For Immediate Release
The City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator's Office is facing a funding gap that could disrupt or kill irreplaceable HIV prevention services. Contact the Mayor and your City Councilmember today and ask them to find a solution.
As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, the Federal government has changed the guidelines for the way cities like Los Angeles use money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), resulting in sudden cuts to HIV services that the city has funded for years. We need the City Council to immediately come up with replacement funding to ensure that these vital services continue without interruption.
These programs support an array of innovative HIV prevention activities in Los Angeles: HIV testing at targeted sites; health education including APLA's Red Circle Project, the only outreach program for our local Native American population; syringe exchange and disposal programs that have no other source of support in part because of a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. These are proven strategies that target some of our most vulnerable populations and are part of a critical public health network that reduces the burden of HIV throughout our city.
Beginning next week, the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator's Office will have no funding for these programs for the next three months. If these programs can survive, they face a severe 43% budget reduction when they return. We need funding to cover those services for the next three months while we work to save these irreplaceable public health programs.
Both Mayor Garcetti and City Councilmembers have expressed their support for these programs — the time is now for us to work together to avert this public health crisis.
Take action now. Thank you!
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.
For more information, visit apla.org.