FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      Contact: Micah Mahjoubian  
October 5, 2010 

Pennsylvania Legislature Passes $7 Million in Funding for LGBT Friendly Affordable Senior Housing Facility in Philadelphia

The William Way Senior Residences, an LGBT friendly affordable housing facility for seniors, passed a major milestone yesterday as the General Assembly passed a capital budget including an appropriation for the project.

House Bill 2291, known as the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act of 2010/11, passed the Senate yesterday and was quickly ratified by the House. The legislation contains a $7,000,000 allocation for "Acquisition, construction, infrastructure, redevelopment and other related costs for the William Way Senior Housing Project." The bill now awaits signature from the Governor, which is expected.

"Yesterday, we made history," said Mark Segal, President of the Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund (DMHF), the non-profit leading the efforts to build the facility. "Never before has our government allocated such a large sum of money for a brick and mortar LGBT friendly project. We still have a long way to go to make this project a reality, but yesterday we took a big step."

DMHF and Pennrose Properties have proposed a partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center (WWCC) to develop the William Way Senior Residences, a new construction project to provide affordable housing to elders in a way that is friendly to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and allied community. The William Way Senior Residences as envisioned would include the new construction of 70 affordable housing units for low-income seniors as well as the renovation of the existing WWCC. The project would allow the existing structure of the WWCC to be fully rehabilitated to allow for a state of the art space to continue serving the LGBT community with its broad range of services and programs.