LGBT Elder Housing Summit: Part 3 - HUD - 12/7/11


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EVERYONE IS GOING TO DO A BRIEF
OVERVIEW OF THE TYPE OF WORK
THEY ARE DOING, AND THE TYPE OF
MODEL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT,
AND
LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY WITH THIS
PANEL.
WE ARE GOING TO START WITH A
MODERATED DISCUSSION, AND I'M
GOING TO ASK QUESTIONS TO GET
THE BALL ROLLINGS, AND PEOPLE
ARE GOING TO HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO COMPARE THEIR
DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND THEN
WE WILL OPEN IT UP FOR WHATEVER
I HAVE MARK SIEGEL, AND JOYCE,
AND THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE AN
OVERVIEW ON KIND OF WHAT THEY
ARE DOING, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>> YOU ARE ALL SO LUCKY, YOU GET
ME A SECOND TIME.
>> HOW MA
MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW
ABOUT THE DMH FUND WE ARE LGBT
ACTIVISTS, ZERO, NONE OF US FROM
ME DOWN TO THE TREASURER,
WHATEVER THE ORGANIZATION, GETS
A SALARY, WE ARE DOING THIS
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN IT.
ALL OF US HAVE, AS THEY SAY, A
DAY JOB.
I'M THE PUBLISHER OF THE
PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS WHICH HAS
BEEN AROUND 35 YEARS, AND IS THE
OLDEST CONTINUOUS PUBLISHED
NEWSPAPER FOR THE LGBT
COMMUNITY.
THE LARGEST DEVELOPER FOR SENIOR
PROPERTIES AND ALSO NEW JERSEY.
NOW, WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT IS
NORMALLY WHEN YOU DO A PROJECT
LIKE THIS, THEY WOULD DO ALL THE
WORK, AND THEY WOULD GUARANTEE
BUYING THE PROPERTY, AND YOUR
DEVELOPMENT PARTNER WOULD
GUARANTEE DOING THE POLITICAL
WORK.
IN OUR CASE, WE DECIDED WHERE
THE PROPERTY WOULD BE.
WE DID NEGOTIATIONS ON
PURCHASING THE PROPERTY, WHICH
IN OUR CASE IS A VERY VALUABLE
PIECE OF PROPERTY.
THE ORGANIZATION WAS FOUNDED IN
2004, BUT BEFORE 2004, MOST OF
US WERE PART OF AN ORGANIZATION
CALLED CARRY.
IT STARTED IN 1997 WITH THE
SPECIFIC ROLE OF HELPING LGBT
SENIORS.
IT GOT ITS FIRST FUNDING FROM
THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
IN 1998 AND IN 1999, THAT
$20,000 GRANT DID A STUDY, WHAT
WE BELIEVE IS THE FIRST REGIONAL
STUDY OF LGBT SENIORS IN ONE
REGIONAL AREA, AND WHAT WE
DISCOVERED FROM THAT SURVEY WAS
THAT THE NO. 1 ISSUE FOR LGBT
SENIORS WAS HOUSING, LO AND
BEHOLD THAT'S WHAT FOUNDED THE
DMH FUND.
BUT IT HAD A NUMBER OF THINGS.
WE WERE GOING TO FIGHT PREJUDICE
WHERE WE COULD, AND DELIVER
SERVICES TO YOUTH AND SENIORS,
AND IN A VERY STRANGE TWIST OF
FATE, WHICH OUR ORGANIZATION
SEEMS TO HAVE LOTS OF IN 12005 A
ON YOUR SIDE, SENIOR SERVICES,
THEM ON YOUR SIDE AND GO TO THE
GOVERNMENT AND SAY, LOOK, WE
HAVE EVERYBODY ELSE ON OUR
YOU PROVIDE THE DOLLARS.
BECAUSE THE LGBT COMMUNITY, WE
PAY TAXES.
WHY SHOULDN'T THE MOST NEEDY IN
OUR COMMUNITY NOT GET THE
FUNDING FROM THOSE TAKES LIKE
OTHER COMMUNITIES DO.
