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[00:00:03]

UM, AND LIKE TO CALL,

[CALL TO ORDER]

UH, THE APRIL 13TH MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO ORDER AT 5:55 PM.

UH, AND, UH, THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. WE'LL START, UH, WITH CITIZEN COMMUNICATION.

DO WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? NOPE.

NOPE.

OKAY.

UH, WITH THAT SAID, THEN WE'LL MOVE TO THE NEXT, UH, AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MARCH 9TH, WELL DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE MARCH 9TH, UH, MEETING MINUTES.

DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION OR ANY MOTIONS? THIS IS COMMISSIONER HERE.

WE MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES FROM MARCH 9TH.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? OKAY.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER.

HOLD THAT ONE SEC.

OKAY.

OKAY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE I HEARD A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER WITH OTERO AND ACTUALLY I, UH, IN ALL THE TIME THAT I WAS REVIEWING THE MINUTES, UH, UH, UH, I NOTICED THAT ONE OF THE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE NAME IS SPELLED INCORRECTLY, UH, AND IT HAPPENS TO BE MINE.

UH, SO, UM, WITH THAT CORRECTION THAT, UH, YOU TAKE THAT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT COMMISSIONER MANIA.

YES, SIR.

AND THE AMENDMENT THAT APPROVING THE MINUTES UPON CORRECTION OF COMMISSIONING WITH TONY'S NAME.

THANKS.

FILLING.

DO YOU MEAN THE SECOND STILL STANDS FROM COMMISSIONER OTO.

OKAY.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER ORTHODO.

YES.

ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE, PLEASE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED ANY ABSTAINING, PLEASE MAKE IT VOCALLY KNOWN.

THIS IS WEIRD.

I ABSTAIN.

WE HAVE AN ABSTENTION FROM COMMISSIONER GARRETT.

OKAY.

THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

MOVING ON TO THE NEXT, UH, AGENDA ITEM, WHICH WILL BE THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT.

RIGHT BEFORE WE MOVE TO AGENDA ITEM, NUMBER TWO, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST MAKE IT CLEAR TOO, AS WE ARE MOVING INTO AN AGENDA ITEM WITH CITY STAFF ON CAN SOMEBODY, I KNOW I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO ALL CITY STAFF THAT I APOLOGIZE.

UM, AS CHAIR OF THIS COMMISSION, FOR THE WAY I FEEL THAT WE TREATED STAFF IN THE LAST MEETING, IT WAS A STRESSFUL TIME FOR ALL OF US, FOR EVERY SINGLE RESIDENT IN THE CITY AND IN THE STATE AND EQUALLY STRESSFUL, IF NOT MORE FOR EVERY SINGLE CITY STAFF MEMBER, THAT'S WORKING VERY, VERY HARD TO TRY TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US.

AND THOUGH NONE OF US ARE ABLE TO ACHIEVE PERFECTION.

I WANT TO APPLAUD EACH AND EVERY STAFF MEMBER FOR DOING THEIR BEST TO DO THE SAME.

AND I URGE IN THE SPIRIT VERY MUCH OF COMMISSIONER MAHEA FOR US TO REALLY CONSIDER OUR COMMENTARY, OUR DISCUSSION IN OUR QUESTIONS, THROUGH THE LENS OF CIVILITY, SOLVENCY, AND BREVITY, AND WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE THAT OUR FRUSTRATION IS CERTAINLY LEGITIMATE IF, AND WHEN IT'S THERE, BUT IT OUGHT TO BE DIRECTED, NOT AT CITY STAFF, RATHER IT SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO ME AND WE CAN PURSUE DISCUSSION AS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE FORUM IN WHICH WE ARE.

SO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH COMMISSIONERS.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU CITY STAFF.

I'M VERY SORRY.

I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE WILL BE MOVING ON TO

[2. COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG)]

ITEM TWO, THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT, A BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT WITH THE MANAGER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT AT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

UH, GREAT.

UH, THANK YOU SO MUCH, UH, CHAIRMAN SWANEE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I KNOW WE'RE ALL DOING THE BEST WE CAN THIS PAST 12 TO 14 MONTHS.

SO,

[00:05:01]

UH, I'M HERE AGAIN, HAPPY TO BE HERE.

UM, JUST WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT TO COMMUNITY SERVICES, BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO DELIVERY OF SERVICES, TO LOW-INCOME TEXANS IN ALL COUNTIES HERE IN AUSTIN AS WELL.

UH, WE PROVIDE BASIC NEEDS SERVICES, PREVENTIVE AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS, UM, ON THIS SLIDE, UH, WHEN IT LET YOU GUYS KNOW THAT WE FULLY EXPANDED OUR 20, 20 CSBG, UH, FUNDING, WE STARTED EXPANDING OUR 2021 FUNDING.

UH, WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO CARRY OVER INTO 2021.

UH, NEXT PAGE, PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

PAGE NUMBER TWO ON JUST BRING YOUR ATTENTION DOWN TO WHAT WE'VE BEEN REALLY FOCUSED ON OR PIVOTED TO, UH, 12 MONTHS AGO, WHICH IS HELPING FOLKS AVOID EVICTION, PAYING THEIR RENT AND UTILITIES.

UM, OUR TARGET FOR THIS YEAR IS 1200 HOUSEHOLDS HOUSEHOLDS.

UH, SO FAR WE'VE, UM, ASSISTED 587 HOUSEHOLDS AVOID EVICTION WITH OUR CARES ACT FUNDING.

WE'VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE, UH, SOME UTILITY ASSISTANCE THROUGH OUR PLUS ONE PROGRAM.

UM, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF PILLARS.

YOU BELIEVE DETERMINATIONS IN OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION, UH, CONTINUED TO BE DUE TO COVID, UH, MOBILE FOOD PANTRY, CURBSIDE SERVICES, AND THEY HAVE SOME EXCITING ROOMS THAT OUR MAIN MEETINGS.

SO STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE COLLABORATIONS WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK AND AMAZON AND A FOOD DELIVERY PROGRAM.

SO MORE TO COME ON THAT IF YOU GO TO PAGE, UH, AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, WE HAVE SOME PROGRAMMATIC UPDATES FOR THE MONTH.

WE DID HIRE A COMMUNITY WORKER AT THE SOUTHWESTERN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, A SOCIAL WORKER FOR THE CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM.

UM, UH, FORGIVE THE INTERRUPTION.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS VISIBLE FOR ALL THE VIEWING AUDIENCE OUT THERE.

IS EVERYBODY SEEING A HALF PAGE HERE OR, UH, IS THERE A WHOLE PAGE THAT I'M JUST MISSING? THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ZOOMING.

I THINK HE'S IN THERE.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

I HAVE MY OWN REPORT HERE SO I CAN KIND OF REFER TO MINE.

HE SAID FOR ME TO LEAVE.

SO IF YOU GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR A PROGRAMMATIC UPDATES, SOME HR, UH, WE HIRED A FEW REALLY GOOD STAFF AT THESE DIFFERENT CENTERS.

UM, WHAT ITEM NUMBER TWO ON PAGE THREE, I JUST WANT TO REPORT BACK ON THE, UH, NOMINATION SELECTION MEETINGS.

WE'VE HELD A FEW OF THOSE IN MARCH AND WE WILL COMPLETE THE REST OF THEM BY THE END OF APRIL.

UM, SO FAR WE HAVE, UH, A NEW, THERE WILL BE A NEW, UM, COMMISSIONER REPRESENTING THEM ON TOP OF THIS AREA.

WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE CITY CLERKS TRAINING, GETTING PROCESS AND LIMITATION SO ANNOUNCED, UM, THAT PERSON, HOPEFULLY NEXT MONTH, UH, COMMISSIONER MAKIAH WAS REELECTED AT DOVE SPRINGS ELECTION LAST NIGHT.

SO CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING REELECTED.

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF, UM, NOMINEES, UH, REALLY GOOD DISCUSSION, GOOD VOTING PROCESS.

SO I WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH THAT, UH, WITH THE PASSION THERE, WITH, UH, THE GROUP, UM, WE HAVE THE NORTH AUSTIN ELECTION GOING ON AS WE SPEAK.

SO I MAY HAVE TO HOP OFF OF HERE AS SOON AS I'M DONE TO JOIN THAT.

AND, UH, WE HAD A TIE AT THE ROAST WOULD SET.

I'VE ALWAYS HAD BLACK MAN NEIGHBORHOOD.

THAT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

UM, SO WE'RE GOING TO DO A RUNOFF ON THE 26TH OF APRIL.

SO THE TWO CANDIDATES THEY'RE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT, UM, FOOD INSECURITY AND EQUITY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT ELECTION OR THAT RUNOFF AND THE REST ARE SCHEDULED, UH, WE HAVE OUR ST JOHN WHO ACTUALLY SCHEDULED COLONY PARK.

