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OKAY.

SO, UH, TODAY IS MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2021.

IT'S NINE OH FOUR.

UH, THIS IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

UH, IT'S SET ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK, UH, IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE, UH, CLARK'S, UH, NATIONAL MEETING, AS WELL AS THE US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS MEETING.

UH, THAT WAS LAST WEEK.

I APPRECIATE THE, UH, THE ACCOMMODATION, UM, COLLEAGUES.

UM, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE, UH, AGENDA THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US RECOGNIZING THAT, UH, THERE'S, UH, AT NOON TODAY, UM, UM, I NEED TO LEAVE TO DO THE WEEKLY COVID CALL THAT HAPPENS AT MONDAY AT NOON.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE THREE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL THAT NEED TO LEAVE TO GO TO THE CAP METRO MEETING.

UM, MY MEETING'S OVER AT ONE.

I COULD COME BACK THEN.

UM, I DON'T THINK THAT THE CAP METRO PEOPLE WILL BE COMING BACK.

I THINK THEY'RE MEETING EXTENDS INTO THE, UH, INTO THE AFTERNOON, SO WE'RE GOING TO LOSE PEOPLE, UH, BASICALLY AT NOON.

SO THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE WORK THROUGH THE AGENDA THAT WE HAVE? UH, WE HAVE, UH, UH, THREE SCHEDULED BRIEFINGS, LEGISLATIVE, THE, UH, CHAMBER AND UPDATE ON HOMELESSNESS.

WE HAVE TWO ITEMS OF COUNCIL DISCUSSION, THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AND MAYOR PRO TEM.

UH, AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, ITEMS RELATED TO THE, UH, UH, POTENTIAL MAY 21ST, UH, ELECTION AS WELL AS, UH, MOTEL, UH, UH, LEGAL ISSUES.

AND THEN WE HAVE PULLED ITEMS AND WE HAVE A FAIR NUMBER OF PULLED ITEMS TODAY.

UH, AND IT LOOKS AS IF ONE OF THEM HEALTH SOUTH COULD BE A, UH, YOU KNOW, A SIGNIFICANT CONVERSATION.

UH, IF, IF, IF HISTORY HOLDS, UM, IT LOOKS AS IF, AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, THE DISCUSSION, THE ELECTION OF MAYOR PRO TEM IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD PUSH TILL THURSDAY AND SOME ARE REQUESTS FOR THAT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO PUSH THAT ONE UNTIL THURSDAY.

THERE IS THE, UH, BRIEFING ON THE, UH, ETHNIC, UH, CHAMBER, UH, ISSUE.

UH, THAT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA TIL NEXT WEEK.

I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE PUSH THAT TILL LATER IN THE DAY OR INTO THURSDAY, UH, OR AT LEAST NOT, NOT START ON THAT, UH, THAT WE BEGAN REAL FAST TO SEE, UH, I WANT TO JUST TOUCH BASE ON THE INNER GOVERNMENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS AND THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL SEE IF WE CAN RESOLVE THAT.

CAUSE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO REPORT THAT TO THE CLERK AND THEN GO INTO THE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND THEN THE HOMELESSNESS, UH, UPDATE.

UH, AND I DO THAT, ASSUMING THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A LONG CONVERSATION AND THE APPOINTMENTS, IF IT IS THEN WE'LL, WE'LL PULL THAT BACK FOR THE BRIEFINGS.

YES, KATHY, I'M JUST WONDERING ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS. I KNOW ONE OF THEM IS CAN YOU GET A LITTLE CLOSER TO YOUR MICROPHONE? SURE.

UM, I'M WONDERING IF IT MAKES SENSE.

I WAS JUST GOING TO SUGGEST, I WONDER IF IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THE EXECUTIVE SESSION RELATED TO THE AGENDA ITEM OR EARLIER IN THE DAY I'M CONCERNED.

I MEAN, WE HAVE, WE HAVE A SCHEDULE BEFORE US TODAY THAT USUALLY TAKES US UP BRIEFINGS AND A BUNCH OF HOLD ITEMS AND SEVERAL REALLY MEDIA EXECUTIVE SESSION.

SO I THINK THE IDEA OF THAT WE MIGHT END BY NOON IS PROBABLY AN, A HOMELESSNESS BRIEF, YOU KNOW, WITH ONE OF THOSE BRIEFINGS BEING HOMELESSNESS.

I THINK IT'S REALLY GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE TO WRAP UP BY NOON, UM, AND EXECUTIVE SESSION SINCE IT USUALLY HAPPENS OVER LUNCHTIME, BUT IS SETTING US UP FOR THE CONVERSATION WE'RE HAVING THURSDAY.

I WONDER IF WE COULD HAVE THAT EXECUTIVE SESSION ABOUT, ABOUT THE HOTEL MOTEL STRATEGY THIS MORNING SO THAT WE CAN KNOCK THAT OUT AND THEN MAYBE MOVE ON TO THE, UM, SOME OF THE PULLED ITEMS I PULLED THE HEALTH SOUTH, BUT I, I HAVE, UM, ASKED LOTS AND LOTS OF QUESTIONS IN THE PAST.

I DON'T REALLY HAVE ANY TODAY.

I REALLY, UM, I MEAN, IT MIGHT BE PROMPTED BY DISCUSSION OF MY COLLEAGUES, BUT I, I REALLY JUST WANTED TO PULL IT, TO SEE IF ANYONE HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MESSAGE BOARD POSTS THAT I PUT FORWARD IN DECEMBER AND JUST, UM, I WILL HAVE SOME UPDATES TO THAT THAT I CAN RUN THROUGH REALLY SUPER QUICKLY.

SO FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, I DON'T HAVE, I DON'T HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT WITH YOU.

I THINK THAT THE EXECUTIVE SESSION OR MOTEL STRATEGY, HOTEL QUESTIONS, LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO THAT NEEDS TO COME UP BEFORE NOW.

I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST, COULD WE NOT JUST DO THAT NOW, KNOCK IT OUT.

AND THEN, AND THEN COME BACK THEN WE KNOW HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE FOR THE REST OF THE MORNING ITEMS. THEY COULD DO THAT.

I MEAN, I THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD ALSO HAVE TIME TO, TO

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REALLY KNOCK OUT THOSE BRIEFINGS AND BELTS INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UH, BUT WE COULD CERTAINLY REVERSE THAT ORDER IF THAT WAS THE DESIRE OF COUNCIL, UM, MCKENZIE.

UM, THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO YOU'RE MUTED.

YOU JUST, YOU WERE ON, OR YOU WENT OFF, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT MOST OF THE ITEMS I PULLED, I JUST HAVE ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS FOR EACH, SO WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THEM PRETTY QUICKLY.

OKAY.

THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

ALISON, UM, I JUST WANT TO SUGGEST THAT PERHAPS WE COULD, UM, HAVE THE HOMELESS BRIEFING, BUT NOT ASK OUR QUESTIONS AND THEN GO IN BECAUSE THEY MAY ANSWER SOME OTHER QUESTIONS THAT WE WANT, UM, ANSWERED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

AND THEN WE COULD RETURN AT A LATER POINT TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THEM.

I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE, IF WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE MOTELS, HAVING A BETTER SENSE OF WHERE WE'RE WITH THIS STRATEGY BEFORE WE GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION, I THINK WOULD BE GOOD.

OKAY.

SO LET'S DO THAT.

UM, LET'S DO THAT AND LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE WATCH THE CLOCK AND KATHY I'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AMPLE TIME TO BE ABLE TO GET INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION BEFORE NOON.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH

[D1. lntergovermental Entities and Council Committees memberships.]

RESPECT TO THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL STUFF AND COMMITTEES, I'VE HANDED THAT OUT, UH, TO, UH, IT WAS PUT ON THE, UH, THE MESSAGE BOARD, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR AND FOR INNER GOVERNMENTAL, UH, ISSUES.

UH, AND THEN, UM, UH, SUGGESTIONS WITH RESPECT TO, UH, UH, COMMITTEES IN THE LIFE OFFICE.

I'M SORRY TO INTERRUPT YOU, BUT I THINK PAIGE IS WAITING OVER PAGES WAITING, RIGHT.

SHE'S IN, BUT, UM, SHE'S WAITING TO BE MOVED OVER.

SO THERE SHE IS.

SHE'S WITH US NOW.

OKAY, COOL.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY OF THE ELEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO, UH, THAT MESSAGE BOARD POSTS THAT, THAT, THAT I HAVE, THAT THEY WANT TO, UH, DISCUSS OR RACE? KATHY? I NEED TO CHECK ONE THING, SO I DON'T NEED TO GO FIRST.

IF ANYONE, AS HAS AN EYE, YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE TO RAISE YOUR HAND SPEND.

UH, OKAY, GREAT.

UM, ONE OF THE, I DID WANT TO POINT OUT LAST TIME WE DID THE PSYCHIATRIC STAKEHOLDERS COMMITTEE MEETING.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN IS OUR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE.

I HAD INFORMALLY SERVED ON IT IN THE PAST AND THEN AT ONE OF THEIR MEETINGS, CAUSE I TRY TO ATTEND WHEN I CAN.

