March 31, 2021

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $21 Million to Help Address HIV in Chicago


[CHICAGO, IL] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $21,236,246 in federal funding today to the Chicago Department of Health to help provide comprehensive, community-based and cost-efficient HIV care to low-income Chicagoans.

“To continue building on the progress our nation has made to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we must prioritize equitable, accessible care for underserved, low-income Americans,” Duckworth said. “This federal funding will help ensure Chicago communities have access to HIV treatment and I will continue to work alongside Senator Durbin to help make sure all Illinoisans have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.”

“This grant funding will help ensure that Chicago has the resources it needs to provide quality patient care and support services to people living with HIV and AIDS,” Durbin said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has put an increased strain on our public health departments and created additional challenges for the most vulnerable in our society, making this federal support even more critical. Senator Duckworth and I will continue to support programs that help improve the health and quality of life for those living with HIV and AIDS.”

Today’s funding comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program. The program provides financial assistance for care and treatment for people with HIV who are low-income and who live in areas that have been severely affected by the HIV epidemic.