Dispatches from the fight against homelessness and AIDS
Posted by Sunny Bjerk , February 08, 2013
Image from the New York State Department of Health
For those of who have been following us during the New York State budget dance, it seems it has slowly devolved into a one-person pirouette. As you must know by now, Cuomo’s budget for this year plans on cutting the Office of Public Health (OPH) by $70 million dollars. And housed within the OPH is the pioneering AIDS Institute, which is also thus slated for cuts.
As if funding cuts to the AIDS Institute weren’t enough, Cuomo’s budget lacks transparency and specific figures as to the extent of these cuts, making it difficult to determine the full impact of these cuts to AIDS service organizations, community programs, and most importantly, people living with HIV/AIDS.
As AIDS activists, case managers, social justice advocates, and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions, we cannot stand by and let these cuts to the Office of Public Health and the AIDS Institute stand.
Now is not the time to back away from the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We must come together as a powerful community to combine our voices, resources, and power to urge Governor Cuomo to reconsider these proposed cuts to New York State’s Department of Health’s AIDS Institute.
Housing Works, Harlem United, and Help/PSI invite everyone to sign onto a letter to urge Governor Cuomo to reconsider these cuts and to save the live-saving services and programs housed within the AIDS Institute and the Office of Public Health at large.
Please read the letter in full below, and sign on to save the AIDS Institute by emailing terri smith-caronia, Housing Works’ Vice President of New York Advocacy and Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, to voice your and/or your organization’s support of saving the AIDS Institute funding, please email terri smith-caronia, Housing Works’ Vice President of New York Advocacy and Public Policy at email@example.com.
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