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AIDS Groups Say City Jeopardizing Services


Philadelphia Inquirer (06/26/92), P. B1

A long running bureaucratic delay at City Hall has left hundreds of AIDS patients in Philadelphia in danger of losing some of the federally funded social services that assist them in dealing with the disease. Officials at AIDS social-service agencies said yesterday that the city's delay in awarding $3.5 million in federal funds might force them to temporarily eliminate programs that provide services like home-health care, counseling, and transportation. However, Dr. Maria Gold, the city's assistant health commissioner for infectious disease, yesterday vowed that the federal funds would begin to be distributed to agencies by Monday or Tuesday--in time to prevent programs from shutting down and to allow new programs to be established. The private, non-profit agencies with city contracts to provide AIDS services said they had waited up to five months to receive the money. The city received money from the federal Ryan White CARE Act in February and April, but no money has yet been distributed to the more than 40 agencies that provide the services. Dorothy Mann, executive director of the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, said, "The irony is that this isn't city money. It's federal money that is ready and available. But the city doesn't treat it any differently than a contract for filling potholes."


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