East Siders by providing services at a newly developed Senior Adult Day Care Center (125 Walker Street) and a mental health services program (165 Eldridge Street);
- Grand Street Settlement will launch start-up programming for older adults at its Essex Crossing intergenerational community center at 175 Delancey Street (aka Site 6). Activities include weekly Tai Chi, Yoga, chorus classes and health, wellness, and social support;
- Henry Street Settlement will go toward supporting the organization’s senior services programs, as well as new initiatives like the Center for Active and Successful Aging (CASA), a mental health clinic tailored toward adults. In particular, the cash injection will help the settlement house meet the evolving needs of its nearly 4,000 client roll;
- Alliance for Positive Health will invest the restitution money in renovating and modernizing the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center facility located at 25 Allen Street;
- Community Health Network will use the settlement for its “continuing growth in building community partnerships to address the social and economic needs of patients on the Lower East Side”;
- University Settlement will pump resources into its HeART (Health, Art, Recreation and Technology) Program at the Houston Street Center, which serves 400 low income Lower East Side adults over age 50. HeART’s programming is on schedule seven days a week (year-long), and includes opportunities for swimming, creative expression, peer support, community-building and connections to other social service and health supports.
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