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Sat Jun 13 2009 (Updated 06/17/09)
Mayor Newsom's Proposed Budget Will Terminate Critical Health and Human Services
Sat Jun 13 2009 (Updated 06/17/09)
Hundreds of People Who Would Be Affected by Newsom's Budget Cuts Take to the Streets
On Wednesday June 10th, hundreds of people who will be affected by Gavin Newsom's budget cuts took to the streets in protest. The demonstration followed a proposed budget, released by Mayor Newsom, that will terminate critical health and human services, while pumping up salaries for police by 25% and adding many new high paid patronage positions into his own administration.

Some highlights of the devastating impact of the budget include:
  • Closure of Ella Hill Hutch shelter serving up to 100 people every night in the Western Addition;
  • Closure of Caduceus Outreach Services, a mental health treatment and wrap around support program for severely disabled homeless adults with co-existing addictive disorders;
  • Almost total elimination (66% cut) of SRO Families United program for families with dependent children living in hotels;
  • Cut of 22% to residential substance abuse and mental health treatment programs budgets;
  • Cut of 30% to all outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment;
  • Almost total elimination of STOP treatment program;
  • 1,600 people to lose psychiatric treatment through Private Provider Network; and
  • Closure of Tenderloin Health, homeless multi-service center in the Tenderloin serving over 300 people a day, 16,000 people a year. The program provides health services, HIV case management, HIV prevention, mental health services, harm reduction work, improving quality of life by getting people out of the rain, providing hygiene kits, bathrooms, snacks, crisis intervention, 30,000 shelter reservations a year.
For the first time in recent memory, the City’s General Fund would give more to Police than to Public Health – and more to the Fire Department than Human Services.

photoRead More with Photos | Thuggery of the firefighters & police at 6/16 Bd of Supes hearing | Workers Storm City Hall Over Budget | video Video: 1 | 2 | Newsom Budget Figures Don’t Add Up | Supes Push for More Equitable Budget
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