More than 200
disabled Chicago residents living with HIV/AIDS may become
homeless without a $1.5 million budget increase for
organizations and politicians are urging city officials to
approve funding for the 2008 budget with these 211
residents of permanent housing developments in mind.
AIDS advocates are petitioning to encourage Mayor Richard
M. Daley to include increased AIDS housing funding in his
budget plan, to be unveiled in October, according to
the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
clients will be at serious risk of homelessness,"
AIDS Foundation of Chicago's John Peller told
the Windy City Times. "We know that
housing is health care. When people are housed, they
are able to improve their health."
Windy City Times reports that a decrease in
federal funding for HIV/AIDS housing has put more pressure
on local governments to provide housing. A 27%
cut in funding is slated for the city's Housing
Assistance Program, putting the residents in question
at risk. The AIDS Foundation said that a $1.5 million
increase would prevent these residents from losing
their homes and benefit advocacy programs. (The