New housing protections for low-income New Yorkers who are permanently disabled by HIV or AIDS will ensure those residents pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent, according to an announcement from the Human rights Campaign.
The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group said measure will "dramatically improve the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers who previously had to pay upwards of 70 percent of their disability income toward rent alone."
The 30 percent cap extends the same protections to New Yorkers living with and disabled by HIV or AIDS that exists in the city’s other low-income housing programs.
The Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York praised the governor and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"The 30 percent rent cap is long overdue," said GMHC interim CEO Janet Weinberg. "Housing is health care.The only way we can expect people living with HIV/AIDS to stay healthy is by ensuring that their housing is secure and safe.This has become especially challenging as federal funding for HIV/AIDS has eroded in recent years."
James Lister, also of GMHC, said, "As a New Yorker living with AIDS, I have had to pay upwards of 80 percent of my fixed income towards rent. For me, that has meant scraping by on just $12.36 a day for years, having to choose between paying an electricity bill and buying bath soap. Now I and the 10,000 others like me in NYC can stop living in constant fear of arrears and evictions."