The nation’s third housing development complex specifically for low-income LGBT seniors is officially open.
John C. Anderson apartments officially opened late last month in Philadelphia, making it only the third facility of its kind in the country. The complex features 56 one-bedroom apartments designed to be safe for senior citizens, and there’s already a waiting list.
“Being an LGBT friendly community, the largest development of its kind in the United States of America clearly shows Philadelphia as leading the way on human rights and LGBT rights issues,” Mayor Michael Nutter said of the $19.5 million development, which was spearheaded by LGBT activist Mark Segal.
“If we don’t take care of our LGBT seniors, we’re not taking care of our community,” says Segal, who believes the housing development should be a national model, “and that’s what real community is about.”
We don’t pay enough attention to the needs of older members of our communities, who have faced many of the same challenges we do but had fewer resources available. This is a fantastic way to start.