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SAGE Launches National Initiative With Five Strategies To Address LGBT Older Adult Housing Needs

Housing Leaders from Across the Country Gathered for Launch Event and Panel Discussion

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) has launched a comprehensive national initiative to address the LGBT older adult housing crisis, hosting a panel discussion at its national headquarters yesterday with marriage equality pioneer Edie Windsor and key leaders working on this issue across the country. Photos and video of the event are available at and by request. 

LGBT older people often face unique challenges in finding safe, affirming, affordable housing, and are disproportionately living in poverty, often as the result of lifelong discrimination. A 2014 report by the Equal Rights Center, with support from SAGE, found that 48% of older same sex couples applying for senior housing as part of a national test were subjected to discrimination. This high level of discrimination makes it extremely difficult for LGBT older people to find appropriate housing as they age. 

“Addressing the current housing crisis is a critical first step in improving the lives of LGBT older people—which is the heart of SAGE’s mission,” said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. “This initiative puts a national frame around the work of many talented leaders in the housing field, and will drive clear strategies to transform the housing landscape for LGBT elders.” 

Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spoke at the launch of SAGE’s initiative  and affirmed HUD’s support for the effort,  stating that “the LGBT community's needs must be front and center” as HUD expands senior housing across the country. 

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