November 2, 2007

Contact: Moli Steinert
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To Train California Department Of Aging Staff To Meet The Needs Of LGBT Seniors

San Francisco, CA – November 2nd, 2007 – In a major move recognizing openhouse as the state’s leading expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors, the state of California has enlisted the San Francisco based organization to train the directors of all of its 33 county Agencies on Aging to better serve LGBT seniors.

California Department of Aging (CDA) Director Lynn Daucher invited openhouse to present at this year’s Conference of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging in Los Angeles on November 15. Moli Steinert, the Executive Director of openhouse, along with openhouse Education & Outreach staff and a panel of LGBT seniors, will speak to conference attendees on the topic “Hidden, Isolated, and Underserved: Reaching Out to LGBT Seniors.

Conference attendees are expected to include more than 100 of the State’s top providers of aging support and health services, as well as California’s care management partners, the County Welfare Directors Association of California, the California Association of Public Authorities, and others.

“We’re thrilled that the state is partnering with us to train so many providers,” said openhouse Board member Nancy Brundy. “California is always on the cutting edge, and this partnership allows California to become the model for how to include, support and sustain LGBT citizens as they age in the 21st century.”

openhouse has been an incredible ally as we’ve worked to understand the unique needs of the LGBT senior population,” said Anne Hinton, the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Department of Adult & Aging Services. “San Francisco not only has the highest percentage of people over 60 in the country, it also has one of the highest

openhouse entered into a contract with the CDA on September 24 of this year when it trained 120 CDA staff members in Sacramento to understand and respond to the experiences and concerns of LGBT seniors. The statewide training initiative follows last year’s passage of AB2920, Assemblyman Mark Leno’s legislation requiring all of California’s Area Agencies on Aging to reflect and meet the needs of LGBT seniors in their service areas.

About openhouseopenhouse is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco established in 1998 dedicated to creating and sustaining a senior residential community that honors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors. It is committed to providing mixed income, LGBT-friendly senior housing with comprehensive social and health services, referrals for LGBT aging-support services and opportunities for social engagement for those LGBT seniors who wish to age in their homes. openhouse provides education and advocacy for inclusive and nondiscriminatory housing and related services to enable LGBT seniors to age successfully and live with dignity. openhouse is also working to make senior services more welcoming and accessible for LGBT seniors who wish to age at home so that they can be supported to have a safe, healthy, and positive aging experience. openhouse is in pre-development to build LGBT senior housing at 55 Laguna in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.