Brooklyn and the Bronx will host housing developments aimed at LGBT seniors
By Wil Barlow
Both buildings will have Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Centers that will offer support for residents.
These buildings will be available to all seniors who meet certain income eligibility requirements. However, as LGBT people are not specifically protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, the Ingersoll and Crotona residences are taking a conscious initiative to be inclusive.
Philadelphia and other cities have already set up housing developments for LGBT seniors. SAGE started the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative in 2014; the organization cites a study that found almost half of elder same-sex couples experienced some kind of discriminatory treatment when looking for housing in senior living facilities. SAGE has also worked to create Innovative Senior Centers across the city, with locations in the Bronx, Harlem, Staten Island (in collaboration with the Pride Center of Staten Island) Chelsea, and Brooklyn (with GRIOT Circle),according to Real Estate Weekly.
The Ingersoll Senior Residences in Fort Greene will the biggest LGBT-welcomingsenior housing community in the country, with 145 affordable housing units. These units are much needed in a neighborhood with a median rent of almost $3,000 a month. Bisnow reports that the project is expected to cost $47 million, and will be designed by Marvel Architects.
Crotona Senior Residences will be located in Crotona Park North in the Bronx. Magnusson Architecture will design the building with 82 units and an expected cost of $38.4 million.
SAGE expects to open both residences in summer 2019.