UM, THEY INFORMED ME THAT THEY THOUGHT I WAS ALSO A PART OF IT.

SO JUST, JUST, UM, BY WAY OF LETTING MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, I, I KIND OF, I GO TO THAT ONE TOO.

I DON'T KNOW WHETHER I AM A SECOND DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE WHERE I JUST ATTEND.

IT'S BEEN ON HOLD.

I MEAN, THEY'RE NOT, THEY HAVEN'T BEEN MEETING FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.

THIS IS WHAT WAS, UH, ITEM NUMBER 26.

UM, WE ALLOWED TO IDENTIFY, I GUESS IF THEY'RE JUST APPROVED, UH, I HAVE NO PROBLEM AT ALL.

KATHY, ADDING YOU TO THE LIST WITH AN A, IF WE'RE ALLOWED TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE DESIGNEE, I DON'T KNOW WE ARE.

UM, YES, I THINK THAT THE WAY THEY OPERATE AND I KNOW THAT, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON WAS INTERESTED IN IT TOO.

SO YOU MIGHT JUST ADD ALL THREE OF US.

UM, IT'S A PRETTY INFORMAL MEETING.

I THINK THAT AMONGST THE THREE OF US, WE CAN ALL PARTICIPATE.

UM, AND ASSUMING THAT, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON IS, IS, IS INTERESTED.

I'M NOT, SHE MAY TOO BUSY THIS TERM.

I DON'T KNOW.

I TALK TO HER, WELL, LET'S DO THIS.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND ADD COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON LET'S HAVE ME.

AND THAT WAY EACH ONE OF US WOULD HAVE DIFFERENT THE TOUR OF COUNCIL, UH, APPROVAL ON THAT, UH, FOR WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO ATTEND.

SO ADDING, SO WE'LL HAVE FOUR PEOPLE IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER THOUGHTS OR QUESTIONS ON THE LIST? ALISON? UM, I HAD A QUICK QUESTION ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL.

WHAT THAT IS GREG, YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THAT? YEAH.

THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE COORDINATING COUNCIL HAS EXISTED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS.

IT WAS FORMED BY THE FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

UM, THE NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY HASN'T, UH, YET ANNOUNCED EXACTLY HOW, OR IF HE'LL CHANGE THE PLANS RELATED TO THAT, BUT CURRENTLY MYSELF ACM, UH ARIANO AND CHIEF, UM, ARE THE CITY'S REPRESENTATIVES THERE.

THE JUDGES HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE, THE SHERIFF

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SITS ON THAT COUNCIL.

UM, AND IT'S A PLACE FOR SINCE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE.

UH, UM, LEADERSHIP IS SPLIT AMONGST CITY AND COUNTY.

IT'S THE COORDINATING BODY FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, KATHY? YES.

I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES, WHY IT SAYS ALL COUNCIL IS THAT ONE WHERE WE LEARNED WE DON'T HAVE A RAP OR WHAT, WHAT IS, IF ANYBODY COULD SIGN UP TO, TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE.

I SEE.

AND SO, SO THERE WAS NEVER A DESIGNATED CONTACT FOR THAT GROUP.

OKAY.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

AND I KNOW A LOT OF, A LOT OF US ON THE DIOCESE HAVE PARTICIPATED.

I ACTUALLY HAVEN'T GONE TO THEIR CONFERENCES, BUT I HEAR THEY'RE REALLY VALUABLE.

AND IF WE EVER CAN TRAVEL AGAIN, I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT, LET ME TRAVEL SOON.

IT WOULD BE GOOD.

AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT FOR EVERYBODY, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THAT, THAT YOU SHOULD TRY TO DO THAT.

AND THERE WAS ONE OTHER, I THINK IT WAS THE CAP COG THINGS I JUST WANTED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND, RIGHT? WHY ARE THERE FOUR? SO CAP COCK ONCE I SEE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE? WHAT, HOW THAT LONG AGO I WAS ON CAP COGS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, AND I THOUGHT THAT GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS TYPICALLY WHERE TYPICALLY POSITIONS HELD BY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO HAVE WE, ARE WE SUGGESTING A MOVE AWAY FROM THAT MODEL BY APPOINTING FOUR MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL INSTEAD TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY? WELL, IN MY SIX YEARS WE HAVEN'T APPOINTED SOMEBODY FROM THE COMMUNITY.

SO I WAS ON AWARE OF THAT AS A, AS A PRACTICE, KATHY.

SO, I MEAN, I WAS JUST UNAWARE OF THAT.

WE HAVEN'T DONE THAT IN THE LAST, I THINK WE SHOULD.

UM, I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT.

I THINK WE SHOULD JUST LOOK AT THAT BECAUSE IT IS A NICE OPPORTUNITY, YOU KNOW, SOME OF THOSE LIKE CAN, AND SOME OF THOSE OTHER PLACES, UM, ARE JUST REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO, TO SHOW LEADERSHIP.

AND I, IF I'M REMEMBERING THAT GENERAL ASSEMBLY CORRECTLY, I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

AND I KNOW AS WE'VE, YOU KNOW, THERE'VE BEEN A COUPLE OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL BOARDS WHERE WE NOW FILL IT WITH A COUNCIL MEMBER RATHER THAN A COMMUNITY MEMBER.

AND JUST IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, REALLY GROWING COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND LEADERSHIP, I THINK WE SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE THAT CONVERSATION IF WE COULD THINK ABOUT AND GET A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF CAP COG BETWEEN HERE TO STAY, THAT WOULD BE, THAT WOULD, UH, AND I, UM, WANTED TO SAY, AND IT GETS TERRIFIC.

I'D LOVE TO SEE, UM, NEW MEMBERS ON THE HATE CRIMES, TASK FORCE.

I HAD SERVED ON IT IN THE PAST AND THEN REALIZED THAT WE, WE ONLY HAD ONE, ONE OF OUR DAYAS, UM, COMING AFTER I STEPPED OFF.

AND SO IT'S GREAT TO SEE.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE THAT THAT WILL BE FULLY, THAT OUR COUNCIL WILL BE FULLY REPRESENTED AGAIN ON THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE.

SO THANKS, THANKS TO, UM, NEW MEMBERS, COUNCIL AT MADISON AND FUNDUS FOR, FOR JOINING THAT.

SO, KENNY, I WAS WONDERING HOW TO WEAR THAT TRADITION.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE THIS LIST, BUT CAN I WORK WITH YOU TO LOOK AT THAT, TALK TO THE CAB COCK PERSON, TALK TO, ANDREW'S GOING TO BE ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THAT AND MAYBE COME BACK TO THE COUNCIL WITH A, WITH A, WITH A DIFFERENT LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES.

YEAH, THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE INFO THAN I SORT OF SHARED.

I CAN'T REMEMBER EVEN WHO THOSE FOLKS WERE, BUT, UM, YEAH, I'LL TEE THAT UP FOR US TO TALK ABOUT, UM, KENZIE.

YES.

THANK YOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO SERVE, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTRIBUTING ON A MOBILITY COMMITTEE, THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS AUDIT AND FINANCE.

I WAS HOPING THAT WITH MY APPOINTMENT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, I COULD ALSO SERVE ON CAP COGS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

THAT'S A CHOICE THAT THE CAP COG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MAKES NOT US.

UH, SO, UM, UM, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAD, HAD REACHED OUT AND, AND, AND HAD, UH, ASKED ABOUT, UH, AN AVAILABILITY FOR THAT.

AND, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, AND ANNA HAD EXPRESSED AN INTEREST.

UH, SO THAT'S WHY I HAD DONE THAT.

UH, BUT THAT'S, UH, A POSITION.

I THINK THAT YOU NEED TO BE LOBBYING THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF CAP COCK TO, BECAUSE THAT'S A CHOICE THAT THEY MAKE.

I HAVE SPOKEN WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ABOUT THAT.

I WAS HOPING THAT MAYBE I COULD JUST KEEP MY SPOT ALSO WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN CASE I'M ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT THAT AT LEAST HAPPENS IN EVEN GIVEN THE CONVERSATION WE HAD WITH KATHY.

IS THAT CHEMICAL MAINTAIN YOU IN THAT PLACE AND ANYBODY ELSE ON THIS LIST? YES, I AM.

I WOULD JUST SUPPORT KEEPING MCKINSEY

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ON THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND I'M HAPPY TO WORK WITH MCKINSEY.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POSITION, BUT I'M SURE THAT I CAN WORK WITH MCKINSEY AND WE CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY TO, TO, UM, SHARE SOME RESPONSIBILITIES.

SOUNDS GOOD.

I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

AND BY THE WAY, I THINK I SAID TO YOU THAT IS DECIDED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND IT'S NOT RIGHT TO DECIDE THAT BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UH, AND WHOEVER THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PICKS IS THE PERSON THAT WOULD, UH, BE IN THAT SPOT.

OKAY.

I THINK, YEAH, I MAY BE MIXING THOSE UP.

SO I LOOK FOR, TO INFO ON THAT.

I DID ALSO JUST WANT TO SAY ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

I THINK LAST TIME THE COUNCIL HAD DESIGNATED YOU AS THE REP, UM, AND ALSO HAD DESIGNATED, UM, ME AS THE REPRESENTATIVE SINCE I REPRESENT THE REST OF DOWNTOWN.

