Fighting for HIV Health & Housing Justice in the SF City Budget
We’ve come far from the early days of the AIDS epidemic thanks to fearless HIV activists who rose up to demand action and investments in access to healthcare, life-saving medications, and other interventions to address the crisis.
San Francisco brings that legacy of health justice to our work today. The city has committed to becoming the first city in the world to get to zero new HIV transmissions, zero new AIDS-related deaths and zero HIV-related stigma through the Getting to Zero initiative, but challenges remain.
We’re calling on the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to continue to show up for our communities and ensure critical investments make it into the San Francisco budget.
Here is what we are calling for in the 2023/2024 San Francisco budget:
HIV housing subsidies
Provide 200 additional housing subsidies for people living with HIV. $3.6 million.
Safe consumption sites
Open and fund the implementation of a safe consumption site in San Francisco to prevent fatal overdose. $1-2 million.
Mental health for long-term survivors
Fund additional mental health services and coordination for people aging with HIV. $500K.
Intensive case management for people living with HIV and AIDS
Fund intensive case management services for people living with HIV who may also have challenges related to substance use, housing, and mental health. $500K.
Support for HIV organizations
Provide a small cost-of-doing -business and cost-of-living adjustment to HIV organizations to ensure they’re able to maintain crucial services that our communities rely on. $500K.
Preserve the HIV care safety net
We must replace any loss of federal HIV funding with local funding to ensure people living with HIV and AIDS have access to adequate care and services.
You can read the full proposal here.
Want to learn more about how you can be part of our movement? Join us for an in-person and virtual activist teach-in to learn more about the San Francisco budget process, dive deeper into the issues, and find out how you can join the fight for housing and healthcare for LGBTQ and HIV communities. Food provided, please let us know via Eventbrite if you have any accessibility needs before March 27.
Queering the SF Budget
Monday, April 3, 2023
7 – 9 pm
Strut, 470 Castro St., San Francisco (Virtual option too).
You have the power to speak out for meaningful change. Please take 30 seconds to send an email to city leaders in support of this critical funding for justice for HIV and LGBTQ communities.