LGBT Equality Assessment for Senior Housing
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors often are challenged by the search for welcoming and inclusive senior housing options. Often LGBT individuals face discrimination and even abuse when looking for retirement communities, assisted living and/or long-term care options. However, we know that many people who work in these fields are supportive and often advocate for the LGBT community. Friendly House’s SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Metro Portland program aims to connect LGBT seniors with LGBT friendly housing. By completing this survey you are helping us take one more step toward equality for LGBT seniors.
At the end of 2013 SAGE Metro Portland will compile the results of this survey into a housing guide for LGBT seniors. Each housing provider who completes the survey will receive a score published in this guide. The guide will be republished annually with additional housing sites and updated scores for returning sites.
We know that for many housing providers this is a new topic that can feel intimidating at first. We want to acknowledge all housing providers who complete this survey no matter what their score. For our first year of publication each participating facility will receive special accolades for embarking on this new project with us, by being named a member of the Founders’ Circle for the first three guides. Founders’ Circle members will also pay no fees until January 2016.
The first edition of this guide will include the following introduction:
We want to acknowledge all participants in this guide no matter their numerical score. By agreeing to participate in this guide each housing facility is demonstrating their commitment to creating more inclusive housing options for LGBT seniors. We thank them all for their commitment to the LGBT community and for being a part of this innovative project.
For your ease in completing this survey we have created examples of small but effective steps your agency can take to complete this survey with the highest score possible. Each section of the survey has a corresponding appendix with these examples. The appendix is attached at the end of the hard copy of this survey. If you do not have a hard copy of the survey and would like a copy of the appendix, please e-mail email@example.com.
If you have further questions about this survey, please contact:
Lauren Fontanarosa, SAGE Metro Portland Program Coordinator
(503)224-2640 x 152
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