AND THEN WE LEARNED THAT THERE'S REALLY JUST ONE SPOT AND THE SPOT ISN'T A VOTING MEMBER.

SO JUST, UM, YOU KNOW, I DON'T, I WOULD LIKE TO BE DESIGNATED AS A NON OFFICIAL MEMBER, UM, JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR CAUSE I DO, I DO ATTEND THOSE MEETINGS REGULARLY.

OKAY.

I'LL DO THAT KATHY AND I WILL ALSO CONVEY THAT TO THEM.

AND I THINK GENERALLY IT MIGHT BE USEFUL, UM, AS THINGS MOVE FORWARD FOR US TO REALLY TALK WITH THE DA ABOUT HOW THOSE, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY POSITIONS THE CITY HAS AND, AND WHAT KIND OF ROLE THEY PLAY ON THAT BOARD, GIVEN ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AND SOME OF THE, IT HAS A REAL, YOU KNOW, REAL CLEAR TIE TO THE CITY.

I AGREE.

HOW'D YOUR IDEA IN THAT CONVERSATION WITH THEM.

OKAY.

UH, ANYTHING ELSE, RIGHT.

I'M GONNA RECOMMEND.

SO THE AUDIT AND FINANCE MEMBERSHIP STAYS ALTAR POOL ADLER, TOBO DISHY KELLY, WE'RE ALL ON AUSTIN ENERGY.

WE'RE OVERSIGHT ADS FOR US TO KITCHEN, WATER POOL, AND ELLIS, UH, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

THAT'S PHILANTHROPISTS AND ME TOO.

TOBO HARPER, MADISON, AND KITCHEN HOUSING AND PLANNING, UM, IS, UM, UH, FACADE, RENTERIA, LS, HARPER, MADISON, AND KITCHEN.

UM, MOBILITY IS A LS, KELLY KITCHEN AND ALTAR AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

UH, WE HAVE HARPER, MADISON, AND COSARA AT THIS POINT, UH, DOES ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO, UH, JOIN AND BE PART OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE? I THOUGHT I HEARD MAY A BIT, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY WANTED TO BE ON THAT.

YEAH.

SORRY.

N KELLY, ANYBODY ELSE WANT TO BE PART OF THE COMMITTEE TO COMMITTEE? I ANTICIPATE ATTENDING A LOT AND I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL, AS WE'VE SEEN, UH, OKAY.

WE'LL START THEM WITH THOSE THREE.

IF THAT CHANGES, JUST LET US KNOW.

WE CAN ALWAYS ADD PEOPLE.

THERE ARE TWO MORE AVAILABLE SPOTS THERE.

ALL RIGHT.

WITH THAT, I WILL THEN REPORT THAT TO THE CLERK, UH, AS, UM, WHAT WE'RE DOING.

ALL RIGHT,

[B1. Legislative Update. (Staff Briefing)]

MANAGER, LET'S GO TO THE, UH, UH, PRESENTATIONS HERE THIS MORNING.

LET'S DO THE LEGISLATIVE PRESENTATION.

UH, WE'LL THEN HAVE THE HOMELESSNESS PRESENTATION, BUT HOLD QUESTIONS.

HOW SO WE CAN GET INTO A EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UM, WE'LL MAKE THAT CALL JUST AS WE'RE GOING INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION IN CASE WE CAN LET THE STAFF MANAGER THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL, AND GOOD MORNING.

THIS IS OUR FIRST, UH, FORMAL WORK SESSION OF 2021.

AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE.

AND AS THE MAYOR SAID, WE DO HAVE A PACKED AGENDA FOR TODAY.

UH, SO WE'LL DIVE RIGHT INTO IT.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT HAS TECHNICALLY STARTED, BUT IS, UH, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY IN THE WORKS AND WE WANT IT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE USE THIS TIME EARLY IN OUR MEETINGS, UH, FOR 2021 TO BRIEF YOU ON SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD AND THE WORK THAT OUR INTER GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM WILL BE DOING.

AND SO WELL WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO HAVE IT BRING OVER OUR DIRECTOR, UH, BREE FRANCO, UH, WHO WILL BE WALKING US THROUGH A PRESENTATION, UH, AT THAT TIME.

GOOD MORNING, AMERICA COUNCIL, BRIEF BRONCO AND OUR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I'LL GO THROUGH THIS QUICKLY, SINCE, AS YOU ALL SAID, YOU HAVE A BUSY SCHEDULE IN FRONT OF YOU.

I TAKE, CAN YOU PULL UP MY POWERPOINT PLEASE? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, JUST TO UPDATE YOU ALL VERY QUICKLY, AS WE PREDICTED A REPUBLICAN DATE, FEELIN WAS ELECTED THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

IT WAS AN ALMOST UNANIMOUS VOTE JUST TO VOTING AGAINST HIM.

THAT'S NOT UNCOMMON.

UM, ALSO THEY ARE ALREADY GRAPPLING WITH THE STATE BUDGET, UM, BEFORE THEIR BUDGETS CAME OUT, THEY ALREADY HAD ABOUT

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A $1 BILLION SHORTFALL PROJECTED NOW WITH THE TWO BUDGETS, WHICH, UH, GIVE AN OUTLINE OF ALL THE THINGS THEY WOULD LIKE TO FIND THERE IS ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL 7 BILLION.

THEY, I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE TO FIND IF THEY WANTED TO FIND ALL THOSE BUDGETS.

THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY WILL, THAT'S THEIR STARTING PLACE.

AND WE'LL SEE WHERE THEY END UP.

UM, SENATE COMMITTEES WERE ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 15TH AND THOSE WERE DISTRIBUTED TO YOU ALL.

AND HOUSE COMMITTEE PREFERENCE CARDS WERE DUE LAST WEEK ON THE 22ND.

SO WE DON'T HAVE THOSE HOUSE COMMITTEES YET, BUT THERE'LL BE FORTHCOMING.

UM, THEY'RE ALREADY OFF TO THE STRONG CLIP OF THEIR BILL FILING THEY'RE AT, AS OF JANUARY 21ST, THEY HAVE FILED ALMOST 1700 BILLS.

UH, REMEMBER THEIR NORM IS FILE ABOUT 7,500 BILLS.

SO WE'RE A QUARTER OF THE WAY THERE.

AND ALSO REMEMBER THE MAJORITY OF THOSE BILLS ARE FILED DURING THE LAST 10 DAYS AND BILL FILING, WHICH GOES UP TO ABOUT MARCH 10TH AND THAT'S WHEN THEY DROP ABOUT 4,000 BILLS.

SO WE STILL HAVE A WAYS TO GO ON WHAT'S TO COME.

UH, I THINK AFTER THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS COME OUT, YOU'LL SEE A STRONG INCREASE IN BILL FILING AS PEOPLE WILL FILE BILLS TO MATCH THE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS.

AND THEN WE'RE ALSO STILL WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR TO DO HIS DATA, THE STATE, WHICH MAY PRODUCE MORE LEGISLATION, UH, BOTH CHAMBERS WILL CONVENE TOMORROW AND THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE IN JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AND WILL NOT.

AND THEN COME BACK NEXT WEEK.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, AS WELL, THE PROTOCOL FOR HOW THEY'RE HANDLING COVID AND OTHER RULE MAKING AUTHORITY AS PREDICTED THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR DID REQUEST IN THE SENATE ACQUIESCE TO LOWER THE THREE 53 FISTS THRESHOLDS AMONGST THEM, THE SENATORS FROM 19 TO 18 VOTES AFTER COVID PRO PROTOCOL, UM, SENATORS AND STAFF ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE A COVID TEST BEFORE ENTERING THE CHAMBER.

AND BEFORE ENTERING A COMMITTEE HEARING, UM, IT SAYS STAFF MUST BE TESTED THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, BUT THEY ALSO MUST BE TESTED FOR, UM, ACCESSING A HEARING OR CHAMBER, UM, IN THE HOUSE.

THERE IS TESTING THAT IS DONE AT THE MEMBERS, UM, HONOR THAT THEY HAVE DONE IT.

SO IT'S NOT MANDATED, BUT ALL THE HOUSE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH COVID-19 TESTING AND HOPEFULLY ARE USING IT.

UM, HOUSE MEMBERS AND STAFF, THE PUBLIC WILL BE QUITE AWARE OF FACE MASKS, BUT THEY ARE ONLY GOING TO ALLOW VIRTUAL TESTIMONY IN THE HOUSE FOR INVITED WITNESSES, MEANING WITNESSES THAT THE COMMITTEE CHAIR INVITES AND FOR REDISTRICTING, UM, WELL, I'M SORRY IN THE SENATE, THEY'RE GONNA ALLOW IT FOR REDISTRICTING.

UM, BUT THAT'S THE ONLY VIRTUAL TESTIMONY THEY'RE GOING TO ALLOW.

AND SO IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT SESSION ABOUT MANAGING HOW TO TESTIFY WITH COVID STILL AT THE HIGH PACE THAT WE HAVE IT.

YEAH.

RIGHT NOW, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS SLIDE.

THIS IS THE PYRAMID I PRESENT TO YOU ALL.

