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Philadelphia’s LGBTQ health and well-being center, the Mazzoni Center, recently received $1.5 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, NBC reported.

The funds represent the largest amount the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has granted to an LGBTQ organization and the largest one-time gift the Mazzoni Center has ever received.

The Mazzoni Center is an all-volunteer clinic that offers over 30 programs and services for LGBTQ communities; including transgender-specific care, HIV prevention and a housing program for people with HIV. 

NBC writes that the organization plans on using the funds to purchase and renovate a building in Center City to which they intend to relocate core services in summer 2017. 

The article claims that the award demonstrates that Pennsylvania and the LGBTQ community are continuing to work together more closely.  Mazzoni CEO Nurit Shein thanked Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, Democratic State Sen. Larry Farnese and State Rep. Brian Sims for their support in “understanding the impact [the gift] will have in addressing critical health disparities” in the LGBTQ community.

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