Over 100 joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos, The Network, dozens of public officials, business leaders and community members to announce that the first GLBT and GLBT-friendly senior housing development in the New York tri-state area will be coming to Long Island! It will be built on the current site of the Long Island GLBT Community Center in Bay Shore as well as adjoining properties.
The development will have 50 housing units and will be anchored by a brand new 6,000 square foot state of the art GLBT center for The Network. The new center will provide health, recreational, nutrition, social, cultural and other programs and initiatives.
The Network realizes that marriage equality alone does not provide safety for our community. The housing for GLBT seniors is one that will be a lifesaver for many. Almost half of GLBT older adults reported being discriminated against when seeking housing with their significant other.
Elderly gay people still face prejudice living on their own or in other types of retirement housing. Some even “return to the closet” in order to ensure they will receive quality care or avoid rejection and violence from fellow residents.
“Our baby boomer gay seniors grew up in a world where discrimination and hostility toward the community was supported and encouraged. The people who supported a world that was highly discriminatory are the population that are in the retirement and nursing homes now,” said David Kilmnick, CEO of The Network. “That’s what makes the GLBT and GLBT friendly development in Bay Shore so critical. It will give our seniors and elders the high quality of life they deserve and in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that celebrates their life.”
The GLBT and GLBT-friendly affordable senior housing development in Bay Shore will be the first in the New York tri-state area, the fifth in the entire country and the first in a suburban environment.