EVERY SESSION OF THE KEY PRIORITY ISSUES WILL BE, WE ARE ANTICIPATING FROM THE CAPITAL.

THE ONES IN YELLOW MEANS THAT THERE IS A BILL THAT'S ALREADY BEEN FILED IN THAT AREA.

UM, AS I EXPLAINED TO YOU ALL BEFORE THAT TOP-LINE IS JUST PICK YOUR FLAVOR UP.

PREEMPTION ACTUALLY SHOULD ADD A SQUARE ON THERE.

THAT INCLUDES HOMELESSNESS, PREEMPTION, MEANING THAT, THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS, UH, TWEETED REPEATEDLY ABOUT HIS DESIRE TO OVERTURN THE CITY'S BAN AT CAMPING ORDINANCE.

UM, HE HASN'T FILED ANYTHING YET, BUT I EXPECT WE'LL HEAR ABOUT IT.

IN HIS DAY STATE, WE HAVE SEEN A COUPLE OF BILLS FILED RELATED TO POLICE REFORM PREEMPTION SAYING THAT CITIES CAN'T CUT THEIR BUDGETS.

AND IF THEY DO, THERE ARE CERTAIN, UM, CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT COVID PREEMPTION HAS TO DO WITH BOTH THE GOVERNOR'S AUTHORITY AND EVEN MAYORS AND COUNTY JUDGES AUTHORITIES.

WE HAVE SEEN SOME BILLS FILED THAT WOULDN'T ADMIT THAT OR PENALIZE CERTAIN ACTIONS TAKEN BY THOSE OFFICIALS.

UM, YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THEY'RE CALLING THE TAXPAYER FUNDED LOBBYING BILL.

WE'RE CALLING THE COMMUNITY ADVOCACY BAN.

THAT BILL HAS BEEN FILED BY SENATOR HALL AND REPRESENTED MILTON ALREADY.

AND WE'VE ALREADY SEEN SOME LEGISLATION RELATED TO AUSTIN ENERGY THAT WOULD SEEK TO EITHER DEREGULATE OR PUT UNDER PFC AUTHORITY, AUSTIN ENERGY.

ALSO, BILL IS RELATED TO LIMITING OR PENALIZING AUSTIN ENERGY FOR USING RENEWABLE RESOURCES OR AS THE BILL STATES, NOT JUST USING GAS AS THE SOURCE OF FUEL.

UM, THOSE ARE THE BILLS WE'VE ALREADY SEEN.

YOU'LL SEE THESE BILLS WEEKLY IN THE UPDATES THAT MY OFFICE PROVIDES EVERY FRIDAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE NEXT COUPLE OF SLIDES, JUST GO INTO MORE DETAILS ON THESE BILLS AND PROVIDE, UM, MORE DESCRIPTION OF IT.

I AM.

THERE

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ARE THESE BILLS, WHICH AGAIN, I JUST TALKED ABOUT IN THE PYRAMID.

IT, IF YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD ONE OR TWO MORE SLIDES, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

BUT WE ALSO HAVE SOME OF OUR PRIORITY LEGISLATION THAT THE COUNCIL ASKS FOR OUR DELEGATION AND OTHERS TO FILE HAS BEEN FILED AS WELL, UM, RELATED TO TRY TO REMOVE THE BAN ON INCLUSIONARY ZONING THAT HAS BEEN FILED.

THEY REPRESENTING THE CONCEPT OF GETTING, BEING ABLE TO HAVE MORE FINANCIAL TOOLS FOR CLOUD COMPUTING HAS BEEN FILED BY CENTERS, AFRIDI AND REPRESENTED ISRAEL.

NEXT SLIDE, AS WELL AS THE OTHER, SOME OTHER INITIATIVES RELATED TO ALLOWING PUBLIC HEALTH, TO BECOME A PROVIDER FOR MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT.

THIS DOESN'T EXPAND MEDICAID, BUT IT DOES ALLOW PUBLIC HEALTH TO USE THAT, DO USE THAT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT IT MIGHT LOSE FUNDING ON THROUGH, UM, LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDING, THE PRIMA FACIA SPEED LIMIT BILL YOU'RE ALL REALLY FAMILIAR WITH.

AND THEN I THINK THIS IS THE LAST SLIDE.

NEXT SLIDE.

IT, IT, THAT IS LAST SLIDE.

SO LIKE I SAID, SHORT AND QUICK, I AM AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

BRILLIANT.

I'LL TURN IT BACK TO YOU, MAYOR FOR QUESTIONS FROM COUNCIL BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE THIS? THANK YOU.

REPORT OFF OF THOSE SCREEN COLLEAGUES, IS ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR BRI AT THIS POINT? DOESN'T SEE, OR APPEAR TO BE ANY, OKAY.

BREE, THANK YOU.

AND, UM, GO FORTH AND, AND THANK YOU ALL.

THANK YOU MANAGER.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR

[B3. Update on homelessness related issues. (Staff update) (Part 1 of 2)]

COUNCIL.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO OUR NEXT PRESENTATION, WHICH IS B3 THE UPDATE ON HOMELESSNESS RELATED ISSUES.

UH, AS YOU KNOW, A FEW WEEKS AGO, WE WELCOMED OUR NEW HOMELESS STRATEGY, OFFICER DIANA GRAY, UH, TO OUR TEAM.

AND WE ARE JUST GRATEFUL FOR HER TO JOIN US AT THE CITY AND REALLY THE DEPTH OF PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION THAT SHE'S BEEN ABLE TO BRING TO THE CITY IS EXTENSIVE.

AND WE'RE THRILLED TO HAVE HER COME FORWARD TODAY.

TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UH, WHAT SHE'S LEARNED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS AND ALSO, UH, WHAT CURRENT PROJECTS THAT THEY ARE WORKING ON AND THE PATH FORWARD.

UM, BUT TO BEGIN WITH, I'M GOING TO START WITH, UH, DIRECTOR, UH, HAYDEN HOWARD AND ALLOW HER TO TEE UP THIS DISCUSSION, UH, BEFORE DIANA JOINS US DIRECTOR HAYDEN HOWARD.

GOOD MORNING.

THANK YOU, SPENCER.

UM, ABOUT A YEAR AGO, UM, WE SENT A MEMO TO MARY COUNCIL TO TALK ABOUT THE REALIGNMENT OF THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFF AT THAT TIME, WE CREATED THE HOMELESS SERVICE DIVISION AND OFTEN PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND WE CONTINUE TO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE LEADS FOR THIS PRIORITY AREA.

AND WE BEGAN PROVIDING WEEKLY UPDATES AND DISCUSSING STRATEGIES IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE WORK THAT WAS HAPPENING WITHIN THE CITY.

AT THAT TIME, WE FORMALIZED THE CITY MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE TEAM AND WE ASSIGNED THREE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES AND WE BEGAN OUR WORK WITH OUR EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS IN FEBRUARY OF 2020, BELLA CARMEN WAS NAMED THE INTERIM HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER.

WE WANT TO THANK HER FOR THE WORK THAT SHE WAS ABLE TO DO BY STANDING UP TO THE VISION AND CONTINUE TO MOVE US FORWARD.

UNDER HER LEADERSHIP.

WE WELCOMED THE CONSULTANTS IN MARCH OF 2020 AND BEGIN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THEM.

AT THAT TIME, WE WERE HAVING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT OUR MOTEL OPPOSITIONS AND MOVING THAT INITIATIVE FORWARD AS WELL.

AND THEN AS YOU ALL KNOW, COVID-19 EFFORTS BEGAN SHORTLY AFTERWARDS.

WE ARE VERY EXCITED AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, AS DIANA GRACE HAS MOVED INTO THE POSITION OF OUR HOMELESS OFFICER AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH MAYOR AND COUNCIL, OUR COMMUNITY ACROSS THE CITY TO MOVE US FORWARD AT THIS TIME, I WILL TRANSITION TO DIANA.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, STEPHANIE.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE A PRESENTATION THAT CAN BE SHARED ON SCREEN.

SO FIRST OF ALL, I JUST, UM, WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AS YOUR HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE PRESENTATION.

THERE WE GO.

UM, TODAY MARKS THREE WEEKS, UH, IN THE POSITION.

AND, UH, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND SPEAK WITH SEVERAL OF YOU ONE-ON-ONE OR IN A MEETINGS

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ABOUT THE MANY, UH, PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDERWAY CURRENTLY.

AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT, UM, THAT HAS BEEN SO IMPORTANT IN INFORMING, UH, THE BEGINNING OF MY WORK AND THAT, UH, I DO INTEND TO MAKE TIME FOR EACH COUNCIL MEMBER TO JUST SIT DOWN AND LISTEN TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR DISTRICT AND ANY SPECIFIC CONCERNS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

UM, I HAVE BEEN AT, UH, IN AUSTIN FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS AND I HAVE BEEN DOING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND WORK IN HOMELESSNESS FOR ABOUT THE LAST 20.

SO MY BACKGROUND, UH, REALLY STARTED WITH WORK IN THE SPRINGDALE WEBER BELL NEIGHBOR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND IN ST JOHN'S DOING FIRST TIME HOME OWNERSHIP, UM, FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS, UH, AND FROM THERE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A COUPLE OF NATIONAL NONPROFITS, UH, ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS THAT IS REALLY FOCUSED ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING GENERALLY.

