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n YouthPride’s trou­bles be­gan in De­cem­ber 2011, when the or­ga­ni­za­tion put out a public call via Face­book that it needed to raise $40,000 by the end of the year or its doors would close.

n Soon af­ter news of YouthPride’s dire fi­nan­cial straits made head­lines, it was also learned the or­ga­ni­za­tion, founded in 1995, had no vi­able board of di­rec­tors.

n In June 2012, YouthPride was forced to move from its home at In­man Park United Methodist Church af­ter the church sued the or­ga­ni­za­tion for more than $50,000 in back rent.

n In June 2013, YouthPride was of­fi­cially evicted by Ful­ton County mar­shals from its lo­ca­tion at 955 Wash­ing­ton Place SW in the Ashview Heights neigh­bor­hood af­ter non­pay­ment of rent for one year.

n The lead­er­ship trou­bles also led Ful­ton County, in Au­gust 2013, to take legal ac­tion to re­cover more than $18,000 of a $40,000 grant awarded to the or­ga­ni­za­tion for 2011-2012 for fail­ing to pro­vide men­tal health and coun­sel­ing ser­vices as man­dated by the grant.

n Later in Au­gust 2013, the fed­eral Amer­iCorps VISTA pro­gram pulled the fund­ing and vol­un­teers it had pro­vided to YouthPride be­cause, “YouthPride is still in the process of re­cruit­ing to fill all their agency board of di­rec­tors.”

n In Fe­bru­ary 2014, crim­i­nal war­rants were is­sued for the ar­rest of Terence McPhaul for writ­ing bad checks in the name of YouthPride. To date, McPhaul has not been ar­rested.

n On May 22, 2014, YouthPride was evicted from 72 Broad St., again for non­pay­ment of rent.

n On Feb. 12, 2015, the IRS re­voked YouthPride’s tax-ex­empt sta­tus.

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