HE STARTED IN SOUTH AT THE END OF APRIL.

SO MORE TO COME.

I THINK THERE'LL BE A FEW NEW FACES ON THE BOARD IN MAY.

UH, NUMBER THREE, WE CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE DO.

SO I'LL JUST SKIP OVER THAT ONE, JUST FORECASTING THAT THE CITY IS, UH, WORKING ON A REINTEGRATION PLAN.

THERE'S A TENTATIVE DATE OF MAY 17TH TO START REINTEGRATING STAFF BACK INTO THE WORKPLACE AND THEN DO IT IN PHASES AS WE MOVE INTO OPENING MORE TO THE PUBLIC.

BUT AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT'S KIND OF A MOVING TARGET GIVEN, UH, THE, HAVE THE VARIANTS AND THE, UH, JUST, UH, THE PANDEMIC ITSELF, UM, PLAN NUMBER FOUR, THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

WE'RE WORKING WITH WATER TO NICHOLS.

UH, THERE WILL BE BACK IN MAY TO PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS.

SO WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT TO THE NEXT MONTH, UH, REGARDING THE TOP FIVE NEEDS THAT THEY WILL RANK ONCE THEY GET ALL THE SURVEYS BACK FROM, UH, FROM THE COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS.

I THINK SOME OF YOU PARTICIPATED OR ARE PARTICIPATING IN THAT PROCESS AS, UH, KEY INFORMANTS,

[00:10:01]

UH, TO THIS.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT TAKING THE TIME TO DO THAT, UM, MOVED TO NUMBER FIVE.

UH, THE CARES ACT FUNDING.

THE LATEST WE HAVE IS THROUGH FEBRUARY WITH ASSISTANCE TO WHETHER THE HOUSEHOLD AND PROCESS FORM WAS HALF A MILLION DOLLARS THAT MEANT ASSISTANCE, UM, WHICH IS A LOT OF MONEY FOR US, BUT AN IT PERSPECTIVE, WE USUALLY EXPEND ABOUT 200,000 A YEAR PRE PANDEMIC AND HELPING FOLKS WITH, UM, RENTAL PAYMENTS.

SO DEFINITELY, UM, A BIG CHANGE THERE.

UM, FOR AND ENERGY PLUS ONE PROGRAM CONTINUES IN OUR SUCCESS STORY IN THIS MONTH.

I'LL LET YOU READ IT ON YOUR OWN, BUT IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE A COUPLE OF, UH, COLLABORATION, A COUPLE OF EVENTS THAT WE'RE COLLABORATING WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK AND THE HEALTH EQUITY TEAM ON PROVIDING PPE WATER AND FOOD BOXES TO THE COMMUNITY.

WE ALREADY HAD ONE THIS PAST SATURDAY.

UH, WE ASSISTED 250 HOUSEHOLDS, UH, WITH, UH, PRE-PACKAGED FOOD BOXES FROM THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK, WATER AND, UH, PPE.

UH, SO VERY SUCCESSFUL.

I'M HOPING THAT THE ONE I'M ON TOP OF LIST IN TWO WEEKS, SATURDAY, THE 24TH WILL ALSO BE WELL ATTENDED.

I CAN SEND OUT THE FLYER TO YOU ALL AFTER THIS MEETING.

SO SPREAD THE WORD IF IT'S OPEN TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE IN AUSTIN, A DRIVE THROUGH NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARILY JUST COME COMBINE AND, UH, AND, UH, AND CSA ACTION.

THAT'S IT END OF MY REPORT TODAY.

ANY QUESTIONS? COMMENTS, THANK YOU.

UH, UH, AND, UH, THANKS FOR RUNNING THOSE ELECTIONS.

I KNOW IT'S NOT EASY TO BE DOING EVERYTHING, UH, AND A MILLION OTHER THINGS ON YOUR PLATE WHILE ALSO MANAGING THOSE ELECTIONS.

WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS.

IT LOOKED LIKE COMMISSIONER MANIA HAD HIS HAND UP.

I HAVE A REQUEST, SORRY.

THIS IS LISA RODRIGUEZ.

UH, IS COMMISSIONER KAREN POP COULD BE MOVED FROM ATTENDEE TO PANELIST.

THIS IS THE NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GO CARRY ON.

THANK YOU ON HERE.

UM, I JUST, I THINK I'LL TRY TO KEEP IT REALLY BRIEF, YOU KNOW, DURING THE ELECTIONS, THERE WAS SOME GOOD QUESTIONS ASKED AND ONE OF THEM I'D LOVE TO CONNECT WITH YOU PERSONALLY ABOUT, UH, ON HILL IS, UH, HOW, AND IF, WHAT PART, HOW, HOW WE INTERSECT WITH PHIL VALLEY DEL VALLEY THAT IS SORT OF ETJ AND NOT WITH, UM, WITH PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES AND PER THE QUESTIONS WE HEARD LAST NIGHT ABOUT SORT OF D D TWO, UM, D TWO ENGAGEMENT AROUND THE AROUND CDC ISSUES WITH, UH, WITH THE DEL VALLEY COMMUNITY.

AND THEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW MAYBE SOMETHING WE CAN NOODLE ON LATER IS HAVING DISTRICT SPECIFIC SORT OF SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDLY UPDATES.

I WAS THINKING A LOT ABOUT HOW ONE OF THE OTHER QUESTIONS THAT CAME UP WAS HOW DO WE, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE CONNECT THE RESIDENTS TO THE SERVICES, YOU KNOW, AND IT'S ONE THING TO SHARE LINKS AND SHARE AGENDAS OR BACKUP MATERIALS.

AND IT'S ANOTHER TO SORT OF THINK THROUGH, UM, SORT OF READY-MADE BESPOKE, UH, SOCIAL MEDIA STUFF THAT WE CAN SHOUT TO THE COMMUNITY EVEN MORE READILY.

SO, UM, JUST, JUST THINGS TO NOODLE ON AS WE GO FORWARD.

NOTHING REALLY CONCLUSIVE, NOT A REAL QUESTION.

JUST IDEAS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH CONDITION COMMISSIONER MIHIR.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, DEFINITELY I'D LOOK FORWARD TO SPEAKING WITH YOU MORE ABOUT THE DEL VALLEY, UM, QUESTION, UH, WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD PIO TEAM AT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, IF YOU'RE ALL AWARE OF THAT REALLY ARE FOCUSED ON THEIR VACCINE EFFORTS AND EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY, UH, ON THAT.

BUT, UH, THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SO I'M SURE WE CAN FIND A WAY TO, UH, TO INCORPORATE SOME OF WHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO TARGET CERTAIN POPULATIONS EVEN BETTER.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MANIA, ANY ONE ELSE? HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS FOR ON-HAND COMMISSIONER DOCAUTO? WHO WAS IT? WHO ELSE WAS I HEARING? UH, I, THE BOY I HEARD ANOTHER VOICE RIGHT BEFORE WE GET STARTED, BUT I THINK THAT'S PERFECT.

OKAY.

OKAY, GREAT.

GREAT, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU, UM, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU AND YOUR STAFF HAVE BEEN DOING.

I'VE BEEN OBSERVING AND THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, AND ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING FOR THE ELECTIONS THAT, THAT WE'RE ALL FACING RIGHT NOW, IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT'S ALL VIRTUAL.

AND SO I KNOW IT'S BEEN A REAL BIG CHALLENGE, AND I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR, FOR JUST, YOU KNOW, CONTINUING TO ENCOURAGE US TO STAY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO ASK QUESTION, AND I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A PART OF YOUR REPORT, BUT I DON'T THINK I HEARD IT.

UM, I'M ACTUALLY, UH, ON THE ROAD RIGHT NOW TALKING, UM, THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

[00:15:01]

UH, IT, WAS THAT A PART OF THE REPORT OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S ON OUR AGENDA FOR LATER THIS SESSION? UH, UH, WALTER NICHOLSON ASSOCIATES WAS AT THE MEETING LAST MONTH, UH, AND PRESENTED AND TO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, AND THEN THEY WILL BE BACK IN MAY TO PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS AND HAVE A DISCUSSION.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW THE CORRECT TERMS, BUT THEY WILL, UH, THEY'LL COME BACK.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL, I JUST WANTED TO, JUST BECAUSE I DIDN'T HEAR THAT.

AND, AND I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU, THANK YOU FOR SENDING, UM, THOSE CONSULTANTS TO ME.

UM, SO WE CAN BE ABLE TO DO THAT WORK THAT NEEDED, UH, IN THE DEADLINE THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

AND COMMISSIONER GARRETT.

YES.

HI.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, SO I HAD TWO QUESTIONS.

