Monthly Archives: January 2017

Senior Housing to Open in Wilton Manors

Posted on January 31, 2017 in Buying a Home

Many senior citizens in the LGBT community find themselves with a dilemma as they age. Some simply don’t feel welcome in senior centers and assisted living facilities. Part of this has to do with age and how older generations are not always as accepting of LGBT individuals as younger people are. Others simply do not want to give up the homes they have worked so hard to purchase. They may have discussed selling with a LGBT real estate agent, but the idea of giving up their freedom doesn’t always sit well. Some don’t even want to move into assisted living because they see it as a step towards a nursing home.

Senior Housing to Open in Wilton ManorsBut there are a number of other options, one of which is to look for affordable senior housing that caters to those in the LGBT community. Once such housing project was recently announced by Carrfour Supportive Housing. This project will be built in Wilton Manors, Florida, and is being developed alongside The Pride Center, the local LGBT community center. The resulting apartments will be called The Residences At Equality Park and will have 48 units of different sizes.

The complex will provide those over 55 with affordable housing and even some security features they might find in an assisted living facility without giving up any of their freedom or individuality. The only other qualification for moving into the complex is that individuals must meet income guidelines, which include making no more than 60 percent of Broward County’s average income. Current, the median income is around $35,000.

This income guideline addresses another issue many seniors have about their home. Once retired, most live on a very fixed income, but some also continue to pay on their mortgage. This can make their finances very tricky, especially if they don’t have much in savings. Those in the LGBT community may find it even harder to deal with finances and with retirement if they have no family to lean on or get help from. In the end, they may end up losing their house and find that they’re unable to afford any other housing alternative.

With The Residences, however, that will no longer be an issue. The developers are also planning to address the homelessness epidemic of those with disabilities and illnesses—34 apartments will be set aside to house individuals with these needs. The complex will be finished in 2018.

The Most Welcoming Cities in Oregon

Posted on January 23, 2017 in Buying a Home

Many people know Oregon as a very welcoming, LGBT-friendly state. Its people elected the first openly bisexual governor, and there are two gay justices on the state’s supreme court. Many flock to Oregon every year to vacation in Portland and on the coast, but what if you’re considering a move here? As many gay and lesbian real estate agents will tell you, Oregon has a good number of great cities for you to live. While many would assume Portland is the place to be, it’s not the only city you should consider.

Eugene

The Most Welcoming Cities in OregonEugene was named by The Advocate as one of the country’s top LGBT cities in 2012, and it continues to rank highly. Eugene has a long history as being a haven for LGBT individuals dating back to the 1960s. The Eugene/Springfield Pride Festival is one of the biggest in the area, plus Eugene has its share of LGBT-owned businesses, bars, and clubs.

Astoria

Astoria sits on the Columbia River on the Oregon/Washington border. It’s a couple of hours from Portland, and it’s a great home for those who want to be near a large metro area but don’t want to live in it. Astoria was originally a fishing town, but today, it’s home to many restaurants, museums, shopping centers, and coffeehouses.

Corvallis

Corvallis sits in the Willamette Valley to the north of Eugene. It doesn’t have the long history of being a major LGBT city, but it has become very popular recently. Part of this is due to the fact that Oregon State University is located here. Corvallis has held a pride festival yearly since 2009 that the university helps sponsor along with major companies such as Hewlett-Packard. If you want that college town vibe, Corvallis may be a good option for you.

Salem

Often confused for the city that held the witch trials (Salem, MA), the Salem of the West Coast is the capitol of the state. It has a very vibrant and lively LGBT scene that is growing. With a gay chorus and several gay sports teams, Salem has become a popular place for LGBT individuals and families to put down roots. In 2002, the city voted to add laws protecting transgender individuals and to ban discrimination on both orientation and gender identity.

These four cities are only a few of the choices you have in Oregon. If you’re considering a move to the west, but don’t want to deal with the high cost of living you’ll find in California, a move to Oregon may be the right option for you.

Montana’s Most Welcoming Cities

Posted on January 16, 2017 in Buying a Home

Are you thinking about moving to Montana? If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that despite what you might think, the state really is welcoming to LGBT individuals. This is especially true about several of the state’s largest cities. You can find gay and lesbian real estate agents in these areas who can point you towards the best neighborhoods and tell you about the various LGBT activities and resources available. Here are some of the cities in Montana where you might want to start your quest for a new home.

Helena

Montana’s Most Welcoming CitiesHelena is the state’s capital, and while the elected politicians there may be mostly conservatives, the city itself is actually very welcoming. The city has a number of antidiscrimination laws in place and hosts a number of LGBT events every year. There’s a lot to do and see in the city, too, making it a great place for those with families.

Bozeman

Bozeman is a college town and is the home of Montana State University. Like many college towns, the average age tends to be younger than usual, and young people tend to be more open and accepting of the LGBT community. Bozeman does have antidiscrimination laws on the books that protect LGBT individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment. These rights extend to city contractors and employees.