THAT'S THE BARRIER WE NEE
BREAK DOWN, AND WE CAN DO IT.
IS THAT A GOOD TWO MINUTES?
[APPLAUSE]
>> NEXT UP WE HAVE JOY SILVER.
>> THANK YOU.
I'M JOY SILVER.
RAINBOW VISION PROPERTIES INK
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CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS ON HOW YOU
CAN GET HUD MONEY, AND WHETHER
OR NOT HUD CAN DISCRIMINATE OR
TARGET A GIVEN COMMUNITY.
I THINK IT'S A BIG
THE LGBT COMMUNITY WHICH OUGHT
TO BE GETTING TARGETED FOR HELP
BECAUSE IT'S THE MOST
DISCRIMINATED AGAINST COMMUNITY
IN THE COUNTRY.
YET AT THE SAME TIME THE LAW
SEEMS TO WORK AGAINST THAT, AND
YOU HAVE TO COMPETE UNDER THE
POINT SYSTEM TO GET 202 MO
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FUNDING.
WE ARE HAPPY TO PIONEER THAT.
THAT WAS THE HOLD UP.
THAT HELD THE MAYOR UP FOR A
MONTH TO GIVE US THOSE FUNDS.
OUR MAYOR AND OUR OFFICE O
HOUSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN
PHILADELPHIA HAVE BEEN SO
STRONGLY SUPPORTING THIS
PROJECT.
ANOTHER SHOUT OUT TO THEM.
>> WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HERE
TODAY IS TERRIFIC.
>> THANK YOU.
>> I JUST HAVE ONE OTHER QUICK
QUESTION AND THAT IS: WILL
WILL HAVE TO ANSWER THIS -- WILL
BE THERE BE ANY HUD 202 MONEY
AVAILABLE?
AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S
GOING TO BE MONEY AVAILABLE IN
THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND CAN
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HAVE THIS PROGRAM JUMP START
BACK IN THE NEW
SO WE ARE FIGHTING WITH THE HILL
AND NEGOTIATING WITH THEM TO SEE
IF WE CAN FIND A COMMON GROUND
SPACE FOR THAT, AND I CAN TELL
YOU THIS IS ONE OF SECRETARY
DONOVAN'S BIGGEST THINGS.
WHEN HE GOT HERE, HE WAS LIKE
THESE PROGRAMS NEED TO WORK
BETTER BECAUSE THE NEED I
GOING TO GO AWAY, AND SO ONCE
THOSE REVISIONS ARE DONE, AND I
THINK WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS
PROJECT IN THAT, THE NEXT STEP
IS REALLY TO CONVEYANCE OUR
APPROPRIATORS ON THE HILL THAT
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE
AT THE HIGHEST PRIORITY.
WE ARE HAVING THOSE
CONVERSATIONS, BUT THIS IS VERY,
VERY DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT.
JUST SO EVERYBODY KNOWS, EVERY
LINE ITEM IS BEING DEEPLY
SCRUTINIZED, AND SO IT'S JUST
HARD, BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW WE ARE
WORKING AS HARD AS WE CAN, AND
FIGHTING AS HARD AS WE C
MAKE THOSE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR
THESE SORTS OF ACTIVITIES.
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WHAT REGINA WAS SAYING.
TALKING ABOUT
BARRIERS, I HAVE A CLIENT.
I'M A PSYCHOTHERAPIST IN PRIVATE
PRACTICE.
ONE OF MY CLIENTS IS 67 YEARS
OLD, LIVES IN HER OWN APARTMENT
AND REALLY NEEDS TO MOVE INTO
SOME KIND OF
SMOKES MARIJUANA EVERY DAY.
THIS HAS HELPED HER COPE FOR SO
MANY YEARS, BUT TO EXPECT HER TO
STOP AT THIS POINT WITH
CHALLENGES SEEMS NOT HELPFUL.