UM, THE FIRST QUESTION AND, UM, JUST FOR MY OWN PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE AT THE TOP OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN, IT SAYS INDIVIDUALS WHO TRANSITIONED OUT OF POVERTY, WHAT IS THE METRIC THAT DETERMINES LIKE AN ACHIEVEMENT IN THAT GOAL? AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION IS JUST, UH, FOR THE NEW HIRES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNITS.

UM, IS THAT POSTED LIKE ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, KIND OF EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE, COMMISSIONER GARY, A QUESTION NUMBER TWO WAS REGARDING, I MISSED THE PART OF THAT, THE SERVICE FLYERS, OR NO, THE NEW HIRES AT THE COMMUNITY WORKERS AT SOUTH AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER.

UM, AND, OR THE ROSEWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER ARE THOSE POSITIONS, UM, TYPICALLY POSTED ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYMENT? SO YES, YES.

CITY OF AUSTIN JOBS GIVE GOOGLE THAT IT'S THERE.

YEP.

UM, AND QUESTION NUMBER ONE.

UM, CAN YOU REPEAT THAT FOR ME? QUESTION NUMBER ONE, IS THE METRIC AROUND TRANSITIONING OUT? YES, YES.

UH, THEIR METRIC, UH, PER THE STATE IS 125% FPI FOR 90 DAYS.

YOU EXPLAINED THE ABBREVIATION BY THE TEMPERED FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES.

AND SO DOES, I GUESS THE CITY OR NEIGHBORHOOD IS KIND OF FOLLOW SOMEONE TO DETERMINE THAT THEY'VE, THEY'VE BEEN MOVED OUT OF POVERTY WITH, HOW DOES THAT LOOK? WHAT'S IT, WE HAVE OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM AT EACH NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER.

SO A SOCIAL WORKER HAS A CASELOAD OF CLIENTS WHO ARE LOOKING TO REENTER THE WORLD OF WORK.

UH, SOME MAY, MIGHT ALREADY BE WORKING ABOUT ONE TO IMPROVE THEIR WAGES, MAYBE FIND EMPLOYMENT WITH BENEFITS.

UH, SO THEY ARE WORKING WITH THEM.

ONE-ON-ONE KIND OF A COUNSELING SLASH VOCATIONAL PROGRAM.

SO YES, THEY ARE.

THEY'RE BEING FOLLOWED FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR.

UM, WE PROVIDE, UM, THEY COULD JUST WITH TRAINING, WE CAN PROVIDE GIFT CARDS, UM, AND, UH, WITH THE CARES ACT MONEY, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE TOOLS FOR SOME OF OUR FOLKS WHO ARE GRADUATING FROM LIKE AN HVAC CERTIFICATION PROGRAM OR A PLUMBING PROGRAM, WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY A WONDERFUL THING TO DO SINCE THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST BARRIERS WE WERE HEARING ABOUT WAS THAT SOME OF THE FOLKS WOULD GO THROUGH THE HVAC TRAINING OR PLUMBING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, BUT THEN HAVE NO MONEY FOR TOOLS.

SO EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE, YOU KNOW, GUARANTEED EMPLOYMENT IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER, THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT IMMEDIATELY DUE TO THEIR LACK OF FUNDS FOR TOOLS.

SO, UM, THAT'S KIND OF MY LONG ANSWER.

THEY ARE IN A CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WITH A SOCIAL WORKER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GARRETT.

HANG ON.

HELLO.

DO WE HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? UH, AND I WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO PAUSE FOR THOSE ON THE PHONE TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE THE VOICES CAN SOMETIMES BE MORE FAINT, ANY QUESTIONS FROM OUR CALL-IN COMMISSIONERS.

OKAY.

AND BACK TO THE TEAM AT LARGE.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UH, I HAD, UH, FOR THE BRIEFING, LET'S MOVE

[Items 3a & 3b]

ON TO THE, UH, NEXT, UH, ITEM ITEM THREE NEW BUSINESS BRIEFING ON FISCAL YEAR 2019 2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2021, 2022 ACTION PLAN COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS, BUT HPD IS DEATH.

[00:20:08]

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THIS IS REBECCA GLO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

I AM JOINED TODAY BY KATIE HORSEMAN IS OUR NEW, UM, RESEARCH ANALYST SENIOR.

AND SHE IS RELATIVELY BRAND NEW.

ACTUALLY SHE'S JOINED THE DEPARTMENT, UH, I THINK SINCE DECEMBER AND SHE IS WORKING NOW IN THE CAPACITY OF FEDERAL REPORTING.

AND THIS IS HER FIRST ACTUALLY, UM, ACTION PLAN PROCESS, WHICH MANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT, WE'VE GOT, UM, QUITE A BIT INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH YOU RECOGNIZING THAT SOME OF THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS OR COMMISSIONERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THIS PROCESS AT A DEEP LEVEL, AND THIS WILL BE NEW TO SOME, I WANT TO BE COGNIZANT AND SENSITIVE TO TIME, UM, HEARING THE COMMENTS AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, UM, RECOGNIZING ALSO THAT YOU ALL HAVE A, UH, A ACTION PACKED AGENDA.

SO I WANT TO DO TWO THINGS.

I WANT TO GO THROUGH THE CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL, UH, PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT AT A HIGH LEVEL FROM PROGRAM YEAR 19.

SO THAT WOULD BE FISCAL YEAR 20, 19 AND 2020.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

UM, I ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO HAS QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO, UM, TO EMAIL US IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION OR CERTAINLY WE'RE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME, CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THAT MANDY TO MAYO BE MOVED OVER AS A PRESENTER IN THE EVENT THAT SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WILL BE HELPFUL FOR HER TO ASSIST WITH, UM, AND A LOT OF THE PROGRAM AREAS, UM, MAY IT MAY WARRANT OR BE LEVERAGED BY HER EXPERTISE.

SO LET'S GET GOING, UM, ADVANCE THE SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE, UM, CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT IS AN ANNUAL LOOK BACK AS TO THE FEDERAL DOLLARS SPECIFICALLY THE FORMULA GRANTS AND HOW THE CITY SPENT THE DOLLARS AND WHAT THE PERFORMANCE WAS OF THOSE DOLLARS.

JUST QUICKLY TO TEE UP WHAT THE WHAT'S CALLED A CAPER.

AGAIN, CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT IS AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE DO A CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS, WHICH IS A FIVE-YEAR INVESTMENT STRATEGY THAT IDENTIFIES HOW WE WILL SPEND THE FORMULA GRANTS RECEIVED BY HUD AS OUR KEY GRANTOR.

AND THESE ARE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, BLOCK GRANTS, HOME, INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS, EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS, GRANT HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSON WITH AIDS EACH HAVE, OF COURSE, THE ACRONYMS YOU ALL ARE LIKELY FAMILIAR WITH FROM THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN, WHICH IS A FIVE YEAR ESSENTIALLY A FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY THAT IS BROUGHT FORWARD EACH YEAR BY AN ANNUAL ACTION PLAN.

AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, THAT REALLY SERVES AS THE ANNUAL GRANT APPLICATION TO HUD, WHICH BRINGS DOWN THAT INFORMATION FROM THE FIVE-YEAR STRATEGY AND PUTS IT FORWARD YEAR BY YEAR.

UM, AND THEN WHAT WE DO IS WE LOOK BACK EACH TIME WE COMPLETE ONE OF THOSE YEARS AND WE BRING TO YOU THE CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND REPORT.

SO THAT IS WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY FOR THE PROGRAM YEAR 19 NEXT SLIDE AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL, THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FISCAL YEAR, 19 AND 20 WITH THE FEDERAL DOLLARS.

I JUST REFERENCED.

UM, THE SNAPSHOT IS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SERVE INDIVIDUALS WERE PROJECTS 1,791, AND A TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE OF THAT SUBSET 1,399, WHERE IT INCOMES BELOW 30% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

AND I DON'T HAVE MY CHART HANDY, I SHOULD, BUT THAT IS ROUGHLY FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR AROUND 28,000 A YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DOLLARS, THIS WAS APPLICABLE TO WAS A LITTLE UNDER 14 MILLION.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE POINT REALLY BEING ON THAT SLIDE IS THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS DOING, I THINK, A REALLY GOOD JOB OF SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE SERVED, OH, I'M SORRY.

OKAY.

THERE WE GO.

PEOPLE SERVE BY, UM, INVESTMENT CATEGORY.

SO YOU SEE REALLY OUR PROGRAMMATIC INVESTMENT CATEGORY THERE.

AND THAT TOTAL IS 1,791

[00:25:01]

AND BREAKS DOWN WHERE THE BENEFICIARIES WERE BY EACH OF THE INVESTMENT CATEGORIES.

