Associated Press - February 7, 2012
NEW YORK -- People sickened with HIV or AIDS and seeking help from
New York City to pay their rent could become ineligible for
housing assistance if they refuse to go into substance abuse
The unusual policy twist has angered advocates and lawmakers, who
say it could lead to an increase in homelessness among people
already straining to keep up with bills.
A city spokeswoman says nobody will be denied shelter because of
The City Council's general welfare committee will discuss the
policy Wednesday, along with other changes at the HIV/AIDS
A spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the administration's
programs says the goal of the substance abuse initiative is to
improve clients' health. Carmen Boon says those refusing
treatment would be offered the choice of supportive housing,
where on-site services would be provided.