Lee delays social service cuts in budget amid rising revenue 


Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday that his two-year budget will not include the proposed first-year cuts to mental health and substance-abuse treatment services.

With the budget nearing a final draft, nonprofit leaders have called on Lee to maintain existing service levels and expand other services as The City’s tax revenues have reached pre-recession levels.

Specifically, they called on Lee to reject the proposed $25 million in cuts to Department of Public Health services; he has rejected the first year’s proposed cuts.

Lee’s spokeswoman Christine Falvey said the first-year cuts will not be made in order to give The City “time to better understand how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented.”

Other funding highlights for social services include $4 million to offset federal funding cuts for HIV health services and prevention; $3.2 million to enhance homeless services, including rental subsidies for an additional 25 families; and $5 million for nutritional needs for seniors and disabled people. And the Friendship House family shelter in South of Market will be funded to expand operations year-round and add 25 housing units.

The budget also increases The City’s investment in workforce training programs and addresses public safety with increased investment in nonprofit services that address human trafficking and violence against transgender people.

Lee is expected to submit his two-year budget to the Board of Supervisors for review Friday.

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