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Housing for gay seniors coming to San Diego

 

Dans une étude faite à San Diego, 68% des seniors LGBT déclarent ne pas avoir de personnes sur qui compter pour pouvoir les aider !

Low-income complex in North Park would be first in region

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By David Garrick | 12:08 p.m. Dec. 9, 2015 | Updated, 3:56 p.m.
North Park's sign proclaims the center of the Mid-City community.
North Park's sign proclaims the center of the Mid-City community. 
SAN DIEGO — A local nonprofit is preparing to build San Diego’s first low-income apartment complex geared for senior citizens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. When the 76-unit complex opens in North Park, San Diego will join Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco as cities that provide this kind of housing.Such housing is considered crucial because members of the LGBT community often feel unwelcome in ordinary senior complexes, where the older residents tend to be less open to alternative lifestyles.“The people who will live here paved the way for younger LGBT generations, and many of them are forced back into the closet in traditional senior communities because of a lack of acceptance,” said Delores Jacobs, chief executive of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.The $27 million complex will be open to all seniors, but the nonprofit building it — Community HousingWorks — plans to create a welcoming environment for LGBT seniors that will encourage them to move in, including on-site supportive services coordinated by the local LGBT Community Center.
“Many people are going to benefit from relief from isolation, depression, and anxiety and find that moments in their last days can be full of compassion and warmth,” said 87-year-old Robert Bettinger, who is gay. “I’m happy for the many people who will go forward in hope, safety and comfort.”A 2013 Pew Research poll found that 50 percent of baby boomers consider homosexuality acceptable, compared to 63 percent among Generation X and 71 percent among millennials.
“This project is a first step,” said San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria. “Our goal must be that all senior housing options become open and affirming.”The City Council unanimously approved the complex on Tuesday and agreed to join with the San Diego Housing Commission to cover $7 million of its cost.The project also meets other city goals for low-income housing.
“This transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly location in North Park means these seniors will be living in a cutting-edge infill development, close to shopping, the new Bus Rapid Transit, medical centers and opposite a proposed 118-unit market rate apartment complex,” said Sue Reynolds, the nonprofit’s chief executive, calling the complex a model project.The San Diego LGBT Community Center recently studied housing and other needs of local LGBT seniors and found 68 percent had no one they could count on for support and were more likely to live alone and not be in a significant relationship.The complex, located at Texas Street and Howard Avenue, is expected to be complete and open to residents in summer 2017.david.garrick@sduniontribune.com (619) 269-8906 @UTDavidGarrick
 

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