WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A senior center is on the verge of being cast out after four decades at their location by their Methodist church landlords — forced to scrape by on a shaky month-to-month agreement, officials said this week.
The ARC XVI Senior Center executive director Fern Hertzberg told Community Board 12 at a meeting Tuesday night that the organization is currently in a “precarious place” after its landlord, Christ Church United Methodist, refused to renew its lease, which expired Dec. 31, 2016.
They’re looking to team up with other local organizations or programs until they’re able to lease and get resettled in another location, but haven’t found anyone yet.
“We need short-term solutions that involve sharing space, possibly,” Hertzberg said during the meeting, adding that she serves approximately 5,000 seniors. “I need space to serve people meals, to run activities and social services for seniors.”