San Francisco Finds Funds For HIV/AIDS Services

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The city of San Francisco has found enough money to maintain $1.8 million in HIV/AIDS services that were jeopardized by federal funding cuts.

The appropriation, announced on Tuesday by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, is needed because Congress has not approved the continuation of some of the federal funding to fight AIDS.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“This is one of the most important programs we’ve ever had in our city. It will continue to be so and this is a reflection of our commitment,” said Lee.

The money will be used to provide hospice care, case management and housing for people living with HIV and AIDS.

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener said there is still a great need in the city.

“Whether it’s for access to housing, legal services, health care or mental health services, these are not optional services,” said Wiener. “These are not luxury services.”

The funding will only keep the programs operating through the end of the fiscal year. At that point, Congress will have to act or San Francisco will have to find more funding to keep the services alive.

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