GenPride and Community Roots Housing are building Seattle’s first affordable housing project for LGBTQ+ seniors. This mid-rise development will be in the heart of Capitol Hill, feature 118 income-restricted apartments, and be the first permanent headquarters for GenPride’s mission. Pride Palace’s location between Pike & Pine hopes to help keep generations connected. GenPride Executive Director Steven Knipp believes this is important because the isolation of LGBTQ+ seniors creates “a big historical knowledge gap of what older generations have experienced, overcame, and accomplished.”
GenPride started in 2015, as the first LGBTQ+ senior-focused organization in Washington and works with community organizations to serve the diverse needs of LGBTQ+ elders. GenPride is raising $5 million to fund the buildout and purchase of the 4,400 sq ft senior center at the base of Pride Palace. Here they plan to provide specialized programs and services to residents, and others throughout the King County area. Their community gathering space will serve meals, educational and fitness programs, and feature an onsite health center for sensitive specialized services.