AND YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND THEN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT, I WOULD THINK ALSO THE CTM REPRESENTATIVE WHO IS REALLY GOOD AT HEARING NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YOU ALL DO A WONDERFUL JOB AND WE COULDN'T, WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU.

SO THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN IS REALLY IMPORTANT AS WE LOOK AT THE NEXT SLIDE.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, IF YOU LOOK TO THE LEFT, YOU SEE THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN.

IF YOU LOOK TO THAT BAR CHART ON THE RIGHT, YOU SEE HOW, UM, THE BENEFICIARIES ARE BROKEN DOWN BY RACE AND A LITTLE OVER HALF WERE, UH, THE, THE INDIVIDUALS WERE WHITE AND WE ARE LOOKING AT, UM, SOME, I THINK SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE SERVED WITH THESE FUNDS.

I HAVE TO SAY OUR DEPARTMENT WORKING WITH A NUMBER OF NONPROFITS AND OUR OUTREACH CAPACITY.

UM, WE ARE REALLY WORKING HARD TO LOOK AT HOW THIS NEEDS TO BE, UM, REALLY BROUGHT FORWARD TO THOSE MOST IN NEED.

AND AS WE RECOGNIZE THAT IS OFTEN, UM, THROUGH LOOKING AT HOW GOOD OF A JOB WE'VE DONE BY INVESTING THESE FEDERAL DOLLARS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY.

NEXT SLIDE.

YEAH, THIS LOOKS AT, UH, THE BREAKDOWN BETWEEN NOT, UH, NON-HISPANICS AND HISPANICS.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THAT BAR CHART, UM, YOU'RE SAYING THAT, UH, THE HISPANICS REPRESENTED IN THE VIOLET COLOR AND THEN THE NOT HISPANIC REPRESENTED IN THE DARKER BLUE.

THIS IS BROUGHT TO YOU THIS WAY, BECAUSE THIS IS HOW WE POPULATE THE DATA.

AND WHAT'S CALLED THE, THE SYSTEM, UM, THE DISBURSEMENT SYSTEM OF FUNDS THAT HUD UTILIZES IT'S CALLED ID I S AND THIS IS HOW THE, UM, RACE AND ETHNICITY IS BROKEN DOWN SPECIFICALLY THE ETHNICITY, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE POPULATION SERVED BY INCOME.

THIS PARTICULAR SLIDE SHOWS THE EXTREMELY LOW INCOME BRACKET OVER THERE TO THE LEFT.

AND THAT IS, UH, A, UH, A COMPONENT.

I THINK, OF THE INVESTMENT THAT IS CAREFULLY, UM, GUIDED.

AND, UH, ONE TO REALLY JUST GIVE ACCOLADES TO THIS GROUP, WHICH IS, UH, CERTAINLY A BODY THAT HAS CONTINUED TO LOOK AT THOSE, UH, INDIVIDUALS IN OUR EM COMMUNITY WHO ARE EXTREMELY LOW INCOME AND MAKING SURE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROGRAMMATIC RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE WHERE THIS CAN CONTINUE, UM, TO BE BROUGHT FORWARD THIS WAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS A FEW OF THE NEXT SLIDES ARE JUST GENERATED TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM YEAR 19 WAS AND THE ACTUAL, UH, SO CHILDCARE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AS WELL AS SENIOR SERVICES, AS YOU ALL KNOW, UM, ARE BROUGHT FORWARD THROUGH CONTRACTS AND THOSE CONTRACTS ARE ADMINISTERED BY AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND THIS LAST YEAR, I WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY THAT WE ACTUALLY TRANSFERRED THE ACTUAL CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION TO AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, WHERE THESE SERVICES CAN BE LEVERAGED WITH OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES CONTRACTS, NOT ONLY THROUGH THE COMPETITIVE PROCESS, BUT ALSO REALLY LOOKING AT THE COMPREHENSIVE NEED FOR SOCIAL SERVICES AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL FUNDS TO INCLUDE THE FORMULA GRANTS BY HUD, IN MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE WE HAVE HERE, THE HOME REPAIR SERVICES THAT OUR DEPARTMENT, UM, PROVIDES THROUGH THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

UM, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MANDY DE MAYO FOR BEING HERE.

UH, HER TEAM HAS BEEN CHALLENGED AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, UM, BY THE PANDEMIC.

AND THIS HAS DEFINITELY IMPACTED OUR ABILITY TO, UM, PROVIDE HOME REPAIR SERVICES AS WE HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST.

AND SO WORKING WITH THE HOME REPAIR COALITION HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY HELPFUL AND REALLY NOT JUST REINVENTING THE WAY THAT WE BRING THESE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY, BUT LOOKING AT A DIFFERENT WAY THAT WE DEPLOY HOME REPAIR, UM, HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY HELPFUL.

AND WE COULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT THE HOME REPAIR, UM, COALITION'S PARTNERSHIP, BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT, AS YOU SEE THE GOAL AND YOU SEE THE ACTUAL, THIS HAS BEEN, UH, IMPACTED BY, UM, SOMETIMES THE DELAY AND SOMETIMES THE PAUSE IN SERVICE, NEXT SLIDE.

SO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE,

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UM, DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE, AS WELL AS TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE.

UM, THESE ARE ALL EITHER IN OWNERSHIP OR RENTAL SERVICES, AND YOU CAN SEE THE GOAL AS WELL AS THE ACTUAL AND EACH OF THOSE, UH, TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE.

YOU CAN SEE THE GOAL WAS 527 WITH THE ACTUAL THREE 18.

UH, WE HAVE HAD SOME, UM, UH, PRODUCTION DELAY IN THE TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE DUE TO LIKELY LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT THAT AGENCY.

I WILL SAY, HOWEVER, THE, UH, LEADERSHIP CURRENTLY WITH THE AUSTIN, UH, THE TENANTS RIGHTS, AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL IS THE CONTRACTOR.

UM, I'M HAPPY TO SAY WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, UM, WITH, WITH EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP CURRENTLY INTACT.

AND I SUSPECT WE WILL SEE IN THE NEXT PROGRAM YEAR, VERY DIFFERENT NUMBERS THERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT GOING FORWARD, YOU KNOW, INSTEAD OF LOOKING BACK ABOUT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FORTHCOMING, AND A WALK YOU ALL THROUGH THE NEXT SLIDES, WHICH WILL, UM, PROVIDE JUST A VERY HIGH LEVEL, UM, PROCESS, JUST SO THAT WE ALL ARE AWARE OF THE PROCESS UNDERWAY AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES TO WEIGH IN.

AND THEN MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHERE THE FUNDING STRUCTURE CURRENTLY IS.

UM, AND THEN CERTAINLY RECOGNIZING WE WILL BE BRINGING A DRAFT BACK TO YOU ALL OF THE ACTION PLAN BASED ON THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT, WHICH IS UNDERWAY FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO JUST QUICKLY, WE WANT TO GO OVER FEDERAL REPORTING PROCESS, UM, PROGRAM FUNDING TO DATE, UH, SOME OF THE COVID-19 PROGRAM FUNDING.

WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT YOU ALL AWARE ARE AWARE OF, YOU KNOW, THE DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING DEPLOYED CURRENTLY.

AND THOSE ANTICIPATED, EVEN THOUGH THOSE ARE OUTSIDE THE ACTION PLAN FRAMEWORK, WE FELT THAT IT WAS A RELEVANT PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION TO BRING TO YOU TODAY, A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT TIMELINE, AND HOW THE PUBLIC CAN WAIT.

AND DURING THIS TIMEFRAME, NEXT SLIDE, AND WE'LL KEEP GOING.

I'D LIKE TO PASS IT TO KATIE RIGHT NOW, WHO WILL WALK YOU ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS FOR FEDERAL REPORTING.

AND SHE, AND I WILL TAG TEAM THE NEXT FEW SLIDES.

THANK YOU.

MY IS KATIE HORSEMAN.

I'M A RESEARCH ANALYST WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

UM, AND, UH, AS WAS MENTIONED, THE HOUSING, UH, PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS THE CITY'S POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, UH, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR ENTITLEMENT GRANTS.

AND SO WE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING THE FEDERAL REPORTS THAT QUALIFY US FOR CONTINUED FUNDING FROM HUD.

AND SO WE OPERATE ON THE TIMELINE THAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN, STARTING WITH THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN, ALSO KNOWN AS THE STRATEGIC PLAN FIVE-YEAR PLAN INCLUDES A FIVE-YEAR PROJECTION OF, OF FUNDING ALLOCATIONS ACROSS OUR PROGRAMS AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WE HOPE TO SERVE.

UM, AND WITHIN THAT EACH YEAR, WE HAVE AN ACTION PLAN THAT IS AN APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THAT YEAR.

