February 14, 2014
This article was reported by Newsday.
Newsday reported that on February 13, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) announced a new program to assist disabled New Yorkers diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in paying their rent and gaining more independence. The program will help qualified, permanently disabled residents with HIV/AIDS to pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent. According to Cuomo and de Blasio, without the program, rent would cost more than 10,000 New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS up to 70 percent of their disability income checks. Cuomo said that "[t]his action will ensure that thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS will no longer be forced to choose between paying their rent or paying for food and other essential costs of living." Many state residents with HIV/AIDS live in shelters or subsidized housing but could live independently with assistance to pay their rent.