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GMHC's Statement on Historic 30% Rent Cap

Cap affects Thousands of Permanently-Disabled, Low-Income New Yorkers living with AIDS
2.13.2014

Gay Men's Health Crisis applauds today's announcement by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio capping rent contributions for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers living with AIDS at 30 percent of their income, a longstanding policy goal of GMHC's Action Center.  

GMHC interim CEO Janet Weinberg said: "The 30 percent rent cap is long overdue. Housing is health care. The only way we can expect people living with HIV/AIDS to stay healthy is by ensuring that their housing is secure and safe. This has become especially challenging as federal funding for HIV/AIDS has eroded in recent years. On behalf of the clients, Board, staff and volunteers at GMHC, I applaud and congratulate our GMHC Action Center members, who fought for this cap for more than 7 years."
 
James Lister, a GMHC Action Center member said: "As a New Yorker living with AIDS, I have had to pay upwards of 80 percent of my fixed income towards rent. For me, that has meant scraping by on just $12.36 a day for years, having to choose between paying an electricity bill and buying bath soap. Now I and the 10,000 others like me in NYC can stop living in constant fear of arrears and evictions."
 
Facts about HIV/AIDS in New York City*
114,926 people in New York City living with HIV/AIDS
- 59% have AIDS
- 72% are men
- 77% are Black or Hispanic.
- 36% are men who have sex with men (MSM)
 3,141 new HIV diagnoses in 2012
- 21% are women
- 39% are between the ages of 13 to 29
- 20% are heterosexual
1,889 new AIDS diagnoses in 2012
- 57% are age 40 and older
- 56% live in high (20 to <30% below federal poverty level (FPL)) or very high (>=30% below FPL) poverty
 
*New York City HIV/AIDS Annual Surveillance Statistics. New York: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2014 at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/data/hivtables.shtml.