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Housing Housing is a basic need, providing not only shelter, but also a refuge, respite, and place of safety. It is a place where family members and friends come together to provide and receive care, to be with one another, to relax and enjoy company. "A household consists of all the people who occupy a housing unit... [and] includes the related family members and all the unrelated people, if any.... such as partners or roomers..." (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012, para.22). Having an additional member in the household has been associated with decreased spending on medical care, as much as $1,040 annually for men aged 65 and older, and $729 for women 65 and older (Halliday & Park, 2009). The sexual orientation and gender identity comparisons summarized below are based on statistical significance tests3 adjusting for age, income, and education. For sexual orientation comparisons, lesbians are compared to gay men; bisexual women and men are compared to lesbian and gay men. For gender identity comparisons transgender women and men are compared with non-transgender women and men. A breakdown of housing findings by sexual orientation, gender identity, and background characteristics can be found in Appendix Table 3. When comparing San Francisco’s LGBT older adult participants to older adults in San Francisco’s general population, some preliminary findings emerge that deserve additional attention:  57% of older San Franciscans own a home (Ruggles et al., 2010), compared to 41% of LGBT participants.  41% of older adults in San Francisco rent (Ruggles et al., 2010), while 54% of LGBT participants do.  57% of older adults in San Francisco are very confident about staying in housing (Kim, Cannon, Cheh, Duda, & Hall, 2010), while only 32% of LGBT participants feel very confident. Household size The average size of LGBT participants' households is 1.48 persons (SD = .65). Lesbians have larger households than gay men. Housing arrangements The majority of LGBT participants in San Francisco (54%) rent their housing. Close to a third (28%) own their home and are making mortgage payments while just over 13% own their homes with their mortgages paid off. About 5% have some other type of financial arrangement that covers their housing, such as living rent free with a friend or relative, in a nursing home, or other health care facility.

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Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future  

This report examines results of a survey of more than 600 LGBT older adults in San Francisco in 2013.

Addressing the Needs of LGBT Older Adults in San Francisco: Recommendations for the Future  

This report examines results of a survey of more than 600 LGBT older adults in San Francisco in 2013.

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