This year, they will break ground on a new LGBT housing complex in Hollywood that is the first of its kind.
Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the name of the project, will be a home to over 200 LGBT youth and seniors. Additionally, a portion of the buildings will serve as the new headquarters for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The housing program is the brainchild of the LA LGBT Center, and they are funding the $100 million project.
The idea behind this program is to help “the two most vulnerable parts of our community,” says Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Both LGBT youth and seniors can gain a lot from interacting more with one another. The facility will give them more chances to interact, learn and help one another. Hopefully from that interaction, mentoring relationships and friendships will grow organically.
“In the LGBT community, we talk a lot about the real tragedy that comes from the lack of connection across generations within our community,” Michael Adams of the national LGBT aging group, SAGE says. “From younger folks what we hear over and over again is they don’t know very much about the history of their community or about the history of LGBT people.”
The new housing complex will also offer 100 beds for at-risk youth and 35 units of permanent housing for young adults aged 18-24. And LGBT seniors will have safe housing options, as opposed to the many mainstream housing facilities that sometimes discriminate against this group.
The housing facility will be names for Anita May Rosenstein, who owns a department store chain and who donated over $6 million to the LA LGBT Center in 2014.