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, the company worked to create a new form of housing that would meet the diverse needs of older people and people with special needs. Their first building, Marseilles, opened in 1980 and provided 134 individual apartments for low-income seniors and disabled people.
Over the years, as the company's understanding of the need for low-income housing expanded, so did its response. In addition to serving independent seniors, they now serve frail seniors, seniors living with severe mental illness, homeless people, people living with disabilities, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and families. Today, the company houses more than 1,800 people in 24 buildings located on the Upper West Side, as well as in Harlem, Chelsea and the Bronx. All WSFSSH enclosures are developed and managed by WSFSSH.
The WSFSSH assisted housing model combines compassionate property management with on-site social services. Working together with its residents, the mission is to provide safe and affordable housing that upholds the dignity of every individual and strengthens the community both inside and outside buildings. WSFSSH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by a voluntary board of directors.