Code of the District of Columbia

§ 6–226(Perm). Rent Supplement Program: establishment of program and distribution of funds.

(a) The Rent Supplement Program is established to provide housing assistance to extremely low-income District residents, including those who are homeless and those in need of supportive services, such as elderly individuals or those with disabilities. The funding of this program is subject to appropriation. The Authority shall administer the program and shall promulgate rules for its implementation. The assistance under this section, § 6-227, and § 6-228 shall not constitute an entitlement.

(b) The Authority shall allocate the funds appropriated for the program annually toward project-based and sponsor-based voucher assistance, as described in § 6-227, tenant-based assistance, as described in § 6-228, and capital-based assistance, as described in § 6-229.

(c) The Authority shall promulgate rules, subject to Council approval, as required in §§ 6-227 and 6-228, which shall govern the distribution of funds under this program. If federal rules affect local funds, the Authority shall incorporate such rules into the submission to the Council required under this section, § 6-227, and § 6-228, except if the rules are inconsistent with this section, § 6-227, and § 6-228. The rules shall provide for allocating project-based, tenant-based, and sponsor-based funds to maintain or create new affordable housing units, including by combining funds under this program with other sources of funds for housing production and development.

(d)(1) There is established a fund designated as the Rent Supplement Fund (“Fund”), which shall be separate from the General Fund of the District of Columbia. All revenues, grants, receipts, or other funds specifically identified or required by any provision of District of Columbia law to be paid into the Fund, and all interest earned on those funds, shall be deposited in the Fund without regard to fiscal year limitation pursuant to an act of Congress and shall be used solely to fund grants and provide assistance as set forth in this section and § 6-227. All funds deposited into the Fund shall not revert to the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of any fiscal year or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in this section and § 6-227, subject to authorization by Congress in an appropriations act.

(2) With regard to project-based and sponsor-based voucher assistance, in any given year, the Authority shall spend the specified percentage of its funds that accrues in that year for the purpose of funding grants under this section, unless it provides written justification to the Council for not doing so.

(e)(1) The Authority shall fill no fewer than 175 units in new or existing Rent Supplement Program project-based or sponsor-based units with Housing First program participants. The Authority shall require providers of project-based or sponsor-based housing under the Rent Supplement Program to provide a preference for and house families and individuals referred to their programs by the Department of Human Services.

(2) This subsection shall not apply if the fiscal year 2012 appropriation for the Department of Human Services is increased by $1,600,000, pursuant to the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request Act, passed by the Council on May 25, 2011 (Bill 19-202) [D.C. Act 19-92].