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posted Friday, May 10, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 19
What our seniors have taught me
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What our seniors have taught me

Meeting the future residents of Philly's LGBT-friendly elder housing

by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

After a meeting with the Silver Foxes (a senior social club in Philadelphia) last weekend, a disabled, homeless, Transgender Vietnam vet came over to me and asked tearfully if there'd be a place for him at the John C. Anderson LGBT-friendly apartments when the facility opens early next year. I could only utter, 'I certainly hope so.'

When you're working on a $19.5-million building project that requires city, state, and federal oversight and the involvement of numerous agencies in each of those governmental bodies, you sometimes lose sight of the people who have the need for this project.

Thank God the Silver Foxes group realized their members, many of whom might qualify, should hear from the organizers how the project is going and learn about the requirements.

It was also a chance for me to get in touch with those who comprise the community that needs affordable senior living.

DIVERSE NEEDS
My day-to-day on this project has me dealing with lawyers, public-relations people, various boards of directors, general contractors, our partners ... but very few, if any, of the people who will be our residents. Sunday gave me that opportunity, as well as that feeling in my gut about why we're doing this. Put simply, the need is there.

Of the 45 or so people present, when I asked how many will apply for residency, 16 hands went up. The potential applicants include a couple who has been together 36 years, a woman who had been married for 33 years and is now homeless after her divorce, and a man who can hardly walk but lives in a five-story walk-up, far from his community. There were also two women who have given their lives to help those in hospice care but now have no place to live together and receive the dignity they gave to others.

So, I gave them all the good news. Construction is on time, interiors are on time - in fact, most of the project is proceeding on time or better. I answered most of the questions and then, as I was preparing to leave, the Trans vet came up to me and said, 'I've been to war for this country and, as a Transperson, I've continued to be at war. Will this building now allow me to be at peace in my own community?' I lost it.

Mark Segal is publisher of PGN. He can be reached at mark@epgn.com.

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