Community HousingWorks to Build San Diego’s First LGBT Seniors Housing Community

by Jeff Shaw

SAN DIEGO — Nonprofit affordable real estate developer Community HousingWorks has announced plans to build a $27 million, unnamed seniors housing community in San Diego that would welcome LGBT seniors.

The 76-unit, affordable independent living community will be located at the corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood. The community will be open to all seniors, but is intended to create a welcoming community to LGBT seniors.

The City of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission are providing $7 million for the $27 million complex, which is expected to take about 18 months to build.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center recently completed a study that found 68 percent of LGBT seniors had neither family nor younger friends they could count on for support or assistance as they age, and were more likely to live alone and not be in a significant relationship.

Further, 23 percent of the LGBT seniors responding to the survey reported an annual income of less than $20,000 per year. Only 16 percent reported having $100,000 or more saved for retirement.

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