Cuomo, De Blasio work together on HIV/AIDS housing effort

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced a program to help disabled New Yorkers living with HIV or AIDS to pay their rent and gain more independence.

The assistance will help qualified, permanently disabled New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS to pay no more than 30 percent of their income to rent. The Democrats said that without the program, more than 10,000 New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS would have to pay up to 70 percent of their disability income checks on rent.

Thursday’s announcement comes as news about the Democrats this year has often been about their clashes over funding of prekindergarten expansion and whether New York City should have its own higher minimum wage.

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“This action will ensure that thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS will no longer be forced to choose between paying their rent or paying for food and other essential costs of living,” Cuomo said.

"I'm very proud to work with Governor Cuomo to provide some measure of security to people struggling with the debilitating effects of HIV-AIDS,” de Blasio said. “We come to the table ready to shoulder two-thirds of this program's costs because we are committed to lifting up the most vulnerable among us."

Many New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS live in shelters and subsidized housing, although many could live independently with help to pay their rent. Most government housing programs and federal housing assistance already includes a 30-percent cap on how much qualified recipients need to pay for rent.



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