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CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AND GO LIVE,

[CALL TO ORDER]

PLEASE, PLEASE CONFIRM JIM IS CLEARING THE ROOM REALLY QUICK.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

I THINK WE ARE READY TO BEGIN NOW.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN COMMISSIONS.

MAY 19TH, 2021 MEETING.

I WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AT 5:40 PM.

UH, MR. STEWART, OR THE SANCHEZ OR MS. MCGUIRE, WOULD YOU BE KIND ENOUGH TO CALL ROLL? SURE.

WE CAN GO AHEAD AND CALL ROLL.

UM, IF YOU'LL JUST SAY HERE, IF YOU ARE JOEL, SIR, PRESENT PRESTON RAIN.

CHRIS, CAN IT DAVID GOMEZ, PRESIDENT CHRISTOPHER LEHMAN PRESENT LAURA TEMPLETON, MIKE LEVINE.

JIM SCHISSLER.

MEGAN MEISENBACH PRESENT IN AUGUST HARRIS RIGHT HERE.

WAS THERE ANYBODY THAT WAS, WHOSE NAME WAS CALLED? WHO HAD COMMUNICATION ISSUES OR DO WE HAVE NO, THEY MISSED ME THEN TIMESTAMP AND I THINK I GOT MOVED TO STAFF BECAUSE SOMEHOW MY, UH, VIDEO IS GONE BY THE COMMISSIONER WEATHERBY TOO.

I'VE HAD, I HAVEN'T CALLED HER ROLE.

I PREFER NON-VOTING NO, NOT THIS IS COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ.

I ALSO GOT KICKED OFF THE CALL INTO THE ATTENDEE LIST.

I THINK WE'LL JUST ADD THEM.

I THINK THEY'D PROBABLY KICKED OFF THE NON-VOTING MEMBERS WITHOUT YOU JUST REMOVED THE NON-VETERAN MEMBERS.

WE'LL BRING THEM BACK IN AND WE'LL CALL THEIR ROLE AS WELL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AH, THERE WE GO.

AH, RIGHT, RIGHT.

GETTING THE PEOPLE BACK.

THERE YOU GO SOON.

WE'LL BE BACK AT CITY HALL AND THIS WILL BECOME A THING OF THE PAST.

YEAH, YOU PROMISE? UH, I DO.

UM, WE HAVE WITNESSES.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL CALL THE ROLL FOR THE NON-VETERAN MEMBERS.

BEN.

HI, I'M HERE AND CHARLOTTE, KIMBERLY KEATON, MELISSA KIMBERLY TAYLOR, CYNTHIA BE PRESENT AND NELLIE PAULINA RAMIREZ, UH, HERE.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

THE NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS IS CITIZEN

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

COMMUNICATION.

UH, I

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KNOW THAT WE HAVE MARK WALTERS, UM, HERE FROM PART TO TALK ABOUT THE FARM DISTRICT INITIATIVE.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SIGNED UP TO SPEAK? NO, SIR.

WE DO NOT.

OKAY.

WELL THEN MR. WALTERS, WELCOME.

AND, UH, UH, WE'LL EXTEND THE TIME FOR YOU, UH, TO TALK ABOUT THE PALM DISTRICT INITIATIVE.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

I'M MARK WALTERS.

I'M A PRINCIPAL PLANNER WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND I HAVE TO STILL REALLY KIND OF A QUICK UPDATE FOR YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO GET ON YOUR AGENDA TO TONIGHT, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE HE WAS PRETTY JAM PACKED.

SO WE'RE GOING TO LET YOU COMING HERE TO JUST KIND OF GIVE YOU A HEADS UP OF WHERE WE'RE AT.

AFTER 19 MONTHS, WE FINALLY KICKED OFF THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR THE PALM DISTRICT, UH, AND UH, WHEN PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO PARTICIPATE, YOU CAN GO TO OUR SPEAK UP AUSTINPAGE@UPAUSTIN.ORG FORWARD SLASH PALM DISTRICT.

UM, YOU WILL BE HOSTING COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON JUNE 15TH AND 16TH.

THE JUNE 15TH MEETING WILL BE IN THE MORNING AT EIGHT O'CLOCK AND THE JUNE 16TH MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE EVENING, STARTING AT SIX AND EACH MEETING WILL RUN TWO HOURS.

UM, NO, UNFORTUNATELY THE, THE JUNE 16TH DATE CONFLICTS WITH YOUR NEXT MEETING, BUT WE HOPE YOU CAN.

THE COMMISSIONERS VOTING AND NON-VOTING CAN PARTICIPATE ON THE JUNE 15TH MEETING OR THROUGH PROVIDE THEIR INPUT THROUGH, UH, WE FULLY PLAN TO GIVE YOU A BRIEFING FOR YOUR, AT YOUR JULY MEETING.

UH, THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE.

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE PROCESS IS BEGINNING AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PARTICIPATION.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM AND TAKE THEM AT THIS TIME.

COMMISSIONER'S QUESTIONS.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, THANK YOU, MARK.

WE APPRECIATE YOU.

AND THE WORK YOU'RE DOING AROUND, UH, THE PROM, UH, DISTRICT, AND I HOPE THAT FOLKS CAN JUMP ONTO THE 8:00 AM CALL ON JUNE 15TH AND THE GREAT QUESTION.

OH YES.

I'M NOT SEEING THE WHOLE SCREEN, SO I'M SORRY.

MY QUESTION WAS, WHERE WILL IT BE HELD? THAT'S SILLY ME.

IT'S GOING TO BE A WEBEX OR A ZOOM MEETING, BONDED.

UM, WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING IT UNDER A ZOOM MEETING.

UH, THE FORMAT WILL BE ROUGHLY, YOU KNOW, INTRODUCTIONS KIND OF AN OVERVIEW OF THE, OF THE HISTORY OF THE PALM DISTRICT.

AND THEN WE WILL, UH, BREAKOUT INTO A ROOMS, ZOOM ROOMS, AND ABOUT 10, 10 PEOPLE PER ROOM.

AND WE'LL GO THROUGH A GUIDED DISCUSSION.

AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT WE'LL, UH, COME BACK TOGETHER AS A GROUP AND HAVE A BRIEF RECAP OF WHAT WAS SAID BRIEFLY IN THE GROUPS.

AND THEN FROM THERE, WE'LL START, WE'LL USE THAT INPUT AS WELL AS ALL THE INFORMATION GATHERED THROUGH THE SURVEY AND TO START BUILDING THE ELEMENTS OF THE VISION FOR THE PALM DISTRICT.

AND IS THERE A WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE CAN GO TO, TO, TO GET THE SPEAK UP AUSTIN.ORG FORWARD SLASH PALM DISTRICT? THERE YOU'LL HAVE ACCESS TO A BRIEF SURVEY.

TYPICAL SURVEY.

THERE IS A INTERACTIVE MAP WHERE PEOPLE CAN DROP PINS AND ADD COMMENTS SO WE CAN GET SOME SPATIAL DATA ABOUT THE DISTRICT.

AND THERE'S ALSO SOME, UH, BACK OF MATERIALS AND EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORT AS WELL AS A, UH, A TIMELINE OF THE PALM DISTRICT.

I KNOW AUSTIN'S DOWNTOWN HAS A LONG HISTORY, BUT AS WE STARTED DIGGING INTO IT, THE HISTORY OF THE PALM DISTRICT IS REALLY, I THINK, UNIQUE IN THE STORY OF AUSTIN.

SO, UH, THAT LITTLE TIMELINE THERE PUT TOGETHER BY OUR STAFF, JESSE GUTIERREZ, REALLY KIND OF PAINT A REALLY QUICK, INTERESTING PICTURE OF THE AREA'S HISTORY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MARK.

UH, AS I SAID, WE LOOK FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING AND HAVING YOU COME BACK AT OUR JULY MEETING, UM, WITH YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU, SIR.

UH, NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS

[2. a. Downtown Austin Homeless Activity: Presentation(s) by Dianna Grey, COA Homeless Strategy Officer, Bill Brice, Austin Downtown Alliance, Matthew Mollica, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition and Commander Jeff Greenwalt, Austin Police Department– 50 minutes).]

IS, UH, UH, SCHEDULE OR ITEM TWO A THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN HOMELESS ACTIVITY.

WE'VE GOT A PANEL OF PRESENTERS TONIGHT, UH, AND WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING US.

WE HAVE DIANA GREY, THE CITY'S HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, BILL BRYCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN DOWNFIELD DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE, MATTHEW MOLIGA WITH INDIAN COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS COALITION AND COMMANDER JEFF GREENWALD WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AND HE IS JOINED BY LIEUTENANT DAVIS.

AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS HAVE

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EACH OF THEM, UH, EACH OF THE PRESENTERS, UH, GIVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION ON THEIR PARTICULAR AREAS RELATED TO THE DOWNLOAD DOWNTOWN HOMELESSNESS ISSUE.

AND THEN WE'LL OPEN IT UP FOR QUESTIONS FOR THE COMMISSION.

