The affordable housing crisis in California is well known — only to be exacerbated by the pandemic, now inflation, the cost to build, regulations, and the list goes on and on. Some of the hardest hit are seniors, especially those on fixed incomes). In the most extreme cases, many are forced onto the street. Some of the hardest hit are seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, as they continue to struggle to keep pace with rising rents and overall cost of living. Many of them are forced onto the street.
For LGBTQ+ seniors, the challenge to find affordable housing has been even more difficult as the community has faced historic discrimination along with all of the other issues that come with finding a safe, affordable place to live.
Earlier this year, the City of Sacramento opened a new community called Lavender Courtyard to address the dire need for an affordable place for LGBTQ+ seniors to call home. It was led by an organization called Mutual Housing California. Roberto Jimenez, CEO of Mutual Housing California, and resident Francesca Dixon joined us to share more details about the housing development and the challenges facing LGBTQ+ seniors.