Thursday, June 30, 2016 [New York, NY]-HELP USA and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) have announced the development of New York City’s first senior housing with services designed specifically for the LGBT community. The Crotona North Apartments will provide 82 units of affordable senior housing and bring comprehensive, LGBT culturally competent services to older adults in the Bronx.

The building, located in Crotona Park North, Bronx, will be developed as part of a collaboration between New York City Housing Preservation and Development, HELP USA, NY State Homes and Community Renewal and SAGE.

“HELP USA is happy to be working with SAGE to fill the dire need for housing for LGBT seniors in New York City,” said Tom Hameline, Ph.D. President & CEO HELP USA. “HELP’s long history of service to New York City’s most vulnerable populations, and SAGE’s pioneering advocacy for LGBT elders across the country, make for an ideal partnership.”

LGBT elder housing is a national issue, as clearly illustrated by President Barack Obama’s statement “LGBT individuals deserve to know their country stands beside them. That is why my Administration is striving to better understand the needs of LGBT adults and to provide affordable, welcoming, and supportive housing to aging LGBT Americans.” This new development addresses the need highlighted by President Obama by weaving together affordable housing and comprehensive on-site services in ways that enable older people to age in community.

Crotona Senior Residences will be made possible through a partnership with HPD, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and other development partners. Crotona Senior Residences will be financed in part by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, Housing Trust Fund Corporation and the Community Initiatives Fund. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres also provided capital support for the development.

“For too long, our LGBT elder pioneers in New York City have lacked access to housing where they are welcomed for who they are,” said Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. “Crotona is a critically important step toward righting that wrong.”

Crotona Senior Residences builds upon precedents of LGBT-inclusive senior housing that has been built in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago and Minneapolis. All of these developments respond to needs that are well-documented by research. This includes a 2014 report by the Equal Rights Center, with support from SAGE, which found that 48% of LGBT older people applying for senior housing as part of a national test were subjected to discrimination. This high level of discrimination makes it extremely difficult for LGBT older people to find appropriate housing as they age.

Crotona North Apartments will provide:

  • 100% affordable senior housing;
  • A range of supportive services designed to help tenants achieve health and wellbeing;
  • Apartments conducive to safe and active aging;
  • On-site access to SAGE Centers, which will provide LGBT culturally competent services to older adults who live in the buildings and surrounding community; and
  • Hot meals and high quality programming every day.

 ABOUT HELP USA

HELP USA has been an innovator since opening its first residence in 1986. HELP USA has combined innovation with management excellence, becoming a national leader in both homeless prevention and a developer of permanent supportive housing for special needs populations such as homeless families, veterans, and survivors of domestic violence. HELP USA’s 38 locations serve communities across the United States including Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City, Buffalo, and Washington, D.C. The impact of HELP USA’s work is to build empowered communities where everyone has a place to call home. For more information about HELP USA visit www.helpusa.org.

ABOUT SAGE

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, and provides training for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 SAGE affiliates in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.

Contact:

David Cleghorn, 212-400-8228, dcleghorn@helpusa.org

Susan Herr, 917-756-6126, sherr@sageusa.org