UH, AND WITH, WITH THAT, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH, UH, MS. GRAY, THE CITY'S HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER.

YEAH, SORRY.

IT TOOK ME A MOMENT TO UNMUTE MYSELF AND I'M GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF ECHO.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SOLVE BY MUTING.

OKAY.

I AM STILL GETTING IT SO I WILL TRY TO NOT DISTRACT MYSELF.

SO GOOD EVENING, DIANA GRAY.

I AM, UM, SERVE AS THE CITY'S HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER AND HAVE BEEN IN THAT POSITION SINCE JANUARY OF THIS YEAR.

SO A LITTLE OVER FOUR MONTHS, UH, AND COM I AM A LONG TIME AUSTIN.

I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 30 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN DOING AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORK AND WORK IN, UH, AROUND HOMELESS HOUSING FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, UH, FOR ABOUT 10 OF THOSE, UM, 30 YEARS.

AND, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK I WANT TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS, UH, THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING OVER THAT PERIOD OF TIME AS A PRELUDE TO A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SUMMIT ON UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, UH, THAT, UH, I THINK EITHER BILL OR, UM, MATT MULLICA MAY TOUCH ON, ALTHOUGH IF THEY THROW THE BALL TO ME, I'M HAPPY.

I'M HAPPY TO DO THAT AS, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, I OBSERVED UPON ARRIVAL IS THAT THE CITY IS DOING A LOT AROUND HOMELESSNESS AND INVESTING QUITE A LOT.

UM, BUT PERHAPS COULD HAVE BEEN DOING A BETTER JOB ABOUT ARTICULATING, UH, BOTH THE GOALS, THE PROGRESS, UH, AND REALLY WHAT THE TIMELINE WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

AND SO, CONSEQUENTLY, UM, AS YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD, UH, INCREASINGLY A REAL CRISIS IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, UH, EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS IN THE COMMUNITY.

THERE HAS BEEN, YOU KNOW, ADDITIONAL FRUSTRATION AROUND, UM, OUR CHALLENGE AROUND ARTICULATING THE ACTIVITIES.

SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF EFFORTS THAT I THINK ARE CRITICAL, UM, THAT I JUST WANT TO TOUCH ON BRIEFLY.

AND OF COURSE WE'LL TAKE QUESTIONS LATER.

UH, WE, THE CITY HAD FOR SOME TIME HAS BEEN ATTEMPTING TO INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, UH, WHICH IS, UH, UH, SIMPLY APARTMENT HOUSING THAT IS AVAILABLE, UH, TO THE MOST NEEDY.

SO FOLKS WHO ARE LIVING WITH A DISABILITY AND LIKELY NEED LONG-TERM HOUSING SUBSIDY, ONE OF THE WAYS THAT EFFORT HAS BEEN MANIFESTED IS IN, UH, THE EFFORT TO ACQUIRE HOTELS.

UH, SO JUST, I THINK TO BE CLEAR, THE CITY HAS CLOSED ON TWO HOTELS AND HAS ANOTHER TWO PENDING, UH, PURCHASE.

WE DON'T OWN THOSE YET.

THEY HAVE BEEN USED TEMPORARILY, UH, FOR SHELTERING AROUND COVID.

SO TO PROTECT VERY MEDICALLY VULNERABLE PEOPLE, UH, IN THE FACE OF COVID, UH, AROUND THE RISK OF INFECTION, THEY ARE NOW, UM, BEGINNING TO TRANSITION THOSE FACILITIES TO THEIR INTENDED USE.

ONE OF THEM WILL BECOME A BRIDGE SHELTER AND THEN THE OTHER ONE WILL LIKELY BECOME A PERMANENT, A PERMANENT HOUSING LOCATION.

SO WE'VE, UH, WE'VE, WE'VE INITIATED THAT PROCESS OVER THE NEXT, UH, LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

UM, THE, IN FEBRUARY ALSO COUNCIL APPROVED WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE HEAL INITIATIVE, WHICH I BELIEVE STANDS FOR HOUSING, UM, UH, HOUSING ASSISTED ENCAMPMENT.

I CAN'T MET ASSISTANCE LEAGUE, SORRY, HOUSING FOCUSED AND CATLETT ASSISTANCE LINK.

AND THAT IS AN INITIATIVE, UM, WHICH REALLY, THIS IS A PHASE.

ONE OF THE INITIATIVE AND COUNCIL HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN SCALING IT, UH, UH, OVER TIME THAT ASKS STAFF AND OUR NONPROFIT SERVICE PARTNERS TO GO INTO THE COMMUNITY AND TARGET SPECIFIC ENCAMPMENTS.

SO GO INTO AN ENCAMPMENT, DO OUTREACH, AND THEN EXPLICITLY OFFER HOUSING AND SERVICES TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS, UM, AS A PRELUDE TO CLEARING A PARTICULAR SITE AS AN ENCAMPMENT.

SO THOSE FOUR SITES INCLUDE BOTH A SITE, DOWNTOWN ACCESSOR CHAVEZ AND CONGRESS, AS WELL AS A SITE THAT IS NOT IN DOWNTOWN PROPER,

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BUT VERY NEARBY, WHICH IS THE TERASA LIBRARY.

UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, ONE BLOCK EAST OF 35 ON, ON CENSOR CHAVEZ.

SO WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF, UM, GETTING OUR CONTRACTS IN PLACE, ET CETERA, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS AND ANTICIPATE THAT WORK BEGINNING, UH, IN THE MONTH OF MAY OR EARLY JUNE, UH, WE OF COURSE HAVE HAD A CHANGE IN THE ENVIRONMENT IN TERMS OF THE, UH, CAMPING ORDINANCE, UH, BEING REINSTATED, BUT THAT REALLY DOES NOT PRECLUDE US.

AND IN FACT, I THINK ENCOURAGES US TO DO THIS WORK, TO, UM, GET PEOPLE REHOUSED AND OFFER THEM SHELTER.

IN THE MEANTIME, AS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LIMITED SHELTER IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THIS DEDICATE SHELTER SPACE TO THESE KINDS OF EFFORTS.

UM, AND AGAIN, THE REAL, I THINK DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT RATHER THAN JUST ASKING PEOPLE TO MOVE TO ANOTHER PLACE, UH, THAT IS AN UNAUTHORIZED LOCATION FOR CAMPING.

WE ARE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HOPE SOLVING THE PROBLEM IN A PERMANENT WAY BY GETTING THEM BACK INTO HOUSING.

UM, WE HAVE COMMITTED FUNDS TO ANOTHER PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT, UH, WHICH IS, WILL BE SPONSORED BY KARA TOSS OF AUSTIN, AS YOU KNOW, HAS A SITE DOWNTOWN.

AND THAT WILL BE 171 UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING, UH, OVER, UH, APPROXIMATELY A HUNDRED OF WHICH WILL BE SET ASIDE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

AND SO THE CITY HAS COMMITTED, UM, RESOURCES IN A NUMBER OF WAYS ON THAT BUILDING, INCLUDING CAPITAL, UH, FOR THE BRICKS AND MORTAR COST, SOME RENTAL SUBSIDIES TO KEEP THE RENTS VERY LOW IN THOSE UNITS.

AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE ON THE AGENDA, I BELIEVE FOR TOMORROW FUNDING THOSE WRAPAROUND SERVICES AT THAT SITE.

SO THERE'S A LOT UNDERWAY.

UM, WE CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND AND SHARE THIS COMMUNITY SENSE OF URGENCY AROUND THIS.

UM, BUT WE THINK ARE, ARE MOVING, UH, AS AGGRESSIVELY AS WE CAN TO INCREASE CAPACITY.

UH, AND I THINK TO THAT END, I MIGHT, UM, PASS IT AND I DON'T KNOW WHO WE THOUGHT MIGHT GO NEXT, WHETHER THAT WAS BILL OR MATT AND, AND, UH, BILL, CAN YOU REMIND ME, HAD YOU THOUGHT OF COVERING THE SUMMIT OUTCOMES OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT DO I ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER A SLIDE PRESENTATION THAT I BELIEVE IS QUEUED UP READY TO GO WELL WITH A FEW SLIDES AND IT PROVIDED A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND PERFECT SPENDING SOME DATA THERE'S TO HELP FRAME THE ISSUE SPECIFICALLY FOR DOWNTOWN, UH, MR. CHAIR COMMISSIONERS, GOOD EVENING.

I'M BILL BRYCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF INVESTOR RELATIONS WITH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE.

ANOTHER THING MOST OF, YOU KNOW, WE'RE THE MANAGING ENTITY FOR THE AUSTIN DOWNTOWN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT REPRESENTING MORE THAN 850 INVESTMENT PROPERTY OWNERS IN DOWNTOWN, WHICH MORE THAN 900 PROPERTIES IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, UH, SINCE 1993.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, I'M REALLY PLEASED TO BE HERE ALONGSIDE OUR DOWNTOWN COMMANDER GREENWALL WITH MATT, WITH DIANA, WE WORK TOGETHER ON THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS AS WELL AS MANY OTHER THINGS A LOT.

