A recent article in The Bay Area Reporter Online announced that Openhouse, a San Francisco-based agency serving LGBT seniors, is looking to secure $53 million dollars to develop the country’s largest affordable senior housing complex dedicated to this special population. Per the article, there are over 25,000 LGBT elders in the Bay Area, and many do not have “access to services and housing options that are sensitive to their needs.”
Last year, a study from New York’s Yeshiva University indicated that LGBT seniors often avoid accessing needed services or making a move to senior housing for fear of being rejected or neglected by healthcare providers, for fear of not being accepted or respected by other residents, and for fear of having to back into the closet. (Read more about the study results here.)
Openhouse already has a developer, Wood Partners, and the city’s Planning Commission has given the green light too.
Their vision for the complex is comprised of a renovation and new construction: a historic landmark in the area, Richardson Hall, will be renovated to include 40 housing units and ground floor retail space. A currently standing wing of the Hall will be demolished; in its place, “a new seven-story building containing 70 units” will take its place, says the article.
Check out other articles about housing and services for LGBT seniors here.