An aerial view of the Oak Lawn Place construction site (Photo courtesy of Resource Center) Construction of Oak Lawn Place is expected to take a year DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writertaffet@dallasvoice.com Resource Center is holding a ceremonial ground breaking for Oak Lawn Place, its new senior housing facility this morning (Friday, May 12), but work crews have actually already been working on clearing the land for a few weeks now, preparing the property for construction.
The $4 million capital campaign to build the senior housing project was launched in December 2020. According to a statement at the time, Resource Center undertook the project to “meet the growing demand for affordable housing and care and services for the aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning population in the Dallas community.” “We are seeing and serving a larger number of LGBTQIA+ seniors, most of whom have been discriminated against and marginalized for much of their lives,” said Cece Cox, Resource Center CEO. “As a result, they are less likely to have accumulated wealth or to have biological family that will care for them as they age.
They also face unique medical challenges that require informed and affirming care. “Oak Lawn Place will help provide all of those things,” Cox continued.
Developing the first LGBTQIA+ affirming senior housing development will support not only our community but also directly addresses the immense shortfall of affordable housing in Dallas.” Resource Center partnered with Volunteers of America and developer Matthews Southwest to design and build the project.