Bozeman is very close to Yellowstone National Park and a number of other parks, ski resorts, and wildlife refuges. If you love the great outdoors and want to spend time hiking, camping, and exploring, living in Bozeman will give you those opportunities.

Missoula

Missoula stands out from all of Montana’s cities because it’s the only one the HRC has given a perfect score to on their annual Municipal Equality Index. Missoula has nondiscrimination laws, transgender health care benefits, and LGBT representation on the local city council. The mayor of the city has publicly pledged to protect the rights of LGBT individuals, and the police department works closely with the FBI on hate crimes.

Like Bozeman, Missoula is also a college town. It also sits on I-90, which gives you a direct connection to cities such as Seattle in the west. As with Bozeman, the city is also near a number of national forests and wildlife areas, including Glacier National Park.

These are just three of the great cities you could live in if you want to move to Montana.

The Most LGBT Friendly Cities in Colorado

Posted on January 9, 2017 in Buying a Home

Thinking about moving to Colorado? If you are, you’ll find many amazing cities to consider. Everything from the capital, Denver, to a number of smaller towns can provide you with outstanding views and great homes to select from. However, if you’re a part of the LGBT community, there are a few cities that stand out for their incredibly welcoming attitudes and legal protections. Your gay or lesbian real estate agent can help you check out homes in any of these cities.

Denver

the-most-lgbt-friendly-cities-in-coloradoThe state’s capital is also one of the friendliest places for LGBT individuals and families. It has a number of non-discrimination laws on the books and has had domestic partnership benefits for years. The mayor’s office has a LGBT liaison, and the city has worked to add a number of anti-bullying policies to its school system. The city’s support of its LGBT residents is nothing new, either. Denver held its first pride parade in 1975, and today, it has the third largest LGBT pride event in the U.S.

Colorado Springs

Most would suspect Colorado Springs would not be on this list since it is the seat of Colorado’s most conservative county. However, it’s actually very welcoming to LGBT people. In 2013, it was even named as the country’s 13th most friendly gay town by The Advocate. The city has several out elected officials, laws protecting LGBT citizens, and a number of gay clubs.

Boulder

Boulder is another large city in the state, and it’s very liberal. While it no longer hosts as many major LGBT events as it once did, it’s still a welcoming place for LGBT individuals to call home. The city doesn’t have a permanent gay bar anywhere, but there are a number of pop up bars that appear and vanish the next day.

Grand Junction

On the western side of the state is Grand Junction, another welcoming city. It’s an interesting mixture of liberal and conservative individuals who embrace ideas from both sides of the aisle. The city has several gay bars and holds a number of events throughout the year, though, so it’s clear that many in Grand Junction side with the LGBT community.

Fort Collins

Finally, there’s Fort Collins. As one of Colorado’s college towns, it’s full of many young people who are open-minded. It’s home to many different LGBT advocacy groups that promote different activities and causes. If you’re looking for someplace a little smaller than Denver or Boulder, Fort Collins may be perfect.

Baltimore – A Welcoming City for the LGBT Community

Posted on January 3, 2017 in Buying a Home

If you’re considering a move to the east, one city you may want to consider is Baltimore. One of the largest cities in Maryland, Baltimore has been named as one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in the United States. According to the Human Rights Campaign, Baltimore ranked the highest as far as equality in healthcare goes, featuring multiple hospitals that all met or exceeded their standards for healthcare. The city’s amazing pride parades and festivals are also outstanding, even among lists that include the pride events in New York and San Francisco.

According to NerdWallet, which conducted a survey of cities in the U.S. for the past three years, Baltimore is the fifth-most welcoming city for LGBT individuals. Their study looked at how many people in the city identified as members of the LGBT community, how many hate crimes were reported, and how the HRC ranked the city. Baltimore came in behind San Francisco, Portland, Austin, and Providence.

What the Study Shows

baltimore-a-welcoming-city-for-the-lgbt-communityAccording to the assessment, almost four percent of Baltimore’s residents identified as part of the LGBT community. The city has very few hate crimes, too. In fact, in 2013, there were no hate crimes committed against LGBT people. The rest of the state has very low numbers of such crimes – only seven occurred in the entire state. Maryland has passed a number of a laws supporting the LGBT community and providing them with a variety of protections.

Where Should You Live?

A gay or lesbian real estate agent can point you to a number of different neighborhoods in Baltimore that may fit your tastes. However, if you’re looking to live in a gay neighborhood, you can’t go wrong with Mount Vernon. The HRC identified its annual pride festival, Baltimore Pride, as one of the absolute best. The area is also known for the various clubs, restaurants, and other businesses owned by LGBT individuals. It’s a safe community where you can settle down and raise a family.

Of course, it’s not the only gayborhood in Baltimore. The city definitely has a few other locations you might want to check out. There’s Federal Hill, for example. This neighborhood is located in the center of the city, so you can easily get to any part of Baltimore quickly. Patterson Park is another good option. It and adjoining Fells Point were the earliest gay districts in Baltimore. While they may not be as large now, they’re still very popular.