Assembly Member Deborah Glick was joined by dozens of her colleagues in reintroducing the 30 rent cap bill on March 11, 2011. The bill would prevent homelessness for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring they pay no more than 30 percent of their limited disability income towards rent. It would not create a new entitlement program or expand eligibility for existing rental assistance programs.
Assembly Member Glick also recently sent a letter with Assembly Members Keith Wright and Hakeem Jeffries signed by 21 of their colleagues urging Governor Cuomo to include the bill language in his amended budget proposal.
“Assembly Member Glick has shown steadfast leadership in working to address the affordable housing crisis facing low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS,” said Jim Lister, a VOCAL-NY leader. “I feel like I’m falling further and further behind. My first priority is always paying my rent, but that takes over 74% of my Social Security Disability check and leaves little money left over to buy things like bath soap or wash my clothes.”
Read VOCAL-NY’s press release below: