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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. 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Todd Williams at 773.472.6469 EXT 426 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 806 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. 


Information and Referrals

Senior Program staff can 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



Senior Employment Services

Senior Services offers a variety of employment services to individual’s age 55+ who are looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. The employment assistance includes individualized career counseling, career development workshops, technology assistance and internship placements.

To learn more about employment assistance for older adults, please contact Britta Larson, Senior Services Director, at 773.472.6469 EXT 445 or blarson@centeronhalsted.org to learn more.



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.




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 waitlist 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 Todd Williams at 773.472.6469 EXT 426 or toddwilliams@centeronhalsted.org.


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