Floor Speech on Ending Rent Disparity for NYC HIV/AIDS Services Admin Clients
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. This leaves HASA clients approximately $11 a day to cover personal expenses such as phone service, toothpaste, toilet paper, detergent, subway fare and much more. This bill would cap rents paid by HASA clients at 30 percent of their income, and bring them into line with rents paid by tenants in other enhanced rental assistance programs. Those living with HIV/AIDS should be allowed to focus on staying healthy instead of worrying about how they are going to live on $11 dollars a day. The bill (S.2664/A.2565) passed 52-1 in the Senate and is sponsored in the Assembly by Deborah Glick. The bill is currently pending in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.