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OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, DO, UH, DO I NEED TO CONFIRM THAT WE HAVE A FORUM? I CAN COUNT IT, BUT MAYBE IT'D BE GOOD TO GET ECHO FROM JESSE OR JESSE.

WON'T BE HERE TODAY.

SO, UH, ERICA, DO WE HAVE QUORUM? ARE WE GOOD TO START? I COUNT NINE MEMBERS.

SORRY, THIS IS LISA.

I'M SORRY.

I COUNT NINE PRESENT.

ERICA, DO YOU CONCUR? ALL RIGHT.

FANTASTIC.

WITH THAT SAID, THEN LET'S,

[CALL TO ORDER]

UH, CALL TO ORDER THE JULY 13TH, 2021 MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.

AND I WILL REMIND THOSE OF US WHO ARE MAYBE CALLED IN, UH, THAT TO MUTE OUR PHONES, PLEASE, UNTIL WE MAY BE SPEAKING.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL, THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE, AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE IN ADVANCED SPECIFICALLY THE COMMISSIONERS FOR DOING OUR BEST TO HAVE OUR CAMERAS ON IF YOU HAVE THE TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITY TO DO SO THAT NOT ONLY HELPS DEMONSTRATE HOW PROUD WE ARE TO REPRESENT OUR RESPECTIVE REGIONS AND, UH, STAKEHOLDER INTERESTS, BUT ALSO IT MAKES GOVERNANCE A LITTLE BIT EASIER.

WE CAN KIND OF SEE WHO NEEDS TO SPEAK, WHO MAY WANT TO RAISE THEIR HAND.

UH, AND, UH, IT, IT GETS A LITTLE BIT DIFFICULT WHEN WE'RE JUST LOOKING AT A BUNCH OF GRAY SQUARES.

SO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

I DO UNDERSTAND, OF COURSE, IF WE HAVE TO TURN THEM OFF FOR EATING OR PERSONAL MATTERS, AS THESE MEETINGS CAN GET LONG, UH, WITH THAT SAID, UH, IT SEEMS LET'S MOVE TO CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER, UH, FOR CITIZEN COMMUNICATION, UH, AS NOVIA.

JOSEPH, ARE YOU ON THE LINE? YES, MR. CHAIR.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR MEMBERS.

I'M THE NOVIA JOSEPH.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A TRANSIT UPDATE.

SO I DID SEND YOU THE LINK.

YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY HEARD THE STORY ON K U T JULY 6TH, 2021.

IT'S TITLED HOW CAP METRO'S MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR TRANSIT EXPANSION HINGES ON FEDERAL RACIAL EQUITY STANDARDS.

AND I'LL JUST TURN TO THE SUMMATION AT THE END WHERE NATHAN BERNAY.

THE REPORTER SAID CAPITOL METROS OWN 266 PAGE ANALYSIS WHILE FINDING ITSELF IN COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE SIX, ALSO REVEAL SOME OBVIOUS DISPARITIES.

THE MAKEUP OF THE ORGANIZATIONS TO ADVISORY PANELS IS DISPROPORTIONATELY WHITE COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE COST CAP.

METRO, SIGNIFICANTLY MORE PER TRIP THAN BULK SERVICE HAS 70% WHITE RIDERSHIP AND CATERS TO THE AGENCY'S WEALTHIEST RIDERS DURING THE MIDDAY BUSES ON ROUTES THAT SERVE LARGER PERCENTAGES OF MINORITY WRITERS ARE MORE FULL AND LESS PUNCTUAL.

SO I JUST WANTED TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THAT ARTICLE BECAUSE IT IS OBJECTIVE.

HE DID LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION ABOUT TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AND ANY PROGRAM THAT RECEIVES FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION AS YOU THINKING ABOUT THE POOR, THERE WAS A LENGTHY DISCUSSION AT COMMISSIONER'S COURT TODAY AS IT RELATED TO RIVERSIDE.

AND SO I JUST WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF 80% ARROGANT MEDIAN INCOME AS THE NEW RED LINING.

THAT'S ABOUT $55,000, BUT AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS EARNED BETWEEN 42,000 AND $50,000.

THERE'S AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REPORT WHEN THE CITY OF AUSTIN WAS DOING THE MINORITY FUNDING FOR EACH OF THE CHAMBERS THAT SPECIFIES THAT AMOUNT.

AND THERE'S ALSO A 2016 ARTICLE FROM BOSTON MONITOR THAT GIVES THAT SAME RANGE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS.

AND SO THESE NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME OVER ON HIGHLAND HIGHLAND VILLAGE.

THAT'S THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF LAWSON 99 YEAR GROUND

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LEASE VEGA MULTI-FAMILY AND SPELLED WEST AUSTIN.

THE PROPOSAL TODAY FROM PRESIDIUM WAS GOING TO ONLY HAVE 10% OF THE UNITS AT THE, FOR PEOPLE WHO TURN 60% AREA MEDIAN INCOME AND BELOW THE REST WAS 80% AREA, MEDIAN INCOME AND HIGHER.

AND LASTLY, SO-CALLED TO HON GOOD TRANSIT LINE.

SOUTH CONGRESS IS ALSO 80% AREA HISPANICS FROM THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

NOW, LASTLY, JUST CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT.

YOU HAVE SOME INFORMATION IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIAL THAT ACTUALLY TALKS ABOUT BASIC NEEDS AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO ASK FOR $5.7 MILLION TO BE ALLOCATED FOR THE METRO RAPID, WHICH IS SAMSUNG TO APPLE IS $4.7 MILLION, AND IT'S $945,000 FOR THE ROUTE TWO 40 ON.

AND THAT'S WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY PUT THE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AT 1934 RUTLAND.

AND MY QUESTION IS HOW DID THAT SITE BECOME PRIORITIZED 171 UNITS, 101 WOULD BE PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS AND THEY WOULDN'T PUT THAT NUMBER IN WEST AUSTIN.

AND SO I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHY IS THAT A PRIORITY ON AN, IN AN AREA WHERE THEY HAVE REMOVED THE BUS ROUTE? SO THERE'S NO ACCESS THERE.

UM, THOSE ARE MY LARGE COMMENTS.

I'LL LASTLY, JUST TELL YOU THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A BRIEFING LATER ABOUT CORONA VIRUS, STATE, AND LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUNDS.

AND YOU CAN STILL SUBMIT FORMAL COMMENTS THROUGH JULY 16TH, 2021 TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER.

UM, AND THOSE ARE MY PRIMARY COMMENTS.

YOU HAVE THE SAME KIND OF LANGUAGE IN YOUR FYI, 2122 DRAFT ANNUAL ACTION DRAFT PLAN.

IT SAYS MOBILITY IS TO GET US WHERE WE WANT TO GO WHEN WE WANT TO GET THERE SAFETY AND COST EFFECTIVELY, BUT I'LL JUST TELL YOU THAT THE BUS RUNS 20 MINUTES ON SOCCER BASE 3 92, AND IT RUNS 15 MINUTES FROM LAKELINE ON SOCCER DAYS.

BUT IF YOU'RE TRYING TO GET TO WORK AND YOU'RE A MINORITY, IT'S 45 MINUTES IN A 30 MINUTE TRANSFER.

SO THE PRIORITIES ARE KIND OF MIXED UP AS IT RELATES TO TRANSIT.

UM, SO IF IT'S, YOU KNOW, FOR FUN, WE'LL GET YOU THERE EFFICIENTLY, BUT IF IT'S, UH, IN, YOU KNOW, REAL TIME TO GET YOU TO WORK, IT JUST SEMANTICS ON PAPER.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK THE COMMISSION, IF YOU CAN WRITE A LETTER TO THE CITY MANAGER, AS IT RELATES TO THE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION, UM, TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WHO HAS 240, 40 $7 MILLION, THEY'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH, AND THEY'D GIVE THEM 6.7 MILLION, UM, OVER TO WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS, BUT PEOPLE NEED TO GET TO THE JOB SITE, NOT JUST SIT AND LOOK AT A COMPUTER SCREEN AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET WORK.

AND SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

I APPRECIATE YOU ALLOWING ME TO BE SO EXTENSIVE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THE NEXT TIME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR THOROUGH COMMENTARY AND ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS, ANY QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS FROM THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

THANK YOU AS AN OB VERY MUCH, UH, FOR, UH, SHARING YOUR COMMENTARY AS WELL AS THE EMAIL THAT HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO ALL OF US, UH, AS WELL.

UH, WE APPRECIATE IT, COMMISSIONER.

WHAT'S FUNNY.

I WAS JUST, OH MAN.

UH, HI THERE, THIS IS ALBERTO COMMISSIONER FROM DISTRICT TWO AND I WANTED TO SUSPEND MY COMMENTS JUST TO MAKE SURE TO MAKE ROOM FOR ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS, BUT OUT OF, YOU KNOW, RESPOND TO IT.

