A San Francisco panel reviewing LGBT aging issues has zeroed in on housing as the number one concern in its report it is preparing to send to city leaders at the end of March. According to a draft version of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force’s 78-page report it shared with the Bay Area Reporter , the volunteer body has concluded that the number one problem LGBT older adults are dealing with in the city is ensuring they have stable housing.
The task force has concluded that LGBT seniors “are especially vulnerable to eviction” and is calling on the city to increase eviction protections for them. It is recommending the city provide rental and homeowner assistance, legal services, and increased restrictions on evictions as a way to deal with the issue.
“The number one goal is for people to stay and age in San Francisco,” said task force member Ashley McCumber, a gay man who is executive director of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco Inc. “Also, any recommendations we make right now will be helpful to all seniors.”
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