AND AS DIANA WAS, WAS ADDRESSING IN HER COMMENTS, THERE REALLY ARE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING IN THIS ARENA.

AND, UH, I KNOW SOMETIMES IT'S, IT'S NOT OBVIOUS THE PROGRESS THAT WE ARE MAKING AS A COMMUNITY TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS, BUT I THINK MY SLIDES COMING UP WILL HELP DEMONSTRATE THAT.

IN FACT, WE'RE DOING A LOT OF GOOD WORK.

IF YOU PLEASE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO I WANTED TO JUST START OFF THE CONVERSATION BY FRAMING THE DATA, THEN THE BACK ONE, PLEASE.

THERE YOU GO.

THE DIAGRAM ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NOW REPRESENTS THE POINT IN TIME, COUNT A ONE NIGHT SNAPSHOT COUNT THAT'S DONE EVERY YEAR, EXCEPT NOT IN 2021 JANUARY BECAUSE OF COVID.

THIS IS ORCHESTRATED BY ECHO, WHICH MATT REPRESENTS IN THE BARS ON THE SCREEN, OR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COUNTED IN SHELTER AND UNSHELTERED ON ONE NIGHT IN JANUARY, A SLICE IN TIME, YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE 10 YEAR BAR CHART OF WHAT THAT COUNT HAS AMOUNTED TO OVER TIME.

AND THE FIRST THING I POINT OUT IS THAT THE TREND LINE OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS HAS BEEN RELATIVELY FLAT.

AND I THINK WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT ABOUT THAT IS THAT CERTAINLY IF YOU LOOK AT THE TREND LINE FOR AUSTIN'S OVERALL POPULATION AND THE SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH THAT WE HAVE HAD AS A CITY, THE FACT THAT THIS TREND LINE IS FAIRLY FLAT, I THINK IS A REALLY POSITIVE THING THAT SPEAKS TO THE FACT, THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD WORK BEING DONE TO SUSTAIN OR KIND OF MAINTAIN THE LEVEL THAT WE HAVE HAD.

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD INCREASING NUMBERS OVER TIME, I'LL DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO ALMOST THE MIDDLE BAR, 2015, THE LOW POINT OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, YOU KNOW, SINCE 2015 THROUGH LAST YEAR'S COUNT, WE HAD A 36% INCREASE OVERALL IN HOMELESSNESS.

HOWEVER, WE HAD A 136% INCREASE IN UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS,

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AND I THINK THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS FOR THAT.

CERTAINLY THE FACT THAT PEOPLE, UM, THE ORDINANCES WERE CHANGED AND PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO CAMP IN PUBLIC AREAS WHERE THEY WERE LESS VISIBLE BEFORE IS ALL PART OF THAT.

IF YOU'D GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ZEROING IN A LITTLE BIT ON DOWNTOWN, YOU SEE 2017, 18 AND 19 DATA ON THIS SLIDE.

AND THIS SHOWS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SHELTER REPRESENTED BY THE, UH, TURQUOISE AND DARK BLUE PORTIONS OF THE BARS, WHICH ARE ARCH AND SALVATION ARMY BEDS, RESPECTIVELY, AND THE UNSHELTERED COUNT IN GREEN.

AGAIN, UH, LOOKING AT THESE BARS, YOU KNOW, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU, IF YOU REFER TO THE OTHER SLIDE, DON'T GO THERE.

UM, 35% OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COUNTED IN THE OVERALL POINT IN TIME OUT OR IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, IN AND OUT OF SHELTER.

A THIRD OF THE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS ARE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.

SO OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE REASON TO BE CONCERNED AND INVOLVED IN THIS PROBLEM AND HELPING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, WHICH DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE DOES EVERY DAY ALONGSIDE THE PARTNERS THAT ARE WITH US TONIGHT AND MANY, MANY OTHERS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, ASIDE FROM THE POINT IN TIME COUNTS, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE RECENTLY IMPLEMENTED A ONE NIGHT MONTHLY COUNT AND THIS THE, THAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN AND THE STATISTICS ALONGSIDE IT ARE THE COUNT THAT WE DID BETWEEN TWO AND 6:00 AM ON THURSDAY NIGHT, UH, APRIL WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 22ND.

UH, THE HEAT MAP, I THINK IS THE MAIN THING.

YOU CAN SEE WHERE THERE ARE LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNSHELTERED.

THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ECHO COUNT IN THAT WE ARE NOT SERVING PEOPLE.

WE'RE NOT ASKING QUESTIONS.

OUR AMBASSADORS TEAM, THE DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS ARE MOVING THROUGH EVERY STREET, EVERY ALLEY, EVERY PART THAT WE CAN THAT'S IN THE DOWNTOWN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, SIMPLY CLICKING A DATA POINT FOR ONE ROOM.

PEOPLE THAT WE SEE UNSHELTERED TO TENTS OR STRUCTURES, NOT KNOWING HOW MANY PEOPLE MIGHT BE INSIDE OF THEM.

AND THIRDLY VEHICLES WHERE IT'S EVIDENT THERE IS A PERSON OR PEOPLE SLEEPING INSIDE OF THEM.

AND SO ON THAT NIGHT, THE HEAT MAP THAT YOU SEE THERE REPRESENTS ONE, 561 DATA POINTS COLLECTED THAT NIGHT.

NOW, IF YOU USE MULTIPLIERS THAT HUD HAS AS USED IN THE PAST FOR NUMBER OF PEOPLE, INTENSE RESTRUCTURES, AND NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN CARS, WE THINK THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY REPRESENTED HERE IS IN THE VICINITY OF ABOUT 742 ON THIS PARTICULAR NIGHT.

WHAT I MOSTLY WANT TO ILLUSTRATE IS THAT VOLUME OF PEOPLE, SOMEWHERE IN THE HIGH FIVE HUNDREDS, THE MID SEVEN HUNDREDS, APPROXIMATELY ON THAT NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN IN THE PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, BUT ALSO WHERE THEY'RE CONCENTRATED UNDER THE BRIDGES ON NEAR ARCH AND SALVATION ARMY, WHERE THERE ARE SERVICES, CERTAINLY ALONG SINCE OUR JOB AS IN TOWN LAKE AND A LITTLE FARTHER WEST, ALSO ALONG THAT AREA, AS WELL AS UNDER THE BRIDGE AT THE SHOAL CREEK CROSSING AGAIN, LOGICAL LOCATIONS WHERE PEOPLE MIGHT CAMP, INCLUDING ALSO IN THE WALLER CREEK CREEK BED AREA.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, WORKING WITH INTEGRAL CARE, UH, CREATED A NEW PROGRAM THAT'S JUST BEING LAUNCHED TODAY.

UH, IT'S JUST GETTING UNDERWAY CALLED HEALTHCARE FOR THE HOMELESS.

UH, THE GENESIS OF THIS GENESIS OF THIS CAME OUT OF RESEARCH THAT WAS FUNDED BY DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT REALLY PUT A THUMBPRINT ON THE NEED FOR INCREASED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

WE PARTNERED WITH INTEGRAL CARE, ASKED THEM TO DRAFT THE PROGRAM MODEL AS TO HOW WE MIGHT BETTER ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

THEY PUT TOGETHER THIS MODEL CITY COUNCIL HELPED MOVE FORWARD, UH, TO ENSURE THAT PARTIAL FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM WOULD BE IN PLACE.

THE PROGRAM DOES THIS.

IT PROVIDES A DIRECT LINE TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE INTEGRAL CARE AND THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT, AS WELL AS THE HOST TEAM, THE HOMELESS OUTREACH STREET TEAM, THE GOAL TO PROVIDE A 100 TO 150 PEOPLE PER YEAR WITH HOUSING FOCUSED HEALTHCARE FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE AND LEVERAGING INTEGRAL CARE'S NEW TERRORISTS AND OAK SPRINGS HOUSING FIRST PROJECT CLINIC AS THE SERVICE HUB.

SO LEVERAGING OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND EXISTING PROGRAMS WITH COMMUNITY COURT, WITH HOST AND INTEGRAL CARE TO CREATE THIS PROGRAM.

WE KNOW THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT NEED THAT AFFECTS MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, PARTICULARLY THOSE ON SHELTER.

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THE FIRST YEAR PROGRAM COST IS $520,000, UH, BEING EQUALLY SHARED BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SO I JUST WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU A NEW PROGRAM MODEL BEING TESTED SIMILAR TO HOW FIVE YEARS AGO, JUST NOW WE WERE BEGINNING TO TEST THE HOMELESS OUTREACH STREET TEAM HOST PROGRAM.

YOU THINK THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT MIGHT PROVE UP A MODEL THAT COULD BE REPLICATED, UH, TO A BROADER GEOGRAPHIC AREA AT ONCE.

