NAGLREP attends the White House for Historic LGBT Summit
NAGLREP Founder Jeff Berger proudly attended the first ever White House National LGBT Elder Housing Summit hosted by HUD. The White House Office of Public Engagement welcomed 100 service providers, advocates, community leaders, and Administration officials who are dedicated to supporting the needs of our aging LGBT community members.
As the number of Americans age 65 and older surges over the next few decades, the number of LGBT older adults is estimated to double to 3 million by 2030. By this year ? 2015 ? one in two individuals who are HIV-positive in this country will be over age 50. Many struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing.For the LGBT population, aging presents challenges not widely experienced by heterosexual elders. The LGBT elder population:
– May face discrimination and prejudice in accessing housing, health care, and other supportive services.
– May have caregivers who do not have the same legal rights and protections as those in other familial relationships.
– Is subject to unequal treatment under state and federal laws.
These challenges affect LGBT elders? financial security, health and wellness, access to social support networks, and interpersonal relationships ? all factors critical to successful aging.
Social service providers and other nonprofit organizations have taken the lead in addressing many of the challenges facing the LGBT population. The panel discussions at the housing summit highlighted program models designed to expand and improve LGBT elder housing and long-term care in both institutional and noninstitutional settings.
NAGLREP is a Stakeholder at HUD and serves as a 501(c)(3) non profit trade organization with a mission of business and advocacy.