Mission and History


  “A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.”        ~Abraham J. Herschel -Jewish Theologian & Philosopher (1907-1972)


“Caring for Those Who Cared for Us”



The Mission of The Kinneret Council On Aging is to provide for low-income elderly families, and elderly persons, on a non-profit basis, rental housing and related facilities and services, especially designed to meet the physical, social, and psychological needs of the aged, and contribute to their health, security, happiness and usefulness in longer living.



Constructed between 1968 and 1972, the Kinneret Apartments provide housing for over 300 seniors with very low to low income. The apartments were built with federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spearheaded by leading members of of the Jewish community. One bedroom and efficiency apartments are available and include appliances, air conditioning and 24-hour security.  The cost of utilities is included except telephone and cable.   Specific eligibility requirements for Kinneret I and Kinneret II are covered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  These requirements can be found under the Kinneret Apartments link on the webstie.

Later formed as a separate 501C3 nonprofit organization in 1985, the Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) is specifically tasked with funding and supporting the supportive services for the residents of the Kinneret Apartments.  KCOA provides, oversees and manages the apartments’ independent living community lifestyle,with amenities, social activities, and programming. Kinneret offers an extensive lineup of ongoing programs aimed at enhancing residents’ quality of life. These include onsite weekly exercise classes, cultural activities and holiday celebrations. Excursions include trips to Publix, Walmart and area restaurants and an optional meal delivery program is offered during the week for a nominal fee. KCOA is continually looking to better serve the need of the diverse, resident population.

While Kinneret was founded on Jewish traditions and values, all programs and services are provided to our low-income residents on a not-for-profit and non-discriminatory basis.  Kinneret residents are low-income seniors from all backgrounds, all walks of life and who have limited resources beyond their ability to pay rent. No other federally or community-funded housing facility in Central Florida can boast the array of services that are available to the residents at Kinneret.