September 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Mary’s House to announce plans for LGBT senior housing
Imani Woody Macko, Washington Blade, gay news, LGBT senior

Dr. Imani Woody (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Officials with a non-profit organization expected to open the D.C. area’s first “affordable, safe and communal” housing facility that welcomes LGBT seniors are scheduled to provide information about the new facility at an onsite visit on Saturday.

Representatives of Mary’s House for Older Adults have invited the public and interested potential residents to joint them at 401 Anacostia Road, S.E., between 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 20.

“The project design team, governance board and volunteers will be on hand along with several city officials,” organizers of the event said in a Sept. 16 announcement. “Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will speak on the need for alternative housing and this population,” the announcement says.

“Mary’s House is in the process of raising $800,000 to begin construction on the eight-suite complex, each with its own bedroom and bathroom,” the announcement says.

Dr. Imani Woody, whom the announcement says initiated the project for the site where her family house currently stands, told the Washington Blade that the new facility will be built as an extension and enlargement of the existing two-bedroom house.

“I witnessed my middle-class, heterosexual dad age and require family advocacy to make sure his needs and interests were met appropriately,” Woody said in a statement. “I know LGBT folks, with or without families, go back into the closet because being old and being gay at the same time are hard,” she said.

“I want to build a residence in our city where all elders, specifically LGBT elders, could bring their whole selves to the table,” she said.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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