Including LGBT Community Centers in Future Stimulus Packages

Seattle WA – APRIL 15, 2020- 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Minority Leader
United States Senate

Re: Including LGBT Community Centers in future stimulus packages

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer,

Founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers, CenterLink plays an important role in addressing the challenges LGBT community centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.

Today CenterLink’s 250+ community center members provide vital information, education and social and health services to almost 40,000 people each week, or over 1.9 million people annually. In this moment, the need for our centers’ services has never been greater.

On behalf of the undersigned LGBT community centers, we deeply appreciate that several key relief programs in the CARES Act were modified to include nonprofit eligibility.  This approach recognizes the significant role that charitable nonprofits play as the third largest employer in our nation’s economy and as valued problem solvers and essential service providers in a time of crisis. We are grateful that Congress recognized that every dollar granted, donated, or earned goes back into the community immediately to address the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

However, implementation challenges have arisen with federal agencies and private entities that undermine Congressional intent to provide economic relief for nonprofit organizations. As you work to build on the CARES Act, we are requesting an explicit nonprofit track to ensure that LGBT community centers are supported in their service on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, we urge Congress to include the following clarifications and provisions:

  • Expand Nonprofit Access to Credit by designating funding exclusively for nonprofits within the principal loan programs established in the CARES Act, or under future relief efforts, to ensure that the organizations dedicated to addressing immediate pandemic-related problems are included in relief efforts and not excluded or pushed to the back of the line.

  • Allocate at least $250 billion in additional funding for the PPL Program.

  • Provide incentives to private lenders to prioritize processing of applications of small nonprofits and expand the eligibility for nonprofits to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program by removing the current 500-employee cap.

  • Provide $60 billion in emergency assistance loans to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like LGBT community centers.

  • Expand the above-the-line, universal charitable deduction by eliminating the cap and allowing taxpayers to retroactively claim the deduction in 2019.

  • Prioritize nonprofits including LGBT community centers and their employees in future unemployment insurance relief.

  • Freeze rulemaking that is not directly related to the COVID-19 response and cease implementation of rules that undermine nondiscrimination protections and access to federally funded programs. During our nation’s most devastating health crisis, no one should face discrimination in a health care setting.

The reality is more assistance is needed for LGBT community centers. They are providing critical services such as medical care, mental health counseling, virtual support groups, filling prescriptions, providing hot meals and check-in phone calls for older adults, serving as shelters for homeless youth, distributing nonperishable food items and hygiene products, case management, HIV testing, and hosting virtual engagement activities to decrease social isolation. Given the current financial crisis and loss of revenue, LGBT community centers could be forced to shrink their services, meaning tens of thousands could go without care. 

We are deeply grateful for your leadership in crafting and passing the CARES Act.  We urge Congress to expand the eligibility for nonprofits to participate in future stimulus packages. LGBT community centers are relying on you so that we can continue to provide critical and essentially needed services in response to the COVID-19 crisis.



CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers


All Under One Roof LGBTQ Advocate of Southeastern Idaho

ALSO Youth

Atlanta Pride Committee

Blue Ridge Pride Center

Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center

Boston Alliance of LGBTQ Youth (BAGLY, Inc.)

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

Brave Space Alliance

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

CAMP Rehoboth

Center of the Finger Lakes

Center on Halsted

Clock, Inc

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation Pride Center

Colors+ Youth Center 

Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Diversity Collective Ventura County

Diversity Richmond

Family Equality

Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center


Grand Rapids Pride Center

Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center

Hetrick-Martin Institute 

Hudson Pride Center

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation

Identity, Inc.

Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center

In Our Own Voices

Indiana Youth Group (IYG)

Inside Out Youth Services


Jim Toy Community Center

Kansas City Center for Inclusion

Lambert House

Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition 

Latino Equality Alliance

LGBT Center of Central PA

LGBT Center of Greater Reading

LGBT Center of Raleigh

LGBT Community Center of SE Wisconsin

LGBT Community Center of the Desert

LGBT Detroit

LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County

LGBT Life Center

LGBT Network (Long Island/Queens)

LGBT QMUNITY Center of Montgomery County

LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc.

LGBT+ Older Adult Community Centers of Puerto Rico


Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)

Long Island LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Louisville Youth Group

Metro Inclusive Health

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Montrose Center


New Haven Pride Center

New Jersey AIDS Services

North San Diego County LGBTQ Resource Center

North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

North Star LGBT Community Center

Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Oakland LGBTQ Community Center

Ohio Valley Pride

Oklahomans for Equality


Orlando Youth Alliance

Out Alliance

Out Boulder County

Out Memphis

Out On The Lakeshore

OutCenter of Southwest Michigan

OutFront Kalamazoo


OutReach Inc.

Outright Vermont

Pacific Center for Human Growth

Pacific Pride Foundation

Pizza Klatch

Pride Center of Staten Island

Pride Center of the Capital Region

Pride Center of Vermont

Pride Community Center, Inc

Pride Community Services Organization

Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities


Prism United

Q Center

QSpot LGBT Community Center

Queens Community House

Queens LGBT Center

Queer Connect, Inc.

QWELL Community Foundation

Rainbow Center

Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County

Rainbow Mobile

Rainbow Youth Center

Resource Center

Rockland County Pride Center

Ruth Ellis Center

Sacramento LGBT Community Center

San Diego LGBT Community Center

San Diego LGBT Visitors Center

San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center

San Joaquin Pride Center

Schenectady Safe Space

Seacoast Outright

Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders-Long Island (SAGE-LI)

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

Side By Side

SOJOURN (Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender & Sexual Diversity)

Solano Pride Center

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation

Spencer Pride commUnity center

St Pete Pride 

Stand with Trans

The Center – LGBTQ Center of Bay County

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity – Bakersfield, CA

The Center Kissimmee

The Center Las Vegas

The Center on Colfax

The Center Orlando

The Center:  7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection

The DC Center for the LGBT Community

The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County

The Equality Community Center

The Frederick Center 

The Fresno LGBTQ+ Resource Center/Sanctuary and Support Services

The Gala Pride and Diversity Center

The Greater Dayton LGBT Center

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

The LGBTQ Center

The LGBTQ Center Long Beach

The LGBTQ Center-South Bend


The Pride Center at Equality Park

The Pride Center of Maryland

The Pride Center of New Jersey

The Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance

The Source LGBT+ Center

The Spahr Center

Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th

Time Out Youth Center

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico


Triangle Community Center

TriVersity Center

True Colors 

True Colors, Inc. CT

Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA)

Us Giving Richmond Connections 

Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc.

Waves Ahead Puerto Rico

William Way Community Center

Youth OUTright WNC, Inc.

Youth Pride, Inc.

Zebra Coalition