City Limits Explores Future of AIDS Housing Bill
February 9, 2011
With a new governor in New York, 2011 could be the year we finally pass the 30 percent rent cap bill, legislation that would greatly improve housing affordability for at least 10,000 HIV-positive people.
This week City Limits explores the importance of passing that bill, quoting our own CEO Charles King and featuring Wanda Hernandez, a VOCAL-NY board member and outspoken AIDS advocate we've quoted several times in the Update blog.
Read the piece: As AIDS Threat Changes, Push For Housing Renews
Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn't said yet if he'll support the bill. But the article indicates he might -- the Cuomo family charity Help USA assisted in starting NYC's AIDS housing system; Cuomo increased federal housing for people with AIDS as secretary at HUD; and when he released his preliminary budget last week, the AIDS Institute's funding went untouched.
The rent cap would increase housing stability by capping rent at 30 percent of disability income for HIV-positive individuals who receive rental assistance through the city's HIV/AIDS Services Administration. Passing the bill, said King in the article, "is the decent, humane thing to do."
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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