SHE WILL NOT MOVE INTO ASSISTED
LIVING, LARGELY BECAUSE WHAT SHE
PERCEIVES AS A LOSS OF PRIV
SO AT THIS POINT HER PLAN IS
WHEN IT REACHES THE POINT THAT
SHE CAN NO LONGER MANAGE ALONE
AT HOME, SHE WILL KILL HERSELF.
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THE OTHER WAY, AND SO I DON'T
WANT ANYONE TO LEAVE HERE WITH
THE IMPRESSION THAT HUD IS
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STRATEGY THAT PEOPLE CAN DO
THINGS THAT ARE NOT LEGAL.
>> THIS IS NOT HUD.
>> THIS IS A MUCH BROADER ISSUE
ABOUT WHAT'S LEGAL UNDER WHAT
CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THERE ARE
LOTS OF CONVERSATIONS HAPPENING
ALL ACROSS WASHINGTON, ACROSS
THE COUNTRY, IN FACT, ABOUT HOW
THAT PLAYS
NEED TO KEEP IT IN THAT CONTEXT,
BUT ONCE THAT SETTLES, WE WILL
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OF TIME -- THANK YOU SO MUCH.
>> I'M THE FOUNDER ON THE BOARD
OF OPEN HOUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO,
AND FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO
THANK YOU FOR TODAY, ALL OF YOU
SPEAKERS, AND ALL OF YOU FOR
COMING, AND THIS IS A HISTORIC
AND MEANINGFUL TIME TO SHARE
THIS WITH YOU.
FOR THOSE OF YOU OUT THERE
LISTENING, IF YOU WANT TO BUILD
HOUSING OR NORC ORDEAL WITH THE
HOUSING ISSUE, IT'S NOT ONLY
ABOUT EDUCATING YOUR ALLIES IN
THE CITY AND SUBURBS WHERE YOU
LIVE, IT'S ABOUT EDU
YOURSELF ABOUT AGING, ABOUT LGBT
SENIORS, AND ABOUT DEATH AND
DYING, AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS,
AND NOT ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE ALL
THE ANSWERS EITHER FOR YOURSELF
OR OTHER COMMUNITIES, BUT TO
REALLY TAKE IN HA
REALLY HAS ALLOWED OPEN HOUSE TO
BE AS FLEXIBLE AS IT HAS BEEN,
WHICH IS TO EDUCATE, COLLABORATE
AND PARTNER.
THOSE ARE THE THREE ABIDING
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HERE.
>> TO KNOW WHAT'S NEXT AND WHAT
THE FOLLOW-UP FOR THE MEETING
IS.
>> YES.
HER NOW.
[APPLAUSE]
>> HOW DID TODAY GO?
>> GREAT.
>> I KNOW I HAVE HAD THE
OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH
SEVE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
[APPLAUSE]
>> THANK YOU, KATHY, YOU ARE
TRUE LEADER FOR US.
WHAT SHE SAID IS TRUE.
THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE
WITH HHS IS EXTREMELY STRONG,
AND IT'S EXTREMELY DEEP.
WE ENGAGE MY OFFICE, WHICH IS A
SMALL OFFICE AT HUD ENGAGES
THROUGHOUT HHS, BECAUSE THIS
NOTION OF WHAT -- WE HAVE COINED
THE PHRASE HOUSING AS A VAC
SEES, AND HEALTH POLICY AS BEING
EXTREMELY REAL AND IMPORTANT.

LINKED UP WITH ANYONE WHO IS
WORKING ON THIS STUFF SO THAT WE
USE OUR RESOURCES AND OUR TOOLS
TO A MAXIMUM EFFECT.
THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US,
AND HOPEFULLY WHEN YOU LEAVE
HERE, YOU WILL THINK OF HOUSING
AS A VACCINE AND HOUSING AS
HEALTH POLICY, AND
BECAUSE THIS IS HOW WE START TO
THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT WHAT
APPROPRIATE POLICY AND
INTERVENTIONS AND SOLUTIONS ARE.
FOR THE LGBT POPULATION AND
CERTAINLY FOR EVERYONE.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
THE NEXT QUESTION, AND I'M
STANDING BETWEEN
RECEPTION, WHICH IS THE WORST
PLACE TO SIT, IS WHAT ARE WE
DOING NEXT?
