Construction at 55 Laguna HAS BEGUN!

It seems like the whole city is one big construction site these days, doesn’t it? Well keep an eye out for that familiar but mysterious scaffolding that goes around yet another building under renovation, as construction gets underway at 55 Laguna!

Last month we started the renovation of Richardson Hall-the first of a two building campus that includes affordable senior housing and a new home for Openhouse. From this new hub we will offer expanded services, new programs and engaging activities to more LGBT older adults from across the city.

Jointly developed by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California, the senior housing at 55 Laguna (and later 95 Laguna!) will include 119 apartments in what will be the city’s first and the country’s largest, affordable housing community specifically welcoming to LGBT seniors.

With new services and programs, Openhouse will welcome 1,500 community members this year-double the number of people we served just two years ago. Over the next decade, more than 30,000 LGBT people in San Francisco will be of an age to ask how Openhouse might welcome them too.

Our new campus ensures that we will always have a place to find community no matter where we may live.
For more information, updates on construction, pictures and more, visit the 55 Laguna Info page or give us a call. And be sure to check out the San Francisco Bay Times and the Bay Area Reporter for information about Openhouse, 55 Laguna, and our Spring Fling on April 26!

With many thanks,

FAST Study: Fitness, Aging & Stress

Remaining physically active may help to reduce the mental and physical health risks of caregiving, however, for those who are caregiving, remaining active can be especially challenging. The goal of the FAST Study is to support caregivers in their desire to become more physically active and explore whether helping caregivers to increase the amount of physical activity they do in their daily lives may improve their physical health and psychological well-being. Participants in this 6-month exercise study will receive weekly or monthly phone calls from a motivational coach as they begin and sustain an exercise routine, personalized for their level of fitness. Participants are also provided a 6-month gym membership to YMCA or other local gym and up to $300 for their time. All participants also receive a free Fitbit at the end of the study.

The UCSF FAST STUDY is seeking adults between the ages of 50-75 who provide at least 10 hours of unpaid care to a spouse/partner of member of family of choice with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Potential participants should have an interest in becoming more physically active. Every caregiver in the study will be asked to attend two health assessments at UCSF Parnassus Hospital in San Francisco and complete study questionnaires. They will also provide each participant with a free Fitbit Activity Tracker at the completion of the 6-month study to encourage them to sustain their exercise habits even after the study is complete.

Please contact Samantha at 415-476-3818 for more information or visit their website at Call today!

A New Bi-Weekly Column

Dr. Marcy Adelman, Openhouse Co-Founder and Board Member oversees the Bay Times ‘Aging in Community’ column. With articles by Dr. Marcy Adelman and Other Esteemed Contributors
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Gray Matters: The 2014 Fall Newsletter

Openhouse’ 2014 Gray Matters newsletter is now just a click away! Enjoy lively and engaging interviews with Openhouse community members, update yourself on what we’re up to, see your name among our list of donors, and see how you can become involved.
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Case Management at Openhouse

The Openhouse case management program offers a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults, adults with disabilities, and/or  caregivers to ensure high-quality holistic care, coordination of services, and follow-through, while maintaining the dignity of each individual and addressing his/her unique needs.

Have you been discharged from the hospital and need in-home support? Experiencing a life transition and feeling overwhelmed about what to do next? Are you struggling with a challenging situation and don’t know where to turn to for help? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact Openhouse’s case management program where you’ll receive compassionate support and expert care navigation and coordination services. Click here to read more about case management services at Openhouse.

ADRC at Openhouse

Openhouse is thrilled to be the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for LGBT Seniors across the city! The Openhouse ADRC is a hub where you can go to find answers about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care and more. The ADRC office is located on the 4th floor of the LGBT Community Center. Stop by to meet Openhouse’s newest team member, Manuel Martinez. Manuel is our ADRC Information and Assistance Specialist. He will assist community members by connecting them with a variety of programs and services.

Manuel has worked in the nonprofit community in San Francisco for the last 3 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and found a passion in the nonprofit sector through helping seniors and adults with disabilities in both English and Spanish.

Manuel has also been deeply involved with the LGBT and Latino Partnerships in the city to better connect service providers to additional resources that may help the communities they serve. In his new role at Openhouse, he is looking forward to continuing his work with the LGBT community as well and as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood. For information and assistance on a range of issues, call Manuel at (415) 347-8509.

Events and Programs for Seniors

Every month Openhouse offers a wide range of programs and activities for LGBT seniors. These programs include exercise classes, men’s and women’s support groups, grief counseling, health workshops, housing assistance and more. We have something for everyone. Openhouse also offers a Friendly Visitor program to provide conversation and companionship to LGBT older adults in San Francisco. To receive our monthly newsletter or to get more information about our programs, please give us a call at (415) 296-8995 or send us an email.

Click here to see upcoming events and programs

Click here to see this month’s newsletter

Long-stalled S.F. housing project for LGBT seniors on track
“The city gets 440 units of much-needed housing, including apartments aimed at the LGBT seniors of the nearby Castro district but open to anyone meeting the project’s age and income requirements. The neighbors get a small park and a community garden that will be maintained by the developer, as well as a new development where aging, vacant, graffiti-tagged buildings once stood…   For the people and groups who have been pushing the project for years, the finish line finally is in sight.” Read More…

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Know Your Rights and Claim Your Money: The Video

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Openhouse Curriculum Available

We are proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated LGBT Cultural Humility Curriculum for Senior Service Providers, From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors. The cost to purchase the curriculum is $50 for individuals and $150 for agencies or organizations. Click here to learn more about the curriculum or to order yours today!

SF Planning Commission Approves City’s First LGBT-Welcoming Senior Housing

The City’s first and the country’s largest affordable housing specifically welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors to be developed by Openhouse and Mercy Housing California was approved unanimously Thursday by the San Francisco Planning Commission.  The development includes 110 apartments for low-income seniors, Openhouse service offices and an activity center for residents and LGBT seniors from across the City. Over 25,000 LGBT seniors live in San Francisco alone, many of whom do not access senior services and housing for fear of rejection and compromised care.   Read More…

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