I-Team: Getting Sicker on Purpose to Qualify for HIV Housing

December 2, 2014 4:41 AM

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Like many HIV-positive patients, Alan Perez has struggled with homelessness. After contracting the virus in 2001, he split up with his partner and briefly spent time in a shelter. The Bronx resident finally found a permanent place to live with the help of a little-known city housing benefit.

But the benefit wasn’t easy to get: in order to qualify for the rental subsidy, Perez says he had to make himself sicker.

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