NYC Housing Ventures to Set Out a Welcome Mat for LGBT Seniors

A rendering of the Ingersoll Senior Residences, to be built in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. PHOTO: MARVEL ARCHITECTS


June 29, 2016 

A new initiative to build affordable housing that is friendly for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors is beginning to take shape.

Senior-housing basics, like hot meals, fitness and language classes will be available at the Ingersoll Senior Residences in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, and the Crotona Senior Residences in Crotona Park North in the Bronx.

But also to be offered is LGBT-specific programming, like Pride Month celebrations and book or art clubs that highlight LGBT writers and artists.

The national LGBT advocacy organization called Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, will help staff and operate the centers. SAGE plans to announce details about the residential programs on Thursday.

The two New York projects will join similar LGBT-focused complexes in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, said Michael Adams, chief executive officer of SAGE.

Many LGBT seniors “do not have family and are single and rely on the kind of infrastructure that you can provide in a building like this,” said Donald Capoccia, managing principal at BFC Partners, the developer on the Ingersoll project.