Proposal offers rent control for HIV/AIDS survivors

San Francisco supervisors are set to consider legislation extending rent control protections to residents receiving federal housing subsidies for people with HIV/AIDS, following its approval in committee today.

The legislation was introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener after he learned that people receiving subsidies under the federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS do not receive the same rent control protections as others.

Wiener said Monday:

“This will close a pretty glaring hole in our city’s rent control ordinance.”

It is unclear why the city’s rent control ordinance was written with the exception in the first place, according to Wiener.

Wiener noted that many of those receiving the HOPWA subsidy are long-term HIV/AIDS survivors and “some of our most vulnerable residents.” There are 240 HOPWA recipients in San Francisco.

Wiener said:

“These people need housing security.”

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee approved the legislation unanimously and forwarded it to the full Board of Supervisors for approval.