Showing posts with label SAGE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SAGE. Show all posts

February 10, 2020

Apologies For Advertising SAGE Housing Not Realizing How They Throw Some to The Curb

This page two of the Original  {Iam Sorry I advertised SAGE}

This Explorative reporting is done by Adam Gonzalez to the readers my readers that know SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment) or members of the LGBTQ community and those who don't know what is behind the curtain. That is not to take of the good they have done but mixing an LGBT program with a government program who is without money (so they say) to make repairs and keep the buildings well lit and liveable in 2020, not in 1950. Even the airspace, parks of those buildings, are being sold by NYCHA to developers to obtain capital.

To a client of SAGE or to my readers in the U.S. if you have a comment or have a similar case, I will put them together and I know who will get them.

SAGE and Co-Chairs of Board of Directors:

Mr. Douglas E. Harris and Ms. Elizabeth Schwartz

City Councilman, One That is 100% fighter for the gay community through the work in the government, Corey Johnson. 



ngersoll c/o St Edwards Place "Stonewall building", (that's how it was for me")

St Edwards Place

Nothing you see is real, artists rendition of a dream. On the left, you can see one of the NYCHA building from the 1950's
The other buildings are like a small city in which it has small roads for cars and the buildings that need to be replaced or heavily repaired.

One of the main work SAGE does for the community is to help Seniors LGBT find housing. We are talking about seniors that live alone. Those that no longer have a partner and there is no family to help, ending single in this city which so many that are forced to live in retirement some go back to the closet to make it easier the anti-gay feeling of many in that industry. Also, they can't afford a private person to help them out as they grow older.

The idea came if they could work with the government and instead of putting these seniors in other places which will cost the city much more and with not great results, why not on the new buildings being constructed in Nw York City, why not start with 4 or 5 buildings.

I applied for the one in Brooklyn last winter since I missed out in Staten Island and Manhattan, now what was left was Brooklyn in Ft. Greene (If you are a senior you must remember the history of that neighborhood surrounded by NYCHA old housing. The other is the Bronx (The Bronx is burning! No it stopped burning, I think it has some hot spots there still). I don't know about Queens.

For a year I did everything I was supposed too. In their literature, it said a garage for cars, now, in all honesty, it might have been the one in the Bronx? That alone will be good for a documentary but I would like to remain with what I think is broken here.

After 3 visits to SAGE (one in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn) and finally when the aloud me to see the unit. There was construction going on and I wonder when the garage will be ready. Last time I asked in my first interview in Manhattan about my car; "O you have a car? "Yes, I Can't do without yet with damages on my back from a fall from an Equestrian (horse) and other things" "Will have to figure that out later. I was very busy and they were getting all my papers to see if I qualify.  Months later around November, I got a phone call by the same person who seems very human and caring who said I qualify. All I had to do now before getting the apartment was to go to an NYCHA interview. NYCHA? Are those city Projects? "No this is SAGE running it and we will be there in the building but the land belongs to NYCHA so they have to certify you. I told her My lease expires in Feb2020 all this has to be lear way before and I have a one-bedroom and Will have to get rid of most of my stuff. Oh, sure they will call you soon.

I never got the call. I emailed Rosenda at MHANY, which was one of the first people who interviewed me. In two days after my email An appointment from NYCHA ...all right...but a warning, if I missed it like I did the first one they will get me off the list...A Lie and That is why I hate NYCHA, the way is managed and how they feel they can say whatever and nobody reprimands or teaches them to do better. I have an Apt that lets me know with a picture of the letter what is coming the next day. If they sent it may Tesla got it in his car up in space. I didn't.

Next time under the rain and hot weather(humid) I was there at 11am the time-slotted.  They warn you not to bring kids and it will take at least 2 hrs. I wonder what do they do with you to take at least 2 hrs. There were only 3 documents to show. Two hrs later they call my number to see if I had the right information with me. That took less than 5 minutes.  Now they will call you by your name just wait.

