The override passed by a vote of 42 to 8, after which most members of the City Council cheered and loudly applauded.
“I want to be clear: These bills are about helping the lowest-income New Yorkers facing homelessness and housing insecurity,” said the Council speaker, Adrienne Adams, calling the bills the most “significant policy reforms to address homelessness” in years.
The fight centers on a set of bills that would make more New Yorkers who are either homeless or at risk of eviction eligible for a housing voucher program. Vouchers are already one of the city’s most significant housing initiatives. According to a May analysis from the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonprofit watchdog, the city was expected to spend $636 million on rental assistance in the most recent fiscal year, compared with $16 million in 2015.
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