Getting Seniors into Affordable Housing: David Kohn, Volunteer of the Month

David. Housing Department Volunteer of the MonthWhen school was out for summer, David Kohn decided that he wanted to make a difference in the community in his spare time. He heard about Met Councilthrough a family friend and inquired about volunteer opportunities. At the time, Met Council’s housing department was in the middle of the application process for the newly built senior housing site, Council Towers VI. David had perfect timing and immediately went to work helping manage the hundreds of applicants for the new building.

Over the course of the summer, David transcribed hundreds of messages, kept track of the requests for applications, and mailed them to seniors across New York City. The project culminated in September with the lottery for Council Towers VI where the applications where randomly selected to determine who gets first choice.

“We could not have accomplished everything without David,” Temima Dublin, Director of Leasing, said. “He worked tirelessly and always with a smile.”

But David didn’t stop there; besides helping administrate affordable housing applications, David also volunteered at the Senior Lunch Program which provides hot kosher meals to seniors at one of Met Council’s low income housing sites.

“The most rewarding part of being a volunteer is knowing that you are giving back and helping others,” David reflected. Thanks to volunteers like David, our volunteer department continues to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of seniors.


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