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NYC Ordered to Provide AIDS Housing

Sat Sep 14, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge has ordered the city to provide "medically appropriate" housing to homeless people with AIDS who reportedly have been living in deplorable conditions.

Justice Eileen Bransten issued the order Thursday after seven homeless people with the disease complained in November that the city was sending them to filthy, rat- and roach-infested hotel rooms that lacked heat, hot water and electricity.

Bransten's ruling said the housing "is not suitable for healthy individuals, much less for persons with severely compromised immune systems."

One of the petitioners, a 33-year-old woman who has cancer, asthma and AIDS, said that when she complained she had no way of refrigerating her life-sustaining medications, a hotel employee told her to leave if she was unhappy.

City law requires it to provide housing to homeless people with AIDS.

The city plans to appeal.

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