In 1998, Housing Works, a nonprofit that provides housing and other services to homeless people with HIV, was an organization in crisis. An angry Rudy Giuliani, then mayor of New York, had yanked $6.5 million in city contract funding, about half of the group’s budget, in retaliation to its leaders branding him an “AIDS criminal” for his policies on dealing with the disease. Giuliani had made broad cuts in health, housing, and welfare services that activists believed unfairly affected people...

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