LGBT folks are getting older, just like everyone else – and there’s a need for housing that caters to their specific needs. The Wisconsin Gazette reports:
More than 20 LGBT-focused retirement communities – homes, apartment buildings or resorts – are in various stages of development in the United States, some as private enterprises, some as public-private partnerships. Several communities already exist, catering to a people who busted open closet doors and don’t want to retreat to those closets in retirement. But new housing cannot nearly meet the needs of LGBT seniors. For instance, a new affordable housing project underway in San Francisco will provide only 110 apartments and there are an estimated 25,000 LGBT seniors in the city already.
As someone who will be a senior in twenty years, and whose partner will get there sooner, I have a keen interest in these developments.