AND I, UH, WORKED FOR THEIR LOAN FUND STRUCTURING, UH, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FINANCE, AND THEN ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO START THE TEXAS OFFICE OF CORPORATION FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, UH, WHICH IS ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADING NONPROFITS AROUND CREATING THAT PERMANENT HOUSING FOR FOLKS WITH, UM, LONG-TERM NEEDS, WHO WILL HAVE ONGOING SERVICE NEEDS AND ONGOING NEEDS FOR, UM, FOR DEEP SUBSIDY.

HAVING SAID THAT, UM, THROUGH THOSE YEARS, WORKING WITH NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, MY WORK WAS REALLY ROOTED IN TEXAS AND CONTINUED TO BE ROOTED IN AUSTIN.

AND SO I STEPPED INTO THIS POSITION KNOWING OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY PROVIDERS QUITE WELL, UM, AND HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE CITY DIRECTLY OVER THE YEARS.

UM, ALSO, AND SO, UH, ONE OF THE ASSETS THAT I FEEL LIKE I WAS GIVEN TO ME COMING IN IS THAT I KNOW HOW DEDICATED AND BRIGHT, UH, BOTH CITY STAFF AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE.

AND SO I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT, UH, MOVING IN THAT WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER VERY WELL.

STEPHANIE MENTIONED IT, BUT I WILL ALSO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BENEFITS, UH, AND TREASURES THAT I'VE HAD OVER TIME WAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE HOMELESS SERVICES DIVISION IN THIS FIRST YEAR, AS IT'S BEEN STOOD UP AND WORKING DIRECTLY WITH BELLA CARMEN, WHO HAS CARRIED A TREMENDOUS, INCREDIBLE LOAD AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE JUST A HUGE ASSET TO THE DIVISION.

SO I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER WORK AND JUST EXPRESS HOW MUCH I VALUE HER.

SO TODAY'S PRESENTATION IS, IS GOING TO BE QUITE HIGH LEVEL AS, AS THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR A LONG TIME, KNOW THAT THE FULL BRIEFING ON HOMELESS ACTIVITIES CAN TAKE HOURS.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY NOT TO DO THAT TODAY, BUT PARTICULARLY BECAUSE WE HAVE A COUPLE OF NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, I THOUGHT WE WOULD DO SOME HIGH LEVEL DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM AND SOME OF THE CITY'S ACTIVITIES.

AND THEN JUST TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT SOME OF THE NEW THINGS THAT ARE UNDERWAY AREAS.

I THINK WE ARE GAINING MOMENTUM AND ALSO SOME OF THE PRIORITIES THAT ARE ON DECK THAT WE HOPE TO TACKLE.

SO WE CAN GO ONTO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THESE ARE REALLY THE MOST CRITICAL DATA POINTS IN TERMS OF HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT, ABOUT 2,500 INDIVIDUALS IN AUSTIN ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND OF THOSE ALMOST 1600 ARE ON SHELTER.

SO THEY'RE EITHER, UM, IN A TENT OR UNDER A BRIDGE OR SLEEPING IN A CAR OR AN ABANDONED BUILDING.

UM, AND WE ALL OF COURSE ARE ACUTELY AWARE OF, UM, CRISIS AROUND UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS THAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW.

AND THE URGENCY OF CONFRONTING THAT ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT.

OF COURSE THERE ARE 2,500 FOLKS OR SO, BUT PEOPLE CYCLE IN AND OUT OF HOMELESSNESS OVER TIME, OVER THE COURSE OF AN ENTIRE YEAR, WE UNDERSTAND THAT ABOUT 9,000 AUSTINITES EXPERIENCE, AT LEAST ONE DAY OR NIGHT OF HOMELESSNESS, OUR SYSTEM CAPACITY, UM, THE BEDS AND, UM, AND PROGRAM SLOTS THAT WE HAVE TO CONFRONT THIS, UM, ARE UNFORTUNATELY INADEQUATE.

UM, AS MANY COMMUNITIES, UH, CONFRONT, AND WE WILL BE WORKING TO EXPAND THAT YOU HAVE ABOUT 500 EMERGENCY SHELTER BEDS, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE OF COVID-19, THAT NUMBER IS SUBSTANTIALLY

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REDUCED, UH, TO, UH, REDUCE TRANSMISSION ABOUT 120 TRANSITIONAL HOUSING BEDS.

THOSE ARE PRIMARILY FOR, UM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS AND IN SOME CASES FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS, 463 RAPID REHOUSING, UH, BEDS, AND THEN ABOUT 1100, UM, UNITS OF PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

THE, THESE, THIS DATA REALLY ALL COMES FROM ECHO FROM THEIR VARIOUS HUGGED REPORTING TOOLS, UH, AND THEIR HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.

IT'S GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO IT'S BEEN IMPRESSED UPON ME THAT MY TITLE IS THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, AND WE REALLY WANT THIS DIVISION TO BE ABOUT IS STRATEGY AND COORDINATION.

AND SO IN THINKING ABOUT MY VIEW OF THE KEY ROLES FOR THE DIVISION, THERE ARE THREE AREAS THAT I WANTED TO TOUCH ON BRIEFLY.

ONE IS OBVIOUSLY THE STRATEGY, UM, CENTERPIECE AND PLANNING.

SO WE WANT TO IDENTIFY WHAT OUR BEST, UH, INTERVENTIONS AND STRATEGIES ARE.

WHAT'S REALLY GOING TO WORK FOR US.

AND THEN THINK ABOUT HOW WE FUND THOSE INTERVENTIONS, MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE LEVERAGING FUNDS FROM THE STATE, THE FEDS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS WELL, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT, UM, FUNDING IS LIMITED.

AND, UH, WE WANT TO USE OUR DOLLARS TO THE HIGHEST IMPACT.

AND ADDITIONALLY, WE WILL WITH SOME FREQUENCY, UM, DECIDE THAT WE NEED SOME DEEPER KNOWLEDGE AROUND A PARTICULAR TOPIC.

AND SO WE HOPE TO SERVE AS THAT LOCUS OF EXPERTISE, WHERE, UM, WHEN WE, UH, FIND A NEED, WE'RE ABLE TO SOURCE THE BEST EXPERTS IN THE INDUSTRY NATIONWIDE AND BRING THEM INTO WORK WITH US.

UH, BARR, PAPI, AND ASSOCIATES, AND MATT DOHERTY ARE TWO CONSULTANTS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH US RECENTLY AND HAVE DONE, UM, AMAZING WORKFORCE AND REALLY HELPED US, PARTICULARLY DURING THE COVID CRISIS.

YOU MAY ALSO REMEMBER THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS CAME IN AND WORK, WORK WITH US TO, UM, LOOK AT OUR, OUR S UH, SHELTER STRATEGIES AND HOW EFFECTIVE THEY ARE.

THE SECOND PIECE IS THAT CROSS DEPARTMENTAL SUPPORT, THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT IS BEING DONE WITHIN THE CITY ACROSS SO MANY DEPARTMENTS IS, IS STUNNING.

AND, UH, IT TAKES QUITE A BIT OF EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALL AWARE OF WHAT WE ARE, UM, EVERYONE IS DOING AND MAKING SURE THAT OUR EFFORTS COMPLIMENT ONE ANOTHER.

AND I THINK IMPORTANTLY ENSURING THAT ACROSS ALL OF THE DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF OUR WORK AROUND THIS ISSUE, WE ARE EMBODYING OUR VALUES AROUND WHAT OUR GOALS ARE, HOW WE, UM, TREAT AND RESPECT PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, ET CETERA.

AND THEN IN ADDITION TO THE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE EITHER PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES OR WORKING IN THE PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT AREA, OF COURSE, WE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH COMMUNICATIONS FUNCTION AND WITH THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE ON ISSUES RELATED TO HOMELESSNESS.

FINALLY, THERE IS A SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE WITHIN THE CITY, BUT WE HAVE SO MANY RELATIONSHIPS, UH, EXTERNALLY FACING IN THE COMMUNITY.

PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTNERSHIP FOR MY DIVISION WILL BE THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH ECHO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER HOLDING ONE ANOTHER ACCOUNTABLE AND NOT DUPLICATING EFFORT.

UH, AND THEN THERE WILL BE, UM, MANY COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS THAT SOME PERMANENT AND SOME THAT WILL BE TIME LIMITED.

WE HAVE RECENTLY BEEN WORKING WITH A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, UM, THAT, UH, DEPUTY CITY MANAGER, UH, NURIA RIVERA VENDOR MINE HAS PUT TOGETHER FOR US TO REALLY WORK CLOSELY WITH THE LEADERS OF THE PRIMARY NON-PROFIT SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ECHO.

AND THEN WE ALSO SEE A KEY ROLE FOR US IN THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL.

UM, BOTH WHEN NEIGHBORS ARE EXPERIENCING CHALLENGES IN THEIR, IN THEIR AREAS, OR WHEN WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING AN ASSET, UH, INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD TO BUILD PERMANENT HOUSING, OR TO LOOK AT NEW STRATEGIES THAT WE MIGHT DEPLOY IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS TO

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REALLY DEVELOP THOSE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE CITIZENS THEMSELVES.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE AHEAD.