I FEEL, I JUST FEEL ACCOUNTABLE TO LET YOU KNOW, AND YOU, I'M GUESSING BY, UH, THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU SHARED, YOU MIGHT ALREADY KNOW THAT THEY'RE THERE.

I THINK PUBLIC COMMENTARY IS, UH, INVITED AT THE PROJECT CONNECT, UH, EQUITY TASK FORCE MEETINGS.

UH, THE NEXT ONE IS SCHEDULED, I BELIEVE FOR JULY 21ST.

UM, SO YOU KNOW, I, A LOT OF THE THINGS YOU BRING UP SEEM TO BE A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, THE, THE THEMES AT LEAST THAT ARE BEING EXPLORED THERE.

SO I HEAR YOU, YOU KNOW, PROVIDING INFORMATION HERE AT THE CDC, JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THAT MEETING EXISTS.

AND IT SEEMS LIKE PUBLIC COMMENT IS, UH, AVAILABLE.

SO JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT.

AND, AND I APPRECIATE IT.

COMMISSIONER, I'LL JUST TELL YOU FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, APRIL 20TH, 2018, I MET WITH CAP METRO CEO AND ASKED FOR THESE SAME THINGS.

WE'RE SAMSUNG SAMSUNG TO APPLE, AND I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS, BUT THEY DID SURVEYS BACK IN 20 15, 20 16 AND 70% OF THE RESPONDENTS.

UM, 72% WERE WHITE AND 52% WERE FEMALE.

THEY MADE A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, HAD ACCESS TO TWO VEHICLES AND THEN THE SYSTEM CHANGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TARGET AUDIENCE.

SO IT'S TECHNICALLY WORKING EXACTLY AS DESIGNED, BUT THEY CAN'T SAY THAT AND GET THE FEDERAL FUNDING TOO.

BUT I

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APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS AND I WILL CONTINUE ON HIS JOURNEY.

AND I JUST WANT THE COMMISSIONERS TO KNOW THAT, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN ACTUALLY WENT TO COMMUNITY FIRST, UM, FIRST MR. CROCK TO DO HIS, UH, PRESENTATION FOR THE BUDGET.

SO THAT'S WHY I BROUGHT UP THE FUNDING FOR TRANSIT IN THIS CONTEXT IS BECAUSE THE CITY IS ASKING THE COUNTY FOR SOME OF THEIR MONEY FOR THE HOMELESS PROBLEM.

UM, BUT I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM THE OTHER COMMISSIONERS? THANK YOU, SYLVIA.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

I'LL PING THEM.

AND WITH THAT, WE'LL MOVE TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM.

UH,

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Discussion and possible action on the June 8, 2021, Community Development Commission meeting minutes.]

NUMBER ONE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

UH, IF EVERYONE COULD JUST TAKE A QUICK MOMENT TO REVIEW.

IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY THE JUNE 8TH, 20, 21 MEETING MINUTES EVER, ANY OF Y'ALL ALREADY, I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT, THIS IS COMMISSIONER ME HERE.

MOVED TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES.

WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER MAHIA TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE 8TH OF THE DRAFT MINUTES OF THE JUNE 8TH MEETING.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? THIS IS COMMISSIONER DESOLTEL.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A SECOND.

ANY DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

NAY.

PLEASE DO SO VOCALLY IF YOU'RE NOT ON CAMERA AND ANY ABSTENTIONS.

OKAY.

SO THIS WILL GO ON THE RECORD AS EVERY COMMISSIONER OF VOTING TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

THE MINUTES WERE APPROVED.

UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

AND ON

[2. COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG) Briefing and discussion on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Customer Satisfaction Survey (Angel Zambrano, Manager, Neighborhood Services Unit, Austin Public Health) ]

TO AGENDA ITEM TWO, UH, THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT WHERE, UH, IN SAN BERNARDINO, UH, THE MANAGER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT WILL, UH, WILL BRIEF US I'M IN THE HOUSE.

OKAY.

HMM.

OKAY.

ANYWHERE FROM THE CITY CONFIRM IF HONG HEATHER'S IN THE HOUSE, CHERRY, I'M TRYING TO GET THEM ON THE SCREEN.

UM, I'LL GO AHEAD AND UNMUTE THEM FROM NOW IF I CAN, OR THEY'RE, THEY'RE LOGGING IN AS NOT RESPONDING AND I THAT'S RARE FOR ME.

I'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE, SO I'M NOT REALLY SURE IF YOU WANT, LIKE TO STALL AND MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE.

I MIGHT RECOMMEND THAT I'M GOING TO, TO SHARE WHAT'S GOING ON.

LET'S GIVE THIS A MINUTE OR TWO AND SEE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

OKAY.

HEY, KAREN, IF THIS GOES A LITTLE BIT LONGER, IS THAT ON? CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR, MR. .

OKAY.

AS LONG AS YOU CAN HEAR ME.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

I CAN'T JUST GO THROUGH MY REPORT.

UH, COULD YOU HANG UP? I CAN SEE YOUR REPORT ON THIS, BUT I HAVE A COPY HERE AND YOU GUYS SEE THE PROGRAMMATIC FINANCIAL REPORT.

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YES, WE CAN.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AGAIN TONIGHT.

WHY 13TH? UH, THE FIRST PAGE IS JUST A SCRIPT.

A REMINDER THAT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT FUNDS DELIVER SERVICES TO LOW INCOME, TEXAS IN ALL COUNTIES.

AND INSTEAD OF AUSTIN IT'S DELIVERED, THOSE SERVICES ARE DELIVERED THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES IN AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROVIDE BASIC NEEDS AND MENTAL HEALTH CASE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS TO OUR COMMUNITY.

IF YOU SCROLL A LITTLE BIT DOWN, YOU'LL SEE THE EXPENDITURES TO DATE WE'RE ON TRACK TO FULLY EXPAND OUR GRANT FUNDS BY DECEMBER, UH, PAGE NUMBER TWO, UM, KIND OF FORECASTING FOR THE FUTURE.

UH, THAT FIRST TOP, THE INDIVIDUALS WHO TRANSITIONS OUT OF POVERTY, UH, WE HAVE, UH, KIND OF REVAMPED AND RECREATED OUR CASE MANAGEMENT 2.0, UH, MODEL.

WE HAVE RECRUITED A LOT OF, UH, CLIENTS AND PRIOR PROVIDING CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES RIGHT NOW, UH, SOME REENTRY SERVICES, HELPING PEOPLE TRANSITION BACK INTO THE WORLD OF WORK AND MAINTAIN EMPLOYMENT.

OUR GOAL FOR THE YEAR FROM THE STATE IS 43 TRANSITIONS.

UM, DUE TO COVID-19, WE'VE HAD ZERO, BUT THAT'S NOT, NOT, UM, FOR LACK OF TRYING.

SO, UM, WE WERE REINVENTING OURSELVES DURING THIS TIME.

WE HAVE A REALLY GOOD PROGRAM SET UP AND WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS WHO WILL TRANSITION BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

AND I THINK WE WILL DEFINITELY MEET AND EXCEED THAT GOAL.

SO I'M EXCITED TO BRING THOSE STORIES BACK TO YOU IN THE FUTURE.

UM, SCROLL DOWN A LITTLE BIT, OR I STILL ON THIS PAGE AND YOU CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A RENTAL ASSISTANCE WITH OUR CARE SIDE FUNDING.

UH, WE HAVE, UM, HELPED DEVELOP IN 138 HOUSEHOLD AND WEIGHT EVICTION WITH OUR FUNDING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AUSTIN UNION URBAN LEAGUE AND THAT COURT AND VERY WELL RECEIVED, UM, AN EXTRA $94,000 FROM THE STATE, UH, THAT IS TO APPROVE.

THEN WE'LL BE AVAILABLE TO CONTINUE HELPING FOLKS WHO NEED A RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

WE ALSO HAD A COST SAVINGS OF $46,500.

UH, THAT WAS A FUND AS WELL.

AND I'VE ALSO BEEN APPROVED IF IT ALL MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND HELPS AN EXTRA 103 HUNDRED, $140,000 TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, WE CONTINUE TO DO FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS IN THE FORM OF A ROOT PANTRY, CURBSIDE AND, UM, SOME PPE EMERGENCY FOOD BOX EVENTS, WHICH I'LL TALK TO YOU WHO ARE IN A FEW MINUTES.

AND ALSO OUR UTILITY SYSTEMS PROGRAM IS GOING WELL.

WELL, AND HERE KIND OF A MINOR DATA POINT.

WE 8.1 ON TWO HOURS TO LEAD IT TO THE AGENCY.

IT'S BEEN ZERO FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS.

THEY KNOW WHAT'S THE YEAR AND A HALF, BUT WE'RE SLOWLY BRINGING BACK SOME VOLUNTEERS, UH, FOLLOWING ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT NUMBER, CAUSE WE'RE GETTING PEOPLE TO COME BACK AND BE ENGAGED IN HELPING OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT ALONGSIDE OF US.

NO PROGRAMMATIC ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES, UH, NO VACANCIES IN OUR UNIT RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS GOOD.

