Twin Cities GLBT Senior Housing
The Twin Cities will soon have its first housing directed at GLBT seniors. The development called “Spirit on Lake Housing Cooperative” will be built at the site of the current Spirit of the Lakes Church at 13th and Lake near the Midtown Exchange. The church itself will be housed in the lower level of the development.
There are several GLBT retirement communities around the country, but not enough to fulfill the need and none in Minnesota or the Upper Midwest. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates that there are one to three million GLBT people over 65 in the United States.
“A number of the problems faced by LGBT elders also stem from the fact that they often do not have the same family support systems as heterosexual people,” NGLTF says. In addition, NGLTF has identified how United States law prevents GLBT seniors from accessing Social Security among other problems.
Reservations are open now, but construction will not begin until enough units are reserved. Estimates say groundbreaking will occur in fall 2007.