Some Emergency Housing for HIV-Positive People in New York City Violates Housing Codes, City Council Study Says
June 28, 2004
About 73% of emergency housing facilities for HIV-positive people that are subsidized by New York City have outstanding housing code violations -- one-third of those for serious offenses -- according to a study conducted by the City Council Oversight and Investigations Committee, the New York Daily News reports. The study examined 25 of the 114 facilities used by the city HIV/AIDS Services Administration, which provides housing for about 31,000 people (Haberman, New York Daily News, 6/27). The facilities were chosen at random for the study (Thrush, Long Island Newsday, 6/28). The panel found that 50% of the units did not include mattresses, bedding or toilet paper, which are required by HASA for emergency housing units. The report also shows that in nearly six out of 10 facilities inspected, HIV-positive people were found sharing rooms, which is forbidden by HASA regulations (Associated Press, 6/27). Some of the facilities also lacked heat, locks, electricity and hot water or were infested with rats and other rodents, according to the study (New York Daily News, 6/27). City Council members said that HASA failed to move residents in a timely manner from the emergency housing facilities into permanent housing. The council also said that the city regularly pays facility owners more than $2,000 per month per person for substandard housing that is not "medically appropriate" for HIV-positive people, the New York Sun reports.
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