Friday, December 30, 2011

Low-Income Housing for Gay Seniors

An AP story in the Houston Chronicle reports a growing need for - and growing development of - low-income housing for GLBTQ seniors.  Kathy Matheson reports that Philadelphia developers have secured a site for a gay-friendly, low-income housing project in Philadelphia. Of course, housing developments cannot discriminate in favor of gay seniors, but a facility known to be gay-friendly and marketed as such will be appealing to gay seniors.  

The first gay housing complex was built in LA by the nonprofit, Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, founded in 2001.  The organization is "committed to constructing and maintaining high-quality affordable residential communities that provide a safe nurturing environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults."   Approximately 90% of the residents of the LA facility, Triangle-Square Hollywood, identify as LGBT.  

In addition to new housing developments, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, a nonprofit serving seniors, has begun offer cultural competency seminars to health care workers who will be working with increasingly diverse populations.  The goal is to have better training so workers will be sensitive to the needs of all seniors.

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