Someone with a loose vertebra waited there until 4:15PM, that was me and I had tears on my eyes. But tried to be social and get involved in the ladies next to me. Some of them with babies and kids and the one who left their kids in the school were going crazy with the kids calling they were next. There were about 55 of us that show next. I said again, this is NYCHA! No humanity THEY MaKE FEEL YOU ARE BEGGING AND THEY ARE THE ONES THAT CAN SaVe YOU OR NOT (Which is true but the government should not act that way).  It was not the first time for those waiting.

This appointment was on Monday. On Friday I got a call for someone who works for Marla. I did not write her name since I  was not going to see her. I was going to see her boss Mals because she will be out for lunch. Marla is in charge there.

On Monday I was there at 2pm. A long trip and high tolls. I was 1 hr and a half early so I can see what was going on there on the construction and the neighbors. The building is surrounded on three sides by just Project, after project, old, old projects from NYCHA. The building had a nice cute plague with the rainbow colors. This building is very open with glass in many areas and a small entrance.
I made a comment when I came to see the apt., quick view no cams and no measurements..?? But I need to know what I can move and time is running out for me...sorry.

I made the comment, "this building seems to be made to keep people inside so they won't go out. You stay here until you die," I said smiling.No one argue and I got a yes. there is no garage and no street parking to speak off but there was no parking when I was working as Buyer for OHrbach's on W34 St and 5th Av. I found it. and only the name of the company helped me because it was respected.
Finally at 2pm. I go in give my name and the person behind the desk a security guard, a poor girl about 4 ft and 300LBs. I just lost a sister on New Years, she sat on the couch and died. She was fit. Her heart gave out. I felt this person was on its way and hoped she was seeing a good Doctor but mentally doubted it. She told me my name is not on the list. I can not go to see Marla instead I can collect my car and proceed to jail as in monopoly. A game it was and I already imagine I was going to lose. I ask the girl to get Marla and tell her I'm here for our Appointment. Marla said she can't because you can't sign the lease until you go to NYCHA and had been certified for the apt."Are you telling me Marla won't see me?" Yes, you have to go to NYCHA...bye will talk to Marla's boss.

I got a phone call from Marla and as soon I said I am that person, she started talking with no periods or commas. I stopped her. She told me to let her talk. I said to her I need to tell how it went for me and then she can speak for as long as she wishes. She let me talk on my phone. I told her what happened which has nothing to do with what she began talking to when she wanted her turn.

She said "I wanted to apologize" She also said,  because you have two names things got complicated, I thought Yes!  First, middle and last, actually 3. I thought,  I'm stupid you told her to say whatever she wanted!.  and she is. Finally, I said I saw no garage. She said No garage and difficult to find parking. I can't move without that or assign parking. Actually, I was not going to move there with her in charge and the Indians outside surrounding the building. I grew up on the lower east side. I've lived very well and not so great. Going back to the conditions I had growing up I would see it as a failure on my part. Going back as a looser from where I came from which? Marla got excited on that one and said "No, I WILL TELL THEM RIGHT AWAY you don't want the unit because there is no garage. I understand." I felt tempted to tell her no I'm not taking the apartment because you made an appointment for me and then would not see me. But, not having where to put my four round rubber legs means I can't go unless is a place where is not needed.

February 7, 2020

Sorry About The Ads you saw Here from SAGE..Will explain over the weekend

This will be part one of two, as I promised. I will send it to the SAGE Board of Directors and find out who is in charge of policy and events towards our community. I understand as Board of Directors they are not involved in a day to day administration but they are donors and people who keep the place going by obtaining grants and money from people that believe in this concept. This posting appeared on this blog on Thursday 6, 2020 

SAGE and Co-Chairs of Board of Directors:

Mr. Douglas E. Harris and Ms. Elizabeth Schwartz

City Councilman, One That is 100% fighter for the gay community through the work in the government, Corey Johnson.


NYCHA and MHANY, 1 Mtro Tech Center  in Brooklyn, 11th Fl.

Ingersoll c/o St Edwards Place "Stonewall building", (that's how it was for me")

St Edwards Place

Page two coming up Sunday am or Monday am

Many people involved in using the LGBT community while the top of people working on places like on SAGE  or a city agency like NYCHA have no problem getting the best places of the program to find affordable housing to LGBT. Like most things in NYC that are advertised by city agencies or so-called nonprofits living off or in the pockets of the city, agencies turn to be no even a rabbit in the hole.

