FORT GREENE — Fort Greene’s new affordable housing for LGBT seniors will offer free events and services for both residents and nearby community members.
Services at the Ingersoll Senior Residences will be run by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and will include health services, event programming and social engagement services, according to a press release.
Events will include Pride Month celebrations and meet-and-greets with notable LGBT writers and activists, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Seniors will also be provided with hot meals daily, fitness classes and language classes, the paper said.
Events will be free for residents and community members.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced in May that it had selected BFC Partners to develop the Ingersoll Senior Residences on Myrtle Avenue, between St. Edward Street and North Portland Avenue.
The 16-story building, designed by Marvel Architects and developed by BFC Partners, will bring 145 affordable units for seniors to the Ingersoll Houses, making it the largest LGBT senior housing development in the country, according to the release.
HELP USA will develop a similar project in The Bronx called the Crotona Senior Residences.
“For too long, our LGBT elder pioneers in New York City have lacked access to housing where they are welcomed for who they are,” said Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of SAGE, in a statement. “Ingersoll and Crotona are a critically important step toward righting that wrong.”
Both buildings will be open to low-income LGBT and non-LGBT seniors, age 62 and older, according to WSJ.
Apartments at the Ingersoll Senior Residences are proposed for individuals making up to $38,100 a year, and a family of two making up to $43,500 a year, according to NYCHA.
Construction of the $47 million project could start as early as next year and should take about two years to complete, with move-ins starting in 2019, according to NYCHA.