September 27, 2001

New York AIDS groups lose millions in wake of terrorist attacks

from the ADVOCATE

New York City AIDS groups have lost millions of dollars due to interrupted services and unexpected costs for emergency food and shelter for their clients in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the city's World Trade Center, according to New York AIDS service organization Housing Works. The organization reports that top officials from the New York State Department of Health's AIDS Institute are conducting a formal assessment of the attacks' impact on groups serving lower Manhattan.

So far, the review has revealed that most AIDS organizations in the city experienced "significant disruptions" in services, including office closures, problems with communications and transportation, and restricted client and staff access. The health department expects these agencies to incur additional unexpected expenses, including those associated with providing mental health care, in the coming weeks. Health department officials anticipate that money from federal and state relief agencies will be given to groups that have suffered significant losses during the past two weeks. The department's final assessment is expected next week.