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NEW YORK - Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) announced on Tuesday plans for a national strategy to address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elder housing needs. 
 
The event included SAGE leadership along with several major partners who detailed a plan to maximize housing opportunities, improve policy and cultural competency and strengthen anti-discrimination protection for older LGBT people.
 
According to SAGE, LGBT older people face profound challenges in obtaining LGBT-welcoming housing around the country — a problem that will increase significantly as the elder population doubles in the next few decades, and more “out” and empowered LGBT people age into their retirement years.
 
To that end, SAGE has partnered with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.; Equal Rights Center, HELP USA and Los Angeles LGBT Center in building model LGBT elder housing in select communities, while sharing the model nationwide to create more LGBT elder housing. 
 
The five keys to the initiative are building housing, training providers, changing policy, educating consumers and expanding services. 
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Panelists at Tuesdays included Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE; Edie Windsor, activist and Supreme Court plaintiff in Windsor v. U.S., the groundbreaking marriage equality decision;  Cheryle Gladstone, Program Director, Senior Housing, Enterprise Community Partners; Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Melissa Rothstein, Deputy Director, Equal Rights Center; David Cleghorn, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, HELP USA; Kathleen Sullivan, Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Senior Services; and Sherrill Wayland, Executive Director, SAGE Metro St. Louis. 
 
"SAGE Metro St. Louis is excited to be a part of this national strategy to focus on the housing needs of LGBT older adults," said Wayland.  "A recent survey of LGBT older adults in the St. Louis region found that the majority state a desire to “age in place” and remain in their own home. With this in mind and knowing that LGBT focused housing will not happen everywhere,  or have the ability to accommodate every LGBT older adult, our work in St. Louis has focused on the training of senior service providers. Through cultural competency trainings we are building partnerships with organizations such as, home health agencies, case managers, and housing facilities that are welcoming and inclusive of LGBT older adults." 
 
SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) 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 27 local SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org. 
 
For more information on the initiative check out: http://sageusa.org/lgbthousing/
 
 

 

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