THIS IS A GRAPHIC THAT I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO IN DETAIL, BUT IT WILL BE FAMILIAR TO MOST OF YOU.

IT IS A FRAMEWORK THAT WAS PRESENTED TO US THROUGH THE INVESTING FOR RESULTS REPORT, UH, THAT WAS, UH, DEVELOPED BY BOB POPPY AND ASSOCIATES.

AND I THINK IT HAS PROVIDED US WITH A USEFUL FRAMEWORK FOR THINKING ABOUT THE CATEGORIES OF, OF EFFORT THAT WE HAVE AROUND THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS.

SO I'M GONNA LEAVE ASIDE THE REDUCING INFLOW FOR THE MOMENT.

A CRISIS RESPONSE IS REALLY ABOUT MEETING THAT NEED, WHERE IT EXISTS IN THE MOMENT OF HOMELESSNESS.

SO OUR SHELTER WORK, OUR OUTREACH WORK, UM, ENSURING THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY HOMELESS HAVE ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH, UH, HEALTH SERVICES, ET CETERA.

AND THEN THE HOUSING STABILIZATION PIECE, WHICH IS REALLY ABOUT GETTING THE HOUSING SERVICES, THE HOUSING STOCK AND THE HOUSING SUBSIDIES TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT, UH, TO END THEIR HOMELESSNESS AND TO PROVIDE THEM THE SUPPORT THAT THEY'LL NEED TO, UH, REMAIN STABLY HOUSED.

FINALLY, THE THIRD PIECE HERE IS THE PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT, WHICH COMPRISES ALL OF THE WORK WE DO, UM, THAT IS NOT REALLY THIS DIRECT SERVICE PIECE THAT IMPACTS HOW WE ALL EXPERIENCE OUR CITY.

UM, THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS TO ACCESS RESOURCES IN THE PUBLIC SPACE, AS WELL AS ALL OF THE OTHER CITIZENS.

AND SO THIS TOUCHES ON ALL OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY STRATEGIES, AS WELL AS THE CLEANUP EFFORTS WE HAVE, ET CETERA, IN THOSE PUBLIC SPACES USING THAT SAME FRAMEWORK, IF WE'LL MOVE FORWARD, WOULD YOU JUST TOUCH ON A FEW AREAS, UM, OF PRIMARY ACTIVITY IN THE CITY, IN THESE THREE CATEGORIES? SO OF COURSE THE CITY OWNS THE ARCH AND HAS A CONTRACT WITH FRONT STEPS TO, TO, UM, TO RUN THE SHELTER THERE.

WE HAVE HOMELESS OUTREACH STREET TEAMS, WHICH ARE COMPRISED OF AN APD OFFICER, UM, INTEGRAL CARE, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, UH, PROFESSIONAL, AND OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH PARAMEDICS THAT ARE IN THE ENCAMPMENTS TALKING TO FOLKS EVERY DAY, UM, ADDRESSING CRITICAL, UH, ACUTE NEEDS AND MAKING REFERRALS TO CONNECT THEM TO SERVICES.

WE FUND, UH, INTERVAL CARES PATH PROGRAM, WHICH IS ANOTHER OUTREACH EFFORT.

AND THEN THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT ALSO PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE HERE IN TERMS OF INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE WHO WALK IN, UM, LOOKING TO ACCESS SERVICES, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY ARE TERMING, TRIAGED, CASE MANAGEMENT, HELPING PEOPLE MAKE THAT CONTACT FROM, UM, FROM THE STREET.

THEY ALSO COORDINATE THE AUSTIN HOMELESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, WHICH IS A CRITICAL BODY FOR US, MADE UP OF PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE OF HOMELESSNESS, SO THAT WE'RE COMMUNICATING WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE REAL EXPERTISE ON THE MATTER.

WE EVEN HAVE SPECIALISTS ON AUSTIN, PUBLIC LIBRARY, STAFF WHO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT WITH OUR NEIGHBORS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS FREQUENTLY.

AND SO APL HAS, UH, MADE THE COMMITMENT TO HAVE SOME SPECIALIZED STAFF TO WORK WITH THOSE LIBRARY CUSTOMERS.

THE CORE THEN OF ENDING HOMELESSNESS, UM, IS EXPRESSED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS, BOTH THROUGH A WIDE ARRAY OF CONTRACTS THAT THE CITY HOLDS WITH NONPROFIT SERVICE PROVIDERS AND SOME DIRECT SERVICES WITHIN AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH, PROBABLY THE TWO LARGEST REHOUSING, UH, TYPES OF CONTRACTS ARE RAPID REHOUSING EXPRESS, LARGELY THROUGH OUR BEST SINGLE SOURCE PLUS PROGRAM AND OUR PSH SERVICE CONTRACTS.

WE ALSO THROUGH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, FOCUS ON DEVELOPING HOUSING, UH, THAT WE NEED THAT IS LOW BARRIER ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE EXITING HOMELESS, UH, TO QUALIFY FOR A, AND WE UTILIZE NOT ONLY OUR GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND DOLLARS THERE, BUT ALSO SOME OF THE FEDERAL FUNDS HOME CDBG, ET CETERA, WITHIN THE HOUSING AND PLANNING.

AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ALSO SET ASIDE SOME GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS SPECIFICALLY FOR ACQUISITION OF HOTELS.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE A NEW PROGRAM WITHIN HOUSING AND PLANNING, WHICH IS A HOUS, A LOCAL HOUSING

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VOUCHER PROGRAM.

I'LL SPEAK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IN A MINUTE, WHICH IS A REALLY INNOVATIVE WAY FOR US TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN OPERATE THESE, UH, THESE DEVELOPMENTS LONG-TERM, UH, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT, UH, ALSO PROVIDE SOME OF THESE LONGER TERM, UH, SERVICES IN TERMS OF INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT.

AND THEY ACTUALLY CONTRACT OUT WITH OTHER NONPROFIT SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR HOUSING, SOME OF THEIR CLIENTS, UH, WHO NEED THAT SUPPORT TO MAINTAIN HOUSING STABILITY.

I, I'M NOT GOING TO TALK A LOT ABOUT ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT, UH, ACTIVITIES I'VE TOUCHED ON MOST OF THAT.

I THINK A COUPLE OF THINGS HERE THAT, UH, PERHAPS MERIT SPECIAL MENTION ARE OUR VIOLET BAG PROGRAM, WHICH DISTRIBUTES, UM, BOTH TRASH BAGS AND, UH, TRASH BINS TO ENCAMPMENTS ACROSS THE CITY TO SUPPORT THE COLLECTION OF REFUSE AND, UM, SAFETY AND HYGIENE IN THOSE SPACES AND A RELATIVELY NEW PROGRAM, WHICH IS THE VIOLET KEEP SAFE PERSONAL STORAGE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES WHAT ARE ESSENTIALLY IDENTICAL TO A LARGE TRASH BINS, WHICH ARE LOCKABLE AND PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS CAN STORE THEIR ITEMS THERE WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT CARRYING THEM ON THEIR PERSON OR LEAVING THEM UNPROTECTED LET'S MOVE FORWARD.

AS YOU WELL KNOW, MUCH OF THE LAST YEAR FOR ALL OF THE CITY HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19.

THAT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN TRUE, UH, IN THE HOMELESS SERVICE DIVISION AND IN ITS, UM, ITS RELATED AND, UH, PARTNER DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY.

WE HAVE EXPANDED ACCESS TO FOOD AND TO HYGIENE, UH, RESOURCES WITHIN ENCAMPMENTS.

WE HAVE OPENED FIVE PROTECTIVE LODGES, WHICH ARE SITES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HIGH RISK UNDER THE CDC GUIDELINES FOR POOR OUTCOMES, SHOULD THEY CONTRACT COVID-19 AND THOSE FIVE HOTELS HAVE A TOTAL CAPACITY OF ABOUT 300 ROOMS. OUR CURRENT CENSUS IS, UH, ABOUT 240, AND WE HAD BEGUN TO DECOMMISSION, UM, AS WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO NEED TO DO AT THE END OF LAST YEAR.

SO THE CENSUS HAS HAD DROPPED, BUT WE ARE NOW CLEANING AND PREPARING ROOMS AND MOVING, UH, GUESTS IN DAILY.

AND THEN I THINK THE REALLY EXCITING PIECE OF THAT OVERALL EFFORT IS THAT OF, UM, GUESTS WHO HAVE BEEN AT THE PROTECTIVE LODGES, WE HAVE REHOUSED 149 RATHER THAN HAVING THEM EXIT INTO HOMELESSNESS.

THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT HAS RESPONDED NOT ONLY BY DOING VIRTUAL DOCKET DOCKETS AND HAVING MORE WALK-IN SERVICES, BUT THEY HAVE PITCHED INTO STAFF, THE PRO LODGES AND PROVIDE ON SITE CASE MANAGEMENT THERE.

AND WE'LL BE PROVIDING SOME OF THE RAPID REHOUSING SERVICES THAT WE, UM, ARE ABLE TO EXPAND BECAUSE OF SOME ADDITIONAL HUD EMERGENCY SOLUTION GRANT FUNDS.

