Analysis Of Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary FY14 Budget For HIV/AIDS Housing

January 31, 2013

VOCAL-NY HIV/AIDS Housing Network Analysis Of Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary FY14 Budget

Contact: Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS Housing Network Coordinator, jason at vocal-ny.org

(Read the full budget analysis here.)

End AIDS homelessness signOn January 29th, Mayor Bloomberg released a preliminary $70.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2014, which starts on July 1st.  This is the start of what’s known as the annual “budget dance,” which will include City Council hearings over the next few months, an updated budget proposal from the mayor in the spring and then a final FY14 budget adopted by the end of June.

Note that this budget analysis includes both new budget cuts, or PEGs (Programs to Eliminate the Gap), and prior year PEGs that either need to be restored again by City Council or were never restored after the mayor adopted them.  The prior year PEGs do not appear in Mayor Bloomberg’s FY14 budget proposal, however.

There is one new PEG affecting people living with HIV/AIDS that we are concerned about in the preliminary FY14 budget.  It is derived from two new policy changes at HASA:

(1)  HASA will be limiting new placements for single adult clients in the rental assistance program to studio apartments if they believe there is no medical need for a one-bedroom, and the savings are associated with the lower rent costs.

(2)  HASA will be requiring adult ACMs on cases to enroll in welfare-to-work programs and reducing benefits for the primary HASA client if the ACM is non-compliant, which is where the savings come from. We describe this policy change in more detail below. (City Council restored $44,000 towards this PEG in 2013, although HASA intends to begin implementing the policy later this year.)

In addition, advocates will need to work with City Council to protect funding for HIV/AIDS supportive housing and nutrition programs that were restored for only one year in the current FY13 budget, while also trying to reinstate full funding for broker’s fee payments.

(Read the full budget analysis here.)

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