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House of Ruth says city budget cuts could mean life or death for some clients

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville non-profit says the mayor's proposed budget cuts its funding by more than $13,000. They say it's money that could mean the difference between life and death.

Lisa Sutton runs "House of Ruth", an organization that helps provide housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

"For people managing HIV/AIDS they have to be able to get to not only their primary care doctor," says Sutton, "but in many cases there's a separate infectious disease doctor that our clients see and then there's the pharmacies where they need to get their prescriptions filled."

Last year, she says the city gave their organization $60,000. But this year, more than $13,000 might not be coming in.

Sutton says that money that would help pay for TARC tickets to help get clients to their many medical appointments.

"Probably be limited TARC tickets so you know you just have to be able to adjust to life, it'll be very difficult you know, I'm not the only one who depends on the House of Ruth." Clarence Perkins, House of Ruth client

Metro Council votes on the budget in a few weeks.

If funding isn't restored, Sutton says they'll re-evaluate at that time.

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