THAT INCLUDES HOW MUCH FUNDING WILL BE ALLOCATED TO EACH PROGRAM, UM, FROM OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WE HOPE TO SERVE PER PROGRAM.

AND THEN ONCE THE FISCAL YEAR CONCLUDES, WE WRITE A CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT, WHICH IS A REVIEW OF HOW WELL WE MET OUR GOALS AND HOW MUCH FUNDING WE ACTUALLY SPENT.

SO CURRENTLY WE'RE OPERATING ON OUR 20, 19 TO 2024 CONSOLIDATED PLAN.

AND WITHIN THAT WORKING ON FISCAL YEAR 21, 22 ACTION PLAN, WHICH WILL BE YEAR THREE OF OUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE FYI 2122 ACTION PLAN IS GOING TO BE AN APPLICATION FOR THE FOLLOWING, UH, FOR ENTITLEMENT GRANTS, THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS, HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS, AND THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT THAT HAS ANNOUNCED PROPOSED FUNDING ALLOCATIONS FOR FY 2122, UM, TO COME TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THAT IS US AROUND 7.8 MILLION FOR CDBG 2 MILLION FOR HOPWA 3.1 MILLION FOR HOME, AND ABOUT $669,870 FROM ESG.

THOSE NUMBERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON, UM, ACTIONS AT THE HUD LEVEL UP UNTIL WE SIGNED THE GRANTS AGREEMENTS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

AND SO HERE WE CAN SEE A BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBERS SPECIFICALLY AND ON THE COLUMN ON THE RIGHT, YOU CAN SEE THE PERCENT CHANGE FROM OUR ALLOCATION IN FISCAL YEAR 2021.

MOST OF THESE GRANTS SEEM

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TO BE STAYING RELATIVELY THE SAME SLIGHTLY DECREASING WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HOPWA, WHICH IS RECEIVING A 12 POINT 28% INCREASE IN FUNDS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, TOGGLE IT BACK TO ME, KATIE.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO IN A FISCAL YEAR 21, 22, WE MADE SOME BIG ASSUMPTIONS HERE, JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF A PERSPECTIVE OF HOW THE FEDERAL DOLLARS PLAY INTO THE BROADER SCHEME OR ENVIRONMENT THAT WE HAVE FROM EXPENDITURES.

UM, SO WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS MADE AN ASSUMPTION THAT OUR LOCAL EXPENDITURES OR FUNDING SOURCES WOULD REMAIN LEVEL.

AND THAT'S A BIG ASSUMPTION.

WE WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT BUDGET DEVELOPMENT HAS NOT BEGUN, BUT WE FELT THAT IT WAS RELEVANT TO SHOW THAT THE FEDERAL EXPENDITURES AND THOSE FUNDING SOURCES ARE ABOUT 18% OF OUR CURRENT FUNDING ENVIRONMENT.

SO IT IS NOT A INSIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY, BUT WE DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THE BUDGET DEVELOPMENT CONVERSATION WILL BE IMPORTANT TO BRING TO YOU ALL AS WELL.

AND IT PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE, UM, IN HOW WE DELIVER AN OVERALL BUDGET FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING, UM, TO INCLUDE NOW THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT, NEXT SLIDE, OUR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY THEY'RE LINED UP.

UM, MOST OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THEM AND WE'LL WALK THROUGH JUST AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL, WHAT THOSE ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE COMMISSIONERS THAT MAY NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE CONTEXT AS TO HOW THESE FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT.

NEXT SLIDE.

I ALWAYS THINK THAT IT'S VERY HELPFUL TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE SPEND OUR DOLLARS, UM, IN, IN TERMS OF A SPECIFIC CONSTITUENTS OR CUSTOMER BASE.

AND SO WHAT YOU'LL SEE IS GROUPINGS OF OUR PROGRAMS THAT ARE VERY SPECIFIC TO INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, RENTERS, HOME BUYERS, HOMEOWNERS, AND THEN CERTAINLY OUR DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS.

AND SO WHAT YOU'LL SEE IS, UM, THE ACTIVITIES GROUPED IN THAT WAY, AND WE ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THAT'S A REALLY HELPFUL WAY TO FRAME HOW AND WHO WE SERVE.

SO THE HOMELESSNESS ASSISTANCE, UM, SERVING PRIMARILY OUT OF THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT IS THE RAPID REHOUSING TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

AND THEN THE AUSTIN RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.

AND I JUST WANT TO FLAG FOR COMMISSIONERS WHO MAY NOT BE AS FAMILIAR WITH THIS FUNDING SOURCE.

WHAT WE CALL E S G EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT IS ADMINISTERED OUT OF THE AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH NEXT WEEK.

SPECIAL NEEDS ALSO ADMINISTERED OUT OF THE AWESOME PUBLIC HEALTH.

OUR PARTNER, UM, WITH, UH, HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ARE, UH, CONTRACTUAL SERVICES REPRESENTING, UM, THESE, THESE REALLY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT POPULATIONS, CHILDCARE SERVICES, YOUTH, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, SENIOR SERVICES, AND HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSON WITH AIDS.

WHAT WE, UM, OFTEN HEAR AS HOPWA PROGRAMS ARE ALL BEING SERVED, UM, BY AWESOME PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND, UM, THE CHILDCARE YOUTH AND SENIOR ARE OFTEN YOU'LL HEAR THEM REFERRED AS PUBLIC SERVICES.

THOSE THREE ARE THE ONES THAT WERE REFERENCED EARLIER AS BEING, UM, IMPORTANTLY PUT OVER INTO THE SOCIAL SERVICES ENVIRONMENT, NOT ONLY TO LEVERAGE THE LOCALLY FUNDED SOCIAL SERVICES, BUT ALSO REALLY TO LOOK COMPREHENSIVELY AT WHAT THE GAPS ARE AND RECOGNIZE OUR FEDERAL FUNDING AND TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE, UH, THE GAPS THERE IN THOSE COMMUNITY NEEDS.

NEXT SLIDE RENTER'S ASSISTANCE.

UM, WE HAVE THE TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND THE, UM, HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY HAS CONTRACTS WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ADMINISTERS THE, UH, WHAT'S CALLED TBR A AND THAT HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

AND WE CONTINUE THAT PARTNERSHIP TODAY, ARCHITECTURAL ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER REMOVAL, UH, TRY SAYING THAT THREE TIMES AND YOU WON'T DO THAT AGAIN.

UM, THAT ALSO IS ONE OF THE PROGRAM AREAS OUT OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, AND THEN TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, UH, ACTIVITY, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THIS ACTUALLY IS BEING ADMINISTERED BY OUR DISPLACEMENT

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PREVENTION WORK GROUP AND SPECIFICALLY OUR DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION, UM, OFFICER ACTUALLY, WHO WAS JUST HIRED A NAMED, UM, NEVER TD JACKMAN WHO HAS BEEN REALLY INSTRUMENTAL AND WORKING THROUGH A NUMBER OF NEW CONTRACTS AND EXISTING CONTRACTS WITH OUR TENANT STABILIZATION SERVICES.

SO THE TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN, UM, JUST INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND HAS BEEN VERY VISIBLE DURING COVID-19 NEXT SLIDE AND OUR HOME OWNER ASSISTANCE.

WE HAVE ABR.

SO THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER REMOVAL FOR HOME OWNERS, EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR, HOME OWNER REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM, WHICH TAKES HOUSES.

AND ACTUALLY THERE'S SOME OF THE PICTURES THERE.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE HOMES THAT ARE JUST IN, UM, IN, IN CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH, YOU KNOW, INDIVIDUALS REALLY NEED, UM, SAFE AND DECENT HOUSING.

AND OUR TEAM WORKS WITH CONTRACTORS TO TAKE HOMES TO A REHABILITATED STATE THAT THAT ACTUALLY ARE JUST POWERFUL IMAGES.

AND CERTAINLY THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED, UM, WITH, WITH THESE, UH, WITH THESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

AND WE WENT AHEAD AND LISTED, ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT FEDERALLY FUNDED THE GO REPAIR PROGRAM, UM, ON THIS SLIDE, WE ACTUALLY DID A PRESENTATION EARLIER TODAY TO THE GO REPAIR COALITION AND GOT A LITTLE BIT INTO THE NUMBERS OF THE GO REPAIR PROGRAM, BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT, UM, PROGRAM AND THE OVERALL REPERTOIRE OF HOW WE ARE DELIVERING, UM, THE HOME REPAIR SERVICE, NEXT SLIDE, HOME BUYER ASSISTANCE.

