Make the Most of SAGE’s Housing Website with These Seven Tips
In September, SAGE launched Welcome Home, the first-of-its-kind LGBTQ+ age-friendly housing website and interactive map. This comprehensive consumer resource is designed to empower LGBTQ+ elders and those who care for them with the information they need to find safe, welcoming and affordable housing nationwide. Here are some tips for making the most of this new resource:
1. Enroll in SAGE Housing 101.
Housing 101 isn’t an actual course but a state of mind. Want to know where LGBTQ+ age-friendly housing is being built? Curious about new options for retirement living but not sure where to start? Want to hear stories from others just like you from around the country? Need help filing a housing discrimination complaint? Watch the video below, then go to the Housing 101 page for more.
2. Know your rights.
Knowledge is power. Housing discrimination is on the rise, and it’s important for LGBTQ+ elders and those who care for them to be prepared for discrimination before it happens. See the Know Your Rights page for helpful consumer guides, including Lambda Legal’s housing FAQ for LGBTQ+ elders, then browse LGBTQ+ housing news and anti-discrimination cases across the country.
3. Keep up with the latest research.
According to SAGE’s Out and Visible report, when searching for housing, 1 in 8 LGBTQ+ older people report they have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientations, and 1 in 4 transgender older people report discrimination on the basis of their gender identities. Opening Doors, a report published by the Equal Rights Center, revealed that nearly half of older same-sex couples experienced at least one form of adverse differential treatment (as compared to heterosexual couples) when inquiring about housing in a senior living facility. Follow the Rights and Resources page for research published by the nation’s leading LGBTQ+ organizations.
4. Subscribe to the SAGE blog.
Want to be the first to know about housing news, website improvements and new features? Follow the SAGE blog. Be sure to leave your comments and questions, and share on social media!
5. Read SAGE news as it happens.
Last summer, SAGE, HELP USA and BFC Partners announced the development of New York City’s first senior housing with services specifically designed for the LGBTQ+ community. Read about these developments and other SAGE housing news and see SAGE press releases for official statements.
6. Watch and share SAGE’s housing videos.
SAGE produced a series of housing videos in partnership with Citi, and features them regularly on the housing website’s main page. Watch the whole series and look for new videos here.
7. Get interactive.
Now it’s easier than ever to know what’s happening in LGBTQ+ age-friendly housing with SAGE’s interactive housing map. Click a state to view housing policies and news, access culturally competent providers, and connect with organizations that can help, including SAGENet affiliates.
Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Want to suggest a new feature or submit a housing resource? Email SAGE at firstname.lastname@example.org.