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House subcommittees vote
to slash AIDS programs
By SHERI COHEN DARBONNE
Houston Voice Editor
Representatives of AIDS service
provider groups and agencies thai
adminisler federal AIDS funds in
Houston and Harris County, reacted
with as much confusion and dishe-
lief as apprehension on learning the
first actions on AIDS taken by the
104th Congress Last week, one
House subcommittee voted to slash
funding already in the pipeline to
states and cities for AIDS care and
prevention, while a second voted to
eliminate the federal program that
provides housing assistance to
people with AIDS.
In separate actions last Wednesday and Thursday, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/
Health and Human Services/Education voted to cut $13 million from the
Ryan White CARE Act programs and
$23 million from prevention programs at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, both for
the current fiscal year, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Ve l -
er-.n<- Atrinrs/Hni»lng and Urb«n
Development voted to eliminate
the $186 million Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS
The proposed cuts in Ryan White and
CDC funds apply to the already-budgeted 1995 program grants, according to Winnie Stachelberg, health
policy advocate for the Human
Rights Campaign Fund and other
Washington-based AIDS activists HRCF says the proposals mean
local communities grappling with
the epidemic stand to lose $222 million in federal assistance thai many
had planned to receive during the
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-
Houston), however, said the proposed cuts would face an "uphill battle" in the full House and Senate and.
even if passed by both houses, would
likely be vetoed by President Clinton. In a statement announcing a $4.5
grant to Harris County from Ryan
White funds on Tuesday. Lee said she
was "prepared to Fight" efforts to
tui funding for AIDS programs
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'Glamour is Everything...!
Diana Foundation Presents 42nd
Upholding a 42 year-
old tradition of
rh inestones and
feathers, the Diana
Foundation of Houston will present "Glamour Is Everything"
on March 25th at the elegant Houston Club.
The Academy Awards
spoof is headlined by
John Epperson of
Lypsinka Show." His
35 minute-set directed
by Kevin Malony is
complimented by the
dish, songs and dance of
the Diana membership.
The Diana Awards Show
television party on Osc;
decades ago when guest:
ent their own awards. Ai
ties of Diana, the goddes
be given to "deserving'
upon their torrid dramatic "performances" over the past few
years. Presenters hand
out the trophies which
include Best Actress,
awarded to a gay man. Best
Actor, which goes to a
lesbian, and the comical and coveted Best
Supported Actress or
which are earned by a
The 42nd Am
mil Diana Awards
ur is Everything,"
t" (Photo by Len
was born at a small
r night over four
; decided to pres-
the program, slat-
s of the hum. will
The late founder of the
Charles Hebert. a.k.a.
the fabulous Angela
the small club into a major
philanthropic organization over the years.
Current president Bill
Poplin reports that the
Diana's have donated
over $10,000 to charitable concerns in
the past year. Benefactors include the
Montrose Clinic. Colt 45's Trouble
Fund, Bering Care Foundation, and
AIDS Foundation of Houston Emergency Fund.
(Continued on Page 1 3i
Bering Care Center mounts extensive renovation to meet new rules
Program Director Robert Snell-
grove shows plans for new, enhanced
Bering Care Center
(HOUSTON)—Working on a harrowing but non-negotiable schedule,
Bering Care Center is renovating
and expanding the facility that for several years has provided an adult day
center and comprehensive nutrition program for Houston residents
living with HIV/AIDS.
The center, a program of the Bering
Community Service Foundation,
received notice on Dec. 9 from Harris
County that a new requirement was
added to the standards governing
Ryan White funding policies, effective Jan. 10, 1995. In order to qualify for
Ryan White funding for the 1995 funding cycle, the Care Center needed lo
Jan. 10. officials said; because these
standards are based on new stale regulations effective Jan. I, the Care Center's Texas Department of Health funding will eventually be threatened if
licensing is not achieved.
Licensing requires that the Care Center building be remodeled to meet both
license standards and ADA requirements, including: building a nurse's
station and hiring a full-time nurse.
creating an outdoor recreational
area, increasing hours of operation,
and increasing amount of full-time
siafl members to achieve a smaller client/staff rati...
The building modifications began
on Feb. 17 and are scheduled be complete by April 30. The Care Center has
been temporarily moved to the fellowship hall of Bering Methodist
Church, adjacent to the original center building.
The new, enhanced Bering Care Center program will include; extended
hours of operation, breakfast and
lunch, nursing care, physical therapy, nutritional counseling and
assessment, financial counseling,
educational seminars, support
groups, chemical dependency programs, exercise programs, art programs, field trips, transportation,
and healthy social interaction.
agenc> officials said.
Although the time constraints for
becoming licensed are extremely narrow, ihe Bering Foundation board is
committed to achieving licensing in
order to not interrupt or halt client
services due to lack of funding, said
Stacie Cokinos, ihe foundation's
director of development. The Care
Center will reapply for Ryan White
funding on May 1, when the renovations and necessary program additions are complete, she said.
Despite the pressure of being forced to
work within such a restrictive time
frame, the final result of ihe licensing
ill be a ve
change for the client care program.
"Fortunately, the Bering Foundation Board of Directors was already
making long-range plans to become
licensed within the next few years," she
In fact, at the lime of notification of
the licensing requirement, a two year
campaign project had just been completed and preparations were underway to build a commercial kitchen to
expand the Care Center's meals and
nutrition program. Many individuals and community groups have contributed to the kitchen renovation
campaign. Now, however, the plans
for the new kitchen are having to be
restudied to afford the licensing renovation, officials reported.
"One point is clear in studying the
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changes required; the Ryan White and
Texas Department of Health funds are
absolutely necessary to the survival
of the Bering Care Center program and
licensing is the only alternative to
receive these funds," Cokinos said.
Bering's services are offered free of
charge to lo* income fam i 11e s and
individuals. Funding from Ryan
White and the Texas Department of
Health is projected at 82 percent of the
overall Care Center budget for 1995.
Robert Snellgrove. program director of the Care Center, and John Sidney—Trahan. President of the Board
of Trustees, are jointly overseeing
the renovation and program
changes. For more information, call
the foundation at (713) 529-6071.
IN THIS WEEK'S
Another view of the PBS
debate - Page 3
Review: Edward Albee's
"Three Tall Women" - Page 9
"Let Us Entertain You" this
weekend - Page 14
"Angels in America",
Part 2: Broadway
Page 3B (Blue Pages)