New York’s first LGBT-friendly housing is to open in Brooklyn in the fall and the Bronx in 2020.
Such housing exists in a handful of American cities. But the development in Brooklyn, Ingersoll Senior Residences, is expected to be the country’s largest. In addition to units with sweeping views across Brooklyn, Ingersoll will have a community centre in the lobby offering meals, programming and health and wellness resources.
Both developments are going up in a partnership with the city and the state, developers and SAGE, the country’s oldest advocacy group for LGBT elders. The government subsidised units – 228 total – are open to individuals and couples 62 and older whose annual income is below a designated amount. Affordable housing is scarce overall in New York City, but research indicates that the need is acute among LGBT elders. An estimated 2.7 million LGBT adults in the United States are 50 or older, and one-third live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, according to SAGE.
Our networks naturally thin out over time as friends and family leave us through death or other circumstances. But the difference for LGBT elders is that their communities tend to be peer-based, leaving them on their own when their networks dry up.The first federally funded longitudinal study of LGBT elders found that 51% of those who lived in private residences reported social isolation. And the situation appears worse for those in senior housing, with 72% reporting social isolation.
[Source: CNN Health - read the full article here.]
To be able to grow old peacefully with like minded people without fear of discrimination in every day life should be normal. Maybe with the success of movements such as the creation of Ingersoll Senior it will catch on and move here.