Photo by John McDonald.

Providing LGBT seniors with affordable housing is a goal that is close to becoming reality for Ernest Olivas, Jr.

“The idea of building senior affordable housing and especially on this campus is the fulfillment of a lifetime ambition I have had since I opened my doors five years ago,” Olivas told the crowd at Tuesday morning’s Coffee & Conversation program at the Pride Center.

Olivas started Emerald Elite Senior Home Care five years ago. Today it is the lone gay owned and operated fully licensed home health care agency serving Broward County. Emerald Elite specializes in providing male caregivers, home health aides and CNA’s that assist seniors with bathing, dressing, ambulating, medication, care management, light housingkeeping, doctors’ visits and companionship.

Olivas’ partner John Fox also attended Tuesday morning's program. Fox runs Home Essentials, a thrift store located a couple blocks north of the Pride Center on Dixie Highway.

Monitoring Hurricane Irma was a hot topic of discussion. Pride Center CEO Robert Boo said the center would follow the lead of the Broward Schools as to when and if the facility closes.

Elsewhere, Nicole Borrero, a producer with PBS television station WPBT2 asked for people to share stories about seniors living in poverty.

Representatives for SunServe, Broward Sheriff’s Office and AARP also addressed the group. More than 130 people signed in for this week’s coffee and conversation.

Next week’s sponsor is TBA. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.