City Beat

LGBT-friendly apartments for low-income seniors planned in Sacramento

Plans are advancing for an LGBT-friendly senior affordable housing facility in midtown Sacramento, believed to be the first of its kind in the Central Valley.

Mutual Housing California has finalized an agreement to purchase three parcels at the corner of 16th and F streets to build a 50-unit apartment building. The nonprofit is working on its financing for the project and hopes to begin construction in 2017.

“Sacramento has a large LGBT population and we all need a place of acceptance and community as we live out our elder years,” said Rachel Iskow, CEO of Mutual Housing California.

Iskow said research has shown that many LGBT seniors feel discriminated against when they move into senior care or assisted living facilities. The new facility, preliminarily called Lavender Courtyard, would “allow seniors to be themselves.”

“As you grow older, there’s a tendency to get more depressed and isolated, especially for LGBT seniors,” she said. “What we found in research is that LGBT seniors feel that when they get into senior housing or assisted care, they have to go back into the closet because the older generation is still pretty homophobic.”

Iskow said apartments in Lavender Courtyard would be open to all seniors and described it as “LGBT-friendly.” In addition to the apartments, it would also include a community room, on-site social services and a courtyard.

For more on the plan, and its impact on midtown, see Monday’s City Beat column in The Sacramento Bee.