Revisions to Ryan White Program Result in Loss of HIV/AIDS Funding for Minority Services in Austin, Texas, Region
March 19, 2007
The two largest HIV/AIDS service organizations in the Austin, Texas, region that provide assistance to minorities will lose $71,000 in federal funding during the next four months because revisions to the Ryan White Program, which is the main source of federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S., the Austin American-Statesman reports. According to the American-Statesman, HIV/AIDS organizations in the area could lose more than $200,000 in federal funding next year for programs targeting black and Hispanic residents because they now must compete for minority assistance grants. The funding is used for minority outreach efforts -- such as HIV testing, access to care and advocacy -- the American-Statesman reports. Local government officials have allocated some funding for the programs through March, and new grant amounts will be announced in August. Austin's largest service provider -- AIDS Services, which has an annual budget of $3.6 million -- this year will not receive the last four months of its $83,244 annual grant. The organization closed its prevention program to make up for the cuts in minority funding. The Wright House Wellness Center, which has an annual budget of $1.2 million, was to receive an annual grant of $130,474. The center also lost an additional $70,000 in other program cuts -- mostly for case management and mental health services.
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