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Fulton County takes legal action against YouthPride for grant reimbursement

In August, the GA Voice learned that Fulton County is demanding YouthPride repay more than $18,000 of a 2011-2012 $40,000 FRESH grant for not providing mental health/counseling services as promised. The county is currently taking legal action against YouthPride to get the money back.

Cynthia McRae, District 6 administrator of the Fulton County Housing & Human Services Department oversees FRESH grants. The YouthPride grant began on July 1, 2011, and ended June 30, 2012. When YouthPride filed its final quarterly report on July 9, 2012, it showed the agency spent $21,296.92 of the $40,000 grant and served 42 of the required 62 Fulton District 6 residents required to be served, McRae said.

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YouthPride leadership remains a puzzle one year later

YouthPride logoThe call went out in January 2012 that if YouthPride did not raise some $40,000, the youth LGBT nonprofit would be forced to close its doors. After the public plea for funds, it was discovered YouthPride did not have a five-member board of directors in violation of its bylaws and that a full board had not met since December 2010.

Now, a year later, the agency is once again sending out fundraising emails — the most recent, sent Dec. 21, has the subject line “Acceptance is a Precious Gift” — but leaders still refuse to grant interviews and either can’t or won’t list a five-member board.

After YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul made a public plea for funds in early 2012, an independent task force volunteered time to investigate the financial and leadership struggles of YouthPride and determined the agency was deep in debt and faced possible state and federal fines for not filing tax forms on time.

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Landlord’s attorney: ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ with YouthPride

The attorney for Inman Park United Methodist Church, which leases space to YouthPride and is suing after months of unpaid rent, strongly disputes a charge from the LGBT youth agency's executive director that the organization has any legal claims against the church.

"As it relates to the $40,000 rent, which we have always said was overpriced… the bottom line is this: We have legal claims against the church as well," YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul told attendees at a March 6 town hall meeting, which was hosted by an independent task force concerned about the future of LGBT youth services in Atlanta.

"We had legal claims against the church as well," McPhaul repeated. "So there were certain things that we actually missed out on as a result of certain things the church did not comply with — so we haven't answered the lawsuit yet, but we will, and soon."