Chicago Park District property at the corner of Halsted and Waveland becomes available. Horizons enters negotiations with the City of Chicago and the Park District to acquire the property. Horizons' professional staff grows to 24. The volunteer corps consists of more than 300 people. HELPLINE implements a new computerized database and call-tracking system to gather demographic information and provide referrals.

The State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline returns to Horizons. The Center on Halsted project is launched. The property is secured on North Halsted and extensive research begins on the needs and interests of the LGBTQ community for a community center. The Community Technology Center is launched. Youth Services adds a Young Women's Program. Northalsted Merchants Association donates the first seed money for the Center on Halsted building project.

Organizational commitment to cultural programs begins in response to community research. The City of Chicago gives $350,000 to Center on Halsted for the capital campaign.

Horizons Community Services officially changes its name to Center on Halsted. The silent phase of a $20 million capital campaign is launched. A new Board of Directors for Center on Halsted is formed, tenant agreement with Whole Foods Market for the new center is completed, and all programs are reorganized into three departments—Mental Health, Youth, and Community and Cultural Programming. The State of Illinois awards Illinois First grants totaling $6.5 million for the capital campaign.

Center on Halsted launches the public phase of the capital campaign. The first annual Anti-Violence Vigil is held.

Construction for the Center on Halsted building on Halsted and Waveland kicks off with a groundbreaking ceremony. Design grant for Green Building is awarded from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Center on Halsted is awarded grants from The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Michigan, totaling $950,000, including an $800,000 challenge grant. Career Development for Youth program is launched. Center on Halsted receives a $1 million capital campaign gift from philanthropist Miriam Hoover. U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) announces that $1.25 million has been secured for construction of Center on Halsted from the Fiscal Year 2006 HUD appropriations bill. Center on Halsted relocates its offices to 2855 N. Lincoln. following condemnation of the property at 961 W. Montana.

Center on Halsted announces new funding for its expanded Just4Adults program which will be renamed SAGE at Center on Halsted. The City of Chicago gives $350,000 to Center on Halsted for the capital campaign. The Youth Program launches a new Mentoring Program.

Center on Halsted becomes a reality when it opens its doors to the public in June of 2007, coinciding with Chicago's Gay Pride month. Through the course of the first 12 months of being open, Center on Halsted experiences an enormous expansion in the number of clients utilizing the space and services of the organization, eventually seeing more than 1,000 people walking through the building on a daily basis.

Center on Halsted's new building is awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification. Responding to the dramatic expansion of programs and client base, new corporate donors and governmental organizations provide a much needed increase in funding. In response to the emerging need to address LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago, Center on Halsted restructures its youth services and creates new programs.

Center on Halsted streamlines business operations and expands vocational programming and job placement services, including a new culinary arts program to train and place unemployed adults in upwardly mobile careers. Center on Halsted develops nation's first LGBTQ Homesharing program, empowering senior homeowners to age in place by matching them with renters who help with household chores in exchange for reduced rent.

A $475,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, with the support of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, helps to fortify Center on Halsted as a leader in LGBTQ senior services. Funding supports expansion of services and new initiatives including the creation of Aging POZitively, a ground breaking documentary on aging and HIV as well as the implementation of a comprehensive research study with AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) analyzing health needs specific to LGBTQ Older Adults.

Center on Halsted launches a new HIV/AIDS program aimed at young men of color as part of a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We announce plans for the Midwest's first affordable LGBTQ Senior housing facility to be built adjacent to the Center in partnership with Heartland Alliance. The Center launches the Community Circle program to encourage everyone to become members and donate to the Center. The Center's logo, website and Facebook page are updated in preparation for the Center building's upcoming fifth anniversary.

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