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A Closer Look at How Budget Cuts Are Limiting Vital Services at GMHC: VIDEO

CNN Money recently took an in-depth look at how the government sequestration has negatively affected AIDS services organizations like Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York.

GmhcSince the budget cuts took effect, the center has had to cut its food pantry allocations, mental health and substance abuse counseling session and has also been forced to layoff several employees.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The cuts, combined with steep rent at its West 33rd Street site, have forced the center to quietly begin plans to relocate despite having moved into the current location just two short years ago. DNAinfo reports:

Before the 2011 move, GMHC members warned that the high cost of the space was risky, and co-founder Larry Kramer blasted the organization's plans.

However, former CEO Marjorie Hill and then-chief operating officer Janet Weinberg pushed for the move to the West 33rd Street site, insiders said. Weinberg has since taken over as the organization's interim CEO after Hill was fired by GMHC's board in September

 

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  1. A great way to dramatically cut GMHC's expenses would be if gay and bi men would stop getting and transmitting HIV. The HC in GMHC stands for "health crisis." But how does a crisis last for 30 years?

    We have known about the cause and the method of transmission of this "health crisis" since 1982 and about the causative agent since 1984. Had we reduced transmission to zero back in 1982-4, there would be virtually no gay or bi men with AIDS today and GMHC could change its name and have no budget worries.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 30, 2013 2:12:11 PM


  2. What a disingenuous article. The problems did not stem from the sequester cuts. The problems result from bad financial management (in areas beyond rent I am sure). Every organization should be ready to deal with disruption in revenue, especially when they depend on government funding.

    Posted by: Perry | Oct 30, 2013 2:35:32 PM


  3. When you have 8 employees pulling down between $108K - $226K (plus other compensation), it's easy to see where some of the problem lies.

    Posted by: WeHo | Oct 30, 2013 3:20:39 PM


  4. Sounds like really poor management to me.

    While what they do, in one regard, is noble, it's also not rocket science. Let's provide healthcare, food, etc. to those desperately in need.

    Does it really numerous people making high six figure salaries to make it work?

    Also, want to end the "health crisis"? Use a condom. It literally is that simple.

    Posted by: NYCer | Oct 30, 2013 3:38:11 PM


  5. This obsession with HIV among gay oriented health clinics really gets under my skin. I understand they get federal funding that must be used specifically for HIV/AIDS, but it's a little ridiculous how it's pushed as soon as you walk through the doors. Likewise, there's funding available specifically for alcoholics and drug addicts, so some men and women must actually lie and say they have a substance abuse problem i order to get mental health care, especially. The whole system of federal funding, the politics, the poorly written and rigid legislation, is FUBAR.

    Obviously, this center is/was poorly managed. Scandalously mismanaged. An old story, repeated in many other non-profit organizations, where a clique at the top line their and their cronies pockets.

    As for the food pantry, good God, SNAP/Food Stamps are practically given away on street corners. I understand some special funding is about to dry up, but it should still be easily available for anyone poor enough to use a food pantry in NY. And maybe if we didn't have so many regulations and laws now that make it impossible for a company to donate perfectly edible food due to liability concerns, this would be far less of an issue. It's insane to see the amount of food that is literally thrown out and can't be donated.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 30, 2013 6:12:00 PM


  6. The scandal doesn't stop with toe ouster of Marjorie Hill. Janet Weinberg and the equally shady Lynnette Ford will keep the same old system moving forward. Wasted, inflated salaries to upper management, cronyism and mismanagement of funds will continue the status quo.

    Posted by: The Truth Hurts | Oct 31, 2013 1:49:59 AM


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