Long Island Gets LGBTQ-Friendly Housing for Seniors
New affordable housing complex has 8,000-square-foot queer community center
BY TAT BELLAMY-WALKER
Long Island leaders held a
celebrating what they
described as “America’s
fi rst suburban” LGBTQ-friendly
affordable senior housing complex
and LGBTQ community center.
The project, spearheaded by the
LGBT Network, will feature 75 one
and two-bedroom apartments and
an 8,000-square-foot LGBTQ community
center at 34 Park Avenue
in Bay Shore, Long Island. The inhouse
LGBTQ center is slated to
connect queer seniors with case
management, health services, and
LGBT Network President and
CEO David Kilmnick said the
building fi lls a void for many LGBTQ
seniors who often feel unsafe
in other housing facilities.
“When you think about someone
who’s now in their 60s or
70s, saying that for the fi rst time
in their lives… they have a home
where they can just be themselves
— we need to do a lot more,” Kilmnick
said. “Our elders, while being
remarkably resilient, have faced a
lifetime of stigma and discrimination.”
Out lesbian Elaine Felton, a
67-year-old Black woman who
lives at the facility, has fi rst-hand
experience with housing discrimination
as an LGBTQ senior.
“This is something that God
chose for me,” she said in an interview
with Gay City News. “There
are other people that are gay, that
are in the building with me, that
are going through the same wonderful
experience that I am of being
able to freely bring whoever I
choose into my apartment, whenever
I choose to.”
The LGBT Network led the opening of an LGBTQ-inclusive affordable senior housing complex in Bay
Shore, Long Island.
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