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San Diego’s First Affordable Senior Housing Community Designed To Support LGBT Seniors

Developers, politicians and residents from North Park Senior Apartments held ...

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Above: Developers, politicians and residents from North Park Senior Apartments held an opening celebration for the 75 new affordable apartments, April 27, 2018.

The North Park Senior Apartments were created in partnership with the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Inside, they have an office to help connect residents with nearby resources.

"You’re always represented by the center as well as our apartment complex," said Paul Stewart who lives in one of the new units. "To make sure that both sides of whatever is happening or needs to be addressed is heard."

Developers said this is the first affordable senior housing community designed to support LGBT seniors.

The complex has 75 total units. Rents range from $740 for a studio to $1,150 for a two-bedroom apartment. Stewart moved to the complex from another apartment in North Park.

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"I’ve always felt safe in North Park," he said. "I feel safe here."

Stewart said rising rents and a disability made it tough to get by.

"When I lost my leg it was devastating," he said. "And when I came home I couldn’t get in my bedroom with my wheelchair."

Units are specially designed to help people like Stewart get around easier.

"An ADA apartment," he said. "Which has rails around the toilet and everybody has the special rails around the shower. What I have now, just oh my goodness. It's like, I'm happy. What can I say, I can get into my bathroom and I can shut my door."

Most people moved into the complex in January. Friday the center hosted an opening celebration with the San Diego community. People living here said they plan to say for a long time.

"This is my home," Stewart said. "Not unless they kick me out, and I’m not doing anything to do that."

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