Advocates call on mayor to increase rent exemptions for people with disabilities

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities called on Mayor Bloomberg (R-NY) Wednesday to support state legislation that would include people with disabilities in the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption Program.Advocates of the program say it would save the city money, costing about $1,500 per person each year compared to the $90,000 a year it would cost to house those with disabilities in shelters or nursing homes. The executive director of the city?s Office for People With Disabilities says the plan may not be as fiscally responsible as it seems. He says while advocates want to keep people with disabilities who can't afford rent out of shelters, there's no proof that's where they'll wind up. The legislation passed in the state Assembly Wednesday and is now headed for the state Senate. Bloomberg, however, has opposed the program for the past three years.

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