In the 30th year of the HIV epidemic, HIV/AIDS services faced the prospect of being gutted in the Mayor's Executive Budget. HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) contracts were primarily on the chopping block, but the New York City Council stepped in and negotiated to restore this critical funding. This was no easy task, considering the depth of cuts to critical social services. Supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS faced a $5.1 million cut, and Momentum's nutrition services for people living with HIV/AIDS along with GMHC's Money Management services were slated to be eliminated.
"These restorations truly demonstrate New York City Council's unwavering commitment to people living with HIV/AIDS and ending the epidemic," said Marjorie J. Hill Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). "On behalf of our clients who will benefit most from these restorations, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Speaker Christine Quinn and all of City Council."
GMHC especially thanks the following council members for their help:
- Speaker Christine Quinn
- General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma
- Health Committee Chair Maria del Carmen Arroyo
- Manhattan Delegation Co-Chairs Gale Brewer & Daniel Garodnick
- Finance Chair Dominic Recchia
- Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson
- Melissa Mark-Viverito
- Rosie Mendez
- Jimmy Van Bramer
- Daniel Dromm
- Deborah Rose
- Letitia James
- Fernando Cabrera