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AIDS Taskforce gets new building, new support from LA-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — At its peak in staffing and funding levels in the early 2000s, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland had a staff of 100 people, a yearly budget exceeding $3.5 million and was providing services to 1,800 clients in six counties in Northeast Ohio. Those services included 24-hour housing, case management, education/prevention programs and advocacy.

By 2008, though, the country’s economic downturn translated into federal funding being slashed to the agencies who provided those services to people with HIV/AIDS – at a time when the number of Cleveland residents living with the disease had gone up nearly 50 percent since 2000.

Today, the task force is operating with a projected budget of $2.1 million.

A new affiliation with the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, formalized last spring, has positioned the AIDS Taskforce – whose roots go back to 1984 – to provide expanded medical services under one roof while continuing its mission to provide HIV/AIDS education and prevention resources throughout Northeast Ohio.

To read more: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2013/12/aids_taskforce_gets_new_building_new_support_from_la-based_aids_healthcare_foundation.html