Openhouse Gets the Go-Ahead for LGBT Elder Housing

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The LGBT elder population in San Francisco is growing apace with the general silver tsunami, straining already tight housing resources. On Aug. 4, 2011, the San Francisco Planning Commission gave the go-ahead to Open-house and Mercy Housing to proceed to the design and review process on their LGBT welcoming senior housing and service project. It will include 109 apartments to be rented to low-income people ages 55 and older.

The project will also be home to Open-house offices and an on-site community center providing elder activities and support services. The project is separate from but will be included in a new development complex of 330 market-rate rental units with publicly accessible open space and a community garden.

At a cost of an anticipated $56 million funded by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Federal Affordable Housing Funds, this project is a culmination of five years work on the part of Openhouse.

Openhouse was founded in 1998 by Dr. Marcy Adelman and her late partner, Jeanette Gurevitch, as a way to provide much-needed senior housing and services to the LGBT community. The original vision was of a "mixed income, multicultural senior housing and service village providing LGBT welcoming services and programs to Openhouse residents, seniors in adjourning neighborhoods and LGBT seniors throughout the city," said Adelman via e-mail. That village is now being created in stages through strategic partnerships with a wide range of senior housing and service providers. …