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55 LAGUNA

LGBT-WELCOMING SENIOR HOUSING AND PROGRAMS

housing, services, and

community for LGBT seniors


A RENOVATED RICHARDSON HALL WITH RETAIL SPACE, NEW OPENHOUSE OFFICES AND 40 APARTMENTS

THE NEW OPENHOUSE BUILDING WITH 70 UNITS AND A COMMUNITY CENTER

IN AUGUST 2012, THE SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION unanimously approved the Openhouse plan to build LGBTwelcoming senior housing at 55 Laguna Street. Openhouse has partnered with veteran housing developer, Mercy Housing California, to jointly build, own and operate 110 apartments for seniors in need of affordable housing. In what promises to be another proud landmark in the history of LGBT people in San Francisco and the nation, the project also includes a community center and Openhouse service offices for residents and LGBT seniors from across the city. 55 Laguna is a critical component of the Openhouse mission to meet the growing needs of LGBT seniors in San Francisco.

WHY LGBT-WELCOMING HOUSING? For decades, thousands of LGBT people have flocked to San Francisco to find personal freedom and acceptance. Today, over 25,000 LGBT seniors call San Francisco home. As older adults, many LGBT seniors feel pressure to go back into the closet to receive quality care and housing. Many face serious challenges in finding welcoming, affordable housing and must relocate, leaving their cherished city and dear friends behind. 55 Laguna will provide welcoming and affordable housing in the heart of San Francisco, along with services and resources to help LGBT seniors remain safe and comfortable in the community they spent a lifetime to build.


A RENOVATED RICHARDSON HALL WITH RETAIL SPACE, NEW OPENHOUSE OFFICES AND 40 APARTMENTS

THE NEW OPENHOUSE BUILDING WITH 70 UNITS AND A COMMUNITY CENTER

IN AUGUST 2012, THE SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION unanimously approved the Openhouse plan to build LGBTwelcoming senior housing at 55 Laguna Street. Openhouse has partnered with veteran housing developer, Mercy Housing California, to jointly build, own and operate 110 apartments for seniors in need of affordable housing. In what promises to be another proud landmark in the history of LGBT people in San Francisco and the nation, the project also includes a community center and Openhouse service offices for residents and LGBT seniors from across the city. 55 Laguna is a critical component of the Openhouse mission to meet the growing needs of LGBT seniors in San Francisco.

WHY LGBT-WELCOMING HOUSING? For decades, thousands of LGBT people have flocked to San Francisco to find personal freedom and acceptance. Today, over 25,000 LGBT seniors call San Francisco home. As older adults, many LGBT seniors feel pressure to go back into the closet to receive quality care and housing. Many face serious challenges in finding welcoming, affordable housing and must relocate, leaving their cherished city and dear friends behind. 55 Laguna will provide welcoming and affordable housing in the heart of San Francisco, along with services and resources to help LGBT seniors remain safe and comfortable in the community they spent a lifetime to build.


HARDSON HALL | Laguna & Hermann Corner

NCISCO, CA | 5/22/12| MERCY HOUSING CALIFORNIA

YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW

Who Can Live at 55 Laguna?

What Happens Next?

All income-qualified seniors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity will be welcome to apply to live at 55 Laguna. We anticipate that a large number of LGBT seniors will apply to live at 55 Laguna, with its inviting, safe and welcoming housing, services and community programs.

Openhouse and Mercy Housing California will raise the general project financing needed to construct the housing units. Openhouse will undertake a separate fundraising effort for the service offices and the community center. Construction is projected to begin in late 2014 and completed in phases over a 3-year period.

Who is Eligible and How Will Residents Be Selected? Individuals who are 55 years and older who meet income criteria established by the City of San Francisco will be eligible to live at 55 Laguna. Applicants will be selected by a lottery until all the housing units are filled.

How Large are the Units and What Will the Rent Be? Most of the units will be one bedrooms ranging in rent from $589 to $1,000. However, our goal is to secure subsidies so that seniors will pay only 30% of their income in rent.

How Can I Apply? Applications will not be available until construction is close to completion. However, anyone interested in 55 Laguna should sign up today to receive the Openhouse monthly newsletter, updates on the 55 Laguna project and other housing opportunities. Sign up by visiting www.openhouse-sf.org or by calling (415) 296-8995.


HARDSON HALL | Laguna & Hermann Corner

NCISCO, CA | 5/22/12| MERCY HOUSING CALIFORNIA

YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW

Who Can Live at 55 Laguna?

What Happens Next?

All income-qualified seniors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity will be welcome to apply to live at 55 Laguna. We anticipate that a large number of LGBT seniors will apply to live at 55 Laguna, with its inviting, safe and welcoming housing, services and community programs.

Openhouse and Mercy Housing California will raise the general project financing needed to construct the housing units. Openhouse will undertake a separate fundraising effort for the service offices and the community center. Construction is projected to begin in late 2014 and completed in phases over a 3-year period.

Who is Eligible and How Will Residents Be Selected? Individuals who are 55 years and older who meet income criteria established by the City of San Francisco will be eligible to live at 55 Laguna. Applicants will be selected by a lottery until all the housing units are filled.

How Large are the Units and What Will the Rent Be? Most of the units will be one bedrooms ranging in rent from $589 to $1,000. However, our goal is to secure subsidies so that seniors will pay only 30% of their income in rent.

How Can I Apply? Applications will not be available until construction is close to completion. However, anyone interested in 55 Laguna should sign up today to receive the Openhouse monthly newsletter, updates on the 55 Laguna project and other housing opportunities. Sign up by visiting www.openhouse-sf.org or by calling (415) 296-8995.


WHAT IS OPENHOUSE? OPENHOUSE IS A COMMUNITY FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WHO ARE:

Proud, active and fun LGBT older adults LGBT seniors from diverse backgrounds at all levels of income, mobility and community engagement Friends and family who care about LGBT seniors Loving caregivers Social workers, service practitioners and housing developers Community members who want to ensure dignity for LGBT seniors and themselves If you are an LGBT older adult, care about an LGBT senior, want more information about 55 Laguna, or simply want to give back, give us a call. All services are free of charge. Pick up the phone. Stop by today. Visit our website and sign up for our mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you! www.openhouse-sf.org (415) 296-8995


WHAT IS OPENHOUSE? OPENHOUSE IS A COMMUNITY FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WHO ARE:

Proud, active and fun LGBT older adults LGBT seniors from diverse backgrounds at all levels of income, mobility and community engagement Friends and family who care about LGBT seniors Loving caregivers Social workers, service practitioners and housing developers Community members who want to ensure dignity for LGBT seniors and themselves If you are an LGBT older adult, care about an LGBT senior, want more information about 55 Laguna, or simply want to give back, give us a call. All services are free of charge. Pick up the phone. Stop by today. Visit our website and sign up for our mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you! www.openhouse-sf.org (415) 296-8995


Openhouse recognizes and affirms that LGBT older adults live at intersections of race, ethnicity, class, culture, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, spirituality, and ability. Openhouse is committed to creating a safe environment to encourage and support participants to share our diverse perspectives and identities to foster dynamic community engagement. Join us in creating a vibrant, healthy and secure future for LGBT seniors in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

housing, services, and

community for LGBT seniors

Openhouse is now located at San Francisco’s LGBT Community Center! 1800 Market St., PMB 93 Third Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 296-8995 info@openhouse-sf.org www.openhouse-sf.org facebook.com/OpenhouseSF


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