89-Year-Old Stonewall Vet Facing Eviction from Chelsea Hotel


Living with Legends: The Chelsea Hotel blog says that a minority shareholder and the hotel’s manager are acting improperly and unethically with regard to some of the hotel’s elderly residents, and have directed our attention to one of the hotel’s current residents, gay rights activist and Stonewall Rebellion veteran Stormé DeLarverie:

“This is a difficult issue to discuss, as we want to be extra careful to protect the privacy of elderly residents. However, one case is particularly pressing, and needs to be addressed immediately, and that is the case of Stormé DeLarverié. Although Stormé, who is known and loved by everyone at the hotel, is 89-years-old, she is still strong and gets around fine, and, though sometimes she forgets minor things, she is lucid and coherent when she speaks. Stormé is living in a rent stabilized apartment for $600 per month, $550 of which was until recently paid by a charitable organization (they’re not all bad, after all). She receives Social Security and until recently was paying the rest of her rent out of that. In the past year, however, two problems have cropped up: first of all, Stormé lost her wallet, so she has no ID and hence can’t cash her Social Security checks; secondly, the charitable organization has not paid its share of Stormé’s rent for several month because of the dilapidated condition of Storme’s apartment, and because they don’t believe she is eating enough (she is probably attempting to conserve money since she can’t cash her checks). Stormé now owes $8400 in back rent.”

The photo on top comes from Stormé DeLarverie’s page on the Stonewall Vets site, where you can read Stormé’s bio.

Are Seniors No Longer Welcome At the Chelsea? David Elder and Andrew Tilley Survey the Elderly With an Eye to Eviction [living with legends]


  1. Jason Blake says

    Why doesn’t someone from “charity” take her to get her ID replaced and open a free checking account at a local bank to have her social security check direct deposited? It really can’t be THAT difficult can it?

  2. Turtle says

    Second what Jason says: This is an easily fixable problem. There must be something else going on.

  3. david says

    this is completely ridiculous. Instead of the blog asking people to help this poor women, they could have just as well help her themselves. It does not take a community to resolve her problem.

  4. says

    Where’s the social worker when you need them? I agree with Turtle… there really must be something else going on. Just because someone is lucid when they speak and can walk to and fro doesn’t mean that they’re cognitively and physically able to manage their activities of daily living. Somebody should get a doc to order some appropriate consults to make sure that she’s able to live alone safely. Should be a no-brainer.

  5. Gary says

    Having been recently diagnosed with Dystonia-Parkinsons I hate to break your illusions but the city is not teeming with social workers. Many of them are overwhelmed and I have had to struggle just to get my own bureaucratic nightmare sorted out so I can receive my disability insurance. I’m still waiting to hear from Medicaid, and 2008 was a horrifying experience. If she needs help please let her know that I can lead her to some people that should be able to work with this.

  6. says

    having lived at the chelsea for a couple years, seeing this article breaks my heart. storme was always a sweetheart, and a tough cookie for sure…
    the thing is, is that the chelsea is no longer friendly to permanent inhabitants. they want these people out, since they make far more money off tourists and since its a historical landmark, they can make even more money when people such as storme, are no longer there…sad, but true.

  7. Laxer says

    There is definitely something wrong with this story….Social Security no longer mails out checks to recipients. They will only do direct deposits to banks. If the ATM was stolen, then simply cancel that card at the bank and get a new one if you are afraid the code was known as well. Sounds like a scam.

  8. BusyTimmy says

    Sorry, I’m easily confused. Who hasn’t lost a wallet, proceeding to replace its contents? Credit cards, ATM, ID… they can all be replaced.

  9. Phil M. says

    For those of you who don’t know the Stonewall Veterans Association — they’re all crazy!! I’ve had many dealings with them, so I speak from first hand experience. There are plenty of actual Stonewall Veterans who are not part of that organization, and who do not try to scam people.