Affordable housing for gay seniors opens in Pa.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first residents are moving into the John C. Anderson Apartments in Philadelphia. It's one of only three buildings in the U.S. serving low-income gay seniors.

Experts say such facilities are important because older gays and lesbians are less likely to have the financial and family resources to age in their own homes. And many seniors fear discrimination at traditional elder housing facilities.

Los Angeles and Minneapolis also have gay-friendly, affordable senior housing. Developments are under construction in Chicago and San Francisco.

But activists say more units are needed. The number of gay seniors nationwide is expected to double to 3 million by 2030.

Monthly rents at the Philadelphia building range from $192 to $786 based on income, which can't exceed $33,000 per year.

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