NYC Lawmakers To Discuss New HIV/AIDS Housing Help Policy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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 treatment.

The unusual policy twist has angered advocates and lawmakers, who say it could lead to a surge in homelessness among people already straining to keep up with bills. A city spokeswoman says that’s unlikely.

The City Council’s general welfare committee will discuss the new policy at a hearing Wednesday, along with other changes at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration.

The administration is set up to help those in need who have fallen ill because of the virus. The Human Resources Administration oversees its programs.

A spokeswoman for the Human Resources Administration says the goal of the substance abuse initiative is to improve clients’ health.

Health officials say more than 110,000 people in New York City are infected with HIV, more than in any other U.S. city and about 75 percent of all cases in the state.

For more information about the HIV/AIDS Services Administration, click here.

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  • John DeSpirito

    This is sick, the City helps people with Aids, Drug Addicts, but the poor families, who work with low pay get told to GO to Hell. What the Hell is wrong with our so called Mayor, he needs to get his head out from his butt, and start doing what is right. Or Mister Mayor you are going to see a bigger Protest Coming the people of this City have had enough. It is time to make some changers to help the people that are do their best to make a living, and feed their families, and need some help, and did not go out and get Aids,by having sex, or used a dirty needle.But it seems like if you do the City will give you all the help, BUT IF YOU TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING THE CITY TURNS THEIR BACK ON YOU

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