Community Services

Key Findings

Seniors comprised 16.2% of the Greater Flushing population, and their share of the population grew at a higher rate (9%) than the youth population (.6%) and working adult population (3%). Seniors are an increasingly larger share of the population, creating greater needs from affordable housing, services, and safe streets.

68.4% of Greater Flushing residents are foreign-born, almost two times the foreign-born population in NYC (37.1%). 67.2% of the Greater Flushing population is Asian, slightly lower than the Asian population in Downtown Flushing (75%).

Challenges

Expand social services, health care access, and cultural programming to improve the quality of life for all residents.

Recommendations
  • Engage Department of Education (DOE) and School Construction Authority (SCA) on planning for additional schools to address current overcrowding and to meet the needs of a fast-growing residential population, including families that are choosing Flushing in large part because of school quality.
  • Provide resources for mental health services and improving language access to existing programs for immigrants, youth, and seniors.
  • Identify opportunities for establishing a new community health clinic, operated by a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, including but not limited to the Flushing West rezoning area.
  • Advocate for more funding for senior housing, centers, and services, and foster partnerships between the City and community-based organizations to increase access to senior programs.