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New York City Shelter for HIV-Positive Women and Children Coming Under Criticism
Hale House, a Harlem, N.Y.-based charity that provides shelter to infants born to drug addicted and HIV-positive women, has been the subject of several recent news reports questioning the center's financial operations and the "quality of care" given to the home's children, the New York Times reports. Some are raising questions about the agency's failure to turn two buildings into homes for "troubled mothers," a sum of money paid to a consulting firm and the use of Hale House funds by one of the charity's co-founders to renovate her own home. Those funds were later repaid in full. The neighborhood has rallied around the charity and its co-founder, Dr. Lorraine Hale, yesterday holding a "Support the Babies" rally in Harlem. Dr. Hale made only a few remarks at the rally, thanking the crowd of supporters and introducing the Rev. Al Sharpton, who told the crowd the home was opened not to make money, but to "show mercy" (Kershaw, New York Times, 4/23).
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