The Good Neighbor Program (GNP) is designed to assist individuals residing in nursing homes to return to the community. It can fill crucial gaps in an individuals’ support network. Neighbors are paid to provide support and backup care to assist individuals returning to living in their communities. In addition, Neighbors serve a role in breaking down social isolation and building engagement within the community. Social activity, building neighborly relationships and independent community living play important roles in health and happiness.

NYAIL was awarded a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to start the Good Neighbor Program. The grant was awarded as part of the first round made by the new foundation, which is focused on the health and well-being of low-income and underserved New Yorkers. The program is currently funded through the Money Follows the Person / Open Doors program.

Who qualifies for a Neighbor?

  • A person living in a nursing home;
  • A person who wants to return to living in the community;
  • A person who cannot leave the nursing home because they do not have family or friends to provide back-up care.

How do you get a Neighbor?

You can contact the Good Neighbor Program Manager, Josephine Todaro via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 518-465-4650.

Additional Information

Read NYAIL's Press Release on The Good Neighbor Program