Stonewall Community Development Corporation
Value Proposition Statement
The Stonewall Community Development Corporation (SCDC) vision is to see LGBTQ older adults in New York City in welcoming home environments they can afford, with culturally competent services that meet their unique medical and psycho-social needs.
We are committed to addressing these housing and health needs for LGBTQ seniors across the spectrum of wellness and physical ability, from independent through supported or assisted living, across the full economic spectrum, from deeply affordable to mixed-income, mixed use and cross-subsidized apartments.
Stonewall CDC is a 501c3 community development corporation with access to all the benefits and contractual advantages this type of organizational structure permits: receiving and processing tax credits and government grants; local and national building and zoning compliance issues; community outreach and relations; and the managing of service contracts as they relate to the operation of affordable housing that benefits and does not exclude the LGBTQ community.
Why LGBTQ Tenants?
LGBTQ older adults, particularly the “baby boomers’ who are aging in now, have often suffered a lifetime of discrimination and fear. They seek an environment where they are free to be themselves. They also lack traditional family support networks and are apt to seek this through the resources and infrastructure that the LGBTQ community has created for itself.
The LGBTQ older adult population in New York City represents an extremely well educated, but often under-resourced community. The desire to live in environments that are LGBTQ-competent and friendly is a key factor in their decisions and also creates a community affinity that cuts across socio-economic lines, making integration of various AMI levels more organic and seamless, mixed-income and cross-subsidy models more likely to succeed.
The LGBTQ community is also politically savvy, well-connected and used to standing up for their rights, making them an excellent community partner when facing communities and community boards that might be unduly hostile to affordable and/or senior housing.
The SCDC board of directors provides a breadth and depth of experience in: urban planning, real estate development, government relations, capital projects, government funding, community and political organizing, community development, community boards, housing law, human rights, geriatric care, nursing and home care and non-profit management.
We are taking an evidence-based approach to inform innovative responses to the growing crisis in senior housing. Given New York City’s ambitious affordable housing goals. the time is right for policy elasticity and the consideration of new, more entrepreneurial approaches to modelling building programs.
Our philosophy of service delivery is based on a mixture of programs that can keep seniors aging in place for as long as possible. It combines the care provided with traditional government insurance and benefits with more revenue-driven programs based on a triple bottom line social benefits corporation model.
SCDC has recently completed a citywide survey of LGBTQ seniors and their housing and related health service needs. Almost doubling the target number of 500 surveys, we are now working with consultants to analyze the data and create a NYC-specific market profile of this population.
Whenever possible, the survey design drew on validated questions and city-defined criteria for affordable housing. Stakeholders in city government, financing experts, developers and nonprofit organizations (including those working in the field of housing for special populations), social service providers and those who had secured LGBTQ housing for older adults in other states all contributed to the survey.
This will provide an evidence-based platform from which to model potential building projects as well as the senior services delivery and clinical elder care. This will also allow us and our partners to conduct the most targeted marketing possible, directly to constituents as well as through the extensive partner network of community organizations and service providers that we have created.