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Is AIDS Walk money going to pricey NYC rent instead of the needy?

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There’s controversy over the world’s largest charity walk.  It’s the AIDS Walk held in New York and there are now questions about where the money they raise ends up.Thousands have walked and raised millions but now an article says most of those millions are spent on rent and not providing HIV services.

DNAinfo says the Gay Men’s Health Crisis expects to raise $11.4 million dollars in donations this year but only $374,000 will go to HIV positive and at-risk people citing the group’s internal financial documents. At a “Thanks for Giving”  fundraiser for the G.M.H.C., there was strong reaction. “It’s not true. The money goes where it’s supposed to go.” said Richard Chiriani, a supporter. He went on to add, “And nobody is interested in abusing those funds because its really needed.” Asked if he thought the organization did a good job with the funds, supporter Chase Talbot told PIX11, “I think so.  I’ve participated in the AIDS Walk and they always informs us as to where the money goes.”

One of the organization’s problems centers on a move from smaller office space to larger more expensive offices in a high rise building on West 33rd street.  Sources tell PIX11 they were looking toward growth in the future it never panned out.  Now half of their space is vacant but they are still paying.

In the meantime sources tell PIX11 it’s common knowledge that the organization wants out of their lease on West 33rd but Thursday night they went after the allegations head on. “GMHC was very upset with the woefully inaccurate article.  GMHC puts 88 cents of every dollar directly into programs,” said the groups Managing director of Development, Communications, and Marketing, Seth Rosen.

On their site, they say 54% goes to client programs, 25%t to education and the rest goes to public policy, management and development. Rosen added, “We’re well within reasonable expectations for rent and we look forward  to providing a full explanation.