New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn and council member Rosie Mendez announced a formal resolution for an affordable housing bill for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
The women asked for the state legislature to pass the bill because if it is passed, legislation proposes New York City residents with HIV/AIDS Services Administration will not pay more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. Quinn said this could help 11,000 residents from losing their homes.
“This piece of legislation will not only save money for our state, but it will save money for the thousands of HASA clients and provide some vital relief for their pocketbooks,” Quinn told Advocate.com. “I urge Speaker Sheldon Silver and Gov. David Paterson to support this bill so we can take action towards making HASA clients’ lives easier and more affordable.”
The city council resolution passed, but legislation is now waiting on the assembly to take the bill.
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— Kim Brown