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[CALL TO ORDER]

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PM.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THE JUNE 8TH MEETING OF THE BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO ORDER.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO WELCOME OUR NEW COMMISSIONER.

UH, I DON'T KNOW.

I KNOW THAT THEY'VE BEEN SEATED.

I DON'T KNOW IF THEY ARE IN ATTENDANCE, SO LET'S WAIT UNTIL AFTER CITIZEN COMMUNICATION TO KIND OF NOD TO THEM.

AND,

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION]

UH, IT SEEMS LIKE WE DO HAVE SOME SPEAKERS SIGNED UP, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET STARTED.

AM I DEFERRING TO A V OR AM I DEFINING ELISA HERE? CHAIR.

THIS IS JESSE ROCKING A CALL UP THE SPEAKERS.

THANK YOU, JESSE.

FIRST OF ALL, I'M IN ALEXIS HENDERSON.

IF YOU'RE ON THE PHONE, PLEASE UNMUTE YOURSELF AND YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HELLO? OKAY.

I DON'T THINK ALEXIS IS ON.

HOW ABOUT WILL HENDERSON? YES, SIR.

I'M HERE.

OKAY, WELL YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

HI.

UH, I WANTED TO SPEAK, UH, ON TWO THINGS.

UH, NUMBER ONE IS ITEM THREE B THE DRAFT FISCAL YEAR ACTION PLAN, AND DEFINITELY IN SUPPORT OF THOSE FUNDS BEING USED FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING.

AND THEN ALSO HERE IN SUPPORT OF ITEM THREE C A I'M WITH CARLTON COMPANIES OR A CO-DEVELOPER ON THAT PROJECT.

I'M HERE TO ANSWER A QUESTION.

SHOULD THEY COME UP LATER? I JUST WANTED TO BE ON THE LINE IN SUPPORT OF, UH, SYLVIA AND TIFFANY AND RUBY'S PRESENTATION.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, AND COULD YOU REPEAT YOUR NAME ONCE MORE? I'M SORRY.

WILL HENDERSON AND WITH CARLTON COMPANIES.

THANK YOU.

WELL, THANK YOU.

I'M HERE.

SORRY.

UH, NEXT SPEAKER, STEVE SAVELLES.

STEVE, ARE YOU ON THE LINE? YES, SIR.

I AM.

UM, I'M A COWORKER OF WHEELS AND I'M, I'M CALLING, UH, IN SUPPORT OF THE SAME TWO ITEMS AS WELL AS, UM, WANTING TO BE AVAILABLE IN CASE THERE WERE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING THREE B AND THREE C.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

AND, UH, ALSO, UH, LETTING US KNOW THAT YOU'RE IN SUPPORTIVE THREE B AND THREE C.

NEXT SPEAKER.

NEXT UP IS SYLVIA BLANCO, SYLVIA.

YOU'RE ON.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS SYLVIA BLANCO, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

FOR HAKA.

FOR SHORT, I'M EXCITED TO PROVIDE A BRIEF PRESENTATION THIS EVENING TO UPDATE YOU ON THE ROSEWOOD COURTS REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT, ALONGSIDE TIFFANY MIDDLETON, TACOS, RESIDENT PROTECTION MANAGER AND RUBY.

ROWA OUR RESIDENT PROTECTION CONSULTANT, BUT IN ADVANCE OF THAT ON BEHALF OF HAKA, I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE SOME BRIEF COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE CITY'S DRAFT ACTION PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021, 2022.

UM, OR ITEM THREE B AS YOU MAY BE AWARE, THE ROSEWOOD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT EFFORT HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING.

SINCE 2013, HAKA HAS WORKED CLOSELY WITH RESIDENTS AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY AND DEVELOPING A TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECT THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ROSEWOOD FAMILIES, THE CREATION OF ADDITIONAL NEW ENERGY, EFFICIENT HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES, THE RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION OF EIGHT HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND A COMMEMORATIVE GREEN SPACE, AND THE CREATION OF AFFORDABLE HOME-OWNERSHIP UNITS FOR ELIGIBLE HAKA FAMILIES PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO THE BROADER COMMUNITY.

ADDITIONALLY, ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF THIS PROJECT CLEARLY MEET

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THE OBJECTIVES LAID OUT IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT THAT WAS ADOPTED IN 2017.

I WILL ALSO SHARE THAT THERE IS A GAP IN FUNDING FOR THE FINANCING OF THIS PROJECT.

THEREFORE, WE ARE RESPECTFULLY ASKING FOR THE CITY'S HELP IN FILLING SOME OF THIS GAP TO ASSIST IN MAKING THIS TRANSFORMATIVE PROJECT BECOME A REALITY TO REITERATE THE ROSEWOOD PROJECT ALIGNS WITH THE CITY'S STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT AND WILL PROVIDE A SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY BENEFIT.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE COMMENTS TO THE DRAFT PLAN THIS EVENING, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENCE IN YOUR, IN YOUR COMMON, UH, SYLVIA AND FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

NEXT NEXT SPEAKERS.

ZENOBIA SEE JOSEPH, YOU CAN UNMUTE YOURSELF.

IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ON, UM, KENDRA.

ESTHER.

YES, I'M HERE, SIR.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS KENDRA ESTHER.

I RESIDE IN SANTA RITA COURT.

I'VE BEEN HAPPY TO VOLUNTEER WITH HAKA DURING THIS PROPHET FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF ROSEWOOD COURT.

SPEAKING WITH THE RESIDENTS OF ROSEWOOD, ANTICIPATE THIS REDEVELOPMENT.

I AM HIGHLY IN FAVOR FOR THIS FREE DEVELOPMENT TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF ROSEWOOD, WHICH IN TURN WOULD HELP TO COMBAT THE HOUSING CRISIS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING E ANY SOFTEN AND REESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMUNITY, WHICH IS IN NEED OF SUPPORT THERE'S SUPPORT THAT CAN BE ESTABLISHED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, PARTNERING WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO MAKE THIS REDEVELOPMENT HAPPEN.

WE'LL HAVE THAT MUCH MORE IMPACT ON THE EAST SIDE OF AUSTIN.

GO THE STABILITY TO BETTER.

THE COMMUNITY IN STOCKTON IS RAPIDLY GROWING, AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE, KEEP UP WITH THE EVER-GROWING POPULATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY AND TO OFFER EQUAL AND FAIR HOUSING TO ALL CITIZENS.

AND THIS IS WHY I'M IN FAVOR WITH THE UPCOMING REDEVELOPMENT OF ROSEWOOD IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND HACA WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR RESIDENTS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, KENDRA, ARE YOU STILL ON THE LINE BY CHANCE? YES, SIR.

I AM.

UH, I JUST, UH, WANTED TO, UH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND VOLUNTEERING.

UH, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WERE INTENDING TO STAY ON DURING THE, THE ENTIRE CALL.

I KNOW THE OTHER CALLERS LIKELY WILL AND, UH, THE COMMISSIONERS WILL HAVE A MOMENT TO CHAT OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS OF THEM, BUT I WANTED TO, UH, UH, MAKE SURE THAT, UH, THE COMMISSION HAD A CHANCE TO, UH, EITHER, UH, SHARE ANY COMMENTS OR ANY QUESTIONS WITH YOU, UH, AT THIS MOMENT.

DO ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS, UH, OR THE VICE CHAIR, UH, HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR KENDRA CURE? I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH, UH, FOR BEING HERE, KENDRA, AND FOR SHARING, UH, YOUR, YOUR, YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTARY ON THIS, AND OF COURSE FOR YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK, UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME NEXT CALLER, JEFFREY CLEMENS, JEFFREY, IF YOU WANT, YOU CAN UNMUTE YOURSELF.

OKAY.

JEFFREY DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ON A LIRA RAMIREZ.

HELLO? CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, MY NAME IS LEAR RAMIREZ.

I AM A STUDENT AT, AS A COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UT AUSTIN, AND IN CO-CHAIR CALLED SHE DIDN'T COMMISSION.

UM, I'M HERE TODAY TO GARNER SUPPORT FOR RECOMMENDATION.

OUR COMMISSION PASSED IN JANUARY FOR A COLLEGE FOOD INSECURITY GRANT PROGRAM THAT WOULD ALLOCATE A MINIMUM BUDGETS, 2000 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BE AWARDED TO APPLICANTS AT AUSTIN COLLEGES, INSECURITY SECURITY PROGRAMS, INITIATIVES THAT WOULD BEST SUPPORT THOSE STUDENTS FROM MEAL VOUCHERS OR FOR ON CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY TO BRING TO THE EIGHT FUNDS.

OUR COMMISSION, THE COLLEGE STUDENT COMMISSION REPRESENT STUDENTS FROM TILSON, US COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CONCORDIA ST EDWARD'S AND UT AUSTIN ACCOUNTING FOR OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND STUDENTS.

