Provides that persons living with clinical/symptomatic HIV or AIDS, and who are receiving shelter assistance or an emergency shelter allowance, shall not be required to pay more than 30% of the household's monthly unearned and/or earned income towards shelter costs, including rent and utilities.
Ayes (26): Addabbo, Alesi, Avella, Ball, Breslin, Carlucci, Dilan, Duane, Gianaris, Hassell-Thomps, Kennedy, Klein, Lanza, Marcellino, Montgomery, Parker, Perkins, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Valesky
Nays (27): Bonacic, DeFrancisco, Farley, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Johnson, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Saland, Seward, Skelos, Storobin, Young, Zeldin
Absent (5): Adams, McDonald, Oppenheimer, Peralta, Smith
Excused (4): Diaz, Espaillat, Huntley, Krueger
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to limiting the percentage of income payable towards shelter costs by persons with HIV or AIDS
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides that certain persons living with HIV or AIDS shall not be required to pay more than 30% of the household income towards shelter cost.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Section 131-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 14: Those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS living in emergency shelter facilities or living in housing which is receiving monetary aid, shall not contribute anymore than thirty percent of the household income to the total cost of living.
JUSTIFICATION: The enactment of this bill would allow for those suffering from the debilitating and terminal illnesses, AIDS and HIV and receiving monetary assistance for their shelter, to contribute more of their incomes to medical expenditures instead of to their housing costs. Prior to these assisted living and shelter opportunities, many of the participants with HIV and AIDS were homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless, and therefore, unable to spend any of their time or money on receiving medical treatments and an overall lifestyle that would improve their health. Those with AIDS and HIV need to focus their time and money primarily on daily survival needs as well as getting and staying well. This legislation would ensure that these in-need citizens would be more able to receive medical treatments as well as maintain a proper living situation.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009: S.2664 (Duane), Passed Senate; A.2565 (Glick), Died in Ways & Means 2010: S.2664 (Duane), A.2565 (Glick), Vetoed by Governor
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4098 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 17, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. DUANE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to limiting the percentage of income payable towards shelter costs by persons with HIV or AIDS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 131-a of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 14 to read as follows: 14. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, EACH PERSON LIVING WITH CLINICAL/SYMPTOMATIC HIV ILLNESS OR AIDS WHO IS RECEIVING SHELTER ASSISTANCE OR AN EMERGENCY SHELTER ALLOWANCE AND WHO RESIDES IN A HOUSE- HOLD THAT RECEIVES UNEARNED AND/OR EARNED INCOME SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY MORE THAN THIRTY PERCENT OF THE HOUSEHOLD'S MONTHLY UNEARNED AND/OR EARNED INCOME TOWARDS SHELTER COSTS INCLUDING RENT AND UTILITIES, WITH THE REMAINDER PAID BY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, LESS ANY FEDERAL FUNDS WHICH ARE BEING USED BY THE LOCALITIES TO PAY FOR HOUSING ACCOMMO- DATIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01136-01-1