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Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing records

 Collection
Identifier: Coll2021-003

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises board of directors minutes, legal agreements, financial records, research materials, correspondence, photographs, promotional material, and other administrative records (1999-2013) from the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to developing and maintaining affordable housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors.

The collection includes materials documenting the development, construction, and opening of the apartment complex for LGBT seniors in Hollywood, known as Triangle Square. Materials also document the legal aspects of building and maintaining supportive and affordable housing in the context of California local and state regulations. The collection also includes documents related to fundraising activities, such as grant management, donor relations, and the annual Garden Party fundraiser. Additional materials document the administration of support services and social activities for Triangle Square residents.

Dates

  • 1999-2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. Access is restricted for boxes #8-14.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 2001, Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California. GLEH was founded to develop and maintain the nation's first affordable housing complex specifically for lower-income LGBT senior citizens.

GLEH was formed from a community-based group called the Alliance for Diverse Aging Community Services (A-DACS) under the auspices of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. With the support of a start-up grant of $90,000 established by California Governor Gray Davis, A-DACS began a program to address the needs of LGBT older adults. Their activities included researching gaps in services for LGBT seniors, developing a strategic plan for creating and maintaining such services, and establishing a network of service providers who were sensitive to the specific needs of LGBT older adults, including those living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2003-2004, contruction began on a 104-unit affordable housing development on the corner of Selma and Ivar Avenues in Hollywood. The development, later named Triangle Square, officially broke ground on July 14, 2005, and within a year, GLEH began accepting applications for low-income residents.

Triangle Square held its grand opening and welcomed its first residents in 2007. As GLEH's website states, "The $21.5M, 104-unit building located on the corner of Selma and Ivar Avenues in Hollywood, is designed to house individuals of mixed incomes under an affordable housing model. The unit mix consists of 96 one- and 8 two-bedroom units targeted to low income seniors. 34% of the units will be designated for seniors with HIV/AIDS, homeless or at risk of homelessness."

Source: "Our History," Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, https://www.gleh.org/about-gleh/our-history (accessed June 30, 2021).

Extent

17.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Administrative records (1999-2013) from the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California, and one of the first organizations dedicated to developing and maintaining affordable housing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors. The collection includes materials documenting the development, construction, and opening of the apartment complex for LGBT seniors in Hollywood, known as Triangle Square; fundraising events such as the annual Garden Party; and the administration of support services and social activities for Triangle Square residents.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series: 1) General administration, 2) Building development and administration, 3) Event administration, 4) Residential activities and administration, and 5) Financial records. In each series, folders are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing Los Angeles Corporation, c/o Los Angeles LGBT Center, June 17, 2018.

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the California State Library. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, July 2021.

Title
Finding aid to the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing records, 1999-2013
Status
In Progress
Author
Loni Shibuyama
Date
© 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

Contact:
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