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DC Council overrides mayor’s veto of housing program rules

The DC Council on Tuesday overrode a veto by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on relaxation eligibility rules for some of the city’s major housing voucher programs, another example of the power struggles between lawmakers and the executive branch that often surface in housing debates.

Bowser vetoed emergency legislation passed by the council in April that continued relaxed pandemic-era rules allowing voucher applicants to self-certify their information if they had trouble obtaining required supporting documents. The changes, lawmakers said, were intended to help homeless or undocumented applicants, who could face major hurdles in gathering the documents. The legislation also prohibited the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), which administers DC’s local voucher programs, from inquiring about applicants’ criminal history or immigration status.