UH, NUMBER TWO, WE'RE GOOD NEWS IS THE CDC NOMINATION SELECTION ON JUNE 15, WE'LL TALK SOON WAS NOMINATED AND IT'S LIKE FINISHING A NEW COMMISSION, BUT, UH, DUE TO COVID, WE HAD TO REINVENT OURSELVES.

WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS BASIC NEEDS SERVICES TO GO FROM THE PANTRY CURBSIDE APPOINTMENT, EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE, ALSO EFFICIENCY SERVICES AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE FOR OUR CLIENTS.

UM, NUMBER FOUR, I BONDED.

WE STARTED JUNE 1ST, UH, DELIVER THE FOOD.

SO THE FOOD BANK PROVIDES THE EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES, NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS. UH, WE PROVIDE THE STAFFING AND SORT OF THE HEAVY LIFTING AND LOGISTICS AND AMAZON FLEX DRIVERS COME BY OUR CENTERS IN THE COUPLE OF SPONSORING TO OUR CLIENTS ALL OVER THE SYDNEY LAWSON.

IT'S BEEN POPULAR SO FAR AS YOU CAN SEE ON OUR PILOT, WE, UH, DELIBERATE, WE BOUGHT IT 261 HOUSEHOLDS AND HAD WANTING TO JOEL'S POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY THIS.

AND AGAIN, THEY HAVE NOTHING, NO BARRIERS,

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YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY JUST THE PROGRAM AND THE FOOD COMES TO THEM, HOPING TO ADD A DAY.

AMAZON WOULD LIKE US TO DO THAT.

AND SO WITH THE FOOD BANK, UM, WHEN THEY'RE ALSO WORKING WITH THE CITY TO POSSIBLY GET SOME FUNDINGS FOR, UH, SOME MORE STAFF SO THAT WE CAN ADD MORE DAYS, MEAN IT'S NOT, IT HAS THE CAPACITY TO HAVE, UH, FOUR OR FIVE DAYS, R U M M.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I CAN CHECK IN WITH EVERYBODY.

IS, IS EVERYBODY HEARING ON HALLOWELL OR ARE Y'ALL HEARING AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT? I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S JUST ME, IT'S CHOPPY ON MY END.

IT'S CALMING GOING IN AND OUT.

UH, THANK YOU ALL.

UH, IF THERE'S ANYTHING YOU MAY BE ABLE TO MANUALLY DO WITH YOUR MICROPHONE, WHETHER IT'S LIKE MAYBE A WILDLY CABLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AVOIDING IT, OR MAYBE BRING IT CLOSER.

I DON'T KNOW.

MAYBE YOU KNOW ABOUT SOMETHING OR NOT, BUT JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AM I COMING IN AND OUT? THAT'S WHAT WAS HAPPENING, BUT YOU SOUND PRETTY STRONG NOW.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FEEDBACK.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, NUMBER FIVE, THE NSU CLIENT SATISFACTION SURVEY, UH, AS PART OF THE WATER TO NICHOLSON ASSOCIATES, COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

I THINK KELLY MENTIONED LAST MONTH THAT THEY HAD INCLUDED A SURVEY, UM, THE SMALL PIECE OF THAT CNA AND WE RECEIVED REALLY GOOD FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS THAT WE SEE SERVICES, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, 91% OF RESPONDENTS PAINTER PRODUCTS, THE EXPERIENCES GREATER GOOD, UM, 41% PREFER SERVICES FROM HOME OR A HYBRID MODEL.

35% HAD NO PREFERENCE.

AND, UH, I BELIEVE, UM, ONLY 11% OF FOLKS PREFER SERVICES IN THE OFFICE, WHICH IS INTERESTING.

AND THAT WILL KIND OF HELP US GUIDE OUR PLAN AS WE REINTEGRATE BACK INTO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS, UH, IT'S MAKES NO MORE IN THE FALL.

IT ALSO IN THE BACKUP, IF YOU WANTED TO SEE IT TO VERY SHORT POWERPOINT, AS SOME INFORMATION ON THE ZIP CODES IN DYNAMIC CLIENT SATISFACTION RATINGS, UH, I TOUCHED ON THE CARE SIDE FUNDING AND OUR, OUR, UM, URBAN LINK PARTNERSHIP THROUGH MAY.

WE VISITED 407 HOUSEHOLDS AND PROCESSED ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS IN RENT ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS, AND WE CONTINUE TO NEED THEM AND ALSO CONTINUE TO DO A KIND OF WARM HANDOFFS TO THE TEXAS BY RELIEF PROGRAM.

I THINK THEY RECEIVED $1.4 BILLION THIS PAST SPRING, AND THEN JUST, I BELIEVE RECEIVED ANOTHER BILLION.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY THE AMOUNT IT WAS CLOSE TO A BILLION DOLLARS TO HELP, UH, UH, TEXANS, UH, PAY THEIR RENT NUMBER SEVEN, AUSTIN ENERGY PLUS ONE PROGRAM.

UH, AGAIN, JUST TO REMIND YOU GUYS THAT WE DO HELP FOLKS WITH, UH, WITH UTILITY ASSISTANCE AS WELL.

AND THEN THERE'S A SUCCESS STORY.

I WILL NOT READ IT TO YOU, BUT CURRENTLY YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT, WE HAD A REALLY AMAZING PREJEAN TEAM CELEBRATION THIS MONTH, A SHOUT OUT TO MS. SHAMEEKA WHITE HOLLANDER MANAGER AT BLACK LAND.

THIS IS OUR SECOND PAGENT EVENT DURING A PANDEMIC.

AND SHE MADE, SO YOU MENTIONED THE MIRACLE WORKER, HER AND HER STAFF, AND EVERYBODY WAS INVOLVED.

AND WE PROVIDED A COLON VACCINES, UH, FOR FOLKS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, UM, EMERGENCY, UM, PARDON ME, CUE MUSIC WAS ALL IN DRIVE THROUGH AND, UM, AND PEOPLE JUST ENJOYED IT AND CAME OUT AND REALLY CELEBRATED A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

THIS STORY WAS SHARED ON ONE OF OUR NURSES, TAKE A LOOK AT IT TONIGHT AND ENJOY.

I'M TRYING TO STAND ON MY REPORT.

IF ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, I CAN TAKE THEM NOW.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND, UH, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT STORY.

ANYBODY, ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR SURE, GARRETT? UM, I JUST WANTED TO ASK FOR THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM, UM, CAN RESIDENTS STILL SIGN UP OR IS IT THE PILOT WAS KIND OF A, WHAT? IT'S A CLOSED REGISTRATION FOR THE PILOT PROGRAM.

I'M HALEY.

IF YOU'RE RESPONDING, YOU MIGHT BE MUTED.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I'M HAVING A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH VIDEO AND MUTE TO DISH.

SO I REALLY, I'M SORRY.

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UM, CAN YOU GUYS SEE ME OUT HERE? I CAN HEAR YOU.

CAN YOU SEE ME NOW? WE MISS YOUR FACE.

LOOK AT THAT HE WAS WORKING AND, UH, THE MUTE BUTTON IS WORKING.

THANK YOU.

IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOUR FACES TOO, BUT I FIGURED OUT THE VIDEO HERE, YOU LOOK GREAT ON HIM.

THANK YOU, OUR MEDIA.

UM, I, YES, FOR ALL THE COMMISSIONERS, I WILL SEND OUT THAT INFORMATION.

I MEAN, IF YOU CAN SPREAD THE WORD IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS, UH, WHEREVER MEETINGS YOU GO TO, WE WOULD LOVE TO FILL UP WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING IN AUGUST AND MAYBE OPEN IT UP TO A THURSDAY AND JUST HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE WITH THIS PROGRAM.

IT'S REALLY GOING WELL.

AND THE MORE SUCCESS WE HAVE, THE MORE THE FOOD BANK WILL CONSIDER INCLUDING PERISHABLE ITEMS. UH, WE'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF CALLS FROM PEOPLE WHO LIKED THAT AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES RIGHT NOW.

WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT, BUT, UH, IT'S ON THE TABLE IF WE CONTINUE TO DO GET GOOD NUMBERS.

SO I WILL SEND THAT OUT TO ALL OF YOU AFTER THIS MEETING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE IT.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

COMMISSIONER GARRETT, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR JOINING US ON HEALTH, UH, AND FOR SHARING SOME POSITIVE ENERGY WITH, UH, THE BRIEFING ON THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING AT NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES, LET'S MOVE TO THE NEXT, UH, AGENDA

[3.a) Election of CDC Officers]

ITEM NUMBER THREE DAY, THE ELECTION OF CDC OFFICERS.

UH, THIS IS A COUPLE OF MONTHS BELATED, BUT I'M GLAD TO BE.

THAT'S WHY THIS IS TOP OF THE ATTENDANCE TODAY.

I JUST REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO PUT THIS OFF ANY LONGER, UH, AS YOU ALL KNOW, UH, VICE-CHAIR POP.