WE HAVE DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL, UM, ADMINISTERING FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

AND THIS HAS BECOME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT AS WE'VE SEEN OUR, UM, LONG TERM AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM EXPAND UNDER THE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS. AND THAT PORTFOLIO HAS TURNED TO THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM AND PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR SO THAT WE CAN LAYER ON DPA WITH OUR EXISTING PROGRAMS COMING OUT OF THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM.

AND, UH, IT'S BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE THIS IN-HOUSE AS NEW HOME OWNER OPPORTUNITIES ARE COMING OUT OF OUR INCENTIVE-BASED PROGRAMS, NEXT SLIDE, HOUSING DEVELOPER, OR ASSISTANCE, THAT'S ACTUALLY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE.

UM, THIS IS OFTENTIMES OUR HIGHER VISIBLE PROGRAMS. SO THE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND THE OWNERSHIP HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE, WE CALL THESE SIBLINGS ONE FOR RENTAL, ONE FOR OWNER.

UM, THIS IS WHERE A LOT OF THE $250 MILLION BOND PROGRAM IS, IS RESIDING AND, UH, IS CREATING RENTAL AND OWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.

WE DO A LITTLE BIT OF, UH, THESE PROGRAMS WITH OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, WE'RE REALLY INFUSING THOSE GEO BONDS INTO THESE PROGRAMS. AND, UH, IT'S BEEN REALLY AN EXCELLENT, UM, UH, OUTCOME FROM THE TEAM.

WE, WE USED TO REALLY HAVE TO BRAID A LOT OF MULTIPLE FUNDING SOURCES TO ACHIEVE SOME OF THE APPLICATIONS AND BE ABLE TO FUND THE APPLICATIONS.

UM, BUT RECOGNIZING THE VOTERS DID PASS THE $250 MILLION BONDS.

A LOT OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE INFUSED WITH THOSE LOCAL FUNDS AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO, UM, REALLY, UH, DO INCREDIBLE THINGS WITH THE LOCAL DOLLARS, THE DEVELOPER INCENTIVE-BASED PROGRAMS, AGAIN, OFTEN REALLY JUST LOOKING AT THE LOCALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS, BUT DIDN'T WANT TO NOT REFERENCE THE HOUSING DEVELOPER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IN THIS PRESENTATION, BECAUSE IT IS OFTEN, UH, THE PRESENTATIONS THAT, THAT GET THE HIGHER PROFILE AND A LOT OF THE, THE, THE PUBLIC, UH, INQUIRIES AND, AND CERTAINLY THE RECOGNITION AT COUNCIL THROUGH DIFFERENT, UM, RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COUNCIL ACTIVITY.

NEXT SLIDE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, UM, IS THE CHATEAUS.

WE ARE STILL ACTIVELY ENGAGED WITH SOME OF THE COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ALWAYS WANT TO SUPPORT THOSE, UH, AS THEY COME FORWARD WITH, UM, GRANTS, UM, GRANT REQUEST, AND THEN OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BANK, I WILL SAY THAT WE HAD FOR A LONG TIME, A CONTRACT WITH PEOPLE FUND, UH, WITH CDBG AND WE HAVE ACTUALLY MOVED ALL OF OUR SMALL BUSINESS, UM, REALLY HAS MOVED TO, UM, THE ECONOMIC

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DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

AND SO WE ARE, UH, REALLY FOCUSING OUR FEDERAL FUNDS OFTEN IN THE PUBLIC SERVICES, BUT MOST OFTEN IN HOUSING ACTIVITIES, NEXT SLIDE.

ALL RIGHT, I'M GOING TO PASS IT ON OVER TO KATIE TO CLOSE US OUT ON THIS PARTICULAR AREA OF THE ACTION PLAN.

AND THEN I'LL GO OVER JUST A LITTLE BIT, WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE ON, UM, SOME OF THE COVID-19 PROGRAMMING.

THANK YOU.

SO WE ARE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT PERIOD OF THIS ACTION PLAN DRAFTING PROCESS.

THAT'S GOING TO CARRY ON, STARTED MARCH 29TH, AND WE'LL GO THROUGH APRIL 30TH.

AND SO WE HAVE THE COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES THAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN HERE THAT WE'RE VISITING WITH THIS PRESENTATION AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK FROM.

WE ALSO HAVE A SPEAK-UP AUSTIN WEB SITE, UM, WHERE WITH A WEBPAGE DEDICATED TO, UH, THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THIS ACTION PLAN, WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEAVE FEEDBACK IN RESPONSE TO A BRIEF SURVEY, UM, ON WHAT THE MAJOR COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE AND WHAT MAJOR PROGRAMS WE SHOULD PRIORITIZE WITH THIS ACTION PLAN.

ADDITIONALLY, WE HAVE TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS, ONE OF WHICH IS TODAY WITH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, UM, AND THE OTHER OF WHICH WILL BE ON APRIL 22ND IN FRONT OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YEAH.

AFTER THE COMMUNITY NEEDS, ASSESSMENT HAS CONCLUDED AND THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN INTEGRATED WITH, UM, WORK THAT THE STAFF HAS DONE.

WE WILL PUBLISH THE DRAFT ACTION PLAN ONLINE ON MAY 6TH, UM, AND OPEN IT UP TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

SO THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD WILL LAST FOR 30 DAYS UP UNTIL, UM, JUNE 11TH.

AND WITHIN THAT PERIOD OF TIME, THERE'LL BE TWO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS WHERE WE'LL RECEIVE COMMENTS ON THE DRAFTS ONE HERE WITH THE CDC ON MAY 11TH AND THE OTHER JUNE 10TH, UM, IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL.

SO THIS TIME THERE WILL BE ANOTHER SPEAK-UP AUSTIN, UM, WEBPAGE WHERE PEOPLE CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THE DRAFT VIEW THE DATES FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS AND LEAVE COMMENTS ONLINE AS WELL.

UM, ONCE WE HAVE TAKEN ALL THE COMMENTS, UM, WHICH BY THE WAY, ANY COMMENTS THAT WE RECEIVE EITHER IN THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT OR THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, WILL BE ATTACHED TO THE FINAL ACTION PLAN THAT WE SUBMIT TO HUD.

SO OUR COMMENTS WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD AND AFTER WE'VE, UM, FINALIZED THE DRAFT AND HAVE RECEIVED FINAL SIGN OFF FROM, FROM THE COMMISSION AND FROM COUNCIL, UM, WE'LL SUBMIT THE PLAN TO HUD NO LATER THAN AUGUST 16TH.

THAT'S THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE.

UM, AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS WHAT OUR SPEAK OF AUSTIN WEBSITE LOOKS LIKE.

UM, IF YOU GO TO SPEAK AUSTIN.ORG AND LOOK FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, FYI 2122 ACTION PLAN, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE SCREEN THAT PROVIDES SOME CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE ACTION PLAN IS IN ENGLISH, AS WELL AS SPANISH.

AND THAT ALLOWS YOU TO FILL OUT A SURVEY THAT ASKS WHAT YOU THINK THE GREATEST COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED THROUGH THIS PLAN.

WE HAVE PROMOTED THIS WEBPAGE THROUGH OUR, UM, UH, THROUGH OUR AUSTIN UTILITIES NOW, UM, APRIL NEWSLETTER, AND WE'VE BEEN RECEIVING, UM, FEEDBACK TO DATE.

WE HAVE RECEIVED COMMENTS, UM, IN THE AMOUNT OF 324 TOTAL VISITS TO THE WEBPAGE AND 22 RESPONSES TO THE SURVEY, UM, AS OF TODAY.

AND NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND I'LL PASS IT BACK TO THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO BE COGNIZANT OF TIME.

UM, SO I'M JUST GONNA FLY THROUGH THESE NEXT FEW SLIDES.

WE WANTED, HOWEVER, TO FOCUS A LITTLE BIT OF THE ATTENTION ON SOME OF THE FEDERAL DOLLARS, AGAIN, OUTSIDE OF THE ACTION PLAN THAT YOU'RE HEARING TODAY THROUGH THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT, BUT A LOT OF THE DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RELIEVE, UM, NEEDS AROUND, UH, RENT ASSISTANCE.

AND SO, AS YOU ALL KNOW, OUR DEPARTMENT IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN, UM, THE, THE DEPLOYMENT OF FEDERAL DOLLARS RELATED TO, UM, RENTAL EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE.

AND WE LIFTED UP A PROGRAM IF DOUG CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST BEEN A YEAR WITH REALLY WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS OF TENANTS.

WE CALLED IT BRENT.

UH, NOW WE'RE ON RENT 3.0, THESE ACTUALLY PROVIDE YOU THE, THE NUMBERS FROM THE, THE SECONDARY ITERATION OF THE PROGRAM THAT LASTED FROM ABOUT MARCH TO DECEMBER OF 2020.

