07 | 21 | 2015

Senior Residence in Corona will be Entirely Smoke-Free

New HANAC Inc. Development includes 68 Affordable Rentals and 5,000 sq ft Child Development Center

July 21, 2015 – Today, HANAC Inc. announced that their new mixed use housing development, located at 54-25 101 Street in the Corona section of Queens will be entirely tobacco-free. The 8-story project is scheduled to break ground by the end of this year and shall consist of 68 rental units of affordable housing for vulnerable seniors and a 5,000 sf early childhood development center on the ground floor.
"Smoke-free housing is a matter of health equity and public health,” said Joel Bhuiyan, Queens engagement coordinator for NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions. “We applaud HANAC Inc. for recognizing everyone deserves to breathe clean, smoke-free air in their homes. Smoke-free housing should not be just for the wealthy and privileged, but should be available to those living in affordable or public housing, so that they too can live in safe, healthy environments.”

“Keeping our residents healthy, as they age in place is paramount to the mission of this new project” says John Kaiteris, HANAC’s Executive Director. “By committing to a smoke-free living environment, we are taking an extra step to protecting the lives of all persons, young and old, that will be benefitting by this important community asset when it opens in 2 years.”

HANAC is a New York City social services organization that was founded in 1972 to serve the needs of vulnerable populations Today, HANAC fulfills that mission by developing and administering the operation of essential social services including youth, senior and immigrant services, employment and education programs, counseling and affordable housing for the betterment of the community. We presently sponsor over 40 programs located in twelve sites in four boroughs, serving over 30,000 clients annually.

NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions, works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.


Joel M. Bhuiyan
(646) 641-8259