UM,

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STUDENTS WHO ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO FOOD INSECURITY IS THEY MAY NOT TYPICALLY QUALIFY FOR GOVERNMENT BENEFIT PROGRAMS. AND THIS GREATLY IMPACTS THE ABILITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THE PANDEMIC AND WINTER STORM HAS EXACERBATED WHAT WAS ALREADY A HIGH PRIORITY ISSUE ON OUR CAMPUSES.

WE HOPE THAT YOUR SUPPORT ALONG WITH OTHER COMMISSIONS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS, WE CAN MAKE THIS PROGRAM A REALITY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, LEAH.

UH, AND, UH, WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR PRESENCE HERE AND, UH, APPRECIATE YOU SHARING, UH, ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE.

IS THIS NOT ONE OF THE AGENDA ITEMS TODAY? OKAY.

WELL THEN WE'D LOVE IT.

IF, UH, YOU'D BE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP WITH US BY EMAIL ABOUT, UH, YOU KNOW, ANY WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OR ANYTHING THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO, UH, BE ABLE TO STAY INFORMED AND STAY ABREAST OF WHAT'S GOING ON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER, JUSTIN.

I THINK THOSE WERE ALL THE SPEAKERS.

WE CAN TRY THE FOLKS THAT DID AN ANSWER AND SEE IF THEY'RE HERE.

PLEASE DO ALEXIS HENDERSON.

NO, UH, WILL HENDERSON.

UH, YES SIR.

I'M HERE.

I'M STILL HERE, BUT I DID SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THREE, A THREE B AND THREE C.

THEN I'LL BE AROUND FOR QUESTIONS LATER.

OKAY.

SORRY.

THANK YOU.

ZENOBIA UM, AND JEFFREY CLEMENS.

YEAH, IT'S ADOBE ON THE LINE IS ENOVIA OR JEFFREY CLEMONS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, WE CAN.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR MEMBERS I'M AS ENOVIA.

JOSEPH.

MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO ITEM TWO.

I WANTED TO SPEAK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND THE IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING.

I SENT YOU A PRESENTATION.

IT'S FOUR PAGES LONG SPECIFICALLY.

I WANTED TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO PROJECT CONNECT, WHICH IS CONTINGENT ON 45 TODAY DURING THE WORK SESSION FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN, THE COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED AND HOUSE BILL THREE EIGHT, NINE THREE IS THE TUNNEL BILL.

IT DID NOT PASS.

AND THAT'S A VICTORY FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE.

SO COMMISSIONER DELGADO IS NOT ALONE IN HER OPPOSITION.

THE PROJECT CONNECTS.

I JUST WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT PROJECT CONNECT WILL SEGREGATE AUSTIN FOR CENTURIES.

I PROVIDED YOU WITH THE SLIDE THAT SHOWS THE AREA NORTH OF US.

ONE 83 IS 24 TO 30 YEARS FOR THE RAIL.

THE SECOND SLIDE SHOWS THE TARGET AUDIENCE, WHICH IS WHITE MILLENNIALS WHO EARNED $100,000.

THAT WAS CAPITAL METRO, HIS TARGET AUDIENCE IN 2015 TO 2016, WHEN THEY COLLECTED APPROXIMATELY 5,000 SURVEYS ON THAT SLIDE, IT TELLS YOU THAT 70% OF THE METRO RAIL RIDERS ARE LIGHT ON THE THIRD SLIDE.

I PROVIDED YOU WITH A QUOTE FROM THE CHAIRMAN WAYNE COOPER, WHERE HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE DISPARATE IMPACT IN THE EASTERN CRESCENT.

HE SAID IT IS ALSO UNDENIABLE THAT INDIVIDUALS MAY HAVE SEEN IN PARTICULAR AREAS, CHANGES THAT DID NOT HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

AND MAYBE JUST ADVANTAGE THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

WE HEAR THE PAIN AND CHALLENGE, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO THE EAST SIDE COMMUNITY.

HOWEVER, WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION CIRCULAR POOL 702.1 B IT'S DATED OCTOBER 1ST, 2012.

IT ACTUALLY REQUIRES CAPITAL METRO TO REANALYZE AND IMPLEMENT THE LEAST DISCRIMINATORY ALTERNATIVE THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DO SO.

AND IN THEIR TITLE SIX UPDATE, WHICH WAS MID MAY, SPECIFICALLY LAWRENCE DIETER WHO'S THE SENIOR PLANNER SAID THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY PLANS TO DO SO.

SO WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING, I PROVIDED YOU WITH A CHART FROM TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT FROM PROGRAM YEAR 2019, WHERE THERE ARE NINE PROJECTS.

ONLY ONE OF THE PROJECTS OUT OF THE NINE IS WITHIN 0.4 MILES OF A BUS STOP.

THE OTHER PROJECTS SPECIFICALLY IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN, IT'S 1.3 TO FOUR MILES, AND THERE'S AN ANOMALY, A FIVE MILE WALK TO THE NEAREST BUS STOP IN SOUTH EAST AUSTIN.

SO WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE 2018 REPORT, I'M SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO THE CENTRAL TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF THEIR HOUSING.

IT MENTIONS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

ACCESS HAS NOT KEPT UP WITH GROWTH.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE IT'S NOT THAT IT HASN'T KEPT UP WITH GROWTH.

SPECIFICALLY, PROJECT CONNECT, EVEN ELIMINATED THE BUS RAPID TRANSIT THAT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED ACCESS TO JOBS BETWEEN SAMSUNG AND APPLE.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AS WELL THAT NORTHEAST AS WELL, THAT NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY WAS ELIMINATED JUNE 3RD, 2018, WHEN CAP REMAP WAS IMPLEMENTED, I COULD GIVE YOU MANY EXAMPLES, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND ONE

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LAST THING I KNOW YOU HEAR FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF BOSTON LATER, I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME IS THE NEW RED LINING.

AND I'LL JUST GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE, SPECIFICALLY, THE HIGHLAND VILLAGE APARTMENTS.

THAT'S 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME IT'S NAMED FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

THE STREETS ARE NAMED AFTER WILAMENA DELCO AND JACOB FONTANE AT THE ENTRANCE, BUT AFRICAN-AMERICANS CAN'T LIVE THERE BECAUSE THE AREA MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME IS APPROXIMATELY $54,700 FOR 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

AFRICAN-AMERICANS EARN ABOUT 42,000 IN HISPANIC EARN ABOUT 50,000.

ALL THREE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

HIGH OPPORTUNITY PROJECTS ARE 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME THAILAND.

THE OTHER TWO PROPERTIES ARE BIG AND MULTI-FAMILY AND SOCO TOO, WHICH HAS SOLVED CONGRESS.

UH, ROMAN NUMERAL TWO.

I'LL STOP THERE, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE THERE'S SUCH AN ADVERSE PATTERN OF BUILDING THOSE LOW-INCOME UNITS, EAST OF AND 80% ON THE WEST SIDE TODAY, I WENT AHEAD AND CALLED HOOD THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE BECAUSE CAPITAL NOT THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT VOTED ON YET.

ANOTHER PROJECT THAT'S IN THE FORT EASTERN CRESCENT, WHERE THE BUS RUNS 60 MINUTES COMPARED TO SIX MINUTES, SOUTH LISTENING, CENTRAL.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

AND I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO MAKE MY COMMENTS.

THANK YOU, SYNOVIA.

I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

AND I ALSO, UH, THE SLIDE DECK, I WISH IT WOULD'VE ARRIVED A LITTLE BIT EARLIER.

I FEEL LIKE I GOT IT, UH, KIND OF AS I WAS LISTENING TO THE OTHER COMMENTS.

UM, AND I DO, UH, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU AS FAR AS THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME IS CONCERNED, UH, WHERE W YOU KNOW, W WHERE DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT, UH, MEASURE IS, IS COMING FROM? I MEAN, CLEARLY IT'S A DYNAMIC MEASURE, UH, BUT, BUT WHERE, WHERE IS, WHERE IS THE MANDATE, UH, IN AS MUCH AS USING AMI, UH, OR THE MEDIAN INCOME, WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM? IS THAT, IS THAT A CITY GUIDED STIPULATION, OR IS THAT A HUD? SO IT SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN THAT'S INDICATIVE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE MAYOR STRIKE FUND PARK HOUSING IS ACTUALLY 80% AREA, MEDIAN INCOME UP TO 120% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

AND THAT USED TO BE TYPICALLY 60% AREA MEDIAN INCOME, WHICH WOULD BE A ESSENTIAL WORKER, SOMEONE WHO MADE ABOUT $12, MAYBE $15 AN HOUR, BUT THAT HAS SINCE INCREASED.

AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THERE'S BEEN A PATTERN, ESPECIALLY WITH HAKA, WHERE IN ORDER THEM TO GET SOME AFFORDABILITY, THEY ARE ACTUALLY 180% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

AND I'LL JUST GIVE YOU ONE SPECIFIC PINPOINT OF SO THAT YOU KNOW, WHERE I'M COMING FROM ON DECEMBER 17TH, 2020 DURING THE HAKA BOARD MEETING, MIKE GERBER ACTUALLY MENTIONED ABOUT THE HIGHLAND VILLAGE APARTMENTS.

IT WAS THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA IN AND AROUND THE AREA THAT DIDN'T WANT MORE INCOME.

AND SO HE INFORMED THE BOARD THAT THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE.

AND I SAID, IT'S DISCRIMINATORY BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME FROM IT, CDBG THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT 2020, UH, THE DATA AT THE TIME TELLING YOU THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS, DIDN'T EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO LIVE.

THEY'RE TELLING YOU THAT THE HISPANICS DIDN'T, BUT YET YOU HAVE THE LOCAL BOARD.

SO IT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT HOOD IT'S LOCAL.

SO THEN YOU HAVE THE LOCAL BOARDS PASSING THE ITEM.

ANYWAY, EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD A BOARD MEMBER WHO WAS A FORMER MEMBER OF AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE HIGHLAND, WHO HAD SOME RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE PROPERTY BEING MARKET RATE, AND ONLY 30% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

SO IT'S THE NEW RED LINING.

THEY DON'T TELL YOU, YOU CAN'T LIVE THERE BECAUSE YOU'RE BLACK, OR BECAUSE YOU'RE A HISPANIC, BUT IF YOU DON'T EARN ENOUGH MONEY, YOU YOU'RE DISQUALIFIED FROM MOVING THERE.

AND THEN THE CAVEAT IS WE WILL TAKE OUR VOUCHER HOLDERS, BUT THE VOUCHER HOLDERS ARE UNLIKELY TO GO THERE.

THAT'S A LONG-WINDED ANSWER.

AND I APOLOGIZE.

I APPRECIATE IT.

AND SO WHAT YOUR SUGGESTION THEN BE THAT, UH, YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE, I MEAN, BECAUSE THE HOUSING BLUEPRINT DOES, YOU KNOW, FROM 2017 DOES SORT OF HAVE DEMARCATIONS OF WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE, UH, IN EACH OF THE SORT OF MEDIAN INCOME, UH, CATEGORIES, RIGHT? UH, THE NINO DEEPLY AFFORDABLE, I THINK, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, BELOW 30% AND, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, 30 TO 60 OR 60 TO 80.

AND OF COURSE YOUR 80 TO ONE 20.

AND, UM, WHAT I'M HEARING FROM YOU IS THAT WITH THE RAPID GROWTH OF JUST INCOME, YOU KNOW, AS A WHOLE, ESPECIALLY AS THE TOP LEVEL IN AUSTIN, THAT THE MEDIAN INCOME IS GROWING SO RAPIDLY, THAT WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT 80 TO ONE

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20, THAT IS NOW PROBABLY A RANGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE LESS OF A FOCUS ON WHEN IT COMES TO AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT.

IT DOES THAT, IS THAT WHAT I'M HEARING? OKAY.

WELL, UM, MR. CIARA, WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS A LITTLE BIT OF DIVERSITY WHEN THEY'RE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE INCOME LEVEL.

SO WHAT YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW IS LOOP ONE IS THE MAGIC LINE.

SO IF IT'S WEST OF BLUE ONE, YOU HAVE FEWER AFFORDABLE UNITS, SPECIFICALLY LIKE A LAKE LINE STATION.

IT'S RIGHT THERE ON THE RAIL.

IT'S RIGHT THERE, WHERE YOU HAVE THE ACCESS TO GOOD TRANSPORTATION, BUT IT'S ONLY 128 UNITS COMPARED TO SAY 300.

AND GO AHEAD.

NO, UNDERSTOOD.

I AM.

I'M SO SORRY.

I DON'T MEAN TO CUT YOU OFF, BUT I THINK I DO GET YOUR POINT, WHICH IS THAT, UH, UH, CERTAIN AREAS, UH, YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SEE DEEPER AFFORDABILITY, MORE, UH, I THINK, UH, EQUITABLY DISTRIBUTED AROUND THE CITY, UH, AND OBVIOUSLY IN HIGHER VOLUME, JUST IN GENERAL, DOES THAT SOUND ABOUT RIGHT? YEAH, THAT'S ABOUT RIGHT.

I THINK THAT WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU SEE 30%, WHICH IS THE DEEPLY AFFORDABLE UNITS ON THE EAST SIDE.

SO THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR EXAMPLE IS GOING TO BE 1934.

RUTLAND IS PHARAOH, WHICH IS ON THE AGENDA AGAIN, THIS THURSDAY TO COUNCIL, AND THAT'S A HUNDRED AND OUT OF 101 UNITS OUT OF 171.

BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE CENTRAL AREA, YOU MIGHT GET 24, 30% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

IF YOU'RE ON THE WEST SIDE, BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TRANSPORTATION, YOU MIGHT NOT SEE ANY, YOU MIGHT SEE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME VASH VOUCHERS RIGHT THERE AT LUKE ONE AND PALMER, BUT YOU HAVE TO BE A VETERAN WITH A CAR, AND YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SEE A HUNDRED OVER THERE.

YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO SEE A HANDFUL.

SO I WOULD JUST, UM, YOU KNOW, TELL YOU THAT, AND ALSO TELL YOU, MR. CHAIR, I SENT YOU THE LINK, UH, FOR THE ORANGE LINE AND THE BLUE LINE FOR YOU AND ANYBODY ELSE, TWO QUICK COMMENTS.

AND WE HAVE 15 DAYS TO SUBMIT THOSE COMMENTS TO THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, BECAUSE I THINK CAPITOL METRO NEEDS TO BE EQUITABLE AND NOT JUST GIVE US EQUITY TRUMP AGAIN.

AND SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A LONG-WINDED ANSWER, BUT IT'S JUST NOT EQUITABLY DISTRIBUTED.

I THINK WHAT WOULD HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE IS WHEN YOU GET THESE BRIEFINGS, LIKE YOU HAD THE TRANSIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING BRIEFING, IF YOU WOULD GET STAFF TO ACTUALLY GIVE YOU AN OVERLAY OF THE AREA, MEDIAN INCOME AND THE DENSITY IN EACH PART OF TOWN, THEN YOU WOULD ACTUALLY BE ARE OF THE CITY.

YOU WOULD ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SEE THE DISPARATE IMPACT A LOT CLEARER THAN JUST SAYING, OH, WE HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALL OVER AUSTIN.

WELL, THAT'S TRUE.

BUT IF YOU'RE COUNTING CORRIDORS WHERE THE METRO RAPID BUSES ARE ELIMINATED, BUT STILL PART OF THE BIG PROJECT CONNECT PLAN FOR 30 YEARS, YOU KNOW, THAT'S PRETTY DECEPTIVE.

SO I THINK THE OVERLAY WOULD HELP ME TO SEE CLEARER WHAT I SEE PRETTY EASILY BECAUSE I FOLLOW THIS.

UM, BUT I THINK IF YOU COULD SEE THE OVERLAY, THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

OKAY.

AND, UH, UH, WITH THAT SAID, UH, A COUPLE OF THINGS, UH, ONE IS, ARE THERE ANY STAFF PRESENT THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THE EXISTENCE OF THAT OVERLAY OR OUR ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO VIEW THE SAME? THAT WOULD BE NUMBER ONE.

AND THEN NUMBER TWO, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS HERE THAT HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR SYNOVIA? UM, I WOULD ASK THAT WE WITHHOLD ANY SUPPORTIVE COMMENTARY UNTIL WE ACTUALLY, UH, ANY, ANY COMMENTARY, UNLESS WE'RE GETTING TO THE, UNTIL WE GET TO THE AGENDA ITEMS, BUT IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS FOR CLARIFICATION, UH, AND THAT WOULD BE THE TIME MY CHAIR.

UH, SO MS. JOSEPH, YOU STATED YOU'D PROVIDED MATERIAL TO US THROUGH THE STAFF, UNLIKE PAST STAFF, IF THAT MATERIAL HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO US YET? NO, WE JUST RECEIVED IT AT FIVE 54.

OKAY.

AND THEN MS. JOSEPH, YOU SPOKE ABOUT A PROPERTY HIGHLAND VILLAGE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT YOU SAID THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WAS CONSIDERING BUYING OR DEVELOPING AND THEN BACK DOWN, IS THAT, DID I UNDERSTAND YOU CORRECTLY? NO, I'M ACTUALLY.

AND THANK YOU COMMISSIONER.

I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION.

SO HIGHLAND VILLAGE IS ACTUALLY THE OLD HIGHLAND MALL.

SO IT'S THE MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT THAT'S AT AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE HIGHLANDS.

SO THEY ACTUALLY, ALL OF THOSE APARTMENTS ARE MARKET RATE.

SO THE ONLY AFFORDABLE UNITS THAT WILL BE THERE WILL BE THE PROPERTY THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS GONE INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH IT'S THROUGH THEIR PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY DIDN'T PUT ANY MONEY INTO IT, BUT IT DOES GIVE THE DEVELOPER A TAX BREAK.

