Funding Strategies for Housing Development


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us live for SAGE's LGBT Elder Housing 2020 Virtual Institute. 

Each live panel presentation was recorded and is available for viewing through the links below found in the agenda below. You can also watch on your smart TV, tablet, or phone, by searching 'SAGE Elder Housing Institute' on YouTube.

Live functionality, including Q&A and community polls through Slido, are no longer available in the recorded sessions. 

About the Panel

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.


Michael Adams, SAGE Executive Director, Moderator
Beginning with his appointment as Executive Director in 2006, Adams has used his expertise, passion, and heart to improve opportunities and quality-of-life issues for millions of LGBT older people across the country. He has led SAGE’s charge against discrimination against LGBT elders in the areas of housing, health care, and disabilities. Adams seeks to help the LGBT community honor our LGBT elder pioneers and talk much more frequently and openly about what it means to age successfully.

Earl Millett | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Earl Millett joined the Weinberg Foundation as a program officer in 2018, and he currently helps to manage grants in the area of health. Prior to joining the Weinberg Foundation, Earl served as the Chief Operating Officer of Civic Works, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that transforms the lives of Baltimore residents through community service and skills development. During his time at Civic Works, Earl oversaw several programs, including the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) initiative. Earl also managed Civic Works’ Community Lot Team and Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps, which teach young adults job skills while transforming vacant lots into community parks and gardens. In addition, he led food and farm programs, including Real Food Farm and the Baltimore Orchard Project, as well as the Baltimore Energy Challenge, which provides energy education and energy saving retrofits throughout the City.

Louis Bradbury | Calamus Foundation
For the past decade he has been the president of the Calamus Foundation, which has granted over $25 million to support important initiatives of a wide range of diverse LGBT organizations. He also served as Co-Chair of the Board of the Empire State Pride Agenda from 2011 through March of 2014 during which time the Dignity for All Students Act and the Marriage Equality Act were enacted. Bradbury served as President of the Board of Gay Men’s Health Crisis from 1993 to 1997 during which time GMHC created a state of the art HIV testing center generously funded by the David Geffen Foundation. He has also served on several other boards including the National Suicide Prevention Foundation, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the Point Foundation and the Education Alliance currently.

Connie Wright | Wells Fargo
Connie Wright, a banker of 31 years with Wells Fargo and its legacy companies, is responsible for managing the philanthropic relationships for all national affordable housing organizations at the enterprise level. The primary focus of her work includes housing counseling, policy/advocacy/research, affordable housing development in rural and urban geographies and training and development. Her portfolio consists of over 40 organizations (with over 400 network members) whose mission is to serve low and moderate income communities and individuals and various diverse segments to include African American, Hispanic, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, LGBTQ+, seniors and veterans. Connie is also responsible for the co-management of Wells Fargo’s disaster preparedness and recovery strategy.

Hala Farid | Citi Community Investing and Development
Hala’s career path in Community Development and Affordable Inclusionary Housing began in 1991 working as a CRA Mortgage Lending Officer for community banks in NYC. But it was the eight (8) years working for Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC-NHS of NYC that cemented the understanding & reinforced the importance of financial coaching and inclusion to the stability and financial well-being of LMI families. Hala joined Citi Community Investing & Development-CID, in 2002, and has had several assignments ranging from affordable mortgage products and homeownership programs development, to managing the Citi Office of Homeownership Preservation (OHP) during the foreclosure crisis. Currently, Hala leads the national affordable and inclusionary housing efforts of CID by creating and preserving, equitable housing & homeownership opportunities for LMI families and individuals, and supporting community stabilization efforts through partnerships with national housing organizations. Additionally, Hala engages with Citi Real Estate businesses to plan and implement strategies that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

2020 Virtual Housing Institute Agenda

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 the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBT elders’ access to safe, affordable housing.


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.

The Role of Funders 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.

Legislation, Policy 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.