LGBT-Affirming Senior Housing Community Opens in San Diego

Among the first of its kind in the nation, North Park Seniors includes 76 affordable apartments and 118 market-rate units, as well as shared amenities and on-site supportive services.
North Park Seniors

North Park Seniors, the first LGBT-affirming senior housing community in San Diego—and one of the first of its kind in the nation—has opened. According to the developers, North Park Seniors is welcoming to all seniors, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected class status.

The community features a 76-unit affordable senior apartment building developed by Community Housing Works and a 118-unit market-rate multifamily building developed by Alliance Residential, which recently broke ground on Broadstone Bryant Park, a 345-unit apartment community in Charlotte, N.C. Construction began in mid-2016 at the corner of Texas Street and Howard Avenue in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood.

Common amenities include an outdoor eating area with barbecue pit, community garden, community computers, a viewing deck on the top floor and laundry. All of the units are ADA accessible, with eight full ADA-compliant apartments and four units outfitted for residents with visual and hearing impairments. Eight units are for homeless individuals referred through HUD’s Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry list.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center is providing on-site supportive services, including resources, referrals and engaging community activities for residents, while “creating a community of acceptance.

Unique offering

This new development is open to all and provides a positive and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors; a first for San Diego and one of only a handful in the nation,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in prepared remarks last week, to mark the property’s opening.

Funding for the project came from a complex mix of sources, as is more common for affordable housing developments. Capital providers include US Bank, Union Bank, the San Diego Housing Commission, the City of San Diego, HUD, FHL Bank San Francisco, Community Housing Capital and Torrey Pines Bank.