AND I TOOK ON OUR ROLES IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR BECAUSE, UH, OUR FULL AGENDA IS KEPT BUMPING THE ELECTIONS DOWN TO THAT TIME.

AND, UH, SO I WILL, UH, FIRST, UH, ASK, UH, EITHER ERICA OR LISA FOR GUIDANCE ON THE PROCESS HERE.

UH, SHOULD I OPEN THE FLOOR TO NOMINATIONS OR, UM, YEAH.

CAN YOU, CAN YOU OFFER ME SOME GUIDANCE? THIS IS ERICA LEAK, PLEASE, UH, OPEN THE FLOOR FOR NOMINATIONS.

AND SO, UH, LET'S START.

IS THERE, IS THERE AN ORDER THAT WE NEED TO GO IN, WHETHER IT'S CHAIR, VICE CHAIR, UH, ERICA, I WOULD START WITH THE CHAIR.

WELL, WE'LL TAKE NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIR.

UH, THIS IS COMMISSIONER DESOLTEL, UH, UH, NOMINATED FOR CONTINUED SERVICE AS CHAIR.

THANKS.

UH, COMMISSIONER DESA TELL I, UH, I APPRECIATE IT.

UH, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I'D SEE MR. MAHIA WITH A SECOND.

UH, THANK YOU.

AND, UH, ANY DISCUSSION? OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR, UH, OF, UH, MYSELF COMMISSIONER MOTWANI RETAINING THE CHAIR ROLE, UH, SAY AYE.

AYE, AYE, AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? AND ANY ABS? OH, ACTUALLY I JUST REALIZED, UH, ERICA, IF YOU COULD OFFER ME GUIDANCE ON THIS, WE JUST GOT AN EMAIL FROM COMMISSIONER DELGADO WHO IS TRYING TO BE RECOGNIZED.

I THINK SHE PHONED IN.

YEAH.

ARE YOU HERE COMMISSIONER DELGADO? YES, SIR.

WERE YOU ABLE TO GET IN ON THAT VOTE? YES, I DID.

I.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE DIDN'T LEAVE YOU OUT OF THAT PROCESS.

UH, OKAY.

SO, UH, PICKING UP AGAIN.

YOU'RE WELCOME AGAIN FOR WHERE WE LEFT OFF.

UH, ANY APPS WE, WE HAD NO NAYS.

DO WE HAVE ANY ABSTENTIONS? ANY ABSTAINING? OKAY.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

UM, FOR THE NEXT TIME I CAN DO A LITTLE OPEN THE FLOOR FOR NOMINATIONS FOR VICE CHAIR.

I HAVE A NOMINATION.

UH HUH.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A NOMINATION ON THE FLOOR FOR COMMISSIONER MAKEY YET.

AND AS FAR AS, UM, OTHER NOMINATIONS

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MAY OR MAY NOT GO, UH, ERICA, IT WAS THE PROCESS THAT WE, WE GET A SLATE OF NOMINATIONS AT ONCE OR, AND VOTE ON THEM ONE BY ONE.

YEAH.

THAT'S WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND.

YEAH.

OKAY.

SO CAN YOU HELP CLARIFY THAT FOR ME? I GUESS, I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS VERY CLEAR MYSELF.

UH, SHOULD WE VOTE ON EACH NOMINATION INDIVIDUALLY OR SHOULD WE BRING ALL THE NOMINATIONS TO THE FLOOR FIRST OR FOR RIGHT.

I WOULD BRING ALL OF THE NOMINATIONS TO THE FLOOR FIRST.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UH, AND UH, SO CONTINUING WITH NOMINATIONS FOR VICE CHAIR, I WOULD MAKE TO NOMINATE, UH, SITTING BY CHAIR POP.

AND, UM, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS WE CAN GO FOR, UH, COMMISSIONER MANIA.

OH, I WOULD, I DON'T KNOW.

I WERE VOTING, I WOULD, I WAS GOING TO ALSO NOMINATE COMMISSIONER BOB MYSELF.

OKAY.

SO IT LOOKS LIKE WE WOULD HAVE A SECOND, UH, ON, ON VICE-CHAIR POP.

UH, AND DO WE HAVE A SECOND ON, UH, COMMISSIONER HERE? ARE THERE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS? OKAY.

UH, THEN, UH, THANK YOU FOR MR. MAHIA FOR THAT SECOND.

I THINK THAT HELPS CLEAR A LOT OF THINGS UP FOR US, UH, AND, UH, UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

SO ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, WE HAVE A SECOND ON THE NOMINATION OF A VICE-CHAIR POP, UH, TO RETAIN THAT ROLE.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE INDICATE BY SAYING AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

NAY.

AND, AND WE, I HAD AN EXTENSION.

CAN, CAN YOU PLEASE, UH, JUST SAY YOUR NAME? I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHO I HAD SEEN.

I DON'T KNOW.

OKAY.

MR. DOUG, THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER MIHIR.

OH GOOD.

I JUST WANTED TO, I KNOW, UH, GIVEN THAT COMMISSIONER DELGADO IS PHONING IN.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.

JUST WANT TO BE RESPONSIBLE WITH THE PROJECT, UH, UH, PROJECT CONNECT ADVISORY TASK FORCE, AND, UM, ALSO MY OWN SERVICE ON THE SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD CONTACT TEAM.

AND I FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS THAT PASS, BUT THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER DELGADO, WELCOME COMMISSIONER.

UM, AGAIN, I, I, I, YOU KNOW, WE WE'RE VETERANS BOARD, SO I'M HOPING TO SEE A LOT OF OUR NEW LEADERSHIP STEP UP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, UH, TO, TO BOTH OF Y'ALL COMMISSIONERS, UH, AND TO COMMISSIONER MAHIA FOR YOUR ONGOING GUIDANCE AND WHAT I THINK HAS BEEN SUPER PERSPIRATION, UH, ON THE BOARD.

OBVIOUSLY WE ALL WOULD BE HAPPY WITH, I THINK ANYONE'S SITTING ON THIS BOARD AND AT THE LEADERSHIP ROLES OF, UH, CERTAINLY YOU AVERT THE, UM, SO I DON'T BELIEVE THERE ARE ANY MORE OFFICERS THAT WE NEED TO ELECT, UH, UNLESS I'M CORRECTED HERE AND WE CAN MOVE ON

[3.b) Approval of the Draft Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Action Plan (Katie Horstman, Housing & Planning Department)]

TO THE SECOND ITEM, WHICH IS APPROVAL OF THE GRAPH FISCAL YEAR 20 21, 20 22 ACTION PLAN.

UH, WE, I BELIEVE IS, IS, YEAH, KATIE'S HERE.

UH, MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT WE WERE READY TO APPROVE THIS LAST TIME.

AND SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO THAT QUICKLY, BUT I'LL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

UM, I'LL JUST PROVIDE A FEW UPDATES ON THE ACTION PLAN, UM, AND, UH, SUMMARIZE THE DISCUSSION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE JUNE MEETING.

SO I STARTED ON LAST MONTH'S AGENDA.

THE CDC HEARD A PRESENTATION FROM STAFF ON THE DRAFT FISCAL YEAR OF 2122 ACTION PLAN.

AND TODAY WE'RE BACK TO RECEIVE APPROVAL OF THAT PLAN.

UH, CITY COUNCIL IS GOING TO CONSIDER APPROVAL FOR THE ACTION PLAN AT ITS JULY 29TH MEETING AS WELL.

AND FOLLOWING THAT, UH, COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 29TH, STAFF WILL INCORPORATE ANY REQUIRED REVISIONS AND SUBMIT THE PLAN TO HUD NO LATER THAN AUGUST 16TH, TO ENSURE THAT WE COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL DEADLINE AND A FEW HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES FROM THE PRESENTATION LAST MONTH, WHICH WE WON'T, WE WON'T GO THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AGAIN, BUT THANK YOU FOR PULLING THAT UP.

UM, THE DEPARTMENT IS ANTICIPATING FUNDING CONSISTENT WITH ITS CURRENT FORMULA GRANT ALLOCATIONS WITH A SLIGHT INCREASE TO THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS GRANT AND OVERALL BE INCREASED IN THE CITIES FOR ENTITLEMENT GRANTS WILL BE TWO POINT 12%.

UM, SINCE THE RELEASE OF THE DRAFT ACTION PLAN TO THE PUBLIC, THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED AN INCREASE OF 115,416 TO THE CITY'S CDBG ALLOCATION.

AND THIS INCREASE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED ACROSS THE CITY'S PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS TOWARDS THE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE AND TENANTS RIGHTS

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ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, AND AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE PRESENTATION.

GIVEN LAST MONTH, ALONG WITH THE FULL FISCAL YEAR 2122 DRAFT ACTION PLAN IS AVAILABLE AND BACKUP.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS CONDUCTED TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS IN FRONT OF THIS BODY AND TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS IN FRONT OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

AND WE ARE NOW REQUESTING APPROVAL OF THIS ITEM.

