The LGBTQ+ community can ‘age gracefully with some form of dignity,’ thanks to inclusive senior housing

A $14 million development to create 54 new affordable apartments in Portland, Maine, for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies aged 55 and older is part of a small but growing movement to create safe and inclusive senior housing.

The Portland development is part of an effort to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or queer older adults “age gracefully with some form of dignity in a place that’s accepting and supportive and will help with the challenges of aging,” said Chris O’Connor, executive director of the Equality Community Center.

ECC is a nonprofit organization and community gathering space for the LGBTQ+ community that is leading the Portland, Maine project along with the Developers Collaborative.

The project, which aims to break ground in the spring of 2024 and open its doors in 2026, has been about nine years in the making so far, O’Connor said. While the housing will be open to the broader population, it’s specifically targeted to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies, he said. [..]

Click here to read the full piece. This story was originally published by MSN on July 1, 2023.