We know in what condition NYCHA is {broke}. My impression of NYCHA after I read the worse things on the papers is thousands of nincopu, on city payroll who care about nothing but their $20.00 hour or $85K salary.  There is an exception to this but when you see them at work(?) Like I did, that's what you see. I have been told NYCHA is the owner of the land but does not control this SAGE building. The idea behind this was to get gay aging individuals in one place for support of each other. This is been something most cities that have a good size of LGBT have been working on.
Well, they are aging and many are forced back in the closet. So this was the diagnosed condition and the prescription was to get them together to support each other and have them have rents they can pay and don't have to use their social security or retirement benefits for rent and have a very little leftover. It sounds good, too good? Particularly since there were to be services to be provided in the building.

I started with them about a year ago. I will tell you what a nightmare this was. When I publish the story many might not believe it.  Others should wonder what the prescription was for this type of situation not to happen to anyone. If it only happened to me, I will drop it after I'm convinced of that.

 I published this rendering of the building and there it is all a lie! There is no rainbow except a little 6x6  plague to identify all the residents gay (only 50% are supposed to be), a Nice target for a homophobic a neighborhood surrounded by NYCHA buildings which have many times hit the news for the high crimes in the area. This is a high-security building which is great but why? I determined so the residents will stay indoor because outside is not safe. It is not going to go well for certain elderly gay guys in those neighborhoods. When I checked the building out it was because I was called to see and it was a snowstorm, everything looked white and clean then. Not the second time.

I will tell you a story like in a way I don't usually write. I need to get a few names, very few, dates, and facts of meetings, what I was told which culminated on a phone called today in which I was told I was certified and I said, no thanks. I was told by the person in charge of leasing int that building on St Edwards..{MARLA} ("I'm sorry, I want to apologize but it was not my fault! I did not deny you to see me, I was not told you were there. All untrue. I like it when someone apologizes and says but it wasn't me. Damn if you apologized it was you otherwise don't apologize. You could say I am so sorry this happened to you I can make it better or I can't make it better but I feel You. More on page two.


December 7, 2019

Thanks to SAGE Finally The Commencement of Senior LGBT Housing For NYC Individuals

A rendering of the Ingersoll Senior Residences in Fort Greene, due to open in December.

A rendering of the Crotona Senior Residences in the East Tremont section of the Bronx set to open in February or March of 2020. 