UM, THERE ARE SEVERAL COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT THE PLAN.

I, I NOTICED ON SPEAK UP MANY, MANY COMMENTS, A LOT, A LOT OF THEM ABOUT HOUSING.

THERE ARE SOME SPECIFIC KIND OF COMMENTS I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT ADAPT SENT ASKING FOR CERTAIN THINGS AND THE PORTION OF THE PLAN THAT DEALS WITH RESPONSES TO THE COMMENTS IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

AT LEAST I COULDN'T FIND IT IN THE VERSION OF THE DOCUMENT THAT I LOOKED AT.

SO I'M NOT SURE IF THESE HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED, BUT I WANTED TO ASK YOU IF THEY HAVE BEEN IN, IF THEY HAVEN'T, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION THAT WOULD INVOLVE, UM, RESPONDING TO SOME OF THE SPECIFIC CONCERNS THAT THEY ADDRESSED.

THE FIRST ONE IS THAT CONSISTENT WITH, WE HAVE A PROGRAM, THE BURY REMOVAL PROGRAM, AND IT WORKS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND FOR RENTERS, BUT THERE'S NOT A LOT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE RENTER PROGRAM.

AND ADAPT IS ASKED TO, UH, I THINK WORK WITH THE STAFF TO FIGURE OUT WHY THAT IS AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO GET MORE PARTICIPATION IN THAT PROGRAM, BECAUSE IT'S CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE TENANTS TO BE ABLE TO GET AROUND THEIR HOME.

DOES THAT SEEM LIKE SOMETHING THAT THE STAFF COULD DO TO WORK WITH THAT APT ON THAT? YES, I'M VICE CHAIR.

THIS IS REBECCA GLO, UH, D DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND PLANNING.

WE WOULD WELCOME THAT EVEN AS A PART OF THE MOTION TO APPROVE THE ACTION PLAN, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE FORMAL DIRECTION, BUT WE WOULD ABSOLUTELY WELCOME THAT.

YES.

AND THEN THE ASHED, UM, WE HAD A PRESENTATION FROM SOMEBODY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES THAT WASN'T EXACTLY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT OUR OBLIGATIONS ARE UNDER SECTION 5 0 4 AND ADA.

AND, BUT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF ESPECIALLY NOW THAT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING IS MERGED WITH PLANNING TO DO SOME KIND OF TRAINING ON 5 0 4 AND ADA FOR THE STAFF.

I, I BELIEVE THAT THAT IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA.

SO WE, WE CERTAINLY, UM, WOULD WELCOME AN OPPORTUNITY EVEN TO WORK WITH, UH, DSD, UM, TO DO THAT.

AND CERTAINLY ANY OTHER PARTNERING DEPARTMENTS THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE, BUT THAT IS SOMETHING ADMINISTRATIVELY THAT I THINK WOULD BE, UM, ADVANTAGEOUS TO STAFF AND EVEN MAKE THAT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, UM, YOU KNOW, ON OUR WEBSITE SO THAT IT CAN BE EVIDENCED TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL.

GREAT.

AND I'VE GOT TWO MORE.

UH, THE NEXT ONE IS THAT, UM, STAKEHOLDER PROCESS INVOLVES SOCIAL WORKERS AND CASEWORKERS, BUT, UM, THEY'RE CONCERNED THAT THE ULTIMATE STAKEHOLDER, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE RESIDENTS OF THE HOME OR WOULD BE RESIDENTS OF THE HOME ARE NOT INCLUDED IN, I GUESS, WORKING GROUPS ON SETTING VARIOUS POLICIES.

UH, I KNOW IT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO GET CONSUMERS TO PARTICIPATE, BUT IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE COULD GET INCLUDED IN THESE WORKING GROUPS? SO I WANT TO BE SURE.

WELL, SO A FEW COMMENTS THERE.

IT IS, IT IS CERTAINLY, UM, OUR INTENT IN TERMS OF HOW WE ENGAGE THE PUBLIC TO EMBRACE INDIVIDUALS WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE AND INDIVIDUALS FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT, UM, WANT TO BE A PART OF, OF A POLICY DIRECTION AND STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT.

I WANT TO BE SURE THAT I'M UNDERSTANDING IF THERE IS A SPECIFIC ISSUE OR SIMPLY THAT THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO BE VERY COGNIZANT AND INTENTIONAL ABOUT THAT IN GENERAL OF WHICH CERTAINLY I CONCUR, BUT I WANT TO BE SURE I'M NOT, UM, I I'M HAPPY TO REVIEW THE COMMENTS AS WELL AND BE CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, AUTHENTIC AND HOW WE RESPOND TO THAT.

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WAS A VERY SPECIFIC TOPIC

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THAT IS, IS, IS ONE THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING THE COMMENTS DID NOT ADDRESS THAT IT DIDN'T INDICATE THAT THERE WAS A SPECIFIC GROUP THAT LACKED A CONSUMER.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

OVERALL, IN PRINCIPLE, WE CERTAINLY CONCUR AND IT WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, RESPONSIVE, I THINK TO BE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT WHEN WE PULL TOGETHER, UM, GROUPS, HOW WE ENGAGE THE ACTUAL INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC AND THEN BE TRANSPARENT IN WHOM ENGAGED IN, UM, YOU KNOW, THE DIFFERENT REPORTS AND THE DIFFERENT, UH, TOPICS THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR FEEDBACK.

I KNOW ON LARGE STUDIES, WE ARE PUBLISHING THAT AS A PART OF THE STUDIES, BUT WE CAN EVEN SPEAK TO OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AND THINK THROUGH HOW THAT CAN BE, UM, MORE EVIDENCED EVEN WITH TOPICS, UM, INFORMAL GROUPS, BUT OVERALL, I CERTAINLY WOULD AGREE.

AND, UM, ALTHOUGH WE'VE MADE GREAT STRIDES, I ALWAYS THINK THAT FROM ENGAGEMENT PRACTICES WE CAN IMPROVE.

SO YES, I WOULD CONCUR WITH THAT.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

AND THE LAST ONE IS THAT, UM, ON OUR, ON THING FOR PEOPLE BELOW 30% OF MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME TO GET INTO HOUSING, UM, ADAPT, SEES THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE RESERVED FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS, WHICH ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BUT THEY'RE ALSO VERY LOW INCOME PEOPLE.

AND PARTICULARLY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT HAVE ALSO HAVE LOW INCOMES AND THAT OUR PROGRAMS NEED TO SERVE BOTH OF THOSE GROUPS AND THEY DIDN'T PICK A SPECIFIC PROGRAM.

UM, I COULDN'T FIND THE, UM, THE CHART THAT SHOWS THE FUND ALLOCATION, BUT IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD COMMENT ON? I CAN, I THINK WHAT WOULD BE HELPFUL IS WE HAVE CREATED A DASHBOARD, UM, THAT WE ARE, UM, IT'S, IT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

IT'S IN A PRIOR PRESENTATION THAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TAKING TO THE COMMUNITY.

THE DASHBOARD IS COLLECTING DATA THAT WE ARE, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, THROUGH ALL OF OUR INVESTMENTS ACROSS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF OUR PROGRAMS. AND WE INTEND TO LIFT THIS DASHBOARD UP AND MAKE IT A WEB BASED INTERFACE.

SO THE PUBLIC CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHERE ALL OF OUR INVESTMENTS ACROSS PROGRAMS, DIFFERENT CONTRACTS, AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, UM, INVESTMENTS AND ACTUAL PRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION, UH, PRESERVATION OF OUR UNITS, HOW, AND WHAT MFIS ARE BEING SERVED WITH THOSE INVESTMENTS.

I'D LIKE TO DO TWO THINGS AND GET A FORMAL RESPONSE TO CDC, AS WELL AS ADAPT ON WHERE OUR INVESTMENTS HAVE SERVED 30% MFI AND BELOW, AND THEN ALSO REPORT BACK AND CERTAINLY COME TO CDC WHEN THAT DASHBOARD IS AVAILABLE, BUT BE RESPONSIVE EVEN PRIOR WITH SOME INFORMATION THAT I BELIEVE CAN SHED SOME LIGHT ON HOW AND WHO WE'RE SERVING ACROSS ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS AT 30% AND BELOW.

THAT SOUNDS GREAT.

I DO THINK THAT THE CONCERN WAS MORE PARTICULARLY WITH GOING FORWARD WHERE THE FUNDS ARE DOING SO IN THE ACTION PLAN FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES.

AND TO ASSURE THAT SOME OF THE BELOW 30% FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES UNDERSTOOD.

WE CAN DEFINITELY MAKE THAT A PORT, A PART OF OUR, UM, REPORTING PROCESS ON THE ONLINE PORTAL AND THEN OUR RESPONSE TO YOU, BUT IT IS NOTED THAT GOING FORWARD THAT NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO BE, UM, A HIGH PRIORITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, WITH THAT, I HATE TO HAVE TO REPEAT ALL THAT INTO A MOTION.