WE'RE ABLE TO TEST IT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, AS DIANA MENTIONED IN HER COMMENTS IN MARCH THROUGH APRIL MID MARCH THROUGH APRIL MID APRIL, UH, THERE WAS A HOMELESS SUMMIT, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE ECHO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE MAYOR AND CITY OF AUSTIN PARTNERED TOGETHER, UH, IN SOME FACILITATED MEETINGS BACK IN LATE 20, 20 AND EARLY 2021, AND ALL AGREED THAT WE NEEDED TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR A SUMMIT INTENDED TO ADDRESS UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, UH, THAT INVOLVED AS DIANA MENTIONED, MANY, MANY PARTICIPANTS MORE THAN PROBABLY EVER, BUT A MORE DIVERSE GROUP THAN EVER BEFORE, PARTICULARLY FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY THAT PARTICIPATED ALONGSIDE OUR SOCIAL SERVICE AND HOMELESS OR HOUSING PROVIDERS, AS WELL AS PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE ALMOST, UH, MORE SO THAN I'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE A LONG AND SHORT TERM GOALS WERE SET IN A PROPOSED SYSTEM.

DIAGRAM CAME OUT OF THIS, WHICH WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW.

AND I'LL SHARE MORE ON THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, A LONG-TERM GOAL TO HOUSE 3000 PEOPLE IN THREE YEARS, HOUSE 3000 IN THREE YEARS, A TALL ORDER REACHING EQUILIBRIUM IN FIVE YEARS WHERE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING INTO THE SYSTEM EQUALS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXITING THE SYSTEM.

ALSO INVOLVED IS BUILDING UP, BOLSTERING UP THE SYSTEM TO HELP FOUR TO FIVE PROVIDER CAPACITY NEEDED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS AND TO REHOUSE ENCAMPMENTS EQUITABLY, DIANA MENTIONED THE HEALS STRATEGY.

SHE ALSO TOUCHED ON THE FACT THAT WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT TODAY THAN WE WERE EVEN AT THE END OF THE SUMMIT WITH THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION B AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THAT WITH REINSTATED CAMPING ORDINANCES IN ORDINANCES AGAINST SITTING IN LYING AND AGGRESSIVE SOLICITATION, NOT ONLY DOWNTOWN, BUT ALL ACROSS THE CITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE SYSTEM DIAGRAM IS ON THE SCREEN BEFORE YOU NOW, AND IT'S NOT TO DWELL ON IT.

THE FACT IS WE CAME OUT OF THE SUMMIT WITH THIS SYSTEM MODEL PROPOSED, AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE WORKING FROM THIS AND ALL OF THE WORK THAT CAME OUT OF THE SUMMIT.

AND IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE'RE HAPPY TO COME BACK TO ANY OF THESE, BUT I KNOW TIME IS SHORT, IMMEDIATE, NEXT STEPS.

WE ARE DEVELOPING AN ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND FORMALIZING THE STRATEGY, OBVIOUSLY KEY TO THIS WHERE THE RUBBER REALLY MEETS THE ROAD IS WITH ECHO AND ALL OF OUR SOCIAL SERVICE AND HOMELESS, UH, UH, UH, PROVIDERS AS WELL AS THE HOUSING ENTITIES INVOLVED HERE.

BUT NOW WE HAVE A BROADER COMMUNITY AROUND THIS.

HOW DOES THE PRIVATE SECTOR PLAYING A ROLE HERE TO, UH, PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND FUNDING SUPPORT THE ROLE FOR PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY, NOT JUST RELYING ON THE CITY, FOR EXAMPLE, TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OR THE CITY AND OUR SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS YOU SEE BELOW THAT KEY MILESTONE.

SO THERE WAS A GOAL SET THAT BY JUNE, 2021, WE'RE GOING TO REHOUSE 100 PEOPLE BY AUGUST, ANOTHER HUNDRED IN DECEMBER, ANOTHER 200 BY APRIL OF 2024, TO REACH THAT GOAL OF REHOUSING 3000.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHAT'S CHANGED.

UM, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THIS ALREADY, BUT ONE THING WE HAVEN'T MENTIONED IS OVER THE COURSE OF THE PAST YEAR SHELTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT ALSO HERE IN AUSTIN, SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY OR REDUCED THEIR OPERATING CAPACITIES WELL BELOW NORMAL.

SO FOR EXAMPLE, SALVATION ARMY'S DOWNTOWN SHELTER SHUT DOWN FULLY FOR TWO MONTHS.

MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE MOVED INTO HOTEL ROOMS. ARCH REDUCED HIS CAPACITY TO BELOW 50%.

AND CURRENTLY SALVATION ARMY IS OPERATING AT 100 BEDS OUT OF 242 BED CAPACITY.

TODAY, ARCH IS OPERATING AT 50% OF ITS 135 BED CAPACITY.

WE ALSO HAVE INCREASING NUMBERS OF PEOPLE LIVING UNSHELTERED, BOTH DOWNTOWN AND ACROSS THE CITY.

OUR EARLIER SLIDES, I THINK HELPED TO FRAME THAT FOR YOU, AS DIANA MENTIONED, AND I'VE TOUCHED ON PROPHECY, PARDON PROPOSITION BE PASSED.

WE INSTATING CAMPING BANDS, AGGRESSIVE SOLICITATION ORDINANCES, AND SIT LIGHT ORDINANCES THAT THAT HAS IMPLICATIONS ON HOW WE ADDRESS THIS OR HOW URGENTLY WE ADDRESS IT.

THE MAIN THING IS THE PLAYING FIELD HAS CHANGED AND WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A SYSTEM THAT IS DYNAMIC AND ABLE TO RESPOND TO THAT.

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THE CITY COUNCIL JUST PASSED A RESOLUTION, MAY 6TH, DIRECTING THE MANAGER TO EXPLORE THE CREATION OF SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS, IDENTIFYING CITY OWNED PROPERTY, PROPERTY OWNED BY OTHER PUBLIC PARTNERS OR POTENTIAL PRIVATE PARTNERS THAT MIGHT BE WILLING TO UTILIZE PROPERTY FOR POTENTIALLY CREATING SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS.

AND I KNOW THAT'S CREATED SOME CONSTERNATION BECAUSE SO FAR THE FOCUS HAS BEEN ON PARKS AND BELIEVE ME IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN PARKS.

UM, ALSO BILLS ARE BEING CONSIDERED RIGHT NOW BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT WOULD CREATE A STATEWIDE BAN ON CAMPING AND PUBLIC SPACE THAT COULD HAVE NEAR-TERM FUTURE IMPLICATIONS ON THE PLAYING FIELD HERE, BUT ON THE POSITIVE SIDE, UH, THE AMERICAN RECOVERY PLAN ACT FUNDING AS WELL AS INCREASED PRIVATE SECTOR INTEREST IN SUPPORTING AND ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS, I THINK CREATES UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REALLY MOVE FORWARD, TO RAMP UP RESOURCES QUICKLY AND TO, UH, SOLVE THIS PROBLEM OR ADDRESS THE PROBLEM LIKE WE'VE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO BEFORE.

UH, THAT'S MY LAST SLIDE.

THE NEXT ONE JUST ASKS FOR QUESTION AND DISCUSSION.

UM, I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO DEFER TO OUR COMMANDER AND OR TO MATT.

UM, UH, I KNOW THAT, UH, FORGIVE ME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

I KNOW THAT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, BUT I DON'T, I DON'T MEAN TO DOMINATE THE CONVERSATION.

CERTAINLY WELCOME QUESTIONS, BUT I THINK OTHERS MAY WISH TO COMMENT AS WELL AS A REMINDER, WE'LL DO Q AND A AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UM, MR MULLICA PLEASE.

YEAH, THANK YOU.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? SORRY.

I WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH PLATFORM, UH, REALLY APPRECIATE, UH, BEING HERE TONIGHT AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH YOU ALL.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE FORUM AND, UH, MY NAME'S MATT MULLICA, MATTHEW MULLICA, UH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE ENDING COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS COALITION.

UM, ECHO IS WHAT'S CALLED THE LEAD AGENCY FOR AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY, WHICH MEANS WE COORDINATE THE FEDERAL FUNDS, UH, THAT COME IN FROM THE HOUSING URBAN DEVELOPMENT, UM, AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

AND ALSO, AS BILL MENTIONED, UM, WE CONDUCT A POINT IN TIME COUNTY CHEER AND, UH, RUN WHAT'S CALLED THE HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, OR EACH OF MY S WHICH CAPTURES ALL THE DATA POINTS THAT, UM, THAT YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD OR SEEN ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, UM, OVER THE LAST, UM, WELL, CERTAINLY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT, UM, HAVE BEEN MORE PREVALENT WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS AS, UM, AS PROPERTY MOVED THROUGH, UH, THE, THE, UM, MOVED ON TO THE BALLOT AND, UM, IT WAS WELL DISCUSSED.

UM, I THINK FOR, UH, FOR US AND FOR ECHO, UM, YOU KNOW, OUR FOCUS IS COMMUNITY-WIDE STRATEGIES IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY.

SO WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON THE DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY, BUT AS BILL MENTIONED, AND AS DIANA TOUCHED ON, UM, WE DO KNOW THAT THERE IS A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, THE DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR.