AND, UH, WE WERE ABLE TO SERVE A LITTLE UNDER 5,000 HOUSEHOLDS WITH ABOUT 15 AND A HALF MILLION

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DOLLARS.

AND THE MEDIAN AMOUNT OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE IS A LITTLE OVER A THOUSAND.

NEXT SLIDE.

I DO WANT TO SAY THAT, UM, THROUGH LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, AS WELL AS OUR TEAM AND A LOT OF FEEDBACK, WE DID SOMETHING THAT WE HAD NOT DONE IN ANY PROGRAM.

AND WE DID IT QUICKLY, WHICH WAS TO PARTNER WITH OUR NONPROFITS THAT ACTUALLY SPECIALIZED AND SPECIFIC POPULATIONS AND COULD REACH THOSE POPULATIONS QUICKLY, DIRECTLY AND THROUGH MECHANISMS THAT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY SERVE THE POPULATION ON A REGULAR BASIS DUE TO THEIR MISSION.

WE KNEW THAT THEY WOULD BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING VERY DIRECT AND EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE INFORMATION, UM, TO INDIVIDUALS QUICKLY BECAUSE OF THAT, WE WERE ABLE TO REALIZE SOME REALLY EFFECTIVE OUTCOMES IN RENT, AND WE ARE TAKING THAT INFORMATION FORWARD AND TO RENT 3.0, WHICH AS YOU ALL KNOW IS THE $29 MILLION THAT WE ARE ADMINISTERING FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY.

BUT THESE RESULTS RIGHT HERE ARE A TESTAMENT REALLY TO NONPROFIT PARTNERS WHO REALLY WORKED HARD WITH US, UM, A LITTLE OVER 3000, OUR HOUSEHOLDS HEADED BY FEMALE AND A LITTLE UNDER 2000 OR HOUSEHOLDS HEADED BY MALE.

AND YOU SEE THE BREAKDOWN THERE IN RACE AND ETHNICITY, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, THE TEAM REALLY WORKED HARD AT.

I GOT TO GIVE A LOT OF ACCOLADES TO OUR DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION GROUP, WORKING CLOSELY WITH HAKA.

WE MET WITH OUR PARTNERS, YOU KNOW, AROUND ROUND TABLES, VIRTUALLY EVERY SINGLE WEEK, OFTENTIMES TWICE A WEEK TO GET THESE NUMBERS WHERE WE REALLY COULD FEEL LIKE WE WERE SERVING THOSE MOST IN NEED.

NEXT SLIDE, TO SEE THAT, UH, THAT THAT EFFORT REALLY PAID OFF WITH A NUMBER.

UM, REALLY THE MAJORITY OF THOSE DOLLARS SERVING HOUSEHOLDS BELOW 30% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, UH, THE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD WITH DISABILITY WAS 361 HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD INDICATING VETERAN STATUS.

UM, AT 20 THESE NUMBERS, OF COURSE THEY COULD HAVE BEEN MORE, BUT THESE WERE, UM, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY VOLUNTARILY OFFERED BY APPLICANTS, UM, WHERE WE COULD ASK FOR DATA AND BE ABLE TO REPORT THE DATA WE RECOGNIZE ALSO THAT FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT THE TEAM HAS REALLY, UM, BEEN VERY WATCHFUL OF AND, UH, REALLY DID SOME IMPROVEMENT AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING OUR OUTREACH, EXECUTING OUR OUTREACH TO, TO INCREASE, UH, THE ABILITY TO SERVE FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND OUR RENT 3.0, OKAY, NEXT SLIDE.

AND YOU CAN CONTINUE THROUGH, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THIS PAST DECEMBER, UM, CONGRESSIONAL, YOU KNOW, PANDEMIC RELIEF CAME FORWARD AND WE WERE ALLOCATED ADDITIONAL FUNDS.

AND, UH, THOSE DOLLARS ACTUALLY CAME FORWARD TO, UH, THE CITY FROM THE U S TREASURY, WHICH ALLOWED US TO LIFT UP THAT RENT 3.0 PROGRAM FOR MORE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

SO WE WERE ACTUALLY ABLE TO LAUNCH THAT PROGRAM LAST MONTH, AND WE ARE ON THE SAME TRAJECTORY IN TERMS OF TIMELINE, TO SPEND DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WITH A PARTNERSHIP WITH HAKA.

UM, I WILL HAVE TO SAY THESE FEDERAL DOLLARS COMING DOWN FROM, UM, YOU KNOW, CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ARE REQUIRING AN INCREDIBLE LIFT BY, UH, LOCAL JURISDICTIONS, OFTENTIMES WITH NOT NEW STAFF, THE SAME STAFF HAVING TO PIVOT.

AND, UM, MORE IMPORTANTLY, NOT NECESSARILY THROUGH CONVENTIONAL PROCUREMENT.

I THINK IF GOVERNMENT HAD TO MOVE THROUGH THE PROCUREMENT REQUIREMENTS AND DIDN'T HAVE THE INCREDIBLE ESTABLISHED PARTNERSHIPS OF OUR NONPROFITS AND OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, WE WOULD BE FACED WITH, YOU KNOW, REAL SEVERE QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER WE COULD GET THESE DOLLARS OUT IN TIME AND, UH, EXPEDITED REALLY FOR THE NEED OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH THAT THE PARTNERSHIP WITH HAKA HAS JUST BEEN, UM, JUST AN INCREDIBLE ABILITY TO, TO GET THE DOLLARS IN THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO NEED IT.

WE RECOGNIZE ALSO THAT HOMELESS ASSISTANCE WE'LL ALSO SEE AN INFUSION OF FUNDS, $11 MILLION FROM THE HOME FORMULA GRANT IS FORTHCOMING, AND WE WILL BE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY OFFICE.

AND NOW OFFICER ON STRATEGICALLY DEPLOYING THOSE DOLLARS PER COUNCIL'S, UM, POLICY DIRECTION THAT OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE, YOU'RE HEARING THEM DISCUSS THAT ROUTINELY EMERGENCY SECTION EIGHT VOUCHERS WAS JUST AN INCREDIBLE ANNOUNCEMENT.

AND, UH, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND OTHER HOUSING AUTHORITIES ACTUALLY ARE THE ADMINISTRATORS OF VOUCHERS, BUT THIS IS GOING TO HELP US, OBVIOUSLY, AS WE, UM, PUT THOSE UNITS ON THE GROUND THROUGH, UH, OUR

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RHD PROGRAM, IT, THIS IS GOING TO JUST BE, YOU KNOW, A GAME CHANGER IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO SERVE THOSE MOST IN NEED.

AND FINALLY HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE, UM, HUGE RECOGNITION FROM OUR TEAM, OUR CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER, LATISHA BROWN HAS JUST SUBMITTED, UM, FUNDS FOR MORTGAGE RELIEF.

AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS ABOUT $500,000, WE ANTICIPATE THAT MORE DOLLARS WILL COME.

AND SO WE ARE LAYING THE GROUND WORK TO, UM, PROVIDE MORTGAGE, UM, RELIEF ASSISTANCE THROUGH OUR DEPARTMENT AS WELL.

WE ANTICIPATE HEARING BACK FROM THE STATE ON WHETHER WE ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL SOMETIME IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, BUT WITH, WITH SO MUCH MONEY, REALLY THE STATE NEEDS TO DEPLOY.

WE ANTICIPATE BEING SUCCESSFUL IN THAT APPLICATION.

I THINK THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT NEXT SLIDE.

AND WE'LL HAVE KATIE CLOSE US OUT AND CERTAINLY WE REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR ANY, ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

UM, YEAH, AS STATED BEFORE, FOR ANY FEEDBACK FROM, UM, YOURSELF PERSONALLY, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE AFTER THE MEETING, YOU'RE MORE THAN WELCOME TO REACH OUT TO ME PERSONALLY, OR GO THROUGH OUR SPEAK OF AUSTIN WEBSITE.

UM, THERE'S A NUMBER THERE TO CALL OUR DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS AN EMAIL ADDRESS.

JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR ATTENTION.

UM, AND ANY FEEDBACK THAT WE AFTER ANY QUESTIONS THAT WE'RE UNABLE TO ANSWER AT THIS TIME, I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO FOLLOW UP AFTER THIS MEETING.

AND KARA WOULD HAND IT BACK TO YOU.

AND, UM, AGAIN, HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS NOW, OR CERTAINLY PROVIDE THOSE TO THE COMMISSION IN WRITING.

IF YOUR TIME CONSTRAINT DOESN'T ALLOW FOR A LONG CONVERSATION MUCH APPRECIATE IT.

I THINK WE'LL PLAY THAT BY EAR AS WE GO.

UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR A GREAT PRESENTATION, AS WELL AS TO EVERY SINGLE STAFF MEMBER WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE ADJOINING AND COOPERATING DEPARTMENTS FOR SO MUCH HARD WORK, UH, AND INNOVATIVE WORK RESILIENCE, GETTING DOWN, GETTING BACK UP AGAIN, UH, AND REALLY, REALLY JUST WORKING TO FIND WHAT'S RIGHT.

WE SEE THAT SO MUCH, ESPECIALLY IN THE ITERATIVE, UH, PROGRAMMING ELEMENTS, UH, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TWO O'S AND THREE O'S, UH, AND WITH THAT SAID, I'D LIKE OPEN IT UP FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, UH, VICE CHAIR.

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING IN MIND FIRST OFF, UH, SEVERAL INTERESTING FACTS IN THERE, UM, WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM? IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE SOME NEW PROVIDERS OR CONTRACTORS THAN WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST, OR SOME OF THE PROGRAMS I HEARD THAT HAKA IS NOW RUNNING THE TVRA PROGRAM.

UM, BUT IT SEEMED LIKE THAT PROGRAM ALSO HAD SOME LEGS IN IT.

I COULDN'T TELL IF IT WAS THE SAME PROGRAM FOR THE TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, WHERE THERE WAS A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP AT AN AGENCY WOULDN'T SEEM TO BE HAUNTING.

YEAH, NO, I APOLOGIZE.

NO, THAT WAS AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL, AS IT RELATES TO THE TENANTS RIGHTS DISBURSEMENT, UH, THERE WAS A SLIGHT, UH, LAG IN, IN SOME OF THE DEPLOYMENT OF THOSE DOLLARS.

AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE, THERE WAS A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP, CERTAINLY NOT TO SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT THE PRIOR LEADERSHIP.

THERE JUST WAS A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE, UH, THEY DID NOT HAVE AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND THAT COULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE, THE, UH, PRODUCTION NUMBERS THERE.

AND I MEAN, I'M, I'M CERTAINLY NOT WANTING TO GO TOO FAR INTO, UM, THE DETAILS, UH, WITHOUT REALLY WANTING TO SPEAK TO ANY AGENCY.

BUT MY STRONG ASSUMPTION IS THAT COVID ALSO IMPACTED THEIR ABILITY TO SERVE CLIENTS IN THE NORMAL WAY.

UM, RECOGNIZING THAT A LOT OF TIMES THEY WERE SERVING CLIENTS FACE TO FACE AND HAD TO DO THAT, UH, BUSINESS MODEL AND THAT CHANGE AS WELL AND HOW THEY WERE INTERFACING WITH CLIENTELE.

AND YOU MENTIONED EMERGENCY, UM, VOUCHERS.

SO I'M, I'M ASSUMING YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE TVRS, UM, IT SOUNDED LIKE NEW FEDERAL MONEY.

APOLOGIES.

YEAH.

SO ON THAT LAST SLIDE, UM, THE AMERICA RESCUE PLAN IS ACTUALLY CARVING OUT NEW VOUCHERS FOR, UM, UH, THE HOUSING AUTHORITIES TO ADMINISTER.

AND WE'RE WORKING CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN BRING UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON THAT AND, AND CERTAINLY HAPPY TO SPEAK TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ABOUT ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE, AND THESE ARE SECTION EIGHT, THESE ARE SECTION EIGHT VOUCHERS, THEY'RE PERMANENT VOUCHERS.

THEY ARE PERMANENT VOUCHERS.

I'M

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GOING TO CALL ON MANDY WHO MAY HAVE MORE INFORMATION, BUT IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD BE PERMANENT VOUCHERS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, REBECCA.

THIS IS MANDY DE MAYO, THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATOR, WHOSE CAMERA IS NOT WORKING.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

IT WAS WORKING A FEW MINUTES AGO, UM, REGARDING THE, UM, UH, EMERGENCY VOUCHERS.

YES, THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN, UM, ALLOCATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES, A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN SECTION EIGHT HOUSING VOUCHERS, WHICH HAS GIVEN HAKA A LITTLE BIT MORE BREATHING ROOM, AS YOU KNOW, THEIR VOUCHERS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND.

WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE, UM, THAT THIS PAST DECEMBER, UH, HAKA PUT OUT A SOLICITATION FOR PROJECT BASED VOUCHERS FOR, IT WAS THE FIRST SOLICITATION FOR PROJECT BASED VOUCHERS, UH, THAT I CAN RECALL.

UM, AND, UH, IT WAS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO, UH, PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS COMING THROUGH THE FORD NATIVE ENTRY SYSTEM.

UM, AND THOSE VOUCHERS WERE AWARDED.

THEY WERE ANNOUNCED AT HAFEZ MARCH FORD MEETING.

UM, AND IT WAS A TOTAL OF ABOUT 125 VOUCHERS.

I BELIEVE IT WAS A COMBINATION OF BATCH VOUCHERS AND PROJECT-BASED SECTION EIGHT VOUCHERS.

SO THESE ARE ALL LONG-TERM VOUCHERS THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT TRADITIONAL OTHER VOUCHER, OR, UM, PROJECT-BASED SECTION EIGHT AND HOPPER IS ANTICIPATING, UM, IN THE NEAR FUTURE DOING ANOTHER SOLICITATION.

SO HAVING A LITTLE BIT MORE, UM, BREATHING ROOM IS THE WAY I LIKE TO THINK OF IT IN THEIR INVENTORY OF, UH, SECTION EIGHT, HOUSING BACHELORS IS ENABLING THEM TO DEDICATE SOME OF THOSE TO PROJECT BASED VOUCHERS FOR PROJECTS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY SERVING PEOPLE, EXPERIENCING HOMELESS WAS FANTASTIC.

WE'RE GETTING NEW VOUCHERS, EXTRAORDINARILY EXCITING.

I, I CAN'T, I KNOW YOU CAN'T SEE THE SMILE ON MY FACE, BUT I HAVE A SMILE ON MY FACE.

YES, IT'S VERY EXCITING.

GREAT.

THOSE ARE ALL MY QUESTIONS, MR. CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIR.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS AT LARGE? I DO WANT TO PAUSE AND MAKE SURE THAT THE CALL IN, UH, COMMISSIONERS HAVE A CHANCE.

OKAY.

I SAW COMMISSIONER DADADA.

UM, YES.

SO I JUST WANT TO, UM, MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS.

UH, WELL, ONE, I DO WANT TO THINK, UH, THE DEPARTMENT AT THE CCO BROWN, UH, FOR, UH, RESPONDING AND BEING VERY PROACTIVE, UH, IN OUR COMMUNITY DURING THIS WHOLE, WHETHER WE PAIR, UM, YOU KNOW, PROGRAM THAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO AND CAN GET IT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND GET PEOPLE, UH, THAT WERE DISABILITY, UM, YOU KNOW, HAD A DIGITAL DIVIDE.

SHE REALLY, REALLY HELPED THE ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY OF MAKING SURE EVERYONE WAS, UM, WITH PUTTING IN AN APPLICATION.

SO I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE, UH, ANY CD WITH CQ BROWN FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR PROMISING DEDICATION, UM, FROM OUR LAST MONTH MEETING TO NOW, UH, SHE DID SAY WHAT, WHAT SHE SAID SHE DID, YOU KNOW, COME THROUGH.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, ANOTHER THING I WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT ON WAS ON THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

UM, I KNOW THAT THE, UM, I KNOW IT'S KIND OF, WE'RE IN A REALLY TIGHT SCHEDULE HERE.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO, UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, OPERATE A LITTLE BIT HOW IMPORTANT, UH, FOR THE, UH, ASSESSMENT THAT IS ONLINE TO BE A HARD COPY AND GET TO THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE NOT DIGITALLY, UM, INCLINED THAT THEY MAKE SURE THAT THEY FILL OUT THE SURVEY, THAT'S GOING TO BE PUT OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, UM, BECAUSE WE HAVE A DEADLINE AND THAT NEEDS ASSESSMENT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, UH, FOR, FOR, FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.

AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE'S GETTING THAT SURVEY.

UM, SO I DON'T, I DID WANT TO MENTION THAT.

AND THEN THIRD, I JUST WANTED TO ADD, UM, ARE WE GOING TO BE HEARING ANYTHING FROM TACA, UM, AND, AND THIS NEW PARTNERSHIP THAT, UM, THAT YOU ALL DEVELOPED, AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT, UM, BECAUSE I DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE ABOUT 8,000 RESIDENTS THAT ARE ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THAT I, I UNDERSTAND THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE WHOLE NEW SECTION EIGHT VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT'S COMING ON BOARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

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YEAH, I'M, I'M ACTUALLY, UM, REAL QUICKLY GOING TO RESPOND TO THAT.

UM, I, I'M HAPPY TO, UH, REQUEST ACTUALLY, UH,