The Equality Community Center has purchased 15 Casco St. in Portland as a new headquarters for LGBTQ+ and allied organizations and community members.

The purchase was facilitated by a $1 million gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, gifts from several major donors and ongoing investment of loyal contributors, the organization said in a press release. The organization, previously housed at 511 Congress St., will begin fundraising for renovations and repairs required for occupancy and accessibility.

The planned relocation aligns with ECC’s vision for a full spectrum community center in the heart of Portland that houses LGBTQ+ and allied organizations; provides socialization support and health services; and, in the future, will offer affordable and market-rate rental housing, the ECC said in a press release.

ECC now houses EqualityMaine, Pride Portland!, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, PFLAG, MaineTransNet, and Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders.


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