NYC Council Saves HIV/AIDS, Homeless LGBT Services
June 29, 2012
The New York City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have agreed on a $68.5 billion budget that retains funding for several key programs, including HIV/AIDS housing and care and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Services. The budget the mayor proposed in May would have cut support for these and other services.
Council speaker Christine Quinn had said HIV/AIDS-related services would be cut "over my dead body," according to Gay City News. Quinn and City Council member Annabel Palma identified $5.1 million in discretionary funds to restore housing and nutrition services for those living with HIV/AIDS.
"Homelessness is deadly for people living with HIV/AIDS, but Bloomberg's public health priorities don't seem to extend beyond his big soda ban lately," said Wayne Starks, a VOCAL-NY board member and formerly homeless person living in supportive housing. "This administration has repeatedly slashed funding for housing programs that keep people with HIV/AIDS healthy, while introducing policies like drug testing that are simply an excuse to deny medically appropriate shelter."
06.26.2012; Michelle Garcia
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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