Statement from dmhFund Regarding William Way Center Decision

PHILADELPHIA – The Board of Directors of the William Way LGBT Community Center voted on Tuesday to withdrawal its partnership with the dmhFund in building an LGBT friendly senior housing facility at Community Center site.  The board cited the need to move forward expeditiously with specific building renovations and its strategic planning process, which would have been interrupted had they continued to move forward with the project.

The dmhFund understands the need of the William Way Center to move forward with its strategic planning process and respects the Board of Directors' decision to end its involvement as a partner in the LGBT friendly Senior Housing project," said dmhFund President Mark Segal.

The dmhFund has been exploring other locations for the senior housing facility and intends to move forward with the project at another site.  We look forward to working with the William Way Center in providing services for residents once the building is completed.  We are also committed to supporting the William Way Center as it embarks on a critical capital fundraising campaign."

The dmhFund was established in 2004 to fund a variety of programs that foster education about HIV/AIDS, fight prejudice and discrimination, and deliver services to youth, seniors, and diverse constituencies within the LGBT community in the Philadelphia region.

The dmhFund is currently spearheading a unique project that will provide affordable housing to elders in a way that is friendly to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and allied community.  The new construction project would provide as many as 70 affordable housing units for low-income seniors in the heart of the Philadelphia Gayborhood in a way that is safe and welcoming to members of the LGBT community.

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