UH, IS IT COMPREHENSIVE? IS THERE DISCUSSION DETAILED ENOUGH THAT I CAN? NO, I BELIEVE, I CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT WE CAN IN OUR MINUTES.

UM, I THINK THAT THAT WAS VERY SUCCINCTLY LAID OUT AND WE CAN CERTAINLY IN OUR MINUTES, UM, MAKE THAT, THAT IS NOTED FOR, UH, APPROVAL AND THE FORMAL MINUTES.

BUT, UM, I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S NECESSARY UNLESS YOU WANT TO.

WE LOST HER AUDIO.

OH, I APOLOGIZE.

UM, IT, IT WAS SUCCINCTLY LAID OUT IN THAT I DON'T KNOW THAT STAFF WOULD REQUIRE THAT YOU CREATE A FORMAL RESOLUTION OR MOTION HAVING SAID IT AGAIN, BUT WE WILL

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DEFINITELY REFLECT IT IN THE MINUTES SO THAT IT IS, UM, NOTED THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MOVING FORWARD A MOTION WITH THOSE AS A PART OF THE AMENDMENT.

GREAT.

THAT I MOVE APPROVAL.

WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE THE DRAFT FISCAL YEAR 20 21, 20 22.

ACTION PLAN.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I SEE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER ANY DISCUSSION ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

ALL OPPOSED.

NAY AND ANY ABSTAINING.

OKAY.

SO ON THE RECORD, THIS PASSES, UH, WE APPROVE THIS UNANIMOUSLY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

ON TO ITEM C

[3.c) Briefing on City’s response to Winter Storm Uri (Daniel Word, Austin Code Department)]

UNDER NEW BUSINESS BRIEFING ON THE CITY'S RESPONSE TO WINTER STORM URI.

WE HAVE DANIEL WORD WITH THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME? OKAY.

GOOD EVENING.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MEMBERS.

I AM DANIEL WORD.

I'M AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT.

UM, MY PURPOSE TODAY IS TO PROVIDE YOU A BRIEFING ON THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROPERTY DAMAGE RELATED TO WINTER STORM JURY.

UM, WE'LL GIVE IT A MINUTE AS THE SLIDE DECK CATCHES UP AND THERE WE GO.

UM, WE MOVED TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UH, SO AS YOU'RE AWARE, UM, THE CITY SHUT DOWN NON-ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS AS ROAD CONDITIONS BECAME UNSAFE DUE TO THE FREEZING WEATHER.

UM, THAT STARTED FEBRUARY 15TH AND CONTINUED THROUGH FEBRUARY 19TH.

UH, THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT DID HAVE A GROUP OF FIELD INSPECTORS ON STANDBY.

UM, IN THE EVENT, THERE IS A CATASTROPHIC STRUCTURAL FAILURE SOMEWHERE THAT WE NEEDED TO RESPOND TO, UH, FORTUNATELY THAT WASN'T NECESSARY.

BUT, UH, DURING THIS TIME THE CODE DEPARTMENT COLLABORATED AND DEVELOPED, UH, SERVICES, UH, TO DETERMINE PERMITTING PROTOCOLS FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO DO THEIR WINTER STORM.

AND WE COORDINATE THE TIMELINES FOR OBTAINING SUCH PERMITS.

UH, OUR IT GROUP ALSO WORKED WITH CTM TO PUSH THROUGH PROGRAMMING CHANGE AND AMANDA, WHICH IS OUR CASE DATABASE, UH, TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO TRACK WINTER STORM RELATED CASES.

AND WE WORKED WITH OUR PARTNERS AT 3 1, 1, UH, TO CREATE SOME STANDARDIZED RESPONSES TO WINTER STORM RELATED COMPLAINTS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

UM, AUSTIN CODE, UH, WE LAUNCHED OUR OPERATIONS ON SATURDAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, UH, TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF DRESSING, THE RESULTING BACKLOG OF COMPLAINTS, UH, THAT CAME INTO 3 1 1 DURING THE SHUTDOWN PERIOD, UH, DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP MADE A STRATEGIC DECISION TO PRIORITIZE INSPECTIONS FOR COMPLAINTS THAT WERE CLASSIFIED INTERNALLY, EITHER AS COVID-19 COMPLAINTS, UM, OR AS WHAT WE CONSIDER PRIORITY TO, UM, WHICH INCLUDES COMPLAINTS THAT ARE RELATED TO OCCUPIED SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS IS BE THINGS LIKE LACK OF HOT WATER OR NO WATER SERVICE AT ALL, NO HEAT AND OTHER TIME-SENSITIVE SITUATIONS THAT CAN HAVE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AN OCCUPANT OF A DWELLING.

UM, ADDITIONALLY AUSTIN CODE PROVIDES STAFF TO ASSIST WITH THE IDENTIFICATION OF PROPERTIES THAT WERE LACKING ACCESS TO WATER.

UM, AND THEN WE WERE ALSO INVOLVED IN THE SUBSEQUENT DISTRIBUTION OF DRINKING WATER TO THOSE PROPERTIES.

UM, THERE WERE EFFECTED BY THE WATER OUTAGE OUTAGES THAT WERE OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

UM, WE GENERALLY FOLLOWED OUR STANDARD POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED FOR OUR CASE MANAGEMENT.

UM, WE DID HOWEVER, TEMPORARILY DELAY ISSUANCE OF NOTICES OF VIOLATION, UH, TO TENANT OCCUPIED HOUSING.

IF WE RECEIVED AN ACTION PLAN FROM THE LANDLORD WITHIN 48 HOURS OF OUR INITIAL INSPECTION, UH, FOR OWNER OCCUPIED HOUSING CODE INSPECTORS ADVISED HOMEOWNERS TO CONTACT THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO SEEK EMERGENCY REPAIR PERMITS.

AND WE ALSO PROVIDED A REFERENCE TO A WEBSITE THAT WAS SET UP, UM, WITH THE AIM TO ASSIST HOMEOWNERS AND FINDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS, UH, THINGS LIKE TREE REMOVAL AND OTHER AVAILABLE COMMUNITY RESOURCES, UH, FOR THE TENANT OCCUPIED PROPERTIES INSPECTIONS WERE PERFORMED.

UH, TENANTS WERE ADVISED TO REACH OUT THROUGH THEIR LANDLORD TO REQUEST A SERVICE REPAIR ORDER.

UM, CASES WERE NOT CLOSED UNTIL IT WAS DETERMINED.

THE LANDLORD HAD CORRECTED VIOLATIONS, UH, FOR COMPLAINTS RELATED TO ACCUMULATIONS OF, YOU KNOW, BRUSH TREE LAMBS,

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CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS, UM, OTHER MATERIALS THAT ARE PLACED AT THE CURB.

UH, WE ADJUSTED COMPLIANCE TIMELINES, UH, DEPENDENT UPON AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY, HIS ABILITY TO CONDUCT ADDITIONAL BRUSH AND BULK BULK PICKUPS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE THIS IS A SNAPSHOT OF OUR AVAILABLE DATA RELATED WINTER STORM CASES.

UH, AS YOU, YOU CAN SEE FROM THE CHART CASE VOLUME GENERALLY PEAKED IN THE LAST WEEK OF FEBRUARY AND FIRST WEEK OF MARCH, UM, AN NOV IS A NOTICE OF VIOLATION, UH, WHICH IS THE DEPARTMENT'S FORMAL NOTICE TO A PROPERTY OWNER THAT A VIOLATION HAS BEEN FOUND.

UM, GENERALLY A CITATION IS NOT ISSUED UNTIL THE NOTICE OF VIOLATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED.

THE TIMELINE FOR COMPLIANCE STATED IN THE NOTICE OF VIOLATION HAS BEEN EXCEEDED AND THE INSPECTOR IS NOT SEEING PROGRESS TOWARDS COMPLIANCE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE UH, SO THIS CHART ABOVE, UH, THIS REPRESENTS, UH, THE SECTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE THAT THE CODE INSPECTOR NOTED IN THE NOTICE OF VIOLATION.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE THE BULK OF THE WINTER STORM RELATED CASES INVOLVED DAMAGE TO INTERIOR SURFACES, UM, THAT'S THINGS LIKE DAMAGED DRYWALL, PEELING, PAINT, UM, WATER HEATING, WATER SERVICE ISSUES, UM, HVAC EQUIPMENT, AND THEN WORK WITHOUT PERMIT.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS IS A HEAT MAP THAT WAS GENERATED BY OUR IT DIVISION.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE CONCENTRATION OF CASES IN THE URBAN CORE OF THE CITY.

UH, IN GENERAL, WE HAVE OBSERVED THAT OLDER STRUCTURE SUFFERED MORE DAMAGE, UM, LIKELY DUE TO AGED INFRASTRUCTURE.

HOWEVER, THAT SAID, WE HAVE SEEN SITUATIONS WHERE SIMILARLY AGED PROPERTIES IN CLOSE PROXIMITY, EACH OTHER HAVE EXPERIENCED DIFFERENT LEVELS OF DAMAGE.

