New York Governor David A. Paterson announced that he has vetoed bill A.2565/S.2664, which would have capped the amount of public assistance HIV positive/AIDS recipients spend on rent to 30% of their incomes. The passing of this law would have fixed an inequity in the local welfare system, as the 30% rent cap is a benefit provided to almost all people in subsidized housing. Because Governor Paterson chose to veto this bill, a bill that affects some of our most vulnerable, unheard citizens, nearly 10,000 low-income HIV-positive New Yorkers will be left to live off of what will amount to $12 a day.
The implications of these recent events will have long lasting effects. Research now shows that stable housing is closely linked to the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS. With some low-income HIV positive New Yorkers spending almost 70% of their income on rent, many are forced to make difficult decisions over adhering to their medical care or paying rent.
Last week, Bailey House CEO Regina Quattrochi along with Bailey House staff and clients attended a press conference at a New York City State Senate hearing room to continue fighting this veto. Quattrochi took to the podium to denounce the disappointing decision made by the Governor, saying ““We know access to housing is critical to health. Goddamn it, it’s in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy!” Assembly Woman Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Senator Liz Krueger, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn all gave speeches in support of the bill.
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