Los Angeles acts to expand affordable housing for LGBT seniors

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An artist rendering of Argyle Apartments in Los Angeles.

The nation's first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing provider recently announced plans for its latest 40-unit development, Argyle Apartments.

The project, according to a news release, will serve an LGBT senior population and be built at Hollywood and Western, a metro stop from Triangle Square, another LGBT-friendly housing community by the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Los Angeles Corporation.

"Just 70 months ago, on March 22, 2007, we opened our doors at Triangle Square to the nation's first LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing development that has been a beacon of hope and acceptance around the world," stated executive director Eric Harrison. "Today, our partnership with AMCAL expands GLEH's footprint in our home district of Hollywood to more individuals seeking affordablehousing in an LGBT friendly environment.”

The $17.5 million Argyle Apartments project is a partnership of GLEH Los Angeles Corporation and AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc.

The project will be funded through California Redevelopment Agency, JP Morgan Chase and low-income housing tax credits.

"Seeing Triangle Square become a reality in 2007 was a dream come true for those of us who stand up for tolerance, understanding and equality," said Los Angeles Council Member Eric Garcetti. "I applaud the partnership between the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Los Angeles Corporation and AMCAL for expanding LGBT friendly affordable housing in Los Angeles and revitalizing the community."

A news release said Argyle Apartments will feature a community room with kitchenette and lounge, landscaped common area with barbecue grills, children's play structure and an outdoor seating. The apartments are scheduled to open in about a year.

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