Tonic is part of a global movement to create retirement communities for older LGBT+ people and we learn from similar projects around the world. Below is information about schemes which are currently open or are due to open by the end of 2019. If you know of communities not listed or have updates on any below please contact us.
Manchester City Council, LGBT Foundation and Stonewall Housing are working together to develop an LGBT majority extra care scheme with the consultancy support of Tonic (see video)
Triangle Square Los Angeles California
Stonewall Gardens Assisted Living Palm Springs, California
North Park Seniors San Diego, California
55 Laguna San Francisco, California
Fountaingrove Lodge Santa Rosa, California
The Resort on Carefree Boulevard Fort Myers, Florida
The Palms of Manasota Palmetto, Florida
Secret Garden Wilton Manors, Florida
Seashore Point Provincetown, Massachusetts
Birds of a Feather Pecos, New Mexico
Rainbow Vision Santa Fe, New Mexico
Crotona Senior Residences Bronx, New York
The Ingersoll Senior Residences Brooklyn, New York
Carefree Cove Boone, North Carolina
Village Hearth Durham, North Carolina
A Place for Us Cleveland, Ohio
Rainbow Vista Gresham, Oregon
John C. Anderson Apartments Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SPOTLIGHT: 55 LAGUNA, SAN FRANCISCO
In March 2017 San Francisco officially celebrated the opening of 55 Laguna, the city’s first affordable, LGBT-welcoming housing for residents over 55. The idea for the project was born nearly 20 years ago, in 1998, as Rainbow Adult Community Housing.
55 Laguna was developed through a strong partnership between Openhouse (formerly Rainbow Adult Community Housing) and Mercy Housing who acts as the developer and property manager. Openhouse’s mission is to provide services to San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors as they age such as housing, direct services and community programs. They have been successful in reducing isolation and providing LGBT seniors with tools to improve their overall health, well-being and economic security. Mercy Housing California specializes in affordable low-income housing programs and has developed 128 rental properties across 36 California counties serving low- and very-low-income working poor families, seniors and individuals.
The scheme is made up of 40 units which include 10 studios, 26 one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom accommodations. Allocation for these units was decided by a lottery in which there appear to have been over 1,800 entrants for the 40 units. Although it has been open for less than a year, they have already embarked on a expanding to a “new and much larger building at 95 Laguna slated to break ground this fall, will provide a total of 119 affordable senior apartments and a community center with almost 8000 square feet of activity space. Together, this hub of LGBT-welcoming housing and services will be the largest LGBT affordable senior housing project in the [USA].” It is also home to the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center at 65 Laguna.
Sixty-seven percent of the residents are LGBT identified, six percent are transgender and fifty-seven percent are people of color. “This place is a gift,” resident Robin Rheult, a transwoman, recently told the scheme’s co-founder Marcy Adelman. “To be able to wake up and feel safe and know you have a community that supports you … know I have a safe place to live that I can afford for the rest of my life … To walk out my apartment door and know I have likeminded people around me is a comfort.”