This holiday season help an LGBT senior keep her home…and her pride

Please support the annual Openhouse Fall Appeal by making a gift today to help LGBT seniors age with dignity in the city they love.

You know how challenging it can be to find housing in San Francisco. You see it in the news every day. You may know someone who has lost a home or had to leave the city just to find an affordable place to live.

Openhouse helps LGBT seniors find housing and keep their homes every day. We provide housing workshops led by friendly professionals, one-on-one information and assistance, and support groups to help seniors in today’s housing market. Nearly 70% of the community members who come to us are placed in appropriate housing or on housing waitlists.

Your gift of $100, $50, or $25 will help Openhouse offer more housing workshops, more health and wellness programs, and more engaging activities in the year to come. And it’s easy! Just visit click on the Donate Now button at the top of the page. Or you can mail your donation to Openhouse, 1800 Market St. PMB 93, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Whatever you give, it matters. On behalf of all of us at Openhouse—thank you!

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Vantage Points: A lifetime of Perspective

The opening for Vantage Points will be a winter art-party extravaganza featuring the work of over 45 LGBT artists from the Openhouse community!  Join us at 2PM for a kick-off in the Center’s Rainbow Room. Read More…

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.

A New Program 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

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In The News

A San Francisco BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see Marcy’s latest interview: “Healing the Wounded AIDS Warrior: An Interview with Tez Anderson”

A San Francisco BayTimes column
by Openhouse Founder, Marcy Adelman

Click link to see guest columnist Erica J. Erney’s article: “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiving & Connection: You Are Not Alone on This Journey”

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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