Join Our Facebook and Twitter Campaign to Fight Paterson's Rent Cap Veto!
September 22, 2010
This week Gov. Paterson vetoed a bill that would have addressed an outrageous injustice.
Thousands of poor New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS in government-subsidized housing pay up to 75 percent of their income toward rent. In some cases, this leaves New Yorkers to live on just $12 a day.
The vast majority of people in government-subsidized housing pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. It's no wonder, then, that the State Senate and Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would offer the same benefit to poor HIV-positive people in subsidized housing -- and no wonder Paterson promised to sign it.
If passed, the bill could have helped stabilize housing for at least 10,000 struggling New Yorkers.
But the governor broke his promise. He vetoed the bill.
Join our Fight the Veto! Twitter and Facebook campaign asking state representatives to override that decision. Here's what you can do:
Learn more about the 30 percent rent cap bill
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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