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National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.
A Historical Snapshot
When Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 to strengthen the services offered to older adults nationwide, it established the Administration on Aging to oversee the funding and programs channeled through the OAA.
Because the Older Americans Act directs the Aging Network to pay particular attention to serving populations with the greatest social need, the Administration on Aging has historically funded organizations to serve as technical assistance resource centers for marginalized communities, including Hispanic/Latino communities, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and Native Americans.
In the same vein, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded its historic grant in February 2010 to establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, it affirmed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have unique needs that must be met by providers across the country.
As a sign of the progress our LGBT communities have made in securing support at the federal level, it was a historic high point. But it's only the beginning.
A Brief Timeline of Early Milestones
IN OCTOBER 2009 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces its plans to establish the nation's first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
IN FEBRUARY 2010 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces that SAGE—in partnership with 10 leading organizations nationwide—had received a $900,000 grant over three years to establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. The announcement notes that the resource center will help ensure that LGBT older adults have the necessary and culturally appropriate supports and services to successfully age in place.
IN OCTOBER 2010 the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging officially launches, unveiling a web site that will serve as a comprehensive clearinghouse of information for aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is poised to provide more and more training and develop even more tools and resources for aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults in every part of the country.
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IN JULY 2013 SAGE—along with 18 collaborating organizations—received another two year grant to continue, and grow, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging's vital work.
“Administration on Aging (AoA) frequently turns to national organizations to support the Aging Network in their efforts to work with specific minority populations that are traditionally underserved. With the full support of the current Administration, we now recognize that LGBT older adults also represent a community with unique needs that must be addressed.”
—KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, U.S. SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS), in a February 2010 release announcing that Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) had been awarded a historic grant from HHS to establish the country's first-ever national resource center on LGBT aging
“The launch of our National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is an enormous step forward for our aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. It speaks to the necessary attention that service providers of all types must place on supporting diverse older adults around the country.”
—MICHAEL ADAMS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SERVICES & ADVOCACY FOR GLBT ELDERS (SAGE)