Philadelphia Approves Housing Project for Gay Seniors

| by Michael Allen

The city of Philadelphia has approved plans for a $20 million affordable housing project for gay seniors.

The housing project will be built in a Philadelphia downtown area known as as the "Gayborhood," reports CBS Philadelphia.

The Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund, which is leading the project, said in a statement that the project has received all federal, state, and local agency approvals and building permits.

The new six-story building plans to break ground in late October. It will include 56 one-bedroom units that will be available to gay seniors who are 62 and over.

Mark Segal, of the Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund, said in a statement: “The project is moving forward very quickly. The Redevelopment Authority vacated the building they were operating out of on the construction site, and clean up and plans for demolition of the building have begun.”

Anti-discrimination laws prohibit gay-only housing, but projects can be made friendly toward gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people through marketing and location.