Soon, he had the keys to his new home. It’s in a unique setting, and has amenities that go beyond those of a traditional apartment building to meet the needs of its residents over the age of 55, including an on-site health clinic offering HIV testing and a variety of support groups.
“The biggest reason I moved in was because I could afford it, plain and simple,” says Borowiak, 60, who has been on disability with chronic health issues for 15 years. “But I’ve found that it’s a very nice complex, and I’m an aesthetic person so I appreciated the fact that I was able to re-paint the walls and customize the space to my tastes.”
Borowiak said A Place for Us’ proximity to public transportation was important, since he doesn’t own a car. And, located near the border of Cleveland and Lakewood, it’s also within walking distance of grocery stores, retail shopping and dining options.
Borowiak initially thought there would be more LGBTQ seniors at A Place for Us, but he has nonetheless made friends and finds the overall atmosphere of the complex to be what he calls "a nice mix."
“It’s very comfortable, safe and secure with a lot of amenities,” says Borowiak, who lives in a two-bedroom apartment. “Those things were important to me.”