WE DO KNOW THAT MOST OF OUR SERVICES, UH, EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES, OBVIOUSLY, AND MANY, UM, AREAS THAT ARE MANY SERVICES THAT PROVIDE, UM, BASIC NEEDS FOR PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ARE LOCATED DOWNTOWN.

AND SO THUS LEADING TOWARDS, UM, YOU KNOW, A HIGHER CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN THAT AREA.

UM, AND I THINK AS, AS BILL, BILL OUTLINED A LOT OF THE THINGS HAPPENING NOW, UH, ACROSS THE COMMUNITY AND DIANA TOUCHED ON SOME AS WELL.

SO I WON'T TAKE UP TOO MUCH TIME DISCUSSING THAT.

UM, AND, AND WE'LL, WE'LL LEAVE SOME TIME FOR QUESTIONS, BUT I DO THINK, UM, CERTAINLY WANT TO HIT ON AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UH, THE POPULATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS WORTH MENTIONING, UM, IS THAT WE SEE MASSIVE DISPROPORTIONALITY IN PEOPLE LIVING, UH, WITH A DISABLING CONDITION IN OUR COMMUNITY OF THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

SO WE SEE THAT 8% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF TRAVIS COUNTY REPORT HAVING A DISABLING CONDITION WHILE 69% OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS REPORT, UH, LIVING WITH A DISABLING CONDITION.

UM, WE KNOW THAT AUSTIN IS A REALLY DIFFICULT MARKET, UM, FOR RENTAL, UH, RENTAL MARKET, AS ALL OF, YOU KNOW, VERY TIGHT VACANCY RATES, REALLY HIGH COSTS OF LIVING.

SO IF FOLKS ARE, YOU KNOW, UM, UNABLE TO WORK OR IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO WORK, UM, IT CAN BE REALLY HARD TO AFFORD HOUSING UNITS, UH, IN OUR CITY ALSO WORTH MENTIONING.

UM, AND I JUST WANT TO WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS HAD ON OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH IS PROBABLY NOT LOST ON MANY OF YOU.

UM, BUT OVER THE LAST YEAR, UM, AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY HAS SEEN SEEN 50% OF PEOPLE THAT MAKE 30% OR LESS OF THE AVERAGE MEDIAN INCOME LOSE THEIR JOBS.

50% OF THOSE PEOPLE LOST EMPLOYMENT, UM, IN THE YEAR 2020, WHICH IS MUCH HIGHER NUMBER

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THAN SURROUNDING TEXAS CITIES, UM, LARGE TEXAS CITIES.

AND SO IN AUSTIN, IN PARTICULAR, WE'RE SEEING REALLY THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE PANDEMIC ARE MASSIVE AND, UM, AND COULD, YOU KNOW, RESULT TRAGICALLY IN MANY MORE PEOPLE, UH, LOSING THEIR HOUSING AND ENDING UP ON THE STREET.

UM, AND I THINK IT, YOU KNOW, WITHOUT ADDRESSING THIS HOLISTICALLY AND LOOKING AT THE WHOLE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE SPECTRUM OF HOW PEOPLE FALL INTO HOMELESSNESS AND EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE WILL, WE WILL BE REALLY, UM, STRAPPED TO, UM, TO SUPPORT THOSE FOLKS.

UM, IF, IF THEY'RE NOT, IF THEY'RE NOT SUPPORTED PRIOR TO EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

SO PREVENTION LIKE PREVENTION IS A BIG THING IN OUR, UH, IN OUR COMMUNITY AND A LARGE NEED.

NOW, AS YOU KNOW, IS BACK RENT IS PILING UP FOR FOLKS.

SO I DON'T, AGAIN, I KNOW WE ONLY HAVE 15 MINUTES.

I WANT TO LET THE COMMANDER TALK AS WELL.

WE DON'T MUCH TIME, BUT ARE, I WANT TO, UM, WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT, UM, AND I'LL DROP MY, MY NAME.

UM, IF I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE THE CHAT, I'LL DROP MY EMAIL IN THE CHAT AND MY CONTACT INFORMATION, PLEASE REACH OUT.

UM, ECHO'S WEBSITE IS A GOOD RESOURCE FOR A WATER REPORTS THAT TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS ACROSS AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, AND, UM, CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE DISCUSSION TODAY THAT I CAN'T ANSWER BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GET BACK TO YOU ALL, UM, YOU KNOW, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

SO I'LL TURN, UM, YIELD MY TIME BACK, UM, AND, UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE GET, WE GET EVERYBODY'S VOICE HEARD HERE AND WAIT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU, MATT.

UH, COMMANDER GREENWALT AND LIEUTENANT DAVID.

THANK YOU, SIR.

AND THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY FOR HAVING US.

WE, UM, I'M JUST GONNA GIVE A COUPLE OF QUICK OPENING STATEMENTS AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO LIEUTENANT DAVIS FOR SOME SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON APDS RESPONSE AND OUR, UM, PROTOCOLS FOR THIS PROPOSITION E THAT HAS PASSED RECENTLY.

IT'S APDS POSITION THAT, UM, PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, THEY'RE NOT COMMITTING A CRIME, UM, AND THEREFORE THE POLICE SHOULD NOT BE THE PRIMARY OR FIRST PEOPLE WHO RESPOND.

WE HAVE DIVERTED ALL OF THE NINE 11 PHONE CALLS RELATED TO THE CAMPING TO OUR DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES.

AND, UM, IN ADDITION TO THE RESPONSE TO THOSE CALLS, OUR DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES, OUR DRS ARE TAKING AN INITIATIVE, AN AMBITIOUS EFFORT TO GO OUT AND MEET WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AT THESE CAMPSITES AS POSSIBLE TO PERFORM OUTREACH AND EDUCATION AND TRY TO WORK WITH THEM, TO GET THEM TO THE NEXT PLACE AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE.

UH, SO THAT'S KIND OF A, AN OVERVIEW OF ATDS STANCE AND APPROACH ON THIS METHOD, BUT, UH, ABSOLUTELY LIEUTENANT DAVIS BEING OUT THERE AND BEING WITH HIS PEOPLE OVER THE, THE DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES CAN SPEAK TO THAT BETTER THAN I CAN.

SO I'M GONNA LET HIM TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THAT GOOD EVENING FOLKS.

UM, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

I'M WONDERFULLY DELIGHTED AND DEEPLY HONORED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOME MEANINGFUL, UM, REWARDING AND ENGAGING DIALOGUE WITH YOU.

UM, I DON'T KNOW ALL YOUR RULES OF ORDER.

SO FORGIVE ME IF I, UH, MAKE A MISTAKE, IT IS IT'S A MISTAKE OF THE MIND AND NOT OF THE, UH, I JUST KINDA WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH A COUPLE OF THINGS WITH YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I A, UM, TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COMPLEXITY.

I WANTED TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT WE'RE CALLING OUR RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

UH, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR PHASED APPROACH AND, UH, AGAIN, REITERATE OUR ROLE AND POSITION IN THE RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR RPM QUITE A BIT.

UM, I AM THE, UH, MYSELF AND MY, WE ARE THE ARCHITECTS OF THE APD RESPONSE TO THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION BEEF.

SO, UM, I HEARD SOMEONE SAY THAT, UM, THE, THE, UH, PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION B AND THE IMPLEMENTATION IS, UH, COMPLEX, AND I KNEW WHAT THEY MEANT.

THEY MEANT THAT IT WAS COMPLICATED, BUT WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO FOCUS IN IS ON A LITTLE BIT OF POLICE ACADEMIA AND TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A COMPLEX INCIDENT, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND ANY ONE OF THESE COULD QUALIFY AS A COMPLEX INCIDENT.

WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING, THAT'S GOING TO HAVE A MULTI-AGENCY MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL OR MULTI-DISCIPLINE CORRINE COMMAND AND COORDINATION.

THAT COULD BE A COMPLEX ISSUE.

ANYTHING THAT WOULD HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMICAL PROPERTY, WIDESPREAD PROPERTY, UM, UM, UH, CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPACT, ANY ONE OF THOSE COULD MAKE THIS A CRITICAL INCIDENT, UM, TIME AN IMPACT EXTENDS BEYOND WHAT WE CALL OPERATIONAL PERIODS, MULTI, MULTIPLE OPERATIONAL PERIODS.

THOSE COULD MAKE THIS COMPLEX, ANYTIME YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, UH, OPTICS OR THINGS, SOMETHING THAT WOULD ATTRACT MEDIA MEDIA ATTENTION THAT COULD MAKE IT COMPLEX, OR AN ANYTIME YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT REQUIRING THE SUPPORT OF STAKEHOLDERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES, AND LOCAL, UH, GOVERNMENT.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UH, COMPLEX.

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NOW, I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR.

WE HAVE ALL OF THOSE THINGS INVOLVED IN OUR RESPONSE.

SO I WENT BACK TO THE TABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT'S REALLY COMPLICATED NOW OF EVERYTHING THAT I MENTIONED, THAT WHAT MAKES IT REALLY COMPLEX IS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE LIVES OF HUMAN BEINGS AND RECONCILING THE EXPRESS WILL OF THE PEOPLE WITH THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION B.

