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January 30, 2009

North Carolina’s Oldest ASO Remains Open Despite Funding Loss

Its executive director left, 32 of its employees were laid off and its federal grants are on hold, but the Metrolina AIDS Project (MAP) in Charlotte, North Carolina, will remain open, though perhaps under a different name, The Charlotte Observer reports.

“We thought we were going to close because we were running out of money,” says MAP associate director Robert Oltz. “We’re trying to work through it.”

According to the article, Ann White, the 23-year-old agency’s executive director since 2005, left January 26; on the same day, 32 employees were notified that they would be laid off. Though he declined to speak on White’s departure, Oltz did say that MAP’s donations have decreased by $200,000 from 2007 to 2008.

Officials from North Carolina’s oldest AIDS service organization remained mum about most details of the transition.

Jose Diaz, MD, a consultant with the federal agency that provides some of MAP’s funding, said that the agency’s $1.2 million in federal grants has been put on hold and may be made available to another ASO. Currently, MAP will continue providing testing, counseling and case management to people living with HIV, while Regional AIDS Interfaith Network might take over some of the agency’s other services.

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