San Fran Supes Prepare for LGBT Elder Legislation
Drawing upon a report finalized March 25, the two gay members of the Board of Supervisors are preparing to introduce legislation in the coming months focused on LGBT seniors issues.
Titled "LGBT Aging at the Golden Gate: San Francisco Policy Issues and Recommendations," the document is the work of the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force that has been meeting since the fall of 2012. With its vote March 25 to adopt the report, the task force is now officially disbanded.
"Our problem isn’t aging. It is how we are being dealt with in our environment as we age," said Larry Saxxon, who served on the task force.
As the Bay Area Reporter previously reported, the bulk of the report’s recommendations deal with how the city’s housing crisis is impacting LGBT seniors. The task force’s suggestions run the gamut from building more affordable housing for LGBT seniors and increasing eviction protections for them to providing rental and homeowner assistance and legal services to help them maintain their housing.
Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who called for the creation of the task force, told the B.A.R. this week that dealing with the housing issues requires more than a "quick fix" and is part of the broader policy debate City Hall is currently engaged in around housing issues.
"It is not a quick fix kind of situation. There is a long-term need for us to focus on our housing crisis," said Wiener, who represents the gay Castro district where evictions of seniors and people living with HIV have been on the rise.