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CELEBRATING, SUPPORTING &
UNITING THE LGBTQ OLDER ADULT COMMUNITY




Center on Halsted provides an array of programs and services for LGBTQ community members over the age of 55 through our Senior program. Each week, more than 150 seniors participate in Senior programs to attend workshops, take classes, share a meal or make new friends. 

In addition to our on-site services, the Senior program at Center on Halsted hosts a number of programs throughout Chicagoland. In the fall of 2014, in partnership with Heartland Alliance, Center on Halsted opened Town Hall apartments, Chicago’s first LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Troy Johnson at 773.472.6469 EXT 491 or check out our calendar for a list of this month's events. 

SENIOR PROGRAM CALENDAR




Programs and Services

Meal Program—Let's do lunch!

We provide lunch and foster conversation for adults 60+ every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in partnership with the City of Chicago. Lunch takes place at Center on Addison located at 808 W. Addison St. It's more than just lunch, it's a chance to get to know fellow senior LGBTQ community members and to find out about other community programs. 

Social and Recreational Programs

Theater trips, language classes, parties and more! We host a wide array of programs ranging from intellectual and artistic to recreational and social. Click here for our Center Senior calendar to find the program that's right for you. 


Benefits Check-up

Senior Program staff will arrange for you to meet with a Benefits Counselor who will help you identify and apply for various benefits programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. We'll make sure to help you get signed up for the right programs, on time and in the right way.

Constituent Advocacy Program

Are you interested in becoming an advocate for yourself or other LGBTQ older adults? Through the Constituent Advocacy program, you will participate in special training seminars and build the skills to become a public advocate for LGBTQ older adults. You'll have the opportunity to bring awareness to the unique history and needs of the LGBTQ older adult community. 

Friendly Visitor Program

The Friendly Visitor Program provides companionship and friendship to isolated LGBTQ adults who are homebound or living in a care setting. Through the program, an LGBTQ older adult is paired with a Friendly Visitor volunteer who provides friendship and support through weekly visits. If you or someone you know would like to receive visits from a Friendly Visitor, please contact our team at 773.472.6469 EXT 445. 

Homesharing

Are you looking for companionship, extra income or some help around the house? Do you live in Chicago or the neighboring suburbs? Are you looking for affordable housing?  

Homesharing is a housing program that facilitates compatible matches between a renter and home provider. We help match potential applicants through a comprehensive screening process and background check and also provide ongoing support to the home-sharing matches—all free of charge. For more information and to apply, click here


SAGEWorks

The Senior Program of Center on Halsted is proud to participate in the SAGEWorks employment program. The SAGEWorks program is a work readiness program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender mature workers (40+) who need or want to return to the work place. Components of the 8-week program include computer classes, résumé and interviewing workshops, and information about job opportunities. SAGEWorks is made possible through the generous support of the Wal-Mart Foundation.

SAGEWorks will:
  • Increase participants' technology and job skills to remain competitive in the modern work place
  • Help them gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of job search strategies as well as community-based employment resources
  • Assist them in increasing their income, thereby improving their financial security and resources
To learn more about SAGEWorks and how it can help you, please attend our next orientation session on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. or contact Jonathan Tague, Senior Services Case Manager, at 773.472.6469 EXT 411 or jtague@centeronhalsted.org.



Older Adults Living with HIV 

At Center on Halsted, we are at the forefront of HIV and Aging, striving to increase awareness of testing and prevention needs for older adults and advocate for the provision of services to HIV-positive older adults. As part of this work, we provide regular services for LGBTQ Older Adults living with HIV. For more information about testing and living with HIV as an older adult, visit our HIV/AIDS & STD Services page

In addition, we have partnered with a number of individuals and organizations to better educate the general public and policymakers on the unique challenges facing LGBTQ HIV-positive Older Adults. As a part of this ongoing work we have produced a groundbreaking documentary and published a leading research study.
 


Aging POZitively and Healthy Aging

"Aging POZitively" is a groundbreaking documentary on aging and HIV. Produced by Center on Halsted and directed by Dennis Belogorsky, the film follows three older adults in Chicago living with HIV.  Click here to watch the movie. 


Health and Psychological Needs of LGBTQ Older Adults 

To better educate the medical communities and public at large about healthy aging, we published Health and Psychological Needs of LGBTQ Older Adults, a comprehensive research study in partnership with AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). The study analyzes health needs specific to LGBTQ Older Adults and includes recommendations for policy makers. You can read the full report here.



LGBT Senior Housing Resource Directory

Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Care have collaborated to create a resource directory of long-term care and supportive living facilities in the city of Chicago.

The resource directory lists senior living communities who participated in a survey that asked about the policies and programs they have in place that protect and support the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) residents. The survey also asked about LGBT cultural competency trainings their staff may have received and their outreach efforts to the LGBT community.

A summary of each facility’s responses is outlined as well as the facility’s name and contact information in a hope that this directory will serve as an integral resource to those looking for LGBT specific information related to senior living communities.

Click here to download the LGBT Senior Housing Resource Directory.




Town Hall Apartments

In the fall of 2014, in partnership with Heartland Alliance, Center on Halsted opened Town Hall apartments, Chicago’s first LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing. The six-story apartment building includes 79 studio and 1-bedroom apartments designed for independent seniors, retail space, and community rooms for classes and special events.

The waitslist for Town Hall apartments in now closed. For additional information about residency please contact Heartland Alliance.




Contact Us

We want to hear from you! If you have questions about our Senior programs or want to attend an upcoming event, feel free to contact Troy Johsnon at 773.472.6469 EXT 491 or tjohsnon@centeronhalsted.org.


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