Houston after-hours club closed permanently

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 25 2002 11:00 PM ET

Club Nsomnia, an after-hours club that served as a fund-raiser for the AIDS Housing Coalition of Houston, has permanently closed, the Houston Voice reports. Matt Locklin, executive director of the housing coalition and director of Club Nsomnia, said the lease on the building that houses the club has expired and won't be renewed.

The after-hours club did not sell alcohol, but members were allowed to bring their own. A July 20 raid on the club by agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission found that patrons were drinking alcoholic beverages after 2 a.m., a violation of state law, and the commission ordered the club's operators to ban alcohol from the premises. Attendance and donations fell sharply after that.

The coalition is now focusing on raising money by applying for private foundation grants and requesting assistance from the general public. The agency, founded in 1994, has helped more than 400 HIV-positive Houston-area residents find transitional or emergency housing.