Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that all individuals in New York City will become eligible to receive housing, transportation, and nutritional support immediately upon diagnosis of HIV infection.
This means that, after this new rule goes into effect in 60 days, those diagnosed with HIV and living in New York City from Harlem to Hollis will be eligible for a monthly transportation and nutrition allowance, as well as a 30% income contribution cap towards rental costs. Under the previous rule, New York City residents needed to be diagnosed with advanced cases of AIDS before becoming eligible for such assistance.
“On behalf of the over 16,000 New Yorkers served by Harlem United, I want to thank Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for acknowledging in both word and deed that housing is health care,” said Jacquelyn Kilmer, CEO of Harlem United. “This is why — since 1991 — Harlem United has provided supportive housing to people living with HIV and AIDS.
“In fact, Harlem United now provides nearly 700 housing units, with the majority serving New Yorkers living with AIDS. With today’s announcement, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has enabled our state to take a giant leap towards ending the AIDS epidemic. Harlem United looks forward to continuing our work with New York City and State to expand the availability of safe, supportive, and affordable housing.”
Via Harlem United