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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 29, 2021 04:30 PM
From: Senator Sharif Street
To: All Senate members
Subject: Grants to Help LGBTQ+ Senior Citizens
In the near future, I will introduce legislation that will award grants to non-profit organizations and local governments for health care, cultural competency, computer training, job placement, social activities, and other programs that specifically help the LGBTQ+ senior community.

Our LGBTQ+ senior citizens have unmet needs that existing services do not address. They:
  • Experience higher rates of mental distress and depression than other senior citizens;
  • Are less likely to be partnered or married, which can result in less social and financial support; and
  • Face the possibility of discrimination and prejudice when accessing services.
This bill will designate $2.5 million from the Lottery Fund to support these important programs to ensure the mission of the Lottery Fund benefits all senior citizens, including those with unique needs in the LGBTQ+ community.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.  Please contact Micah Mahjoubian at micah@pasenate.com if you have any questions.

Introduced as SB437