Legislative Gazette (Albany) (06.04.2013)
Members of VOCAL-NY, a statewide advocacy organization, recently led a rally at the New York State Capitol to support legislation providing rental assistance to people disabled by HIV/AIDS in New York City. In 2010, the bill passed in the State Assembly and Senate, but then-Gov. David A. Paterson vetoed it. Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez (D-East Harlem) reintroduced the bill this week. The bill would guarantee that disabled low-income New York City residents with HIV/AIDS who qualify for rental assistance pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent. This would allow homeless and low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS to access affordable housing. The organization and supporters of the bill contend that it would pay for itself and reduce unnecessary Medicaid spending while removing a barrier to independent living.