SO WHEN I WAS, WHEN MY STAFF AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT OUR RESPONSE WOULD BE, WE WANT IT TO BE A, WE WANT IT TO BE CONSISTENT WITH HOW WE, UH, UM, IMPLEMENTED OTHER, UH, SIMILAR ORDINANCES AND THAT WE WANTED TO BE, MAKE SURE OUR RESPONSE WAS HUMANE.

IT WAS ABLE TO BE DONE SAFELY.

OUR OBJECTIVES WERE WE'RE IN THE SUCH THAT WE WERE GOING TO RELOCATE PEOPLE, UH, IN SUCH A WAY THAT PRESERVE HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMAN RESPECT AND PROMOTED, VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE.

UM, I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT THE COMMANDER SAID THAT APDS POSITION IS THAT THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE, AND THAT WE WOULD NOT DECLARE OURSELVES THE TIP OF THE SPEECH, BUT RATHER BE A LINK IN A CHAIN.

AND WHENEVER WE MOVE THROUGH THE PHASES THAT I'M GOING TO GO OVER, UM, WE WANTED TO BE, UH, HAVE A HARM FOCUSED APPROACH TOWARD MEANING WE WANT TO ASK.

AND EVERY OPERATION THAT WE DO, WHAT HARM ARE WE GOING TO CAUSE? AND HOW CAN WE BEST MITIGATE THAT HARM? WE ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE INTELLIGENCE SPLIT, MEANING WE WANTED TO BRING THE HUMAN ELEMENT INTO IT.

UM, THE BIG, BECAUSE WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO HAVE SOME BLIND SPOTS AND SOMETHING THAT WERE PRACTICAL AND PRAGMATIC, IT MADE THE MOST SENSE.

IT WOULD, WOULD, UH, WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO FACILITATE THE INTRODUCTION OF B.

SO LET ME JUST, UM, UM, BEGIN WITH SOME OF OUR PHASED APPROACHES, WHAT WE DID, AND I HAVE DATA WHICH I'LL GIVE TO YOU, BUT I, I WOULD, UM, I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FOCUS MORE ON THE, THAN THE HEART DATES.

UM, AND SO WHAT WE DID IS THE BEST WAY IS TO, UH, TO BEGIN OUR APPROACH WAS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THOSE THAT WOULD BE MOST IMPACTED.

SO WE WANTED TO HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL PHASE WHERE WE WERE OUT ACTUALLY OUT, UH, ENGAGING THOSE THAT ARE, THAT ARE UNSHELTERED.

WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THEY UNDERSTOOD THE IMPACT OF PROPERTY, WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW IT'S GOING TO IMPACT THEM, AND ALSO WHAT THEY COULD EXPECT FROM THEIR POLICE DEPARTMENT.

SO THAT WOULD BE AN EDUCATIONAL PHASE AND PHASE ONE, WHERE WE'RE ALSO DOCUMENTING COLLECTING DATA AND, AND, UM, AND PROVIDING WHAT, IF YOU WILL WARNINGS THAT BURT WARNINGS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE DATA BECAUSE A, WE WERE GOING TO NEED TO NOT ONLY KNOW WHAT OUR BLIND SPOTS WERE, BUT, BUT WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT WORKS, WHAT DIDN'T WORK AND WHAT WAS PROMISING.

SO THAT'S WHAT THIS PHASE IS ABOUT.

WE NEED TO GET A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH AND, AND FIGURE OUT, UH, HELP US, UH, UNCOVER ANY, UH, ANY BLIND SPOTS THAT WE, THINGS WE MAY NOT BE THINKING.

SO THAT WOULD BE KIND OF LIKE IN PHASE ONE.

SO AS WE MOVE THROUGH PHASE ONE, PROGRESSIVELY WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE, I SAY WE'RE DOING THEM IN 30 DAY INCREMENTS, BUT THE NEXT PHASE WOULD BE WHERE WE'RE GOING INTO, UH, UH, CAMPS.

AND LET, LET ME PAUSE FOR A MINUTE, NOTHING PER, UH, UM, REALLY LIMITS AN OFFICER'S RESPONSE TO INTERVENE WHERE THERE'S LIFE AND SAFETY OR, OR IMMINENT, UH, AN ELEMENT OF DANGER TO, TO RESPOND.

UM, THIS IS A GUIDELINE.

SO WE'RE ASKING OFFICERS TO USE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DISCRETION.

AND WHEN WE DO ACT AT, IN, UM, WITH A HARM FOCUSED APPEAL AND THAT YOU'RE ACTING IN THE INTEREST OF CONNECTING THE INDIVIDUALS WITH SERVICES.

SO THIS MORNING AND THE NIGHTS THAT I'VE BEEN IN THE HOLE, OR THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT I'VE BEEN IN, THE HOMELESS CAMPS HAVE BEEN EDUCATION.

AND WITH THE FOCUS ON CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH RESOURCES, AND WHILE I HAVE THE WINDOW, UM, UH, HAVING A SENSE OF COMMAND AND COORDINATION WITH ECHO AND ALL THE OTHER, UH, SUPPORTING AGENCIES AND OUR STRATEGY OFFICER AND GET THOSE RESOURCES IN, UM, INVOLVED WITH, UH, WITH THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESS.

SO W AS WE MOVE TO PHASE TWO, THAT WILL LOOK LIKE A WRITTEN WARNING AND, UH, UM, AND POSSIBLE CITATION.

SO WE'RE MOVING FROM PHASE ONE TO EDUCATIONAL AND PHASE TWO WOULD BE A RE UH, FROM, UH, EXCUSE ME, EDUCATION AND VERBAL WARNING TO A WRITTEN WARNING POSSIBLE CITATION, PHASE THREE, WITH THE DISCRETION OF THE OFFICER PHASE THREE COULD BE A CITATION.

UM, AND THEN AS WE MOVED INTO PHASE FOUR, AND LET ME GO WITH THOSE DATES, PHASE ONE WOULD BE MAY 11TH TO JUNE 20.

THAT'S WHERE I GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY.

PHASE TWO WOULD BE JUNE 13TH TO JULY 10TH, PHASE THREE WOULD BE JULY 11TH TO AUGUST 7TH AND PHASE FOUR COULD BE ARRESTED ON DIVERSION, UH, BEGINNING, AUGUST 8TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4TH.

NOW I WANT TO TALK ABOUT, UH, UM, ARREST AND DIVERSION.

UM, IF WE, THERE MAY COME TO A POINT WHERE WE MAY APT TO TAKE AN INDIVIDUAL IN CUSTODY, BUT WE WANT TO DO SO WITH, WITH THE INFERENCE THAT WHAT, WHERE OUR FOCUS IS CONNECTING THAT INDIVIDUAL WITH SERVICE.

SO WE ARE WORKING ON A DIVERSIONARY PROGRAM TO WHERE WE CAN EFFECTIVELY TAKE SOMEONE INTO CUSTODY AND REMAND

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IN REMAND THEM IN SOME SORT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

AND SO THAT'S IN THE WORKS RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS, A LOT OF TALKS.

AND SO THAT'S, THAT'S ALSO A COORDINATED EFFORT.

SO, UM, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THESE PHASES, UM, I CAN'T, UM, I DON'T WANT, I WANT, I DON'T, I CAN'T OVERSTATE THAT WE'RE ASKING, UM, OFFICERS TO USE DISCRETION AND BE HARMED FOCUSED AND TELL THEM THIS LIT, UM, AND PROBLEM ORIENTED, AND THEN ALSO BE EVIDENCE-BASED.

SO THAT'S KIND OF JUST AN OVERVIEW OF ONE-ON-ONE TO TALK ABOUT, AND THEN REITERATE THAT WE ARE IN, UM, AN, A MULTITUDE OF CONVERSATION WITH A MULTITUDE OF PARTNERS AND WE'RE LISTENING WITH, UM, TO, TO THE EXPERTS IN THE ROOM.

UM, AND OUR HOPE IS THAT WE CAN, UH, COORDINATE OUR, UH, ENFORCEMENT PLAN, UH, BE A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL.

SO WE'RE TAKING OUR PLAN AND IN, UM, AND, UH, IN, UH, INFUSING IT WITH OTHER, WITH THE OTHER, OUR OTHER PARTNERS PLANS.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT, PLEASE CONTINUE.

OKAY.

SO, SO IN, IN A NUTSHELL, OUR, OUR ESTIMATION IS WE'VE BEEN OUT THERE AND WHAT WE'RE, IT SEEMS LIKE WHAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING IS, I MEAN, I'VE DONE A LOT OF MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND WE'RE HOPEFUL IS THAT WE GET VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE.

UM, OBVIOUSLY THE BIG ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM IS WHERE DO WE TELL THEM TO GO? SO, UM, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE, UM, SEEKING GUIDANCE ON.

UM, OBVIOUSLY IF, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE GOING TO ASK FOLKS TO LEAVE, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO TELL THEM SOMEWHERE SAFE TO GO.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE, THAT'S WHERE WE AT AT THIS POINT, I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE TO OFFER UNLESS YOU GUYS HAVE QUESTIONS FOR ME, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, UM, THANK YOU.

