California: Care Center for Low-Income People With HIV/AIDS Closes Doors
June 1, 2009
After serving low-income and homeless people with HIV/AIDS for 25 years, Vital Life Services in Oakland's Golden Gate neighborhood has closed down -- a casualty of the recession. VLS was the only place locally that served two hot meals daily to HIV/AIDS patients, offering a daycare drop-in center and a place where clients could take a shower and access the Internet. VLS also provided poor HIV/AIDS patients with case management, mental health counseling, free transportation to medical and social service appointments, and emergency housing assistance.
"We recently received notice of proposed state budget cuts that will almost surely wipe out HIV/AIDS funding and kill clients," Bush said, referring to the broader crisis facing California AIDS service providers.
05.27.2009; Cecily Burt
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.