“Are we explicitly making sure that our institutions that are serving older adults are prepared for them? Do they know what their needs are?” said Elysia Chandler, the author of the report and only employee of the LGBTQ+ Commission
A report by the Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission on LGBT seniors living in housing run by the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) recommended that the CHA sponsor programming for people who identify as LGBT, include gender identity as a protected class in the CHA anti-discrimination policy and collect information about how many LGBT seniors live in CHA housing.
The November 2016 report, “LGBT Inclusive Housing for Older Adults in Cambridge,” included national research about the unique problems LGBT seniors face and the results of a survey of CHA employees about the nature of LGBT inclusivity in CHA housing.
The report includes recommendations for creating a more inclusive and supportive LGBT environment in CHA housing. The recommendations are based off of national best practices used in larger organizations such as Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, Chandler said.