UH, LIEUTENANT DAVIS, WHY DON'T WE OPEN IT UP TO COMMISSIONERS FOR QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT? UM, THIS IS COMMISSIONER GOMEZ.

I'VE GOT A BUNCH OF THEM, BUT I DON'T WANT TO DOMINATE THE CONVERSATION.

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK, UM, OFFICER DAVIS, UM, I GUESS MY CONCERN IS IF YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN OUT THERE EDUCATING, UM, THE, THE, THE INDIVIDUALS, THE MAIN PART OF, IF I WAS HOMELESS, I'D LIKE TO KNOW, SO WHERE CAN WE GO? UH, AND I, I REALIZE THAT YOU SAID YOU'D BE, UM, YOU'RE WAITING FOR GUIDANCE.

UM, BUT, BUT, SO WHAT ARE YOU TELLING THEM? AND IS IT, ARE WE GOING TO MOVE TO PHASE TWO, WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO GO OR NOT? ARE WE GOING TO BE WANTING THEM? THE, YOU GOT TO GO AND, OR CITING THEM IF THERE'S NOWHERE FOR THEM TO GO.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION, SIR.

AND AGAIN, THAT'S WHY I SAID, THAT'S THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM AND IT'S AGAIN, AND IT'S VERY COMPLEX.

SO WHAT I'M DOING IS, IS BEING TRUTHFUL AND ACCOUNTABLE.

SO WHEN I'M HAVING THIS DIALOGUE WITH FOLKS, WE'RE RELYING ON OUR PARTNERS, WE'RE NOT JUST GOING IN THERE AND SAYING, HEY, SIT DOWN.

AND I GOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT PROPOSITION B, WE'RE COMING IN THERE WITH, UH, BOOTS ON THE GROUND, THE OTHER RESOURCES, LIKE THE HOST TEAM AND OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO CAN ON THE SPOT IN TERMS OFFER THOSE SPECIFIC SERVICES.

SO, UM, I THINK WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, BEING TRANSPARENT, THAT JUST GOES BOTH WAYS.

WE HAVE TO TELL THEM THE TRUTH.

QUITE FRANKLY, I'M NOT THAT WE KNOW.

WE KNOW THAT THE CITY AND OUR GOVERNMENT ARE TRYING TO PRODUCE SOMETHING AND THAT THERE ARE TALKS, BUT MY MAIN THING IS TO LET THEM UNDERSTAND, GIVE THEM A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE, LET THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT'S COMING, WHAT IT'S GONNA MEAN TO THEM.

AND, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, AND BE HOPEFUL, YOU KNOW? UM, IT'S, IT'S A TRICKY, IT'S A TRICKY, IT'S VERY TRICKY.

UM, BUT I'VE BEEN OUT THERE AND, UM, I'VE JUST BEEN TRANSPARENT WITH THE FOLKS.

IT'S, IT'S SOMETIMES IT'S GUT WRENCHING, BUT I THINK I'M THE I'D RATHER HAVE ME DO IT.

I'M SUITED FOR THE TASK.

UM, I RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE COMPLEXITIES AND THE DIFFICULTIES THAT WE'RE HAVING WHEN WE'RE TALKING WITH SOME OF THE FOLKS, I HEAR THE STORIES.

UM, BUT, UM, I THINK THE BEST WAY TO BE AS JUST TELL THEM THE TRUTH RIGHT NOW.

AND AGAIN, UM, WE'RE, WE'RE NOT COMING UP THERE BY OURSELVES.

WE'RE COMING OUT THERE WITH, UH, UM, WITH OTHER PARTNERS AND RESOURCES.

I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, SO THE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE COULD BE THAT THEY WOULD VOLUNTARILY LEAVE THAT LOCATION.

AND, AND I GUESS WHAT I'M WONDERING IS ARE WE AT ANY WAY FINDING OUT WHERE THEY'RE GOING? SO WE ARE, WE'RE NOT, UM, WE'RE, WE ARE KEEPING DATA.

SO WE'RE DOWN, WE'RE TRACKING HOW MANY EVENTS WE HAD, HOW MANY PEOPLE WE TALKED TO.

UM, AND ANYTIME YOU HAVE A DETENTION ON SOMEONE YOU'RE REQUIRED TO COLLECT THAT INFORMATION, AND WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO RESPONSIBLY COLLECT THAT SO WE CAN GET A BIG, A GRAND PICTURE OF, OF, ARE WE SEEING MORE PEOPLE BE JUST, THEY'RE PRESSING US IN, THEY'RE COMMUNICATING WITH US MORE, OR ARE WE SEEING LESS PEOPLE OR MORE OR LESS PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST LEAVING AND THEN WHERE ARE THEY GOING? SO WE ARE PLACING INFORMATION LIKE PAMPHLETS IN THERE WITH A LIST OF RESOURCES AND, UH, PARTNERS.

AND THEY'RE ALL THERE IS, UH, PERIODIC PARTNERS, WHETHER YOU'RE VETERANS OR, OR OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

SO WE'RE NOT SAYING, HEY, GET OUTTA HERE.

YOU GOT A SCRATCH

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ON THIS, COME IN, COME IN THERE AGAIN, I CAN'T OVERSTATE WAS A SERVICE ORIENTED APPROACH AND A HARM FOCUSED APPROACH.

SO WE ARE OFFERING THEM RESOURCES AND BRINGING IN OUR TEAMS WITH US.

UH, UM, I'VE GOT A FEW OTHER QUESTIONS, BUT, UM, I'D LIKE TO JUST SAY THAT I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE FACT THAT THIS PRESENTATION IS COORDINATED WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, UH, ECHO THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER AND THE DEPARTMENT.

AND MY HOPE WOULD BE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS OF HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY, THAT THAT COMMUNICATION CONTINUES TO HAPPEN.

AND THAT WE ARE ABLE TO ADJUST THE TIMEFRAMES WITH THE RESOURCES AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AND THAT IT'S FLUID AND NOT RIGID.

UH, AND, AND THAT'S THE WAY I FEEL THAT THIS PRESENTATION IS.

AND I HOPE THAT THAT CONTINUES BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T, THEN THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FINGER POINTING AFTERWARDS.

AND THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT WHEN WE WROTE THE PLAN, WE WROTE IT WITH FLUID AND FLEXIBILITY.

SO I WANTED TO FOCUS ON PHASES AND AS OPPOSED TO, HEY, YOU ARE NOW 38 TO 28 DAYS.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, AT THE WHEEL OF THE CHIEF AT HIS PLEASURE, YOU KNOW, HE COULD, UH, OR, YOU KNOW, HE HAS THOSE CAPABILITIES, BUT IT WAS, UM, IT WAS HIGHLY IMPORTANT THAT WE WERE HIGHLY ENGAGED WITH, UM, WITH, UH, DIANA, HER GROUPS, THE FOLKS AT ECHO AND THE DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES.

I THINK THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT POINT TO ALSO INCLUDE IN THE PROGRAM IS THAT WE TOOK THE DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES AND MADE THEM THE PRIMORDIAL RESPONSE TEAM, BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL REALLY HEAVILY ENGAGED IN SOCIAL DIDN'T EVER BUILT ALREADY CONNECTIONS WITH MANY OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESS.

AND SO THEY'RE THE MOST EXPERIENCED OFFICERS THAT ARE TRAINED TO, UM, TO HAVE ACCESS TO DIFFERENT SERVICES, TO POINT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS.

SO THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT ARE GOING TO BE RESPONDING.

SO I THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER TEMPLETON.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL FOR QUESTIONS TODAY.

I KNOW IT'S A PROBLEM.

I'LL KIND OF ECHO WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

THANK YOU ALL FOR COORDINATING.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE HAVE, THE CITY HAS ALLOCATED IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, OVER $116 MILLION TO THIS PROBLEM.

WE HAVE, THE CITY HAS PURCHASED TWO HOTELS, I THINK FOR A TOTAL OF 700 ROOMS. AND MAYBE, UH, THERE ARE WHAT MAY BE 300 PEOPLE WHO ARE HOUSED IN THIS HOTELS, MS. GRAY, CAN YOU TELL US WHY THOSE HOTELS THAT WE HAVE PURCHASED THAT, I GUESS NOW WE'RE PSH, WHY AREN'T THOSE PHIL? SO THE TWO HOTELS THAT HAVE BEEN PURCHASED, AND THAT IS FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 150 ROOMS, AND THERE WERE OTHER HOTELS LEASED FOR COVID HAVE BEEN UTILIZED AS PRO LODGES, WHICH ARE ESSENTIALLY NON CONGREGATE SHELTER.

IN OTHER WORDS, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE THEY'RE IN THEIR OWN ROOMS WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS WHO HAD SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS, WHICH INDICATED THAT IF THEY WERE TO CONTRACT COVID, THEIR OUTCOMES WOULD BE VERY, VERY POOR.

SO THEY HAVE BEEN UTILIZED.

