Houston's Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers
"When you told my grandfather not to do something
or it wasn't possible, he made sure it happened. This facility, this
home, is a result of that stubborn determination." Frank Goldberg
used these words to describe his grandfather, the late J.B. Goldberg,
philanthropist and advocate for affordable senior housing in the 1970s.
Named in honor of Mr. Goldberg, J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers
provides affordable housing for 380 multi-ethnic seniors in Houston,
Texas. The 300-unit complex recently hosted a twenty-fifth anniversary
celebration attended by more than 400 people.
Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Morris Bell, Ted Dinerstein, Billy Goldberg, Richard Lederman and
Jerry Ribnick - all experienced developers of other apartment complexes
for seniors on the East Coast - built the complex in collaboration
with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
and the B'nai B'rith Senior Citizens Housing Committee of Houston,
Inc. Phase I of the property was completed in 1978, and Phase II
of the property was completed four years later. Each nine-story
tower contains 150 apartments. The development has a mortgage guarantee
and a Section 8 subsidy agreement with HUD.
The complex is owned and managed by the nonprofit organization,
B'nai B'rith. A nonprofit foundation, J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Senior Citizens Towers, Inc., was established
in 1980 to provide supplemental support and enhance the quality
of life for residents. It currently supports residents through a
computer center, library, transportation for medical appointments
and grocery shopping, common area furnishings, artwork, organic
garden, holiday celebrations, special events, educational trips
and landscaping and beautification of the buildings and grounds.
The B'nai B'rith Resident Council plans and implements parties and
trips for the residents.
Many other services are also offered at the property, some of which
are available through community grants and the J.B. Goldberg Foundation.
These include: a two-day-a-week hot congregant meal program, limited
housekeeping services, a geriatric care nurse, a beauty shop, a
game room, exercise equipment, computer training, painting, ceramics,
English as a second language and citizenship courses, Chinese fellowship,
non-denominational Bible study, Torah study, Shabbat services, Catholic
services, a Russian club and a World War II veterans club.
During the celebration, representatives presented letters of recognition
and congratulations to the J.B. Goldberg B'nai B'rith Towers from
President George W. Bush, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas State
Representative Scott Hochberg and Houston Mayor Lee Brown. Charlotte
Motley, Administrator for B'nai B'rith, accepted flowers and a certificate
of recognition from Dean Newton, Executive Director of the Affordable
Housing Management Association (AHMA) East Texas chapter, and AHMA-East
Texas President Michael Alexander. HUD officials participating in
the celebration included Raynold Richardson, Director, Houston Multifamily
Program Center; Loretta Carter, Supervisory Project Manager; and
Mary Frances Byrd, Multifamily Housing Management Specialist.