At 3:00 am on the morning of July 17th, during a marathon legislative session, Senator Duane passionately advocated on the Senate floor to ensure low-income people with AIDS receiving public housing assistance pay no more than 30% of their disability income towards their rent. Under current state law, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance mandates that New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) clients receiving both federal disability income and rental assistance are allowed to keep only $330 above the cost of their rent.
Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Thomas K. Duane, Chair 12 Noon, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Room 123 CAP
Agenda notes: The committee will consider the following nominations: Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS: Member, Public Health Council, and Chair and Member, Minority Health Council. John A. D'Anna, MD, MPH: Member, Administrative Review Board for Professional Medical Conduct. Gordon W. Felt: Member, State Camp Safety Advisory Council. Lori V. Quigley, PhD: Member, Minority Health Council.
Aligns NYC HIV/AIDS Service Administration with Other Rental Assistance Programs
(Albany, NY)-On Tuesday the New York State Senate decisively passed legislation, prime sponsored by Senator Thomas K. Duane, that would cap at 30 percent of income the rent contribution of people receiving housing assistance from the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA).
The mayor’s office is urging Gov. David A. Paterson to veto a bill that would offer greater rent relief to 11,000 New York City residents with H.I.V. or AIDS, saying the measure would tax the city’s strained budget.