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Issues

The Situation in Illinois

As a national advocacy, resource and support organization for LGBT seniors, SAGE has affiliates all over the country. Two locations are available for community members to take advantage of in Illinois. One SAGE affiliate operates out of Chicago’s Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center. The other is SAGE Metro St. Louis, which serves the greater St. Louis area, including southern Illinois.

In addition to SAGE, the Center on Halsted Senior Programs feature a variety of senior programs are available at the Center on Halsted, including lunch get-togethers; social and recreational programs; healthy aging, including seniors living with HIV/AIDS; senior advocacy; benefits advice; and home visits.

A new LGBT friendly senior living facility is under construction in the heart of Chicago’s gay community in Lakeview. One of the first in the nation, the building, built around a former police station, will help ease the housing need for older LGBT people. The planned 80 rooms and retail space for medical services will allow LGBT seniors the chance to remain in a supportive, inclusive environment while offering the opportunity to take advantage of affordable housing, social events and health care options.