National LGBT Elder Housing

2020 VIRTUAL INSTITUTE

October 13 – 16

Join Us

Stonewall Was a Riot: Building the LGBT Elder Housing Movement in These Times

These are unprecedented times. A global pandemic has put our communities at risk, and the eruption of protest against police murders of Black lives is at the center of the nation’s collective consciousness. We cannot separate LGBT elder housing work from this current national climate. Please join SAGE at the National LGBT Elder Housing Virtual Institute to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in creating LGBT elder housing at scale, with particular emphasis on the current public health and racial justice context. 

This year, SAGE will continue the conversation we began at the 2019 National LGBT Elder Housing Symposium through a week-long institute of engaging workshops, group problem-solving, and ongoing learning, with a focus on anti-racism and the responsibility we all have to provide non-oppressive and safe spaces for LGBT people to age. This week-long learning and networking event will build the capacity of the mainstream housing sector and community advocates to understand the housing challenges facing LGBT older adults, providing space to understand unique housing barriers, virtually collaborate with innovators, and create new housing solutions. 

Following the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, a rebellion initiated by transgender and other lesbian, gay and bisexual people of color also fighting police violence, we stand at a critical juncture to center the needs of deeply vulnerable LGBT communities as we age, with a reverence to Black histories and movements. Join us in the conversation and in the fight.

October 13th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Taking Care of Our Own: Best Practices and Tools to Develop Affordable LGBT Elder Housing

October 14th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Housing Models Grounded in Equity: Community Displacement, Tensions, and Collective Resilience

October 15th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
The Role of Philanthropy Amidst a Pandemic: Funding Strategies for Housing Development

October 16th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Policy, Legislative, and Community Advocacy Considerations in the Current Moment

October 16th: 5:00pm-6:30pm ET
Closing Reception: Virtual Happy Hour

Proudly sponsored by

With additional support from Wells Fargo

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Tickets

General Admission (Registration fee covers all four sessions)

$25 

Meet Our Speakers

Through interactive workshops, panels, and small group activities, participants will interact with a range of housing and community advocates, elected officials, developers, and service providers. Here are some of our guests.

See a List of Speakers and Panelists

Andres Saavedra, Program Director, Rural LISC

Charlie Adams, Regional Vice President, New England, Pennrose

Connie Wright, Senior Vice President, Housing Affordability Philanthropy & Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations, Wells Fargo

Earl Millett, Program Officer, Health, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Hala Farid, Senior Vice President & Director, Office of Inclusive Housing, Citi Community Development

Jacqueline Boyd, Founder, The Care Plan

Jorge Soto, Associate Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, National Fair Housing Alliance

Karyn Skultety, Executive Director, Openhouse

Kaz Mitchell-Wimberly, Executive Director, Circle of Voices Inc.

Larry Curley, Executive Director, National Indian Council on Aging

LaSaia Wade, Founder & Executive Director, Brave Space Alliance

Louis Bradbury, Board President, Calamus Foundation

Malita Picasso, Attorney and Skadden Fellow, ACLU LGBT/HIV Project

Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer, SAGE

Michael Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Originations, National Equity Fund

Osman Ahmed, Director, Progressive Caucus, New York City Council

Sadiya Abjani, Director of Learning & Equity, SAGE

Serena Worthington, Director of U.S. and Global Collaborations, SAGE

Sydney Kopp-Richardson, Director, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, SAGE

Victoria Kirby York, Deputy Department Director, Advocacy & Action, National LGBTQ Task Force

Wilfred Labiosa, Executive Director, Waves Ahead & SAGE Puerto Rico

Schedule

October 13th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET

Taking Care of Our Own: Best Practices and Tools to Develop Affordable LGBT Elder Housing

Join housing experts and advocates to discuss tools and best practices for developing and sustaining affordable housing for LGBT elders, including a robust map for staying aligned to mission in perpetuity. Learn about what works and what to watch out for, with holistic attention paid to the collaboration between three key players: the developer, service provider, and management company of a building. Special focus and attention will be given to crisis planning and disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT elders’ access to safe, affordable housing. 

October 14th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET

Housing Models Grounded in Equity: Community Displacement, Tensions, and Collective Resilience

How does COVID help us prepare for future crises in diverse geographies? LGBT elders do not solely reside in urban centers. Gentrification’s impact on affordability, accessibility, and an elder’s ability to stay where LGBTQ rights have been trailblazed is evident in our current moment, necessitating a stronger presence in rural and suburban communities due to displacement. If elders are forced out of urban centers, what legal protections and housing is available elsewhere? What can we be doing to mobilize communities around support, safety, and enhanced understanding of LGBT elder needs? Visibility and public education in non-urban areas and in aging facilities is critical. Let’s discuss strategies to address these national dynamics.

October 15th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET

The Role of Donors Amidst a Pandemic: Funding Strategies for Housing Development

Join us for a conversation on funder’s role amidst a global crisis. Through an interactive conversation with donors, we will discuss philanthropic priorities, strategies to sustain our work, and innovative ways to access funding during a time of crisis.  

October 16th: 12:00pm-1:30pm ET

Policy, Legislative, and Community Advocacy Considerations in the Current Moment

2020 has brought underlying issues of inequity to the forefront, through both a global pandemic and community outrage in the movement for Black lives. Beyond forming intentional communities, what legal protections and policies can protect LGBT elders? What innovative ways are people developing alternative systems? A dearth of affordable housing has forced us to look at policy and advocacy with innovation, including legal protection and high-level policies aimed to reach LGBT elders in a diverse array of communities amidst the current public health and social justice climates. 

October 16th: 5:00pm-6:30pm ET

Closing Reception: Virtual Happy Hour 

Bring a cocktail, mocktail, or light app and gather to connect with our community of advocates!

What you’ll gain

In addition hearing about the major issues surrounding LGBT-welcoming affordable housing, participants will leave the symposium with the tools to:

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IDENTIFY BARRIERS
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Identify housing barriers that are unique to LGBT elders in the activities of housing referral, application, interview, and daily living.
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DEVELOP STRATEGIES
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Pinpoint strategies to promote inclusivity and safety for vulnerable LGBT elder communities in various models of housing.
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INNOVATE THE FUTURE
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Develop both one long-term aspirational goal and one immediate tool to increase the physical and emotional safety for LGBT elders in housing and supportive services.
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