AND I WILL SAY THAT WHEN WE
STARTED THINKING ABOUT THIS THE
GOAL WAS REALLY TO HAVE THIS BE
THE BEGINNING OF REGULAR
CONVERSATION ON THIS I
ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE GOING
TO DO IS MAKE SURE WE STAY IN
TOUCH WITH ALL OF YOU AND CREATE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO HAVE
DIALOGUE AND CONVERSATIONS AND
NOT NECESSARILY EVERYONE IN A
ROOM TOGETHER, BUT TAKING
ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY WHICH I
STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE AND
THE DAY WE HAVE BEEN
MAKE THAT REAL.
THE SECOND THING IS TO REALLY
CHRONICLE WHAT HAS BEEN SAID
TODAY, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ISSUES
HAVE BEEN RAISED UP AND MAKE
CLEAR WHICH THINGS ARE RESOLVED
AND WHICH THINGS ARE
OUTSTAND
HAVE MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS THAT
REQUIRE WORKING GROUPS OR TASK
RESPECT FORS TO TACKLE AND
ADDRESS, AND WITH THE STRATEGY
TO ACTION, AND AT THE END OF THE
DAY, WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS
ACT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND
REALLY BE AHEAD OF THE POLICY
RATHER THAN CHASING
THAT'S RUNNING AWAY FROM US,
WHICH IS TYPICALLY HOW THINGS
HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON.
THIS IS REMARKABLE ON MANY
FRONTS, AND THAT WOULD BE ONE OF
THEM.
I'M HOPEFUL AND MY STAFF KNOWS
HOW I AM.
I'M PUSHY ON THESE THINGS, THAT
WE WILL
SURE ALL OF YOU HAVE IT, AND WE
WILL IDENTIFY OUTSTANDING
ISSUES, AND POTENTIAL ACTION
ITEMS AND START TO WORK TOWARDS
AN APPROACH FOR WORKING THROUGH
THIS.
THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF
CONVERSATIONS A THAT I HAVE HAD
AGAIN?
THAT'S SOMETHING WE ALSO SHOULD
BE THINKING ABOUT, HOW DO WE
NSTITUTIONALIZE THIS SO THAT WE
ARE NOT SURPRISED WHEN YOU GET
THE E-MAIL BUT RATHER WE ARE

THINGS TO DO AND TALK ABOUT.
THAT'S REALLY HOW WE START TO
SORT OF ENERGIZE THIS ISSUE IN
THIS COMMUNITY AND HOW WE REALLY
START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
SO I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT,
YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS IN
WE MAY THINK IS WASHINGTON THE
RIGHT VENUE?
DO WE START TO TAKE IT TO OTHER
PLACES AND MAYBE WHEN MARK IS
DONE WE GO TO PHILADELPHIA AND
DO THIS AT THEIR PROPERTY.
BUT THINK ABOUT HOW WE CREATE
SOMETHING THAT'S REAL
LASTING AND ENDURING, BECAUSE
ULTIMATELY THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE
TO GET TO.
SO THANK YOU ALL, ALL OF YOU FOR
YOUR DISTRIBUTIONS HERE, AND FOR
YOUR HARD WORK.
[APPLAUSE]
THIS IS THE CULMINATION OF A
LONG JOURNEY, AND IT'S THE
BEGINNING OF ANOTHER JOURNEY
WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT
THESE THINGS TO DO.
I WAS EXCITED WHEN I KNEW
WAS GOING TO BE ON THE CALENDAR.
TO LOOK UP AND SEE IT'S ACTUALLY
BEEN DONE IS INCREDIBLY
GRATIFYING, AND SO THANK YOU
ALL, AND I GUESS WE WILL WRAP UP
HERE, AND HOPEFULLY I WILL SEE
YOU ALL IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF
HOURS, AND IN THE
FORWARD AS WE WORK TO MAKE
THINGS GOOD FOR OUR LGBT
SENIORS.
SO THANK YOU ALL.