UM, WE'VE ALSO OBSERVED THE BUILDINGS WITH FIRE SPRINKLER LINES WERE SUSCEPTIBLE TO BURSTING, UM, LIKELY FROM THE EXPOSURE TO PROLONGED PERIODS OF COLD WEATHER.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, UH, THIS MAP IN SHARP, UH, SHOWS A BREAKDOWN OF CASES BASED ON COUNCIL DISTRICT, UM, COMPLAINTS RECEIVED, UM, AND VIOLATIONS FOUND ARE MOST PROMINENT IN DISTRICT FOUR.

UM, BUT ALL DISTRICTS WERE IMPACTED IN SOME WAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THE ALSO CO DEPARTMENT, YOU KNOW, TO KIND OF SUMMARIZE A AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT HANDLED THE INFLUX OF CALLS BY PRIORITIZING COVID-19 AND WINTER STORM RELATED ISSUES, UH, THAT PRESENTED, UH, ISSUES FOR OCCUPIED HOUSING WITH SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS.

UH, WE DID DELAY NOTICE OF VIOLATIONS TO OWNERS THAT PROVIDED ACTION PLANS WITHIN 48 HOURS.

UM, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE AVAILABILITY OF BOTH PARTS AND LABOR WAS SEVERELY CONSTRAINED, UM, AT THE TIME.

SO DELAYING THOSE NOTICES OF VIOLATIONS WAS A WAY TO PROVIDE SOME REASONABLE FLEXIBILITY TO PROPERTY OWNERS THAT ACTED IN GOOD FAITH TO CORRECT ISSUES CAUSED BY THE WINTER STORM, UH, OWNERS THAT FAILED TO COOPERATE.

WHEREAS YOU'D NOTICED THIS VIOLATION, UM, CASES WHERE PROGRESS IS NOT BEING MADE IN A TIMELY MANNER ARE BEING EXPEDITED TO OUR LEGAL ENFORCEMENT AVENUES.

UM, WE'VE ALSO DEVELOPED AN ENHANCED OUR ABILITY TO PERFORM REMOTE INSPECTIONS.

UM, THIS IS IMPORTANT WHEN TENANTS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE PROVIDING ACCESS TO THE INTERIOR OF THEIR DWELLING, UH, PARTICULARLY IN THE TIME OF THE PANDEMIC, UM, WHICH IS STILL ONGOING.

OF COURSE.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, OUR T GROUP HAS CREATED A PUBLIC FACING DASHBOARD THAT HIGHLIGHTS ACTIVITY AT WINTER STORM AFFECTED PROPERTIES.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, OKAY.

WE'VE ALSO TAKEN A PROACTIVE APPROACH, UH, TO MONITORING CONDITIONS AT OUR RENTAL PROPERTIES THAT ARE PART OF THE REPEAT OFFENDER PROGRAM.

UM, WE REVIEW EACH PROPERTY IN THAT PROGRAM EVERY 30 DAYS, UH, TO IDENTIFY ANY THAT MIGHT WARRANT A SUSPENSION FROM THE ABILITY TO RENT VACANT UNITS, UM, WHICH IS ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE REPEAT OFFENDER PROGRAM.

UM, OUR IT GROUP HAS ALSO MADE SOME ENHANCEMENTS TO THAT QUERY, UM, THAT WE RUN TO HELP ENSURE THAT WE, UH, IDENTIFY PROPERTIES THAT NEED TO BE ADDED INTO THE PROGRAM.

AND WE RUN THAT QUERY EVERY QUARTER.

UM, WE'VE ALSO ADDED OUR INTERIOR, UH, PERIODIC INSPECTION CALENDAR TO THE ROP WEBSITE, UH, TO ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY AND ALSO PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL NOTIFICATION TO TENANTS, UM, OF OUR ACTIVITIES AT THEIR PROPERTIES.

UM, AND AS WE DID WITH ALL RENTAL PROPERTY RE REQUESTED ACTION PLANS WITHIN 48 HOURS OF VALIDATING A VIOLATION, UM, AND WE ARE ESCALATING CASES TO OUR LEGAL AVENUES WHEN NEEDED, UM, FURTHER, WE HAVE STAYED IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS, UM, AND COLLABORATE WITH THEM,

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UH, TO ENHANCE OUR COMMUNICATION INSPECTION EFFORTS.

NEXT SLIDE, UH, FOR LEGAL ESCALATION IN THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT GENERALLY HAS THREE VENUES WITH WHICH WE CAN ESCALATE CASES, UH, WHEN COMPLIANCE IS NOT BEING ACHIEVED VOLUNTARILY.

UH, WE HAVE A THIRD-PARTY ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING PROCESS.

UH, WE HAVE THE BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION, WHICH IS A COUNCIL APPOINTED GROUP OF CITIZENS, UM, THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO ISSUE ORDERS TO REPAIR, UM, TO DEMOLISH OR, UH, VACATE.

UM, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE THE MEN'S MUNICIPAL COURT, UM, SPECIFICALLY TO WINTER STORM YURI.

THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION ON MAY 13TH.

UM, TWO PROPERTIES THAT, THAT HEARING REISSUED REPAIR ORDERS.

UM, THE THIRD PROPERTY WAS GIVEN A REPAIR ORDER AT THE MAY 26TH REGULAR MEETING, AND THEN A FOURTH PROPERTY WAS GIVEN A REPAIR ORDER AT THE JUNE 23RD REGULAR MEETING.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, OKAY.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CONDITIONS, UH, PROPERTIES AFFECTED BY WINTER STORM URI.

UM, AND WE WILL ESCALATE CASES AS NEEDED TO OUR LEGAL PROCESSES WHEN WE'RE NOT SEEING PROGRESS IN RESOLVING ISSUES.

UM, IN ADDITION, WE'RE ALSO PARTNERING WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, HOUSING AND PLANNING.

UM, HE'S UM, AS I'M SORRY, HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, UH, TO LOOK AT THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT ARISE FROM, UH, THESE SITUATIONS AND WHAT WAYS THE CITY CAN DO TO IMPROVE OUR RESPONSIVENESS AND SERVICE DELIVERY.

A LOT OF DEPARTMENT ALSO BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THAT DISCUSSION AS WELL.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THIS CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

I DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS ALLSTON CO DEPARTMENT'S EFFORTS.

DURING WINTER STORM EVENT, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK, OUR INSPECTORS AND SUPPORT STAFF CARRY OUT EACH AND EVERY DAY, UH, TO MAKE A SAFER AND GREATER AUSTIN.

AND I'M AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

WE APPRECIATE, UH, ALL OF, UH, AUSTIN CODE STAFF WORK, AS WELL AS YOUR PRESENTATION.

ANY COMMENTS, ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS? OKAY.

I HAVE A QUESTION COMMISSIONER GARCIA FROM THE NORTH AUSTIN ICB, UH, THE DISTRICT FOUR IS THE FEEDER NUMBERS.

AND, UH, I CAN SAY IS, UH, HISPANIC SO THAT YOU HAVE THIS INFORMATION IN SPANISH TOO, OR ANY OTHER LANGUAGE, UH, I'D HAVE TO, I KNOW OUR WEBSITE HAS, UM, SOME, UH, TRANSLATION OR, UM, TRANSLATION SERVICES, UM, THAT, THAT CONVERT OUR WEB WEBSITE INTO DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

UM, NOW THIS PRESENTATION SPECIFICALLY, NO, UM, BUT I'D HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR WEBSITE TO TELL YOU SPECIFICALLY, UM, WHETHER THAT DASHBOARD HAS THAT SERVICE ATTACHED TO IT OR NOT.

UM, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING I CAN LOOK AT AND GET BACK TO YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GARCIA.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? I HAVE A QUESTION.

YES.

YEP.

UM, SO I DIDN'T GET TO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

FOR THAT BRIEFING.

I ACTUALLY DID NOT GET TO LOOK AT THE MAY, UM, THE MAY, UH, STANDARD AND, UH, COMMITTEE.

I DIDN'T GET TO SEE WHAT WAS ON THAT AGENDA AND WHICH OF THE STEPS, BUT I DID HAVE A QUESTION.

SO WHEN A BUILDING DOES GO TO, UH, TO THAT COMMITTEE AND THEY'VE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE WINTER STORM AND THEY HAVE AN ACTION PLAN AND FOR EXAMPLE, MOUNTAIN CARMEL, UM, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU'RE, UH, THAT THE CODE ENFORCEMENT AND THAT STANDARDS COMMITTEE, WHAT DO YOU, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ALL DO IF THAT ACTION PLAN IS NOT FULFILLED IN THE TIMEFRAME THAT THEY'RE GIVEN BEFORE YOU ALL, AND, UH, BEFORE CODE AND THE STANDARDS A BUILDING COMMITTEE, UH, PUTS A SHUTDOWN OR FINE ON, ON THE LANDLORD OR OWNER OF THIS PROPERTY? UM, I DIDN'T KINDA GET THAT, UH, EXPLANATION, UM, WHEN YOU WERE JUST EXPRESSING AFTER THEY GO TO A COMMITTEE AND Y'ALL DISCUSS IT, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT? DO THEY COME BACK TO THE COMMITTEE? DOES THE INVESTIGATION NOT, I MEAN, THE CASE DOESN'T GET CLOSED UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION'S FULFILLED.

