Manchester City Council have recently announced plans to create a community aimed at older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
As part of the LGBT ‘Extra Care’ scheme, the project will provide high quality housing for older people.
In Manchester, there are approximately 7,000 people that identify as LGBT who are over the age of 50. With the population growing, there is an expected increase of over 65-year-olds in the next 20 years.
High levels of loneliness and isolation amongst the older LGBT generation were found in a LGBT Foundation report. Discrimination, or fear of discrimination in existing accommodation and a desire for affordable, accessible and LGBT specific accommodation was indicated. Participants included in the report stated they wished for accommodation where they could be open about their identity.
In response to this, Manchester City Council, LGBT Foundation, Stonewall Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency are working together.
The developing plans will see a minimum of 51% of LGBT residents. Heterosexual people will be welcome.
The affordable housing will have trained and experiences staff and carers. Pets are also welcomed, as it is understood that they can be significant to older people without children or families.
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