Renown gay heath center in Chicago avoids shut down

CHICAGO -- The financially troubled Howard Brown Health Center will remain open after receiving more than $650,000 in donations during a rigorous 50-day campaign, officials said.

The 36-year-old agency is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender health centers and services more than 36,000 people a year from its Chicago-based multi-site operation.

The center accrued roughly $3 million in debt because of past mismanagement, and had to re-pay more than
$500,000 "very quickly" as a result of transfers of grant funds between Howard Brown and Northwestern University Medical Center, said Jamal M. Edwards, Howard Brown’s president and CEO.

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