West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing

New York, NY - Assisted Living

Community size: Large (26-100)

West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing is a peaceful assisted living community in New York, New York. It is within delightful New York County which is part of the Empire State.

West Side Federation For Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc. (WSFSSH) was formed in 1976 by a coalition of social service agencies, religious institutions, and community organizations. Together we worked to create a new form of housing – one that would meet the diverse needs of older people and persons living with special needs. Our first building, the Marseilles, opened in 1980 and provided 134 independent apartments to low income elderly and handicapped individuals.

Over the years, as our understanding of the need for low-income housing has expanded so has our response. In addition to serving independent seniors, we now serve frail elderly individuals, older persons living with serious mental illnesses, homeless individuals, persons living with physically handicapping conditions, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and families. Today we house over 1,800 people in 24 buildings located on the Upper West Side, and in Harlem, Chelsea, and the Bronx. All WSFSSH housing is developed and run by WSFSSH.

The WSFSSH supportive housing model integrates compassionate property management with on-site social services. Working together with our residents, our mission is to provide safe and affordable housing that supports the dignity of each individual and enhances community both inside and outside our buildings. WSFSSH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The Center at the Red Oak is a full service center serving older persons in the Manhattan Valley community of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, funded by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA).

The Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4 PM. During Heat Emergencies, the Center is a New York City Cooling Center, with extended days and hours as determined by the emergency. 

The Center serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday.

Regular activities include:


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Theatre Club
  • Knitting and Crocheting
  • Painting
  • Jewelry Making
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Cinema in English and Spanish
  • Quilt making
  • Crochet Flowers
  • Tree of Life Jewelry Workshop

Health and Wellness:

  • Yoga (three different styles)
  • Walking Club
  • Qi Gong
  • Silver Sneakers Exercise Program
  • Tai Chi
  • Healing Meditation Workshop
  • Health Screenings including blood pressure, diabetes, dental
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Healthy Living with Diabetes Workshop
  • Healthy Living with Chronic Diseases Workshop


  • English as a Second Language
  • Computer Classes
  • A series of Special Workshops (see below)

Games and Groups:

  • Mind Games in the Morning (Puzzlers)
  • Club De Los Amigos
  • Dominos
  • Social Fridays (dessert and dancing in the afternoon)
  • Bingo

Special Workshops that the Center has offered include:

  • Ayudese/Lifenet: Health Links
  • Elder Abuse
  • Preventing Falls
  • Mental Health Screening
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Esperanza y Vida (Hope and Life, Women’s Health)
  • West Nile Virus
  • Bedbug Prevention
  • AIDS
  • Medicare
  • Safer Sex
  • Nutrition workshops


  • Christmas, New Years, Three Kings
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Puerto Rican Pride
  • Older American’s Month
  • Birthdays
  • Valentine’s Day Dance
  • Mother’s Day
  • Fathers’ Day
  • Grandparents Day
  • Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • Home Aide Appreciation Day
  • We have a party every single Friday!
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