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San Francisco Advocates Honored for Programs Helping Aging LGBTQ Residents

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Four longtime LGBTQ advocates were recognized Saturday morning in San Francisco for longtime advocacy that led to the development of groundbreaking programs for LGBTQ seniors in the city.

California State Sen. Scott Wiener and former San Francisco supervisors David Campos and Christina Olague, as well as LGBT Aging Policy Task Force Chairman Bill Ambrunn, received commendations at a ceremony attended by about 100 people at the city's LGBT Center.

"While there is more work to be done, city officials have delivered impressively on their promise to implement task force recommendations," Ambrunn said in a news release by the San Francisco Human Services Agency.

Five years ago, a task force created by the three then-supervisors recommended 13 actions to help LGBTQ residents age in place in the community.

Since then, most of the recommendations have been followed, including the formation of a new Care Navigation and Isolation Prevention program that helps clients access social services.

The task force was created by Wiener, Campos and Olague, all of whom were San Francisco supervisors at the time. Weiner has since gone on to become a state senator.

The number of residents who identify as LGBTQ served by the city's Department of Adult and Aging Services has soared 71 percent over the past four years, to 2,039. Representatives link the increase to the services developed in response to the report's recommendations.

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