AND SO THEIR DECEMBER 17TH, 2020 BOARD MEETING, THAT'S ACTUALLY WHEN THEY DISCUSSED THIS ITEM, SO THEY ARE DEVELOPING IT, IT WILL BE AFFORDABLE, BUT IT'S 80% AREA MEDIAN

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INCOME, WHICH MEANS THAT YOU'D HAVE TO EARN ABOUT $54,700 IF YOU'RE GOING BY THE CDBG 20, 20 GUIDELINES.

AND SO IT'S EXCLUSIONARY, BUT THAT PROPERTY IS ACTUALLY THE OLD HIGHLAND MALL IS PROBABLY THE BEST WAY TO TELL YOU WHERE IT IS.

I SEE.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

AND THANK YOU, VICE CHAIR, ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS? AND ARE THERE ANY STAFF WHO MAY LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE, UH, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER AN OVERLAY, UH, LIKE SYNOVIA WAS MENTIONING, MIGHT BE AVAILABLE OR WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO VIEW, HI, THIS IS REBECCA GLO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

WE WOULD ALSO VALUE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THE TESTIMONY AND PROVIDE A FORMAL RESPONSE.

UH, IT DOES SOUND WITHOUT A DOUBT BENEFICIAL.

AND SO, UH, WE WOULD, WE WOULD DEFINITELY VALUE RESPONDING TO THE REQUEST AND, AND, UH, YES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, REBECCA.

AND THANK YOU.

SO NOW, UM, YOU'RE WELCOME.

IT'S TARA, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THE LATE DELIVERY.

I HAVE LOTS OF INFORMATION SOMETIMES SYNTHESIZING IT DOWN TO A SMALL AMOUNT AND IT TAKES ME A WHILE, BUT I APPRECIATE IT.

WELL, WELL, WE, WE APPRECIATE YOU AS WELL AS YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK, WHICH YOU ARE A GOOD EVENING.

UH, AND, UH, JESSE, UH, AM I CORRECT? THAT YES.

THE LAST SPEAKER.

YEAH, I BELIEVE SO UNLESS MR. CLEMONS IS ON, BUT I DON'T THINK HE IS.

I BELIEVE IT WAS MR. UH, YEAH.

OKAY.

SO, BUT, UH, CARRY ON, UM, LIKE TO THANK, UH, ALL THE COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE HERE TODAY, ALL THE STAFF MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE TODAY, ALL OF THE CITIZENS WHO ARRIVED, UH, TO SPEAK, UH, ALL OF US ARE HERE IN THE EVENING HOURS AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR OBLIGATION TO SERVICE, UH, IN BEING HERE IN THESE HOURS.

AND ALSO APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S APPRECIATE, UH, EVERYONE'S, UH, HONORING OF, OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPEDIENCE.

UH, AND SO BEFORE WE GET INTO THE AGENDA ITEMS, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SORT OF REITERATE A FEW THINGS FOR COMMISSIONERS AND EVERYONE REALLY ALIKE THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING ITEMS THAT, OF COURSE WE'RE ALL PASSIONATE ABOUT.

AND LET'S PLEASE RECALL THAT OUR FRUSTRATIONS SHOULD NOT BE TARGETED AT ONE ANOTHER, ESPECIALLY NOT IN STAFF MEMBERS.

IF WE DO HAVE THOSE FRUSTRATIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO TARGET THEM AT ME OR YOUR COMMON VERY DIRECTLY TO ME.

AND ALSO, UH, IF WE ARE ASKING QUESTIONS, LET'S DO OUR BEST TO SORT OF ASK QUESTIONS THAT ARE POINTED AND CONSTRUCTIVE.

AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE A SPECIAL REQUEST OF STAFF MEMBERS AND ANYONE WHO IS PRESENTING THAT WHEN WE ARE RESPONDING TO QUESTIONS, IF WE COULD DO OUR BEST TO RESPOND AS SUCCINCTLY AS POSSIBLE.

AND IF FOLLOW-UP IS NECESSARY, WE WILL ALLOW THE COMMISSIONERS TO FOLLOW UP AS REQUIRED.

IT'S HELPFUL TO AVOID, I THINK, LONG NARRATIVE DISCUSSIONS OR RESPONSES, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE UNSOLICITED AT THE END OF THE DAY, KEEPS ALL OF US HERE LONGER.

AND THOUGH I'M SURE ALL OF US ARE ENTHUSIASTIC TO SERVE.

WE DO HAVE FAMILIES AND PERSONAL OBLIGATIONS TO GET THROUGH.

SO WE CAN HAVE ANOTHER DAY WITH THAT SAID, I WOULD LIKE ALSO TO RECOGNIZE OUR NEW COMMISSIONERS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THEY ARE HERE, UH, BUT, UH, WE HAVE HAD ELECTIONS, UH, UH, AND WE HAVE MEDIUM GARCIA FROM NORTH AUSTIN.

WHO'S A NEW COMMISSIONER.

WE ALSO HAVE COMMISSIONER ELOISE, CEPEDA OR LOUISA CEPEDA, AND WE HAVE, UH, SHE'S A, UH, PUBLIC SECTOR APPOINTEE.

WE HAVE SHAQUITA HAWTHORNE WITH ROSEWOOD, SARAH GOSHA AND, UH, JOSE NOY, LES, UH, WITH MONTOPOLIS.

AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME ANYONE.

IF I PRONOUNCED YOUR NAMES INCORRECTLY, UH, WE WILL GET A CHANCE FOR YOU TO CORRECT ME.

I'M SURE IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, LET US MOVE TO

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

UM, ANY DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE APRIL 13TH, 2021 CDC MEETING MINUTES, WE WERE CALLED WE NOT ABLE TO HAVE A MAIN MEETING BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT QUORUM COULDN'T BE MET AS WE WERE SEATING THE NEW COMMISSIONS.

SO NOW THAT OUR COMMISSIONERS ARE SEATED, UH, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM WOULD LOVE TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

OF COURSE, AFTER YOU'VE HAD A MOMENT TO REVIEW THEM,

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ANY MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES, MOTION TO APPROVE AND WHO MOVED? I APOLOGIZE.

COMMISSIONER.

DESOLTEL MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

THANKS.

COMMISSIONER DECIBEL.

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM APRIL 13TH.

IS THERE A SECOND, SECOND, THE SECOND FROM, IS THAT VICE CHAIR, PAUL? YES.

SECOND FROM VICE CHAIR, PAUL, ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES FROM APRIL 13TH, PLEASE SAY AYE.

AYE, AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

NAY.

ANY ABSTAINING, PLEASE MAKE THAT KNOWN VOCALLY THEN SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY.

I DON'T WANT ATTENDANCE.

AND BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM, LISA, UH, AND, UH, AND JESSE, DO WE FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH, UH, KNOWING WHO ALL IS IN ATTENDANCE? OR SHOULD WE TAKE THAT ROLL CALL THAT YOU WERE MENTIONING? I WILL DEFER TO JESSE, BUT I BELIEVE I HAVE AN ACCURATE, UM, ROLE TAKEN.

JESSE.

DOES THAT SOUND GOOD TO YOU? SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

UM, JUST WANT TO, I WANT TO KNOW THAT, UH, NEW COMMISSIONER MIRIAM GARCIA IS ON FYI.

WELCOME COMMISSIONER GARCIA.

WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU, AND THANKS TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS WHO DO SHOW UP THIS COMMISSIONER LES FROM MONTOPOLIS.

I MUST WELL, OH, EXCELLENT.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU TOO.

COMMISSIONER ILEUS.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND, UH, UH, AND DO THAT ROLL CALL.

UM, JUST MAKE SURE WE KNOW WHO'S HERE.

UM, I'LL GRAB THE NEW ROSTER AND OF COURSE I KNOW I'M HERE.

I KNOW THE VICE CHAIR IS HERE.

COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

WE KNOW COMMISSIONER ADESA TELLS HERE COMMISSIONER BY THAT.

LOU IS HERE.

COMMISSIONER GARCIA IS HERE.

COMMISSIONER LES'S HERE.

COMMISSIONER MAHIA ARE YOU HERE? YES, SIR.

WE HAVE COMMISSIONER MAHEA COMMISSIONER.

DERRICK, ARE YOU HERE? COMMISSIONER SLOAN? WE KNOW IS HERE COMMISSIONER TALER ARE YOU HERE? COMMISSIONER? WOOD'S COMMISSIONER'S AFFAIR.

THAT COMMISSIONER WOODS IS HERE.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER AND COMMISSIONER HAWTHORNE.

OKAY.

AND

[2A. Briefing and discussion on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) (Angel Zambrano, Manager, Neighborhood Services Unit, Austin Public Health)]

LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS, UH, NUMBER TWO, THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT, A BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT WITH, UH,

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WHO'S THE MANAGER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT OF AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

I KNOW.

GOOD TO HEAR YOU SEE YOU.

HELLO, GOOD EVENING.

THIS IS FROM AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH NEIGHBORS SERVICES UNIT.

UM, AND IN ORDER TO HONOR THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPEDIENCY, I WILL BE BRIEF TONIGHT.

UM, JUST WANT TO POINT A COUPLE OF THINGS OUT AND MOVE FORWARD AS YOU MOST OF YOU KNOW, AND THE NEW COMMISSIONER.

