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New York City Council Awards Funding to SAGE to Expand its Services through The SAGE Center to LGBT Older People across the Five Boroughs

Championed by Councilmember Ritchie Torres, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council, this initiative will support underserved New Yorkers in all boroughs.

(New York, NY) The New York City Council’s adopted budget for FY’15 includes $1.5 million dollars in initial funding to support Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in expanding LGBT senior center programming throughout the five boroughs of New York City, supporting some of the City’s most vulnerable residents. Planning will begin this summer and fall of 2014.

“SAGE is deeply grateful to Council member Ritchie Torres for spearheading this critical initiative in the Council, and we are thrilled that the City Council has supported the expansion of SAGE’s work,” said Tracy Welsh, deputy executive director and chief financial officer of SAGE. “Through The SAGE Center, we currently serve many of our city’s LGBT older adults in lower Manhattan and Harlem, who disproportionately struggle with social isolation, financial insecurity and health issues. This funding will allow us to extend these supports to LGBT elders in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.”

The initiative was spearheaded by Ritchie Torres and the New York City Council’s LGBT Caucus, which includes Council members Rosie Méndez, Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm, Corey Johnson and Carlos Menchaca.

“Before I introduced this initiative, we lacked sufficient support services to address the unique and pressing issues faced by the over 100,000 LGBT elders that call New York City home,“  said Council member Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay elected official from the Bronx. “With an allocation of $1.5 million dollars we will not only provide seniors in every borough better access to the care they need, but we will ensure that more of our LGBT seniors are able to age with dignity and surrounded by  a supportive community.  I am incredibly grateful to Speaker Mark-Viverito, the LGBT Caucus, and my colleagues throughout the council for championing such an important cause.”

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