Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed 2012 budget would increase homelessness and block access to housing, food stamps and Medicaid for people with HIV/AIDS, according to a statement by Voices of Community Activists and Leaders New York (VOCAL-NY), a grassroots organization led by HIV-positive New Yorkers. The group claims that the budget would cut more than $1 million from housing programs and would illegally cut one third of caseworkers from the HIV/AIDS Services Administration.

To read VOCAL-NY statement, click here.