Being There for Our Clients (Winter 2010)
With the recent national election results, San Francisco stands to lose more than 20% of its federal funding for HIV/AIDS services at a time when our clients are being hit hard from every direction. With California facing a $25 billion deficit and San Francisco facing yet another year of a $400+ million deficit, it is hard to anticipate how our community will find a way to take care of those among us who are most vulnerable and most in need of help.
Just a few short months ago, President Obama presented the first ever National AIDS Strategy, which calls for more HIV testing and more services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Clearly, after 30 years of fighting this virus, we know what we need to do and how to do it. But where are the resources to implement Obama’s new policy plan?
One bright spot among all the gloomy news is the recent health care reform legislation, which has the potential to significantly increase access to health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Because there are many decisions yet to be made around the implementation of the law at both the national and state levels, it is critical that we be vigilant in our efforts to ensure that the promise to provide access to care for those with HIV/AIDS is fulfilled.
While we are busy fighting funding cuts and ensuring access to care, we must continue to be proactive in our efforts to build the revenue streams necessary to sustain ALRP’s services to the community.
This past year, ALRP launched the Angels Legacy Society to acknowledge donors who have designated ALRP in their estate plans. In 2011, we will develop and implement the ALRP Be An Angel Legacy Campaign, which will provide an opportunity for donors to make a lasting difference in ALRP’s ability to address the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS well into the future.
We have a responsibility to continue to be there for our clients, and with the vision and commitment of people like you, we will be.
Bill Hirsh, Esq.
ALRP Executive Director