Resource Center Closer to Senior Housing Goal

For years, the Resource Center has been at the forefront of advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities and all people affected by HIV in Dallas.

And now its working toward yet another goal – meeting the growing demand for care and services for the aging LGBTQ population in Dallas.

Courtesy the National Resource Center on LGBTQ Aging

According to the National Resource Center on LGBTQ Aging, about 1.5 million adults ages 65 and older are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and although 80% of long-term care in the U.S. is provided by family members, LGBT seniors are twice as likely to be single and three to four times more likely to be without children than their heterosexual counterparts.

To address that need in Dallas, the Resource Center has launched a $4 million capital campaign to construct an LGBTQ-friendly affordable senior housing facility just north of Inwood Road in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.

The nonprofit will partner with developer Matthews Southwest to build the 84-unit building on the two-acre site.

“Through providing seniors with affirming opportunities for socialization, recreation, and emotional support, the Center’s vision is to transform the way LGBTQ older adults live, access services, and develop community support for generations to come,” the Resource Center said. “The powerful LGBTQ history of Oak Lawn offers the project an appropriate, significant and beautiful location while honoring the contributions of LGBTQ seniors.”

For more information about the capital campaign, click here.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, deputy editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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