Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Member Deborah Glick announced today the passage of a measure that protects thousands of tenants living with HIV/AIDS by ensuring affordable housing for those on fixed incomes. Under the legislation (A.2565), low-income persons living with clinical or symptomatic HIV illness or AIDS receiving Shelter Assistance or Emergency Shelter Allowance would not pay more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.
"Especially during these difficult economic times, we must protect our most vulnerable citizens. This legislation will ensure that New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS can remain in their homes and continue to afford the cost of doctor visits, medicines, food and basic necessities. We cannot allow these citizens to be forced out of affordable housing and into emergency housing where their health would be at risk," said Silver (D-Manhattan).
"With joint passage of this bill and the pledge of Governor Paterson to sign the bill, New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS will no longer have to make heart rending decisions whether to buy groceries or go to the doctor in order to pay their rent," said Glick (D-Manhattan).
A 30 percent-rent cap is already in place for those living under the Section 8 program, public housing or supportive housing. The legislation would affect HIV/AIDS tenants in affordable housing statewide, and will benefit approximately 11,000 residents of New York City alone.