San Francisco program offers legal help to low-income LGBT seniors

From the Bay Area Reporter:

A new program has launched to offer legal help to low-income LGBT seniors living in San Francisco.

The local nonprofit Bay Area Legal Aid launched the GLBT Seniors Advocacy Project in order to help out elders with limited incomes who encounter problems where they may need the assistance of an attorney.

Anyone 62 years of age or older whose income is roughly $13,953 or less a year is eligible for the program. Those eligible likely are living in single-room-occupancy hotels or have been in the same rent-controlled apartment for decades.

The program’s main goal is to see that legal issues do not result in LGBT elders living on fixed incomes lose their housing in San Francisco and have to relocate elsewhere.

“It’s a population that is extremely fragile because at any moment if they have a fluctuation in their income they could miss a rent payment and be evicted,” said Jamie Wagoner, the nonprofit’s Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging and the principal advocate behind the new project. “What we are hoping to do is prevent them from having to leave the city.”

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