When the Ingersoll Senior Residences adjacent to Fort Greene Park on Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue open for occupancy as early as next month, the 16-story, the 145-unit apartment building will not be the nation’s first affordable, LGBTQ-friendly elder housing development. But it will be the largest to date.
Created through a partnership between SAGE, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, and the development firm BFC Partners, Ingersoll is also unique, said SAGE CEO Michael Adams, in being “intentiona­lly built as an intersectional community.” 
Similar LGBTQ-friendly senior housing already exists in cities including Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — and have typically been cited in the “gayborhood,” in New York generally thought to be Chelsea, a predominantly white community that has become increasingly expensive.
The greatest need for affordable housing to serve LGBTQ seniors in New York, however, is in communities of color. For that reason, Adams explained, for the first two projects his group embarked on here, SAGE chose Fort Greene, a longtime African-American community, and the largest Spanish-speaking East Tremont section of the Bronx, where a second development, Crotona Senior Residences, will open at a site across from Crotona Park in early 2020. 
Ingersoll is built on the existing grounds of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Ingersoll Houses in a neighborhood that is undergoing widespread gentrification. In fact, the new building is not so different in appearance from the upscale apartment and condo high rises that have mushroomed throughout Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn, leading some Ingersoll Houses residents and their neighbors to worry, Adams said, that the new senior development is a part of that wave.
In fact, the ground rules for accepting applicants to the Ingersoll Residences were set up to serve seniors with the greatest need. Under the income limits that govern renting in the building, where tenants will make use of federal Section 8 vouchers, couples have an income upper limit of just under $42,000, while single residents face a cap of just under $37,000. 
Fifty-four of the units are reserved for people who already live in NYCHA housing or are wait-listed for it, while 25 percent of the units will go to those who have been homeless. On that second criterion, SAGE had to shape a novel approach to work around how the city generally defines meeting that requirement. Homeless status under existing affordable housing programs has meant living in a shelter, but SAGE successfully argued that many members of the LGBTQ community without a permanent home avoid the shelters out of concern about their safety around other residents who may harbor homophobic and transphobic prejudices. SAGE and the city were able to come to agreement on a more flexible definition of what qualifies as having been homeless. 
Under city and state nondiscrimination statutes, of course, Ingersoll cannot rent exclusively to LGBTQ seniors, and Adams estimated that almost half of the initial residents will be non-LGBTQ, even as the building in other important respects is designed to meet the specific needs of the queer community, both in terms of “wrap-around” social and health services and in having a 6,000-square-foot SAGE Center on site. That Center will serve both Ingersoll residents and the outside community. Though SAGE will not own or manage the residential building, it will oversee the Center, which will include case management and urgent health care aimed at providing a bridge to fuller service providers.
In a city as vast and expensive as New York, there is a crying need for affordable housing for seniors from all its diverse communities, but SAGE’s recognition of the specific needs facing LGBTQ elders is evidence-based. A survey of 3,000 LGBTQ elders by SAGE found significant anxiety about facing discrimination in senior housing and that those elders are more likely than their straight peers to live alone and, especially among lesbians and transgender folks, have fewer financial resources. One in eight gay men and lesbians reported facing discrimination in searching for senior housing, with a full 25 percent of transgender people reporting the same.
A 10-state study carried out by the Equal Rights Center found that discrimination is more widespread than community members themselves perceive or report. Two hundred pairs of same-sex and different-sex couples were sent into senior housing facilities as testers to identify discrimination. In 48 percent of the tests across the 10 states, the experiment uncovered discrimination against gay and lesbian applicants. Discrimination occurred even in states and localities with LGBTQ civil rights protections, the best state of the 10 producing discrimination in more than a quarter of all tests. 
This past spring’s application window for Ingersoll proved its appeal. For 145 units — 84 one-bedrooms for couples and 61 studios for single people — only 2,000 applications online applications were going to be accepted. Within three hours, 1,600 had already been filed. A successful applicant for the 145 slots would have to have filed within the first eight minutes.
In providing LGBTQ-friendly housing, SAGE is mindful that in any 16-story building with both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ residents even ordinary conflicts between neighbors could take an unfortunate turn involving hostile anti-gay or anti-trans sentiments being voiced. But Adams noted the self-selection involved in non-LGBTQ people applying to live in an LGBTQ-friendly building. He also emphasized that a SAGE staff of at least five will be on hand in the building and that the group has reached out to similar facilities in other cities to discuss successful conflict mediation strategies. An important part of the new residents’ orientation, he said, would focus on forging a “group” spirit among the tenants. 
SAGE will have little time to rest on its laurels once Ingersoll opens, with the 84-unit Crotona Senior Residences, of which SAGE is a part-owner, opening up in the Bronx in February or March of next year. There, a seven-story building with 55 studios and 29 one-bedroom apartments, will house the winners of a tenant lottery. Thirty percent of the units there are reserved for homeless elders. That building will host the city’s biggest SAGE Center, at 9,800-square feet.
SAGE is sharing the expertise it has developed in steering these projects to completion with at least a dozen communities around the country, eight of which are planning similar LGBTQ-friendly residential construction. The group has developed a primer for LGBTQ senior housing providers that includes case studies of many of the projects built to date. Adams said SAGE is also looking at the concept of home-sharing, where unattached seniors live together in a supportive, multi-bedroom group setting.
But SAGE is well aware that the community will not build its way out of the shortfall inhospitable options for LGBTQ elders. Many seniors will age in place, which requires that culturally competent social services for them are available in their neighborhoods. And SAGE is also working to engage mainstream housing sector players in learning how to employ best practices in making their developments open and inviting to seniors from the LGBTQ community. 
On October 29, SAGE in collaboration with Citi Community Development hosted a day-long symposium on LGBTQ elder housing, a series of forums and discussions that brought together LGBTQ-friendly housing providers and other community advocates with leaders in the mainstream housing sector. The day explored needs faced by the LGBTQ senior community, models for creating friendly and affirming housing opportunities, and government policy efforts aimed at producing better results. 
The day proved a busy one for SAGE in Washington. As the symposium took place, Adams was also on a panel of experts — that included Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David and National Center for Transgender Equality policy director Harper Jean Tobin, as well, among others — before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for a hearing on housing and lending discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The current administration in Washington, of course, is a brick wall right now for SAGE like so many other LGBTQ and progressive organizations. The October 29 symposium and House hearing, however, provided SAGE opportunities to continue both to push engagement with the broader housing sector and to address its public policy agenda with the Democratic House, against the day when a more amenable attitude prevails in the White House and in the US Senate.