SO LET THEM KNOW NOW WHERE YOU RECEIVE COMMUNITY SERVICES, BLOCK, GRANT FUNDING IN ORDER TO DELIVER A BASIC PREVENTIVE HEALTH CASE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, THIS FIRST PAGE OF THAT REPORT SHOWS THE BUDGET THROUGH APRIL 30TH.

WE'LL RECEIVE A LITTLE BIT OVER A MILLION DOLLARS EACH YEAR FROM THCA.

IF YOU CAN MOVE ON TO PAGE NUMBER TWO, PLEASE, THAT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A, UM, IT'S A STORY OF THREE NUMBERS ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING.

WE'RE MOSTLY DOING RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE WITH CARE SIDE FUNDING.

UM, WE'VE SERVICED 1,013 HOUSEHOLDS HELPED THEM AVOID EVICTION WITH CARE SIDE FUNDS.

UM, WE ALSO DO SOME UTILITY PAYMENTS, UH, FOR AUSTIN ENERGY PLUS ONE PROGRAM.

AND WE DO A LOT OF FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVER SINCE COVID BOTH OUR CENTERS DOWN LAST YEAR ON MARCH 17, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO CURBSIDE, UM, FOOD PICK UP SERVICES.

I HAVE A EXCITING NEW PROGRAM TO REPORT ON THE NEXT PAGE, PAGE NUMBER THREE OR 10 OF THEM.

I'LL GO THROUGH THIS KIND OF QUICKLY.

UM, TWO THINGS IS THAT I WANT TO POINT OUT HERE.

UH, ONE IS THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM.

WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PILOT, UH, WITH, UH, COLLABORATION WITH THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK AND AMAZON, UH, LAUNCHING A HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM SO I CAN ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS.

AND IT'S RIGHT THERE.

UM, I WAS TELLING YOU RESIDENTS LOW INCOME AND TARGET POPULATIONS, HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN'S YOU'RE 18 OR SENIORS, 60 AND OVER.

WE'LL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR MONTHLY DELIVERIES OF PRE-PACKAGED FOOD BOXES.

SO A WHOLE NEW WAY TO REACH OUR COMMUNITY AND ADDRESS THE FOOD INSECURITY ISSUE IN HOSTON THAT WAS EXACERBATED BY COVID TEEN.

UM, IT'S VERY NEW, JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS OLD.

LIKE I SAID, WE'RE IN A PILOT PHASE.

UH, THE WAY IT LOOKS LIKE IS PEOPLE CALL US AND THEY'RE INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM.

WE SIGNED THEM UP FOR A MONTHLY DELIVERY THROUGH AT LEAST DECEMBER, IF THE PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL AND AMAZON AND THE FOOD BANK WANTS TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH US, UH, WE CAN GO INTO NEXT YEAR.

IT'S COMPLETELY FREE.

UH, WE ARE HOPING THAT A SUCCESS BRINGS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND, UH, PROTEINS AND FRESH FRUITS, AS WELL AS NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS. UM, POSSIBLY SOME OTHER GOODS, UH, AS WELL.

SO THERE'LL BE MORE TO COME MORE DATA AND JUST AN UPDATE NEXT MONTH ON OUR PILOT WENT.

UM, THE EXCITING ITEM FOR TONIGHT, UH, IS NEXT AS THE COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT, UH, WALTER NICHOLS AND ASSOCIATES WILL BE PRESENTING ON THE CNA, UH, FINDINGS FOLLOWING MY REPORT.

UM, WE USE THIS TO HELP US GUIDE OUR, UM, MY PROGRAMMING OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

EVERY THREE YEARS, WE ARE REQUIRED BY THE STATE TO DO A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT, UH, AND TAKE THAT AND CREATE A COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN THAT WE WILL PRESENT TO YOU ALL IN SEPTEMBER.

UM, SO VERY EXCITING, UH, THE NEEDS, YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.

UH, THEY JUST SORT OF GET SHUFFLED IN TERMS OF A RANKING EVERY FEW YEARS.

UH, BUT THEY'RE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ONES THAT HAVE BEEN THERE FOR DECADES.

UH, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THEM AS BEST WE CAN IN OUR UNIT.

UM, ITEM NUMBER SIX, I REMIND YOU THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH, UH, BOSTON URBAN LEAGUE TO MAKE PAYMENTS, TO HELP PEOPLE AVOID EVICTION.

WE'VE ASSISTED, UH, THROUGH THAT PROGRAM 366 HOUSEHOLDS AND ALMOST, UH, ALMOST $900,000 IN RENT ASSISTANCE.

AND I WILL LET YOU TAKE YOUR TIME LATER TO READ THE SUCCESS STORY.

I'D LIKE TO USUALLY DO THAT ONCE A WEEK, AND I'LL GIVE YOU A STORY BEHIND THE NUMBERS.

AND THIS ONE IS PRETTY, IT'S JUST PRETTY IMPACTFUL AND LIGHTENING THOSE OF SITUATIONS THAT PEOPLE HAVE GONE THROUGH OVER THE PAST YEAR, UH, DUE TO COVID IN HOW WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ASSIST.

UH, SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS I CAN TAKE NOW, IF NOT, UM, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT ITEM IN THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU, RON.

AND I DO HOPE THAT EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE TO READ THIS SUCCESS STORY.

UH, VERY KEEN TO HEAR ABOUT HOW THE AMAZON PILOT GOES, UH, OR THE HOME DELIVERY I SHOULD SAY IS PROBABLY A BETTER WAY TO FRAME IT.

PILOT GOES NEXT MONTH, UH, AND EXCITED TO HEAR THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM.

DO ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS OR VICE CHAIR, UH, HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, UH, AROUND ADAM DOING OKAY, THIS IS COMMISSIONER MIHIR.

IS THAT THE, IS THAT THE, ALL OF YOUR PRESENTATION, UH, ON HIM? UH, YES, THAT IS MY MONTHLY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

OH, THAT'S FINE.

I, I, THIS IS MORE OF A, UH, MAYBE AN OPPORTUNITY.

UM, AND I KNOW YOU ALL DO A LOT, BUT I, I, WHAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S COME TO MY ATTENTION AND I'M CURIOUS IF IT'S, UM, SOMETHING THAT YOUR DEPARTMENT MAY WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH OR MAY ALREADY BE DOING, BUT I'VE BEEN, I'VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT, AND IT IS THE SORT OF COMMUNITIES THAT USE THAT YOUR DEPARTMENT SERVES THAT I THINK ARE ELIGIBLE AND WOULD BENEFIT FOR THIS.

ESSENTIALLY.

I THINK IT'S A $50, A $50 VOUCHER IF YOU WILL.

UM, AND, UH, FOR FOLKS TO HELP PAY FOR THEIR INTERNET BILL.

AND I THINK A LOT OF FOLKS OBVIOUSLY ARE ACCESSING YOUR SERVICES OR FINDING OUT ABOUT THEM IN A DIGITAL WAY, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT INTERNET FEES CAN BE EXPENSIVE.

AND, UH, EVEN, I, I KNOW THAT THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TESTIMONY IN, IN, UM, IN THE SORT OF POLICY ENVIRONMENT ABOUT HOW MANY, UH, YOUNG PEOPLE MAY HAVE SORT OF DROPPED OFF IN THEIR ONLINE CLASSES DUE TO LACK OF AFFORDABLE INTERNET OR INTERNET BEING CUT OFF FOR THAT MATTER.

SO I WAS CURIOUS IF Y'ALL WERE ALREADY MOVING ON THAT, OR IF THERE WERE PLANS TO SORT OF, UH, I GUESS MAYBE LATERAL THAT OPPORTUNITY OVER TO THE CLIENTS THAT, THAT Y'ALL ARE SERVING.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

MY, UH, YES, WE ALREADY ON THAT.

UM, OUR SOCIAL WORK TEAM AND OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY CASE MANAGERS, CASE MANAGERS ARE WORKING WITH CLIENTS ON THAT.

AND AT LEAST WITH SOME, THEY DO WARM HANDOFFS WITH OTHER, THEY CAN ASSIST TO GET THEM SIGNED UP AND WITH THE REST, IT'S MOSTLY JUST AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, LETTING THEM KNOW THAT THIS BENEFIT DOES EXIST.

TIM IS, IS VERY, UM, JUST CRUCIAL IT'S DOLLARS AND CENTS.

YOU KNOW, I WAS CURIOUS, SO ARE THEY ACTUALLY ASSISTING FOLKS IN SIGNING UP AND WHERE DO YOU LOG THAT VICTORY IN TERMS OF YOUR OUTCOMES? WE DON'T ASSIST THEM DIRECTLY.

WE WORK WITH, UH, OTHER AGENCIES THAT DO.

OKAY.

AND IS THAT, WHERE DOES THAT OUTCOME GO IN YOUR SORT OF RECORDING? UM, WE DON'T REALLY CAPTURE THAT BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONE OF OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES IS JUST SORT OF AN AUXILIARY SERVICE THAT WE PROVIDE OR EDUCATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

THERE'S A LOT OF, A LOT OF THAT GOES ON WITH THE NEIGHBOR SERVICES UNIT.