WE BETWEEN THE MONIES THAT THE CITY HAS RECEIVED AND SOME DOLLARS THAT TDH CA HAS PASSED THROUGH TO LOCAL PROVIDERS, WE ANTICIPATE BEING ABLE TO HOUSE 550 ADDITIONAL HOUSEHOLDS BY THE END OF FISCAL YEAR 22, WHICH IS HUGE.

SO THAT HAS BEGUN TO MOVE.

AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ALSO FOCUS THOSE RESOURCES ON THOSE WHO ARE MOST VULNERABLE, UM, IN TERMS OF THEIR HEALTH RISKS, SHOULD THEY BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 SOMETHING THAT IS NOT A CITY RESOURCE SOURCE, BUT WE ARE PARTNERING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR IS THAT HAKA WAS ABLE TO APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE A HUNDRED MAINSTREAM VOUCHERS, WHICH ESSENTIALLY MIRROR HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHERS.

UH, SO THOSE ARE LONG-TERM PERMANENT SUBSIDIES FOR VERY LOW-INCOME PEOPLE, AND THEY WILL BE PRIORITIZED ALSO FOR PRO LODGE GUESTS.

FINALLY, WHILE THIS IS NOT SPECIFIC TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING HAS DEDICATED SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES TO RENT SUPPORTS AND EVENT EVICTION PREVENTION SO THAT WE CAN, UM, STEM THE TIDE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE, UH, W RENT BURDENS, UM, OR ARREARS IN THE FACE OF JOB LOSS, UH, DUE TO THE PANDEMIC

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LET'S MOVE FORWARD.

THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING SLIDE FROM MY PERSPECTIVE.

I THINK THAT SOME OF THE PIECES THAT I WANT TO EXPRESS TODAY AS I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR WORK IN THE COMING MONTHS ARE A, UM, ITEMS THAT I THINK WE ARE IMPLEMENTING AND ARE GAINING, UM, GAINING MOMENTUM ON, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN TO SOME DEGREE IN PLAY FOR SOME TIME PIECES, THAT WE ARE ACTIVELY PLANNING.

AND THEN THE PRIORITY NEXT STEPS THAT WE KNOW ARE GOING TO BE REALLY CRITICAL TO OUR SUCCESS.

MOVING FORWARD, WE WILL, UH, IN A WHILE GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS THE ACQUISITION OF TWO ADDITIONAL HOTELS.

THE COUNCIL INITIALLY SET A GOAL OF 300 UNITS ACQUIRED FOR CONVERSION TO EITHER BRIDGE HOUSING OR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

SHOULD WE ACQUIRE THE TWO HOTELS THAT ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR WEDNESDAY? UH, WE WILL BE AT, OR NEAR THAT TARGET.

AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO DO MORE AND TO EXPAND THAT STRATEGY, PARTICULARLY IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE AND THE CURRENT MARKET.

SO WE'D LIKE TO PUSH FORWARD ON THAT.

I MENTIONED THAT 550 HOUSEHOLDS THAT WE EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO REHOUSE WITH THE ESG DOLLARS WE HAVE STARTED, UH, THAT WORK REALLY JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS, UM, OF, OF 2020.

AND SO OUR PICKING UP SPEED THERE AND THINK THAT WE WILL SEE A REAL IMPACT IN THE COMING MONTHS IN TERMS OF INJURIES, SHORING THAT WE ARE GETTING NOT ONLY THE HOTEL ACQUISITION AND CONVERSION WORK MOVING, BUT ALSO LOOKING AT THE PIPELINE OF OUR CONVENTIONAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, A SPIRIT RUTLAND, WHICH WILL PROVIDE US WITH 170 UNITS, A VERY AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND AT LEAST, UH, 44 UNITS OF PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

WE DRAWN TOGETHER A WORKING GROUP THAT INCLUDES THE HOMELESS STRATEGY, DIVISION HOUSING AND PLANNING, AS WELL AS BOTH LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO LOOK AT DEALS AS THEY EMERGE OPPORTUNITIES, UM, THAT ARE PRESENTED TO EACH OF US IN OUR DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS.

AND SO THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY COMMUNICATING ABOUT WHAT A PROJECT MIGHT NEED, HOW WE MIGHT EXPLORE, MAKING IT MORE FEASIBLE OR HOW WE MIGHT SUPPORT THAT WORK.

AND THEN FINALLY HOUSING AND PLANNINGS LOCAL HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM IS USING $3.6 MILLION ANNUALLY IN HOUSING TRUST FUNDS, UH, MONIES.

AND THE FIRST, UH, COMMITMENT THAT THEY HAVE MADE IS TO A SPARROW RUTLAND.

AND WE HAVE STRUCTURED THAT TO MIRROR PROJECT-BASED VOUCHERS FROM, UH, OUR LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES.

AND WE THINK THAT THIS IS REALLY GOING TO EXPAND OUR ABILITY TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE PSH OVER TIME.

SO THERE ARE SOME PIECES THAT ARE IN PLANNING OR IN THE CONTRACTING PROCESS, BUT HAVE NOT HIT THE GROUND YET.

APH HAS APPROVED THE EXPANSION OF INTERVAL CARES PATH OUTREACH TEAM.

AND SO THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF, UH, BEGINNING THE HIRING, UM, PROCESS WITHIN THEIR ORGANIZATION.

WE HOPE THAT WE WOULD SEE THOSE FOLKS ON THE GROUND SOON, UH, FOR ROADWAY IN, WE HAVE RECEIVED A PROPOSAL FOR AN OPERATOR OF THE HOTEL LONG-TERM THAT WOULD PRESUMABLY BE WHEN IT CONVERTED FROM PRO LODGE TO USE AS BRIDGE HOUSING OR SHELTER.

BUT WE ARE CLOSER TO BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT FACILITY AS SOMETHING THAT WE COULD MAKE CHOICES ABOUT IN TERMS OF WHETHER WE KEEP IT, UH, AS PART OF THE COVID-19 RESPONSE OR MOVE IT INTO A MORE GENERAL BREECH HOUSING ROLE.

UH, THE, HOW WAS SERVICE DIVISION AND ECHO HAVE BEEN SITTING DOWN REGULARLY TO WORK THROUGH OUR RESPECTIVE ROLES.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE ARE ATTACHED SO CLOSELY IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY WORK, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEARD VERY CLEARLY FROM THE INVESTING FOR RESULTS, UM, REPORT WAS THAT WE NEEDED TO SPEND SOME INTENTIONAL TIME DETERMINING WHO WAS LEAD IN PARTICULAR AREAS AND HOW THE OTHER ENTITY OR ENTITIES WOULD SUPPORT.

SO THAT DISCUSSION, I THINK, HAS BEEN VERY FRUITFUL ALREADY.

AND OUR INTENT IS THAT THAT WOULD RESULT IN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULD GUIDE THE OVERALL RELATIONSHIP.

IN ADDITION TO THE CONTRACT THAT THE CITY HAS FUNDING

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ECHOS ACTIVITIES.

FINALLY, WE HAVE, UH, RECONVENED, THE VARIOUS FUNDERS THAT HAD COMMITTED TO THE PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE.

UM, WE DO NOT AT PRESENT THINK THAT THE PAY FOR SUCCESS STRUCTURE IS WHAT WE WILL UTILIZE, BUT MOST OF THOSE FUNDERS REMAIN VERY COMMITTED AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN, UM, DESIGN A COLLABORATIVE THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO PARTICIPATE.

AND FOR US TO REALLY MODEL HOW WE HAVE MANY PARTNERS AT THE TABLE SUPPORTING THIS WORK THAT IS SO IMPORTANT ACROSS GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES AND PRIVATE SECTOR ALIKE.

FINALLY, IN TERMS OF WHAT'S IMMEDIATELY, UH, NEXT ON OUR PLATE, UH, SPENCER MAY HAVE MENTIONED IN THE MAYOR WILL PROBABLY TALK ABOUT A, UH, PLANNED, UH, SUMMIT FOR FEBRUARY.

HE INTENDED FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, NOT JUST THE CITY TO SIT DOWN AND TAKE A HARD LOOK AT WHAT IT IS WE NEED TO DO TO EXPAND CAPACITY IN SHELTER IN RAPID REHOUSING AND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND POTENTIALLY IN SOME OTHER AREAS, BUT THAT WE SET SET HARD NUMBER GOALS THAT WE IDENTIFY TIMELINES, WE, UM, ASSIGN ACCOUNTABILITY AND THAT WE ALL AGREE THAT WE ARE COLLECTIVELY COMMITTED TO REACHING THOSE GOALS.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS.

I SEE IT AS OUR CHARGE TO COME BACK TO COUNCIL AND ARTICULATE FOR YOU WHAT AND HOW WE THINK WE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THOSE GOALS.

SO THAT NOT ONLY ARE WE WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOTH OTHER JURISDICTIONS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT COUNCIL AND LEADERSHIP ALSO HAVE CLEAR METRICS BY WHICH TO HOLD MY DIVISION ACCOUNTABLE, UH, HAND IN HAND WITH THAT, I THINK, UM, IS GOING TO BE A PROCESS BY WHICH WE BRING FORTH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND HOW WE PROGRAM OUR FUNDING GOING FORWARD.