UM, AND, AND WE ARE NOW TRANSITIONING ONE OF THOSE HOTELS, UH, OVER TO A GENERAL SHELTER, THE FORMER ROADWAY IN, UH, AND, UH, NEAR OLD WORTH.

AND SO THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY ABOUT THE, UM, THE EXPENDITURES OVER TIME, UH, FIRST OF ALL, THERE ARE ONGOING EXPENDITURES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN HOUSING AND SERVICES.

THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER IS TO TEASE OUT THE DIFFERENCE IN ONGOING OPERATIONAL AND SERVICE EXPENDITURES AND CAPITAL DOLLARS.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THAT NUMBER THAT YOU POSTED IS $30 MILLION, THAT WAS SET ASIDE FOR THE CREATION OF PSH UNITS ONLY ABOUT, UM, I THINK 15 OF THAT HAS BEEN SPENT.

AND AGAIN, THOSE ARE THE HOTELS THAT WILL NOW COME OUT OF THE COVID RESPONSE AND BE UTILIZED, UH, AS PERMANENT HOUSING, BUT DO HAVE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN THEM.

AND WE HAVE MONIES THAT ARE IN THOSE BUDGETS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO CAPITAL PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDERWAY OR ABOUT TO BREAK GROUND.

AND THAT IS NORMAL.

THE CITY, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THERE'S AN APARTMENT BUILDING USUALLY HAS TO COMMIT FUNDS A YEAR TO TWO YEARS BEFORE OCCUPANCY.

AND SO I, UM, I THINK WE CAN, WE ACTUALLY HAVE A MEMO OUT, UH, THAT I BELIEVE CAME OUT IN FEBRUARY OR MARCH THAT SPOKE TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AROUND FISCAL

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YEAR $20, UH, AND WHERE THOSE DOLLARS, UM, HAD GONE AND WHAT SOME OF THE, UH, THE MONIES THAT WERE UNEXPENDED AT THE END OF THE YEAR WERE, BUT THEY WERE ALREADY COMMITTED TO FUTURE PROJECTS.

WELL, WHEN CITIES LIKE NEW YORK HAVE GIVEN UP BUYING HOTELS, LA HAVE GIVEN UP BY HOTELS AS WELL, IT'S NOT A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGY AND IT'S NOT, COST-EFFECTIVE THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY I DON'T BELIEVE IS BEING USED WISELY.

WHAT ABOUT THESE 3D PRINTED HOMES THAT SUPPOSEDLY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INCREDIBLE AND A LOT LESS EXPENSIVE? UH, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE HOTEL PURCHASES, WELL, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THEY'RE, THERE CAN HOUSE PEOPLE, BUT IT'S NOT PERMANENT SOLUTION.

AND MANY OF THESE HOMELESS PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE IN CLOSED IN FOUR ROOMS. THEY DON'T WANT TO LIVE.

SO THERE, WHEN IT'S A FAILED STRATEGY SOMEWHERE ELSE, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE CITY IS PERSISTENT.

RIGHT.

YEAH.

WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO RAISE, TO RESPOND TO THE SPECIFIC QUESTION? YES, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD SAY, UM, THAT I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT IS A FAILED STRATEGY, OTHER PLACES, AND IT IS IN MANY CASES, A PERMANENT SOLUTION.

WE DO HAVE ONE PROPERTY WE INTEND TO USE FOR SHELTER, BUT FOR THESE OTHERS, THESE ARE CONVERSION TO STUDIO APARTMENT UNITS.

SO THEY ARE NO LONGER HOMELESS.

IT IS THEIR APARTMENT HOME.

IT IS A RENTAL HOME.

AND TO THE QUESTION OF WHETHER IT IS COST-EFFECTIVE, LET ME JUST GIVE YOU A COMPARISON.

SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE PURCHASE OF A HOTEL ROOM, OUR PURCHASE PRICE HAS HOVERED AROUND A HUNDRED, 115,000 UP TO SAY, $120,000 PER UNIT.

OFTEN WE NEED TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS OR CHANGES TO THAT BUILDING TO MAKE IT READY FOR USE AS MULTIFAMILY.

BUT WE DON'T EXPECT TYPICALLY OUR PER UNIT COST TO GO ABOVE 150,000 OR SO WE THINK, LOOK AT THE MARKET IN AUSTIN TODAY, THE NUMBER OF STUDIO OR ONE BEDROOM UNITS THAT COME IN UNDER THAT NUMBER ARE FAR AND FEW BETWEEN.

AND WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR, UM, OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRODUCTION IN GENERAL, NOT JUST INCLUDING, UH, THIS KIND OF ACQUISITION REHAB, THAT IS ACTUALLY FAR BELOW THE AVERAGE COST THAT WE SEE IN, UH, IN THAT, UH, IN THOSE EFFORTS.

SO REALLY, UH, IN TERMS OF, I MEAN, I THINK, YOU KNOW, THERE CAN BE, UH, QUESTIONS ABOUT STRATEGY, BUT IN TERMS OF COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CAPITAL, UM, I WOULD JUST HAVE TO SAY THE NUMBERS DON'T FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, BEAR THAT OUT.

AND THEN IN TERMS OF WHETHER PEOPLE WANT TO BE HOUSED OR NOT, UH, WE CERTAINLY HAVE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE STREETS FOR A LONG TIME AND WHO, UH, PROJECT SHELTER, UH, CONGREGATE SHELTER WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE IN IT.

I WILL SAY THOSE ENVIRONMENTS ARE TOUGH ENVIRONMENTS FOR THE MOST PART WHEN WE OFFER PEOPLE HOUSING AND STICK WITH THEM, UH, FROM A RELATIONAL STANDPOINT, UM, BECAUSE IT MAY TAKE THEM SOME TIME TO TRUST THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY A REAL OPPORTUNITY.

THE VAST MAJORITY WILL ACCEPT HOUSING.

UM, SO A QUICK EXAMPLE AND, AND, UH, I HOPE I'VE ANSWERED ALL OF YOUR POINTS.

AND IF I HAVEN'T, I'M HAPPY TO IN HOUSTON, WE HAVE PARTNERS DOING SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR TO THE HEAL INITIATIVE WHERE THEY'RE GOING INTO SPECIFIC ENCAMPMENTS, UH, AND ENSURING THAT THERE ARE HOUSING RESOURCES FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

THEY, SO THESE ARE PEOPLE STRAIGHT OFF THE STREET.

THEY RECENTLY, UH, UH, WORKED ON AN IN CAMPUS THAT HAD, I THINK, 54 OR PEOPLE IN IT.

AND AT THE END, I THINK TWO PEOPLE I'D SAID, I'M NOT READY TO GO INTO HOUSING.

SO THE GAP WE HAVE OF PEOPLE THAT WANT TO NEED HOUSING COMPARED TO PEOPLE WHO MAYBE POTENTIALLY WILL RESIST OR ARE NOT READY, IS HUGE.

AND SO I JUST WANT US TO NOT SORT OF, YOU KNOW, AS A CITY GOVERNMENT, EXCUSE OURSELVES, BY SAYING PEOPLE DON'T WANT HOUSING.

CAUSE I THINK THAT THAT IS PROBABLY NOT YEAH, OF COURSE.

YEAH, OF COURSE PEOPLE DO WANT HOUSE.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO IMPLY THAT SOME PEOPLE DO NOT, BUT I MEAN, WORKING, WE GET THESE NUMBERS, I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN, UM, OH, I'LL GO AND DO, I'LL GO AND DO RESEARCH MYSELF.

AND I'M HAVING COST EFFECTIVENESS, COST EFFECTIVENESS OF BUYING HOTELS.

THAT JUST

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SEEMS TO ME, IT SEEMS A LITTLE EXTRAVAGANT.

I, I FEEL LIKE THERE, THERE COULD BE A MORE COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR THESE PEOPLE.

DIANA, IF YOU HAD, IF YOU HAVE LINKS THAT YOU COULD SHARE, IF YOU WOULD COORDINATE WITH CITY STAFF, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

WE HAPPY TO, UM, QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS.

I HAVE A FEW, UH, COMMISSIONER.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

YES.

DIANA, A COUPLE QUICK QUESTIONS OR MAYBE MORE THAN A COUPLE.

UM, COULD YOU JUST GIVE US SOME INFORMATION ON WHAT YOUR BACKGROUND IS AND FROM THAT BACKGROUND, WHAT YOU'VE SEEN THAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

UM, SO THANK YOU.

I'M NOT ABLE TO START MY VIDEO THERE IT IS.

UM, SO I I'M ACTUALLY, UH, CAME OUT OF, UH, OF, UH, THE LBJ SCHOOL.

SO I HAVE A BACKGROUND IN PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION OF MANY, MANY MOONS AGO, AND FOR THE FIRST DECADE OR SO OF MY CAREER, I WORKED IN, IN THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORLD FROM A FINANCE PERSPECTIVE.

SO, UM, I SORT OF CUT MY TEETH AND NOT ONLY FROM A FINANCE PERSPECTIVE, BUT I WORKED IN THE ST JOHN'S NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, WORKING ON FIRST TIME, HOME