LGBTEI Senior Resource Guide for Housing

The LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI) was founded in 2010 to support and sustain the lives of LGBT older adults.  As part of its mission, the LGBTEI produces and distributes the LGBTEI Senior Resource Guide.  This portion of the Guide is devoted to Housing Resources.

In survey after survey, LGBT seniors cite affordable, safe, welcoming and friendly housing as a primary concern as they age.  This Guide has been developed in order to help seniors and their friends and families identify housing that meets their needs.

The LGBT Senior Housing Resource Guide is new and will grow and change as we receive your feedback.  To begin this process, the LGBTEI has concentrated on four major categories of housing: independent living community, life care community, personal care/assisted living community and nursing home.  More categories will be added in the future.

For this first edition of the Guide, we asked consumers and Aging and LGBT service providers to recommend housing resources that are LGBT-friendly.  So, what is “LGBT-friendly”?  For this Guide, we define LGBT-friendly as a place that you would feel comfortable recommending to a friend or loved one who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  There is no requirement that a housing resource have specific non-discrimination policies, culturally sensitive forms, staff training, etc.  It should, in your opinion and/or experience, be LGBT-friendly.

Because our definition of LGBT-friendly is broad, we ask that you keep us informed about the housing resources listed in this Guide.  Whether you have a positive or a negative experience with any of the resources listed in this Guide, please let us know.  Be as detailed and specific as possible with your comments.

We also ask that you inform us about other housing resources that you think are LGBT-friendly.  New resources that you recommend can be in one of the categories already mentioned, or in another category altogether.  The information that you provide will be shared with other people just like you.

You can recommend a new housing resource, or comment on a resource already listed in the Guide, by emailing the details to us at  You can also visit our web site at and comment in the section provided.

This LGBTEI Senior Resource Guide for Housing will grow and change with your input, so please keep us informed.


A residential living setting for senior adults that may or may not provide hospitality or supportive services.  In this setting, the senior adult leads an independent lifestyle that requires minimal or no extra assistance.  Residents usually have complete choice in whether to participate in a community’s services or programs.

Retirement Communities

Dunwoody Retirement Village, 3500 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square , PA, 19073

Maris Grove, 100 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills, PA, 19342

Subsidized housing for low income seniors

American Postal Workers House, 801 Locust, 801 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Anderson, John C. Apartments, 251 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107
267-428-0269, 877-399-0247

Casa Farnese, 13th and Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147
215 735-3858

Grace Court, 550 South Lansdowne Ave., Yeadon, PA, 19050

Kate’s Place, 1929 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Rental Buildings (not exclusively senior)

Abbott Square, 2nd & South Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Ben Franklin House, 9th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Chestnut Arms, 4039 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104

The Chancellor, 206 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The Cosmopolitan, 221 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The St. James, 7th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Condominiums (not exclusively senior)

Academy House, 1420 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA, 19102

Center City One, 1326 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Gypsy Lane Condominiums, 4000 Gypsy Lane, Philadelphia, PA, 19129

Hopkinson House, 604 South Washington Sq., Philadelphia, PA, 19106

One Independence Place, 6th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Kennedy House (co-op), 1901 J F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Symphony House, 440 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146

The Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

2101 Cooperative, 118 South 21st St. , Philadelphia, PA, 19103

William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 19103


(also known as continuing care communities)

Provide a continuum of support from independent living to assisted living to nursing home care.

Cathedral Village, 600 E Cathedral Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19128

Foulkeways, 1120 Meetinghouse Rd, Gwynedd, PA, 19436

Kendal at Longwood, 1109 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA, 19348

Senior Suites, 2101 New Hope St., East Norriton, PA, 19401

White Horse Village, 535 Gradyville Rd., Newtown Square, PA, 19073


(also known as personal care communities)

A special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs — both scheduled and unscheduled — of those who need help with activities of daily living.  Skilled nursing or care for the critically ill is not provided.

Kendal at Longwood, 1109 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA, 19348


(also known as skilled nursing homes)

These facilities provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation for the critically ill and people needing significant rehabilitation therapy following illness, surgeries or accidents.

Brinton Manor, 549 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA, 19342

Broomall Manor, 43 Church Lane, Broomall, PA, 19008

Dunwoody Care Center, 3500 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA, 19073

Anti-discrimination laws and policies

The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status (i.e., presence of children in the household). The Fair Housing Act does not specifically include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. However, this type of discrimination in housing may be covered under Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) program regulations intended to ensure equal access of LGBT persons.

If you believe you have experienced (or are about to experience) housing discrimination, you should contact HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for help, toll-free, at (800) 669-9777.  You may also file a housing discrimination complaint online at

Additionally, you should contact your local HUD office for assistance with alleged violations of HUD program regulations.

Finally, many state, city, and county laws specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. You may wish to contact your state or local human rights agency to determine coverage under those laws.  Some of those agencies are:

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Mazzoni Center Legal Services
21 South 12th Street · Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
Philadelphia Fair Housing Commission
Center City Office
The Curtis Center
601 Walnut Street, Suite 300 South
Philadelphia, PA 19106
TTY: 215-686-3238

North Philadelphia Field Office
601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133

Senior Law Center
100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810
Philadelphia, PA 19110
1-877 – PA  SR LAW (1-877- 727-7529)

Lambda Legal Defense
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY  10005-3904

Accessing subsidized housing for low-income senior citizens

There is no central location to register for government subsidized, low-income housing.  In order to apply for this type of housing, you must apply separately at each housing location.  Waiting lists for these housing units can be years-long.  Plan ahead and apply for a place on the waiting list far in advance of when you will qualify based on your age or need.


The LGBT Elder Initiative does not endorse, recommend, or attest to the quality of, any of the resources listed in this Guide.  This Guide is an informational listing only.