WE HEAR ABOUT, UH, LIKE FREE TAXES.

WE DO CAPTURE SOME OF IT AT ROSEWOOD, BUT THERE ARE LIKE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES HAS THEIR OWN REALLY WONDERFUL TAX PROGRAM.

UM, SO WE REFER A LOT OF PEOPLE THERE.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE DO WITHOUT HAVING TO FEEL WE NEED TO GET THE DATA.

OKAY.

LET'S DO IT.

I DON'T WANT TO GO ON ANY FURTHER, BUT I JUST HOPE THAT, YOU KNOW, I KNOW IT'S A MAJOR ISSUE AND IF Y'ALL ARE A PART OF THAT, I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU'RE CAPTURING THAT SO THAT WE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A STORY TO TELL TOO, BUT THANK YOU.

THAT'S AWESOME.

OKAY.

UH, YEAH, THAT, THAT'S FANTASTIC.

I'M GLAD, UM, THAT BOTH OF Y'ALL, UH, ARE ON THE PULSE THERE, UH, AND, UH, ON HILL, I'M SURE THAT I'LL FLY AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET COMMISSIONER MAHIA LISTED THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE WORKING WITH THAT, UH, AND POTENTIALLY CONNECT, UH, COMMISSIONER MANIA, UH, WITH THE CONTEXT THERE.

SO WITH THE CONTACTS THERE, SO HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET A BETTER PULSE ON, ON WHAT THE HEALTH OUTPUTS OR EVEN, YOU KNOW, THE OUTCOMES ARE.

SO THANK YOU BOTH.

ANY OTHER NOTES, TELL THEM, DEFINITELY DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

FANTASTIC.

LET'S MOVE ON TO THE EXCITING PART AS, UM, SOME VENDOR HAS SAID, UH, WHICH

[2B. Briefing, discussion and possible action on the Community Services Block Grants 2021 Needs Assessment (Woollard, Nichols & Associates)]

IS TO BE, UH, THE BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANTS, 2021 NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND STAFF MEMBERS WHO WERE INVOLVED, UH, IN AND WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS BY THE WAY.

SO WITH THAT SAID, WE'D LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO WILLARD, NICHOLS AND ASSOCIATES.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS.

I'M KELLY NICHOLS WITH BUTLER NICHOLAS AND ASSOCIATES, AND WE ARE, UM, EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL TO PRESENT THE FINDINGS FROM THE CSBG COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

I AM JOINED BY, UH, MERCEDES PERRY AND BY DESERET BURNS, THEY WERE MY PARTNERS IN THIS PROJECT.

AND, UM, AND SO I'M GOING TO GET US KICKED OFF AND THEN I'M GOING TO, UM, UH, LET THEM SHARE SOME

[00:45:01]

OF THE DATA AND THE FINDINGS WITH YOU AS WELL.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HERE'S WHAT WE'RE, UH, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT, WE ARE, WE'LL DO A QUICK OVERVIEW.

WE ARE GOING TO SHARE, UH, THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WITH YOU, INCLUDING, UM, OF COURSE, THAT WAS SPEAKING WITH MANY OF YOU ON THE CDC.

WE WILL SHARE WITH YOU THE TOP FIVE NEEDS THAT CAME OUT OF THE CNA.

AND, UM, WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ALSO HIGHLIGHT THE GAPS IN SERVICES AND BARRIERS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TDA T H ASKS FOR IN, IN THE ASSESSMENT.

AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A CHANCE, UM, FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR ANY DISCUSSION THAT YOU ALL MAY HAVE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I SHARED THIS PROCESS WITH YOU ALL BACK IN MARCH, UM, AND, UM, NOT PROBABLY A LOT MORE TO SAY THERE, UM, EXCEPT THAT, UM, I THINK YOU ALL KNOW, AS, UM, AS ON HILL MENTIONED THAT, UM, UH, THE, THE GOVERNING BOARD, WHICH IS THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION FOR THE COMMUNITY ACTION FOR THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY, UM, OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT, UM, THE GOVERNING BOARD NEEDS TO FORMALLY ACCEPT THE ASSESSMENT.

SO FOLLOWING, UH, FOLLOWING MY PRESENTATION, I'LL HAND IT BACK OVER TO UNHEALTH TO, UM, TO ASK FOR THAT ACTION FROM YOU ALL NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS THAT WE'VE UNDERTAKEN OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

UH, WE, WE GOT OUR ACT TOGETHER IN TERMS OF SETTING UP OUR WORK PLAN, AND THEN WE JUMPED RIGHT INTO THE DATA.

UM, MERCEDES, UM, REALLY LED OUR QUANTIFY, UM, I'M SORRY, OUR QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION AND, UM, DESERET LED OUR QUANTITATIVE PIECES.

SO WE'LL LET THEM TALK ABOUT THAT.

UM, AND, UM, JUST IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING THE, UM, THE INITIALLY THE REPORT, AS WE TOLD YOU IN MARCH, WAS TO ON, UH, JUNE 1ST, WE WERE ABLE, BECAUSE THIS, THE COMMISSION WASN'T ABLE TO MEET IN MAY, WE WERE ABLE TO GET AN EXTENSION.

UM, THE, UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH WAS ABLE TO GET AN EXTENSION.

SO WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE TO GET THE, UH, CNA, UM, TO THCA BY JULY 1ST, PLEASE.

THIS IS JUST SO THOSE OF YOU, UM, IF YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE REPORT, YOU'LL SEE IT'S A, IT'S A ROBUST REPORT.

IT'S ABOUT A HUNDRED PAGES LONG, INCLUDING THE APPENDICES.

UM, AND IT REALLY FOLLOWS THE OUTLINE THAT IS, UM, THAT IS SET UP IN THE CSBG REGULATIONS AND THAT THCA ADMINISTERS.

UM, AND SO THERE'S NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR A TON OF CREATIVITY, BUT, UM, BUT WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE GUIDELINES THAT THEY HAVE ASKED FOR.

AND SO THESE ARE ESSENTIALLY THE SORT OF, UM, THE KEY HEADINGS OF, OF THE REPORT, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN FINALLY, I JUST WANTED TO, UM, ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, OF COURSE, CONDUCTING A CNA, UM, YOU KNOW, AT, AT THE, UM, AT THE TAIL END OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC HAD, UM, CERTAINLY BOTH OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES.

UM, LUCKILY WE GOT SOME REALLY GOOD GUIDANCE FROM THE NATIONAL, UM, COMMUNITY ACTION, UH, FOLKS, UH, THERE WAS A HELPFUL WEBINAR, UM, AND THEY, THESE ARE PULLING, UM, YOU KNOW, FROM, FROM THAT WEBINAR.

UM, UH, BUT I REALLY THINK THEY'RE TRUE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME KEY OPPORTUNITIES IN TERMS OF, UM, DETERMINING THE BASELINE NEEDS THAT HAVE, YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY WERE CREATED BY COVID-19 AND ALSO IDENTIFYING THE CONDITIONS, UM, AND, AND KIND OF, YOU KNOW, HAVING A BASELINE OF HOW THIS COMMUNITY IS, IS ABLE TO RESPOND TO THAT CRISIS.

SO IT'S AN IMPORTANT TIME TO DO A CNA AND THERE ARE, YOU KNOW, SOME REAL CHALLENGES AND LIMITATIONS.

UM, WE KNOW THAT THERE, YOU KNOW, WE HAD TO BASICALLY GO TO COMPLETELY, UH, YOU KNOW, FOR THE MOST PARTS OF VIRTUAL DATA COLLECTION.

AND, UM, I, I THINK YOU ALL PROBABLY UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WE, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT BROADBAND ACCESS, UM, SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THERE, BUT WE ALSO KNOW, YOU KNOW, FRANKLY THAT, YOU KNOW, JUST THE RESPONSE AND RESPONSE RATES, UM, THEY, THEY ARE LOWER THAN IN PAST CNAS.

AND THAT DOESN'T REALLY SURPRISE US, GIVEN THAT FOLKS HAVE A LOT ON THEIR PLATES RIGHT NOW.

AND THAT GOES BOTH FOR RESIDENTS AND CLIENTS, BUT ALSO FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.

HOWEVER, WE FEEL LIKE WE, WE DID GET, YOU KNOW, ENOUGH RESPONSE AND WE'LL SHARE THAT WITH YOU TO BE ABLE TO, UM, TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, WE, WE HAVE, UM, ENOUGH TO, TO WORK WITH AND ENOUGH TO HAVE SOME VALID CONCLUSIONS.

AND FINALLY, THERE'S ALSO EFFECTS ON DATA ANALYSIS AND PRIORITIZATION.

