Florida's First LGBT-Focused Senior Housing Project Underway
Developers of a cloistered Fort Lauderdale senior living home could very well be Florida's first to target the LGBT community exclusively.
Miami-based Carrfour Supportive Housing is eyeing a 48-unit redevelopment project in Wilton Manors named The Pride Center at Equality Park.
Carrfour, a nonprofit senior housing developer, is spearheading the project in a JV with The Pride Center—a senior housing operator—to transform the five-acre campus at the corner of North Dixie Highway and NE 20th Drive into the residences, with 60% of the units targeting those earning an average of $35k/year, and with disabilities and diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The first phase, which will deliver by 2018, will be followed by another 74 units.
The project would be one of the first marketed toward gay, lesbian and transgender septuagenarians in Florida. But it's a growing senior housing type in other states, including with projects in California and Illinois. And of those LGBT folks reaching their Golden Ages, some 47% are living with some form of disabling condition, according to LGBT activist stats.
“Broward County has a rapidly expanding population of aging LGBT adults and, unfortunately, very limited affordable housing options,” The Pride Center CEO Robert Boo (above) says.