Capitol Hill Housing has announced plans for a $25 million affordable senior housing development to support elderly LGBTQ community members — a Seattle first.

“The project comes at a pivotal time. King County’s elderly LGBTQ population is expected to double by 2030, and LGBTQ seniors are listed as a priority population for the Seattle Housing Levy as they face demonstrated health, economic, and social disparities compared to their peers,” according to a CHH news release.

The mixed-use building is planned for construction in the parking lot adjacent to CHH’s 38-unit Helen V Apartments, which serves low-income seniors and people with disabilities, at 14th Avenue and East Union Street. CHH reports the Helen V will be renovated, but no one will be displaced by the new development.

It will be between five to seven stories and include 44-66 apartments, according to CHH, which is waiting for zoning changes under Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program before finalizing the height and unit count. The first floor will include around 4,000 square feet of commercial space.

“CHH has hosted initial meetings with an informal advisory committee,” according to the release, “which includes over a dozen leaders from community organizations and government entities including Bailey-Boushay House, City of Seattle, Entre Hermanos, Gay City, Generations Aging with Pride, King County HIV/AIDS Planning Council, LGBTQ Allyship, Lifelong, POCAAN (formerly known as People of Color Against AIDS Network), Seattle Counseling Services, Seattle Foundation and Virginia Mason Hospital.”

The senior housing proposed would not be exclusively for LGBTQ community members, and anyone of the right age and income level could qualify. There would be more programming and health classes that supports LGBTQ seniors and challenges they face in aging.

More project information and a presentation of what has been gleaned from interviews with LGBTQ seniors will be provided during a meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium, 517 E. Pike St.

University of Washington professor Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen is assisting CHH with planning for the project.

In 2015, Fredriksen-Goldsen and her colleagues at the UW School of Social Work published “At-Risk and Underserved: LGBTQ Older Adults in Seattle/King County – Findings from Aging with Pride.” The report was completed following a survey of more than 200 LGBTQ adults 50 to 85 years old.

Not only is that population expected to double by 2030, but also those residents will face higher risks of disability, mental distress, isolation and poor health, according to the report.

More than two-thirds of those surveyed also reported experiencing three or more incidents of victimization; 70 percent stated they were verbally assaulted, and 40 percent reported receiving threats of physical violence.

Sixteen percent reported being denied care or receiving inadequate care based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

“LGBTQ individuals face a host of challenges, which can get magnified as they age,” said Fredriksen-Goldsen in the news release. She also co-chairs Seattle’s Generations Aging with Pride board. “An affordable and affirming place to live can address the isolation, discrimination and health challenges LGBTQ older adults often face.”

CHH plans to finance the estimated $25 million development with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, public funds and bank financing. Environmental Works has been tapped as the project architect.