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New non-profit takes over Boys and Girls Club program

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UPDATE 1/15 - The Arizona Housing Development program (AHDC) is the new non-profit running the Boys and Girls club.

On Wednesday, Yuma's City Council approved this transition, marking the start of this new partnership.

Previously, The Salvation Army was the affiliated non-profit with the Club.

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, FOX 9) - The Arizona Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) could be the new non-profit running the Boys and Girls Club program.

During Wednesday's Yuma city council meeting, the council will vote on whether or not to approve the transition of the program from the Salvation Army to the AHDC.

If approved, the AHDC would run the Boys and Girls Club for at least 3 years starting in February with a one-year renewal possible after the duration of the first lease, according to The City of Yuma.

This comes after the Salvation Army decided to drop its affiliation with the Boys and Girls Club in 2018, leading to a settlement with the city over the property on 11th Street and 13th Avenue.

The lease calls for the use of that same building to house the Boys and Girls Club, according to the City of Yuma. The AHDC also runs the SHINE afterschool sports program.

“Lessee shall operate the Program consistent with the secular program offered by the Boys and Girls Club of America and which has historically operated in Yuma. Lessee may use the Premises for additional uses authorized and consistent with the zoning district applicable to the Premises and any other land use entitlement applicable to the Premises either now existing or subsequently approved by the City of Yuma,” read the lease agreement that has not yet been approved by the council. 

You can read the entire lease agreement here. News 11 will bring you the decision tomorrow on Nightside.

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