WE DO HAVE SOME NEW FISCAL YEAR, $21 AVAILABLE, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT MONEY INTO THE COMMUNITY QUICKLY, OR WE'RE ALSO VERY STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW WE TARGET IT.

THE NEXT PIECE, THE NEXT TWO PIECES OF COURSE ARE VERY RELATED.

AND THAT IS ABOUT HOW WE MORE INTENTIONALLY, UM, CREATE CONNECTIONS WITH OUR UNSHELTERED POPULATION AND HOUSING RESOURCES, HOW WE PROACTIVELY WORK WITH THOSE LIVING UNSHELTERED IN ENCAMPMENTS AND NOT JUST DO OUTREACH, BUT DETERMINE HOW WE CAN MOST EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY MOVE THEM INTO HOUSING.

AND ALSO THAT WE, AS A COMMUNITY OVERALL HAVE A CONSISTENT POLICIES AROUND PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT.

UM, AND, AND THAT RANGES FROM NOT ONLY WHICH SPACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE, BUT UNDER WHAT STIRPES CIRCUMSTANCES, HOW PUBLIC SAFETY INTERACTS WITH BOTH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND THEIR NEIGHBORS, ET CETERA.

AND SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS VERY PRESSING AND SOMETHING THAT IS INCUMBENT UPON US, UH, TO RESPOND TO FINALLY, ONE OF THE PIECES THAT WAS CALLED OUT IN THE INVESTING FOR RESULTS REPORT WAS A RECOMMENDATION THAT APH AND HSD LOOK AT THE PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACTING PROCESS AND TOOLS AROUND OUR HOMELESS SERVICES.

SO THAT I BELIEVE WILL BE A SLIGHTLY LONGER PROCESS BECAUSE WE NEED TO DO SOME DEEP ANALYSIS AND FIGURE OUT REALLY WHAT THE APPROPRIATE TOOLS ARE, TIMING, UM, AND CRITERIA.

BUT THAT IS CERTAINLY ON OUR, UM, ON OUR DASHBOARD IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL BE BEGINNING TO WORK ON QUITE SOON.

SO THAT IS THE SUMMARY OF WHERE I THINK WE ARE NOW.

AND I WOULD WELCOME ANY QUESTIONS.

WELL, THANK YOU, DIANA.

AND JUST, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA AND THE VAST AMOUNT OF EXPERTISE THAT YOU BRING TO THIS WORK.

UH, THE HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING, UH, MENTALITY THAT YOU'VE ALREADY HAD THESE FEW WEEKS, UH, THIS VERY EVIDENCE, AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO PROVIDE THIS OVERVIEW TO THE COUNCIL TODAY, UH, WITH THAT MAYOR, WE'LL TURN IT BACK TO YOU FOR QUESTIONS FROM YOU AND THE COUNCIL COLLEAGUES.

WHEN WE STARTED THIS MORNING, WE HAD

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TALKED ABOUT POTENTIALLY TAKING A BREAK AT THIS POINT, GOING INTO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

I THINK WE MOVED THROUGH THE CALENDAR HERE MORE RAPIDLY THAN WE THOUGHT.

UH, SO I THINK WE COULD PROBABLY ASK QUESTIONS NOW GETTING INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION NO LATER THAN 11.

UH, BUT LET'S SAY, UH, WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED SO THAT WE GET THAT EXECUTIVE SESSION.

AND I, I, I WOULD JUST SUGGEST THAT GETTING INTO IT LIKE A SESSION AT 11 REALLY, REALLY LIMITS OUR TALK FOR AN EXECUTIVE SESSION BECAUSE IT'S ONLY AN HOUR.

AND, AND I WOULD PREFER THAT WE GET INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION ON 10 30.

CAUSE I THINK IT'S GOING TO CUT US SHORT ON THAT CONVERSATION IF, IF THAT'S, UH, THAT'S JUST MY SUGGESTION.

WELL, WE COULD TAKE THE BREAK AND HAVE THE EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THE MOTEL AND THEN COME RIGHT BACK OUT TO DO QUESTIONS.

UH, IF PEOPLE WOULD PREFER TO DO THAT, WE HAVE STAFF HERE AND MAY VERY WELL BE THAT SOME OF THE STAFF JOINING US IN THAT EXECUTIVE SESSION, ARGUMENT DISCUSSION, I'M NOT SURE.

DO YOU ALL WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS NOW ABOUT, UH, THE HOMELESSNESS GENERALLY? OR DO YOU WANT TO PAUSE AND GO INTO THE EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THE ISSUE OF, UH, THE MOTEL STRATEGY? LESLIE, I'M HAPPY TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD YEAR OF OUR TIME.

OKAY.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO THAT MANAGER AND THEN WE'LL COME RIGHT BACK OUT.

ALL RIGHT.

CITY COUNCIL

[Executive Session (Part 1 of 2)]

NOW GOING INTO CLOSED SESSION TO TAKE OUT ONE ITEM PURSUANT TO FIVE, FIVE, ONE OH SEVEN, ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT CODE, I'M SORRY, PURSUANT TO FIVE, FIVE, ONE OH SEVEN TO NOW THE GOVERNMENT CODE WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS REAL ESTATE MATTERS RELATED TO THE PURCHASE EXCHANGE, LEASE OR VALUE OF REAL PROPERTY FOR THE MOTEL CONVERSION STRATEGY.

WITHOUT OBJECTION HERE AT 10 OH FIVE, WE'LL MOVE OVER TO THAT CHANNEL.

AFTER WE'RE DONE DISCUSSING THE MOTEL STRATEGY, WE'LL, WE'LL COME BACK OUT, UH, AND, AND ASK, UH, DIANA OR, UH, DIRECTOR, UH, HAYDEN, UH, OR OTHERS QUESTIONS.

YES, I AM.

WE JUST MIGHT TAKE A FIVE MINUTE BREAK TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO SWITCH OVER.

OKAY.

WE'LL DO THAT.

SO IT, UH, BASICALLY 10 AFTER.

LET'S SEE IF WE CAN BE IN THE EXECUTIVE SESSION, UH, AREA.

OKAY.

SO YOU GUYS ARE,

[B3. Update on homelessness related issues. (Staff update) (Part 2 of 2)]

UM, ITEM THREE, IT IS 10 49 HERE ON JANUARY 25TH, 2021.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE OUR COUNCIL WORK SESSION.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE IN THE, UM, UH, QUESTIONS WITH RESPECT TO, UH, THE, THE HOMELESSNESS BRIEFING.

DO WE HAVE, UH, DIANA WITH US? SHE AND DIRECTOR HAYDEN ARE BEING MOVED OVER.

OKAY.

THANKS PATRICK.

I AM HERE.

OKAY, GOOD.

UH, COLLEAGUES, LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET THROUGH THE Q AND A, UH, UM, THIS BRIEFING.

UH, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR DIANA? YES.

UH, KENZIE.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU DIANA, FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING TO, TO MAKE THESE PRO LODGES WORK.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAD RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS THAT I SENT YOU LAST WEEK.

I KNOW THERE WERE QUITE A FEW, BUT IF WE COULD REVIEW THOSE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP SO FAR ABOUT ITEM 31 IN PARTICULAR.

AND SO SOME OF THESE, I THINK I'M NOT SURE.

I KNOW ALEX HAD ANSWERED SOME OF THEM, SO I'M NOT CERTAIN WHICH ONES HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMMUNICATED COUNCIL MEMBER, BUT WE CAN GO ONE BY ONE, UM, AND, AND ANSWER ALL OF THEM.

THE FIRST QUESTION IS ABOUT ANY MEANINGFUL INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE PURCHASE OF THE HOTEL.

AND SO I THINK WE MOSTLY TOUCHED ON THIS IN TERMS OF, UM, YOU KNOW, THE DIFFICULTY OF COMMUNICATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE THERE IS SITE CONTROL OF THE PROPERTY.

BUT, UM, OUR INTENT THEN IS THAT WE WILL, UM, BOTH IDENTIFY EXPLICITLY ANY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD CONTACTS, UM, ON THE RESIDENTIAL SIDE WHO ARE IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT AND WORK WITH COUNCIL MEMBER OFFICES ON THIS, AND ANY OTHER HOTEL TO IDENTIFY, UM, STAKEHOLDERS.

YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE WE REACH OUT TO THANK YOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT KNOWN THAT THE ANDERSON MILL LIMITED DISTRICT HAS REACHED OUT TO MY OFFICE AND THEY ARE

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CURRENTLY STRONGLY OPPOSING OKAY.

UNTIL PURCHASE.

AND IT WOULD ALSO BE PRUDENT FOR US TO REACH OUT TO THE CON PARK PLACE, UM, WHICH ARE SMALL RESIDENTIAL TOWNHOMES IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE HOTEL.

YES.

EXCELLENT.

THE, THE SECOND QUESTION WAS REGARDING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEARBY AND A CONCERN THAT THERE WASN'T ANY MEANINGFUL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHIN PROXIMITY.

AND SO, UM, THERE ARE THREE AREAS I THINK ARE