AND WE THINK THIS IS PROBABLY, AS UNHEALTH SAID, YOU KNOW, THE TOP FIVE NEEDS REALLY, UM, DON'T CHANGE THAT MUCH, BUT WE DO SEE FOLKS PRIORITIZING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND BASIC NEEDS, UM, A LITTLE HIGHER THAN IN PAST ASSESSMENTS.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S AT ALL SURPRISING PROBABLY TO ANY OF US, UM, GIVEN, UM, GIVEN THE CHALLENGES THAT WE KNOW, UM, MANY FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE HAD OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS.

SO, UM, THE, THE LAST THING I'LL SAY IS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF OUR FRUSTRATIONS IS THAT THE DATA LAGS, RIGHT? SO MOST OF

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THE DATA THAT WE'RE USING IS PRE COVID, UM, PRE PANDEMIC DATA.

WE HAVE SENT TWO, ONE, ONE DATA, AND THAT DATA I THINK WAS REALLY USEFUL AND GIVING US A PICTURE OF COMMUNITY NEEDS DURING THE ASSESSMENT, BUT WE, WE KIND OF HAD TO WORK WITH WHAT WE HAD, UM, AND KNOW THAT, UM, WE DIDN'T HAVE THE DATA TO TELL THE FULL STORY BECAUSE OF COURSE IT JUST, IT'S NOT OUT YET.

SO, UM, WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MERCEDES, TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS AND, UH, UH, KELLY, JUST FOR A MOMENT I'D LIKE TO PAUSE, RIGHT? UH, AS YOU'RE TURNING IT OVER TO MERCEDES AND REMIND THE COMMISSIONERS TO PLEASE BE TAKING A LOOK AS WELL AS, AS YOUR, AS, AS PERHAPS SIMULTANEOUSLY AS YOU'RE DOING THIS PRESENTATION, PLEASE BE REVIEWING, UH, THE BACKUP, UH, THAT, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE YOU REVIEWED ALREADY, BUT, UH, THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT THAT WAS SUBMITTED IN THE BACKUP, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU WILL LIKELY BE TAKING.

THANK YOU CHAIR.

AND YOU CAN, UH, YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

MERCEDES.

AWESOME.

SO, HELLO EVERYONE.

I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GET RIGHT INTO OUR QUALITATIVE DATA COLLECTION PROCESS.

UM, AS KELLY MENTIONED, WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC, UH, DID MAKE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, QUITE CHALLENGING, BUT WE GOT IT DONE.

UM, SO I COULD GOT SOME PRETTY ROBUST, UH, ROBUST RESPONSE, UM, EVEN WITH THAT CHALLENGE IN OUR, IN OUR WAY.

SO WE HAD KEY INFORMANT INTERVIEWS.

THANK YOU TO, UM, ANY COMMISSIONERS WHO RESPONDED AND WAS ABLE TO TAKE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY, BUSY, BUSY, BUSY SCHEDULES TO, UM, INTERVIEW WITH US SO THAT WE COULD, WE COULD GET SOME KEY INFORMATION ABOUT, UM, LEADING OUR OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT.

UM, A LOT OF THAT WAS USED SO THAT I COULD FOLLOW UP AND FIGURE OUT WHO TO CONTACT NEXT AND WHAT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WE NEEDED TO, UM, SHARE THE SURVEYS WITH.

UM, AND WHAT OTHER KEY INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE SHOULD REACH OUT TO, ESPECIALLY AS WE WERE IN THE PANDEMIC.

UM, AND, AND THEN COMING TO THE END, THE TAIL END OF THE PANDEMIC.

SO IT WAS VERY HELPFUL, UM, GETTING THOSE CAM FORMAT INTERVIEWS DONE.

UM, I THINK I WAS ABLE TO HIT ABOUT FIVE OF THE GEOGRAPHIC AREAS THAT ARE REPRESENTED.

SO IT WAS PRETTY A PRETTY GREAT, UM, QUALITATIVE EXPERIENCE.

I REALLY ENJOY GETTING TO TALK TO THE COMMISSIONERS THAT I DID GET TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE WITH.

SO THANK YOU AGAIN.

UM, IF YOU DID GET TO CHAT WITH ME, UM, THE CLIENT SURVEY RESPONSE, WE HAD 99 CLIENT RESPONSES, UM, ABOUT 20 OF THOSE WERE SPANISH.

AND, UH, SO WE DID PROVIDE A SURVEY IN, UH, IN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.

THE CLIENT RESPONSES WERE ALSO THOSE SURVEYS WERE SENT DIRECTLY TO AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH CLIENTS.

SO ANYONE THAT MIGHT HAVE RECEIVED ANY SERVICES OR PROGRAMS ENGAGED WITH APH NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS IN THE LAST YEAR, BASICALLY WAS THEY WERE ABLE TO BE BLASTED WITH THE SURVEY.

UM, AND WE RECEIVED A SUBSTANTIAL RESPONSE FROM THOSE CLIENTS.

UM, THE RESIDENT SURVEY, WE RE WE RECEIVED 61 RESPONSES FROM, UM, NOT AS MUCH SPANISH ENGAGEMENT, BUT THE SURVEY WAS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR ALMOST TWO AND A HALF WEEKS, UM, WHICH HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE SHORT TIMEFRAME WE HAD TO WORK WITH, UM, IN TERMS OF PUSHING THE SURVEY AND HAVING A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH THE DEADLINE THAT WE HAD FROM TV, UM, FROM THE STATE BASICALLY.

UM, AND SO THE SERVICE, WE ALSO WERE ABLE TO, UM, SURVEY OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS GOT ABOUT 39 ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED, UM, AMONGST THE, THAT RESPONSE.

UM, SO IT WAS ALSO PRETTY ROBUST.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, JUST SOME KEY THEMES THAT CAME OUT OF THE OUTREACH FROM DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS IN THE SURVEYS, UM, THAT THERE WERE MAJOR GAPS BETWEEN ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS ARE ACTUALLY AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE UTILIZATION OF SET PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, UM, BY RESIDENTS WHO NEED THEM.

IT WAS VERY CLEAR WHEN TALKING TO KEY INFORMANTS AND REVIEWING RESPONSES FROM THE SERVICE PROVIDER, UH, SURVEYS THAT, THAT THERE'S JUST THAT GAP IS THERE.

UM, THEN THERE, THE SECOND THING IS, YOU KNOW, MAJORS NEED TO STREAMLINE, SIMPLIFY AND EDUCATE ON THE WAY CITY PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY WORK IN HOW TO ACCESS THEM.

UM, PEOPLE JUST DIDN'T SEEM TO BE AWARE OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

AND I THINK I'M HELD KIND OF LIKE POINTED THIS OUT.

OFTENTIMES NEIGHBORHOOD SENDING MIGHT BE, YOU KNOW, REFERRING YOU OUT TO A COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THAT CAN PROVIDE THAT.

I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF COMMUTE, UM, CON CONFUSION OUT THERE IN TERMS OF, OF, UM, OF HOW TO DO THAT AND WHERE TO GO AND WHERE TO LOOK AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

SO MAJOR NEED TO STREAMLINE SIMPLIFY WAS VERY, VERY, VERY COMMON THEME THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.

UM, THE LAST KEY THEME WAS, UM, SUGGESTING A FOCUS ON GRASPING AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, UM, AROUND

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INFORMATION SHARING BECAUSE OF THE SHIFT TO DIGITAL AND VIRTUAL MEANS OF OPERATION EVEN BEFORE WE WERE IN THE PANDEMIC.

AND SO AT THIS POINT, THE PANDEMIC HAS ONLY EXACERBATED, UM, AND ACCESSIBILITY FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS.

AND THIS WAS A KEY THEME THROUGHOUT EVERY SURVEY AND AS WELL AS THE INTERVIEWS, UM, THERE WERE, THERE WASN'T EVEN, THERE WAS A LACK OF CONSENSUS IN OUR CLIENT SURVEY.

UM, EVEN WHEN WE TRY TO PICK OUT IF RESIDENTS PREFERRED RECEIVING SERVICES VIRTUALLY, OR BY PHONE BY PHONE OR IN HOW THEY WERE RECEIVING PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.

SO, UM, IT JUST KIND OF HELLO, IDENTIFY WHETHER THERE WAS A, THERE'S A LACK OF CONSENSUS AS EASILY PUT.

SO IT WAS, IT WAS A VERY ROBUST PROCESS AND, AND I, I ENJOY DOING IT.

I ENJOYED WORKING WITH EVERYONE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UM, AGAIN, COMMISSIONERS FOR THE TIME THAT YOU TOOK TO MEET WITH ME.

I KNOW THAT YOU PROBABLY GOT SEVERAL EMAILS FROM ME, UM, AND PHONE CALLS.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, I APPRECIATE THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND COMMISSIONERS WHO MIGHT'VE EVEN TEXTED, MESSAGED THE SURVEY OUT, UM, AS WELL.

I HAD SEVERAL TEXT MESSAGES BLASTS GO WITH SURVEY LINKS IN THEM.

SO I APPRECIATE ANYBODY THAT WAS ABLE TO SUPPORT US IN THE OUTREACH, UM, DURING THIS CHALLENGE AND TIME TO BE TRYING TO ENGAGE, UM, AT THIS TIME, I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND PASS IT ON THE DESERET.

