$100 million affordable housing project first to serve LGBT seniors, youth

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An artist's rendering of what the Anita May Rosenstein Campus might look like.
An artist's rendering of what the Anita May Rosenstein Campus might look like.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is planning what it says is the country's first project that will include affordable housing for both older adults and youth.

The Anita May Rosenstein Campus, scheduled to open in early 2019 in Hollywood, will include up to 100 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth — double the number currently available through the center, new senior and youth centers, up to 35 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, a commercial kitchen to feed homeless youth and seniors, ground floor retail space and 350 subterranean parking spaces for residents and visitors to The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, a service center across the street.

“The complex is the first of its kind in many respects, including the fact that it's the nation's largest LGBT services and housing campus and the first to offer affordable housing for youth and seniors,” Jim Key, chief marketing officer for the  Los Angeles LGBT Center, told McKnight's Senior Living. “The total cost of the project, including the contribution from our affordable housing partner, will be $100 million,” he added.

The Anita May Rosenstein Campus also will house the center's new administrative headquarters.

The center continues to work with community members, city staff and architects to finalize a precise design. The first phase of a fundraising campaign has secured $25 million in pledges, including a lead gift of $7 million from the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, the Wilbur D. May Foundation and the Anita and Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundation. The second phase, seeking $15 million in pledges, has raised almost $3 million to date.

The new campus will provide older adults with an alternative to senior living communities, where they sometimes face discrimination, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean told public radio station KPCC. The intergenerational aspect of the project with benefit older LGBT adults, who often do not have children or grandchildren to offer care and assistance, as well as LGBT youth, who will be able to gain historical perspective from interacting with older adults, Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders CEO Michael Adams told the radio station.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center already operates Triangle Square in Hollywood, which it says is the nation's largest affordable housing development specifically for LGBT seniors.

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