Free Training: Improving the Quality of Services & Supports for LGBT Older Adults(United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey - UWGPSNJ)
Agencies and professionals serving older adults throughout the region are
invited to a free training about improving the quality of services for LGBT
seniors. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults are a
significant and growing share of America’s older adult population. The number
of LGBT seniors is expected to double in size over the next several decades,
reaching more than 3 million by 2030. Yet the stigma that many LGBT older
adults have experienced across their lifespan continues into their later years.
Fearful of mistreatment from health care professionals and aging providers, many
LGBT elders delay seeking care until their health deteriorates and crisis hits.
It’s crucial that service providers are prepared to provide resources that meet
the unique needs of LGBT older adults and remove barriers to accessing
services. UWGPSNJ will host a comprehensive training presented at its office, 1709
Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, on July 10 and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to
1 p.m. (Register for one date only,
limit of 2 representatives per agency. Leadership and direct service providers
are encouraged to attend.) SAGE, a project of the National Resource Center on
LGBT Aging, will present the training to discuss the culture, needs and
concerns of LGBT older adults; best practices for increasing inclusiveness and
safety; and health disparities between LGBT and heterosexual older adults. Register: July 10 OR July 24.
Philadelphia Seniors Can Save on Water, Sewer & Tax Bills (City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue)
Income-eligible senior residents can receive a 25% discount on their water and sewer bills. Applicants must be named on the bill, be age 65-plus, and have a household income that doesn’t exceed $32,000. To apply, the following documentation is required: proof of age for applicant and spouse (i.e., birth/marriage certificate), proof of address (i.e., driver’s license or state-issued ID), utility bill in applicant’s name with visible address, lease or rent receipts (for tenants), and proof of total household income (i.e., Income Tax Return from previous year). Applications are available online or at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Concourse Level from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 215-686-6800.
Senior homeowner occupants may also take advantage of the city’s Low-Income Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze Program, which prevents real estate taxes from increasing in the future. If the tax liability decreases (either due to a rate decrease or a lower assessment), the tax due will also be lowered to the new amount. Homeowners must be age 65-plus, or a widow/widower age 50-plus of a spouse age 65-plus at the time of death. The total annual household income limit is $23,500 for a single person and $31,500 for a married couple. New applicants must apply by January 31, for credit on the current tax year. (Previous applicants do not need to re-apply, but may be subject to re-certification.) For information, call 215-686-6442.
For information about either program or to download an application, Click Here>>
"Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins," ~ Tweet by President Barack Obama about U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples