Pittsburgh’s First LGBTQ Senior Housing Community Needs A Name

Design concept.

What started in 2017 as an idea by Pittsburgh LGBTQ senior advocate Kathi Boyle to provide affordable LGBTQ senior housing in Pittsburgh is one step closer to reality.  With funding nearly 95 percent complete the project is finally ready to name the building.  

Jim Pieffer, President and CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network announced last week that “the Advisory Committee for the LGBTQ+ friendly community for seniors is embarking on a formal process to name the new building and would appreciate [community] help.”

“As an important first step, we want to gather a wide and diverse cross-section of naming suggestions from the LGBTQ+ community. The collected names will be used as a starting point and source of insight for our Naming Committee,” Pieffer said.

Suggestions for the new name of the complex will be taken up until Jan. 5, 2024.

The facility will be located in Oakland and feature 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments.  Groundbreaking could be as early as March or April 2024 with the opening slated for late summer of 2025.  All residents must be 62 years of age or older and income restrictions apply.  Information about the Housing Community can be found here.

The Advisory Committee for the LGBTQ+ friendly community for seniors consists of  Kathi Boyle (Community Advocate), Colleen Cole (Director, Supportive Housing, SeniorCare Network), Josh Dubensky (SAGE Housing Policy Advocate Associate), David Ennis (Principal, Affirmative Investments), Jackie Flanagan (Executive Director, Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation), Celeste Golonski, (SVP, Strategic Initiatives, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network), Megan Hammond (Executive Director, Fair Housing Partnership), Cassandra Law (Senior Director, Supportive Housing), Maria Montano (City of Pittsburgh), Jim Pieffer (President & CEO, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network), Sarah Rosso (Executive Director, Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation), Julie Strickland (Community Development Relationship Banker, Huntington Bank), Kyle Webster (VP of Housing, General Counsel, ACTION Housing), and Dan Rothschild (CEO, Rothschild Doyno Collaborative).

Jeff Freedman (he/him) is a Pittsburgh native and is in his fourth decade of volunteerism for the LGBTQ Community.  Jeff is one of the founding members of the Steel City Softball League in 1981 and has been an active member of the LGBTQ Community ever since.  Jeff is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission for LGBTQ Affairs.  He is a past Chair of the Pittsburgh Pride celebrations (’05-’07) and current Pittsburgh Pride March & Parade Co-Chair.  You would recognize him by his voice.  He was the loud one on the megaphone lining up all the March & Parade participants.  Jeff has a lot of great stories to tell and looks forward to sharing the printable ones with the QBurgh Community.