As federal money pours into Georgia to end new HIV infections, hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS are being threatened with eviction. Nonprofit providers accuse the city of being chronically late with a total of $41 million in federal HIV funds — money reserved to provide HIV and AIDS clients a place to live.
On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to appropriate $1.5 million in emergency funding to pay for housing and other services that clients of The Living Room depend on. A lawsuit filed by that organization in July accuses the city of withholding funds.
That stop-gap measure only scratches the surface of a messy feud with allegations of mismanagement and retaliation that could leave a vulnerable population homeless.
Willoughby Mariano has been reporting on the issue for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She joined On Second Thought for the latest details on the issue.
Patrick Saunders has closely tracked the story for Project Q Atlanta. Saunders also joined the conversation.
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