Openhouse and our partner organizations offer a wide range of resources for LGBT seniors. Click on any of these links below for more information.

LGBT seniors have become increasingly visible in communities across the country, but only a handful of studies have documented their needs.  In 2003 Openhousecompleted a major study of more than 1300 LGBT adults in the Bay Area – the largest and most racially inclusive study of LGBT aging in the country.  Our Research page includes a link to a summary of the Openhousestudy and to other research on LGBT aging issues.

Housing Resources
Our Housing Resources page offers information on navigating the maze to find affordable, mixed income and market rate housing in San Francisco.  For additional information and help finding housing to meet your needs, please call the Openhouseoffice at (415) 296-8995 or email us.

Community Services
San Francisco and the Bay Area offer a wide variety of services for LGBT seniors. Our Community Services Directory provides a brief description and contact information for twenty agencies serving LGBT seniors with additional information about online resources and information.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors are resilient and tenacious. Still, they often do not access the services they need most as they age. Openhouse offers an effective, comprehensive training to help service providers create welcoming, supportive and safe environments for LGBT seniors and the LGBT seniors who need services.

State law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in nearly every aspect of life, including employment, housing and public accommodations (access to services). California has also enacted specific legislation impacting LGBT seniors.

How many LGBT seniors live in San Francisco, the state and the country?  Why do LGBT seniors need help? How is Openhouse addressing those needs?

New Guide for LGBT Elders in California

A pioneering new guide gives California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders comprehensive information about their rights and the services that are available to them as they navigate the system of public and social benefits.  The guide is published by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Openhouse, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Transgender Law Center and Planning for Elders in the Central City.  The guide is an excellent resource to empower and help protect California’s LGBT elders who often are targets of discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Read more…

Download “Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California.”