SHE'S GONNA, UM, JUMP US, TAKE A DEEP DIVE INTO OUR QUANTITATIVE DATA.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, IN SPEAKING, YOU MIGHT BE MUTED.

THAT WAS RIGHT.

I WAS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MERCEDES.

OKAY.

FOR THE QUANTITATIVE DATA COLLECTION, UH, WE USE THE COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP DATA HUBS PROVIDE US A LOT OF INFORMATION, UH, KEY SOURCES, INCLUDING INFORMATION, ERIC.

AND CAN YOU SURVEY, UH, CENSUS BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, A LOT OF BIG PICTURE DATA.

AND THEN WE CONTEXTUALIZE THAT INFORMATION WITH THE REPORTS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN ECHO, AND YOU CAN SEE THE LIST THERE.

UM, AS, UH, KELLY HAD ALREADY STATED SOME OF THE DATA'S LAGGING BECAUSE THE INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED PRIOR YEARS, UH, BUT TWO, ONE, ONE DATA WAS REALLY KEY.

AND SO I WANTED TO GO OVER THAT, UH, AT THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO SOME INSIGHTS COME TO ON ONE, UH, THERE WERE 64,211 FALLS IN 2020, WHICH IS A 50% INCREASE FROM 2018.

UH, SO WHEN WE CALL BULLYING WAS FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT FROM 2019, SHE CAN TELL US, SO THE CHART ON THE RIGHT, UH, DESIGNATED DESIGNATES PUSH CALL TYPE AND THE YEARS, AND THEN A PERCENT CHANGE FOR EACH CALL TYPE FROM 2018 TO 2000.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, A LOT OF THEM, IT'S A HUGE INCREASE, ESPECIALLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

UH, THERE WAS ALSO A DECREASE FOR TRANSPORTATION RELATED ALL TYPES.

EXCELLENT.

SO QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE NEEDS.

UM, IN ORDER HOUSING WAS NUMBER ONE, FOLLOWED BY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE, HEALTH AND WELLNESS, AND I MEANT, AND THEN EDUCATION OR SOME OTHER IDENTIFIED NEEDS AS WELL, BUT DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE TOP FIVE SUCH AS PAYING FOR CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE, UH, ADDRESSING TRAUMA, TRAUMA AND ADULT LITERACY.

EXCELLENT.

SO THE FIRST NAME HOUSING FIRST IS I'M GOING THROUGH THIS INFORMATION FOR THE SAKE OF TIME.

I WON'T BE READING OFF THE SLIDE.

I'LL BE FOCUSING ON THE CHART AND THEN ALL I'M DISCUSSING THE CHART.

IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THROUGH, UM, THERE'S INFORMATION HERE ABOUT SERVICE PROVIDERS AND PAINFUL EVENTS AND FINDINGS THAT THEY PROVIDED US WITH, AS WELL AS KEY QUOTES FROM, UH, BOTH SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SO IF WE'RE LOOKING AT THE CHART, UH, IT'S DESIGNATED BY NEED TYPE ON THE SURVEY.

SO IT SHOWS HOW MANY PEOPLE AND THE TOTAL PERCENTAGE OF RESIDENTS AND CLIENTS THAT CHOSE THIS NEED ON THE SURVEY.

SO TO START WITH, FOR EXAMPLE, ON RESIDENTS, YOU CAN SEE THAT HELP TANG BRANCH FROM MORTGAGE, THAT TOP AID ON 1950 7%, A TOTAL OF 12 RESPONDENTS CHOSE THAT NEED IDENTIFIED THAT NEED AS A NEED FOR STAFF.

UM, WHAT I DID WAS I HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW, UH, THE TOP NEED FOR RESIDENTS AND CLIENTS.

AND THEN I HIGHLIGHTED IN TEAL IS SECOND HIGHEST NEED FOR BOTH RESIDENTS AND CLIENTS.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, UPPER RESIDENTS TAUGHT ME, THEY IDENTIFIED WAS HOUSING THAT I CAN REFER AND CLIENTS HELP PAYING RENT.

AND THE SECOND HIGHEST NEED RESIDENTS WAS HELPED TO MAKE MY HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT.

AND FOR CLIENTS,

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IT WAS HELPFUL TO IT.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE SECOND TAUGHT ME WAS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE.

AND AS YOU CAN SEE FOR RESIDENTS, IT TAUGHT ME WHAT'S HELPED MANY RESOURCES, THE COMMUNITY CLIENTS FOOD, AND THEN THE SECOND HIGHEST NEED FOR RESIDENTS WAS BOTH HEALTH INSURANCE, MEDICAL CARE AND TRANSPORTATION FOR CLIENTS, AND IT'S HELP FINDING RESOURCES.

EXCELLENT.

THE THIRD NEED WAS IDENTIFIED AS HEALTH AND PENCE AND JOSIE THAT PRESIDENT'S MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING OR CLASSES WAS THE HIGHEST NEED.

AND FOR EXPLAINS HIS HEALTHY EATING CLASSES OR OTHER SUPPORT, THE SECOND HIGHEST NEED FOR RESIDENTS WAS THE SAME HEALTHY EATING CLASSES OR OTHER SUPPORT.

AND THEN FOR SCIENCES PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS, KIND OF GIVE YOU ALL A MINUTE TO READ THE SLIDES.

I WANT TO GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE TOO EXCITING FOR END WAS IN PAYMENT FOR RESIDENTS THAT TAUGHT ME AND WAS HELPED WITH JOB SKILLS AND OUR JOB TRAININGS ARE AND BETTER WAGES FOR CLIENTS.

IT WAS HELP FINDING A JOB, BUT, AND GRANGE SECOND HIGHEST FOR RESIDENTS WAS HELP FINDING A JOB WITH A LIVING WAGE AND A SECOND FOR CLIENTS, BUT IT'S HELPED WITH JOB SKILLS AND OUR JOB TRAININGS ARE IN BETTER WITCHES.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, IT APPEARS THAT BOTH RESIDENTS AND CLIENTS ARE BOTH CONCERNED WITH TWO VERY THINGY.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THE FINAL THING IS EDUCATION.

AS YOU SEE, THERE IS A SLIGHT ERIK YEAR.

SO ACTUALLY THE, UM, HE DID NOT HIGHLIGHT NONE OR NONE OF THE ABOVE AS I TALK.

AND THAT'S LIKE AN A, UH, SO FOR, UM, SO FOR THE SECOND MEET FOR RESIDENTS, IT'S ACTUALLY DIFFERENT, BUT I'LL SAY THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

I, SO FOR RESIDENTS, THE TOPIC HAS HELPED TO ATTEND TRADE OR TECHNICAL SCHOOL COLLEGE FOR CLIENTS, WITH ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES, AND THEN THE SECOND HIGHEST NEED PRECEDENTS IT'S COMPUTER SKILLS TRAINING.

I JUST THE SAME AND KELLY WE'LL WRAP UP OUR PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO ONE LAST SIDE WANT TO JUST SHARE THE, UM, GAPS IN SERVICES AND BARRIERS.

I DON'T THINK THESE WILL BE A BIG SURPRISE TO YOU ALL.

UM, AND, AND THEY REALLY ARE, UH, STEMMING FROM MANY OF THE THEMES THAT MERCEDES WAS MENTIONING THAT WE HEARD FROM, UM, FOLKS IN THE SURVEYS AND THE KEY INFORMANT INTERVIEWS, BUT WE CLASSIFIED, UH, GAPS IN THESE THREE BROAD CATEGORIES.

SO, UM, FIRST ACCESS, RIGHT FOLKS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY ACCESSING A BROAD VARIETY OF, OF SERVICES, UM, ACROSS THE SPECTRUM.

UM, THOSE SERVICES MIGHT BE AVAILABLE, BUT THEY'RE, UM, THEY'RE HAVING DIFFICULTY, UM, OBTAINING THEM.

UM, SO THAT, THAT WAS THE FIRST GAP.

THE SECOND GAP WAS ABOUT AVAILABILITY AS WELL.

SO WE HEARD SEVERAL COMMENTS ABOUT, UM, REALLY THEN THE NEED FOR SERVICES, OUTWEIGHING DEMAND, UM, AND THAT BEING EVIDENCED BY, UM, WAIT TIMES, WAIT LISTS, LONG LINES AND THAT SORT OF THING.

AND THEN FINALLY, AND I THINK THIS ONE IS, UM, PROBABLY VERY MUCH RELATED, UM, TO THE OTHER TWO IN PARTICULAR, THE FIRST ONE, UM, WE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF COMMENTS ABOUT, UM, THE, UM, ABOUT CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND RESPONSIVENESS OF SERVICE PROVIDERS, UM, AND THE NEED FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS TO IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO ENGAGE WITH FOLKS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

AND THAT COULD BE RELATED TO, UM, LANGUAGE, BUT ALSO, UM, ALSO, UM, JUST GENERAL, UM, CULTURAL COMPETENCY, UM, AND, UM, MANY COMMENTS ABOUT BEING MORE TRAUMA, TRAUMA INFORMED