Between 2004 and 2008, the D.C. Department of Health awarded approximately $80 million in grants to about 90 specialized AIDS groups, which along with medical clinics make up the front lines in the District's fight against the disease. But while some provided a critically needed lifeline to the sick, others were wracked by questionable spending, practices and services. During those five years, one in three dollars earmarked for local AIDS groups went to these troubled programs, a total of more than $25 million. This map reflects a sixth year of funding through 2009, which brings total grants awarded by the city to $101 million.
*Excludes universities, hospitals and the District's large AIDS medical clinics, such as Whitman-Walker; look here for a full list of current D.C. area AIDS services. To determine funding of nonprofits by ward, The Post used the location of the agency at the time the earliest grants were awarded; some programs might have moved, and some have shut down. Groups listed as 'active' were funded in 2009; some may no longer be providing AIDS services. The HIV/AIDS Administration administered all grant awards except 'East of the River' grants, which were handled by the Department of Health director's office. Programs might not have spent all money awarded; some grant amounts might have since been amended. Data by ward was available for only 13,466 cases of HIV or AIDS, though officials say there are more than 15,000 known cases in the District. Three programs located outside D.C. are not included on this map. This map was published on Dec. 13, 2009. A previous version, published on Oct. 18, 2009, can be found here.
SOURCE: D.C. Department of Health HIV/AIDS Administration, D.C. Department of Health fact sheet, 2009 GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Meg Smith, Debbie Cenziper, Lauren Keane and Mary Kate Cannistra