This unique study is examining the impact that affordable housing and accessible community services can have on the health of LGBTQI+ seniors. We have partnered with OpenHouse and Sage USA to study the impact of 307 affordable housing units for LGBTQI+ older adults. All applicants are interviewed to provide a detailed health history, with study participants being selected from a lottery or waitlist to be able to compare how receiving housing impacts health. We have launched three housing sites in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
This model of studying a supportive environment for LGBTQI+ seniors is more than just housing and services. It’s about creating an inclusive community that has a measurable impact on the lives of LGBTQI+ aging adults. Our hope is that by examining this data on health outcomes, we can begin to influence a wave of positive change at a legislative level that ensures more affordable and inclusive housing for LGBTQI+ seniors.