April 19, 2018

Harvard and SAGE} Fears Talk About {SAGE} It's Happening to Us (Old age) Better if We Plan

Adams speaks at a national meeting to address LGBT elder housing issues, hosted
 by the Obama administration in 2015.
Photograph courtesy of SAGE
A FEW YEARS after graduating from law school, Michael Adams ’83 began a decade of litigating LGBT rights cases, first at the American Civil Liberties Union and then at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. But in his last few years at Lambda, he shifted away from litigation to become its director of education and public affairs. He is now CEO of SAGE—Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders—the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Even as an undergraduate, Adams was actively involved in social-justice issues, including opposition to U.S. military interventions in Central America and “pushing Harvard to adopt fair practices around sexual harassment.” Now, he says, “The issues that make my blood beat have changed over the years, but the social-justice commitment honed during my college years has remained a very powerful influence over my life.”
Adams moved to SAGE when the issue of aging was becoming much more personally relevant. His grandmother, in her nineties, was losing her health, while his partner’s elderly aunt and uncle were struggling, too. “The difference in their experiences was striking. My grandmother had six children and 14 grandkids, and was supported by so much love and support in her final years. My partner’s aunt and uncle had nobody except us, and that made it so much harder for them to have a good quality of life as they got older. It struck me that many LGBT people were aging a lot like my partner’s aunt and uncle. It wasn’t pretty and I wanted to try to do something to change that.”
Elder care has not yet become a focus in conversations about LGBT rights, Adams explains, and one consequence is that most people are unaware of the problems such elders may face. “One of the biggest challenges,” he says, “is growing old in isolation. Some of that is the result of our differing family structures—we’re much less likely than older Americans in general to be parents, and we’re much more likely to grow old single and disconnected from our families of origin. These realities mean that LGBT elders often need more services and professional care. But too often, elder-care programs don’t have the tools and knowledge to effectively support this elder population, and sometimes the very providers who are supposed to offer care engage in, or tolerate, discrimination and mistreatment instead.”
A large part of the reason LGBT elder care isn’t often discussed, he believes, is the “double whammy of ageism and the fear of growing old. In our society and our own community, we tend to value youth at the expense of old age. And at the personal level there is a lot of fear and denial about aging. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, it’s easier not to think about it. But we do ourselves and our elders a disservice when we engage in that kind of denial.”
Person-centered care, making individuals’ wants, needs, and goals for themselves central to their care, says Adams, is an “increasingly fundamental premise in the care world.” Following that principle, SAGE recognized that sexuality and gender identity, two key considerations, are often ignored when it comes to the elder community. “Historically, there’s been a presumption of heterosexuality and binary gender identities, and a presumption that elders aren’t sexual,” he explains. “Each of those presumptions is profoundly misguided.” In 2016 his efforts to help effect this “paradigm shift for the long-term-care sector” at SAGE won him the Burton Grebin Award for Innovation from the 100-member Continuing Care Leadership Coalition in New York. Anyone, he says, can be an advocate for LGBT elder care by “being a well-informed and empowered consumer if you are looking for long-term care yourself. By asking the right questions and making your choices accordingly, you force long-term-care providers to step up to the plate on person-centered care for LGBT people.”
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