Boston city officials Wednesday designated a developer to turn a former Hyde Park middle school into the first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing complex in New England.
The unanimous vote by the city’s Public Facilities Commission was a victory for members of the city’s LGBTQ community, who have been pushing for such a project for more than five years. The state’s LGBT Aging Commission estimates that 65,000 older LGBTQ adults live in Massachusetts, many of whom can’t depend on family members as caregivers.
While the new apartments will be open to all residents over 62, there will be special “cultural competency” training for staff and residents to assure that LGBTQ seniors can feel comfortable there.
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