UM, CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME CLARIFICATION ON THAT? I SPECIFICALLY MOUNTAIN CARMEL, UM, AND OTHER, UM, APARTMENT COMPLEXES THAT HAVE BEEN, UH, CONDEMNED AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN RELOCATED AND DISPLACED FROM APARTMENTS, UH,

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ALONG THE RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR AND EAST AUSTIN THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS WINTER STORM.

SURE.

UM, SO NOT NECESSARILY SPECIFIC TO MOUNT CARMEL THAT ANY PROPERTY THAT WE BRING FORWARD TO THE BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION, UH, WHICH AGAIN IS A PUBLIC ELECTED PUBLICLY APPOINTED GROUP OF CITIZENS WHO ARE GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO ISSUE ORDERS TO A PROPERTY OWNER, TO EITHER REPAIR PROPERTY.

UM, IN CERTAIN INSTANCES, THEY CAN ORDER THE DEMOLITION OF A PROPERTY OR ORDER THAT A PROPERTY BE VACATED.

UM, SO WHEN WE BRING A CASE FORWARD ON A PROPERTY TO THE COMMISSION, UM, THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THE, THE OPTIONS EFFECTIVELY THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMISSION.

AND, AND IN THE INSTANCE OF MOUNT CARMEL AND THE OTHER PROPERTIES THAT WE BROUGHT FORWARD, STAFF REQUESTED A REPAIR ORDER.

UM, AND THE COMMISSION GENERALLY WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE COMMISSION, YOU KNOW, TH THERE'S A PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED.

SO STAFF PRESENTS, THE CASE, PROVIDES OUR EVIDENCE, UM, THAT VIOLATIONS EXIST.

UM, AND THEN THE PROPERTY OWNERS GENERALLY GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEIR SIDE, UM, TESTIMONY HAS TAKEN FROM ANYONE THAT SIGNS UP TO SPEAK, UM, ON THAT PARTICULAR ITEM.

SO A LOT OF TIMES TENANTS WILL COME FORWARD, UH, TO SPEAK.

THE OWNER MAY BRING, YOU KNOW, MAINTENANCE STAFF OR CONSULTING ENGINEERS OR WHOEVER WITH THEM, UM, TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE, YOU KNOW, TO SPEAK FROM AN EXPERT PERSPECTIVE ON THE ISSUES AT THE PROPERTY.

UM, BUT ULTIMATELY THE COMMISSION, UH, CLOSES THE PUBLIC HEARING AND TAKES A VOTE.

UM, AND IN THE CASE OF MOUNT CARMEL AND OTHERS, UM, THEY VOTED TO EITHER ADOPT THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDED, RECOMMENDED ORDER OR MODIFY IT IN SOME WAY BASED ON THE TESTIMONY THEY HEARD THAT NIGHT.

UM, AND THOSE ORDERS TYPICALLY HAVE A COMPLIANCE TIMELINE TO THEM.

UM, THAT GENERALLY IN GENERAL, THAT'S 45 DAYS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, BUT IT CAN VARY, UH, BASED ON WHAT THE COMMISSION FEELS COMPELLED TO DO.

UM, ONCE THAT COMPLIANCE TIME TIMELINE IN THAT ORDER HAS EXPIRED, UH, AND THAT CASE HAS NOT COME INTO COMPLIANCE.

UM, THE PENALTY SET OUT IN THE ORDER, WHICH ARE ALSO ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSION, UM, BEGIN TO ACCRUE, UM, SOMETHING IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION PENALTIES IS THAT, UM, WHEREAS IF WE TAKE IT, SOMETHING'S THAT A THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING WILL GO TO MUNICIPAL COURT, IT'S A, ONE-TIME FINE AND ACTION, UM, BUILDING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION, ISN'T A COOL PENALTY.

SO, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY MAY ASSESS A PENALTY OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS PER WEEK PER VIOLATION.

UM, SO IN SOME INSTANCES THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF VIOLATIONS THAT WE BROUGHT FORWARD, YOU KNOW, THAT COULD END UP BEING $10,000 A WEEK OR MORE, UM, THAT BEGINS TO ACCRUE AGAINST THAT PROPERTY.

AND SO THAT, UH, THE PENALTY IS IN PLACE AS AN EFFECTIVELY, AN INCENTIVE TO THE PROPERTY OWNER TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

UH, AND WE DO NOT CLOSE CASES UNTIL ALL VIOLATIONS HAVE BEEN REMEDIED.

UM, SO WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THOSE PROPERTIES AND PERFORM FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS, UM, AT A MINIMUM EVERY 30 DAYS.

UM, AND MORE FREQUENTLY IF WE'RE NOTIFIED THAT EITHER, EITHER THROUGH A COMPLAINT PROCESS THAT SOMETHING HAS GOTTEN WORSE, UM, OR WE'RE NOTIFIED BY THE PROPERTY OWNER TO COME LOOK AT SOMETHING BECAUSE THEY'VE MADE A REPAIR.

GREAT.

GREAT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, BECAUSE I THINK THAT NOT JUST MYSELF, BUT MY COLLEAGUES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS OF WHAT, UH, OUR TENANTS AND, UH, CONSTITUENTS ARE FACING HERE, UM, THAT ARE UNDERGOING THESE TYPE OF ISSUES.

AND I JUST WANT TO ADD TO THE CODE DEPARTMENT, AND I'M NOT SURE ELAINE GARRETT IS FIGURE DIRECTOR.

UM, THE LEADERSHIP IN YOUR DEPARTMENT, UH, IS VERY VITAL.

UM, WE ARE, UH, NEEDING THE ASSISTANCE OF CODE AND MAKING SURE THAT THESE LANDLORDS THAT ARE, UM, ALLOWING THEIR PROPERTIES TO DEGREE INTO, UH, UNLIVING STANDARDS OF OUR TENANTS, THAT WE HAVE THE SUPPORT FROM CODE AND THAT WE'RE TRANSPARENT WITH THESE TENANTS, UH, AND, AND THE PEOPLE, THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS LIKE MYSELF THAT ARE OUT HERE, WE NEED TO ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THE DASHBOARD THAT'S CREATED AND THAT YOU ALL ARE RELYING ON.

ALL OF THIS COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY ALSO HAS TO BE CONVERTED INTO A PAPER TRAIL AND PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT ON THE COMPUTER, AND THAT DON'T NOT KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THAT SYSTEM.

THAT THAT ALSO HAS AN OPTION, UH, TO OUR, TO OUR TENANTS, INTO OUR HOME OWNERS, INTO THE RECIPIENTS THAT HAVE A DIGITAL DIVIDE, AND THAT ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCESS THAT INFORMATION.

SO I HOPE TO SEE THAT CODE, UM, CONTINUES TO BE

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TRANSPARENT WITH THEIR TENANTS, UH, WITH THEIR RESIDENTS AND WITH THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE OUT HERE, BECAUSE AGAIN, YOUR LEADERSHIP ROLES ARE VERY IMPORTANT, AND WE DO RELY ON THE CODE DEPARTMENT TO, UM, TO INVESTIGATE AND TO, UM, PUT PENALTIES TO THESE LAND OWNERS THAT HAVE NEGLECTED THEIR, THEIR RESIDENTS AND THEIR TENANTS.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

UM, JUST A FOLLOW UP ON THAT, UH, SEVERAL PARTS OF THAT.

UH, YES.

UH, LANE GARRETT IS ANOTHER ONE OF OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTORS AS WELL.

UM, SHE'S BEEN WITH OUR DEPARTMENT QUITE A LONG TIME, SO HER EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE IS HIGHLY VALUABLE TO US.

UM, AND SO, YEAH, SHE'S DEFINITELY STILL ON BOARD.

UM, I ALSO, WOULD YOU SPEAK TO THE DIGITAL DIVIDE? UM, I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER PROGRAM.

WE OFFER AUSTIN CODE, UH, THAT WE CALL CODE CONNECT, UM, WHICH IS A PHONE LINE.

UM, THAT'S AVAILABLE DURING BUSINESS HOURS WHERE THOSE THAT MAY STRUGGLE ACCESSING THROUGH THE INTERNET.

UM, THEY CAN CALL OUR CODE CONNECT LINE, UM, AND CONNECT TO A LIVE PERSON, UM, TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE, UM, WHETHER THAT'S JUST GENERAL CODE QUESTIONS OR WHETHER IT'S CASE SPECIFIC.

UM, WE CAN SPEAK TO THEM IN TERMS OF WHAT, YOU KNOW, SPECIFIC VIOLATION CASE AND YOU KNOW, WHERE THAT CASE IS AT.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE LAST, YOU KNOW, FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION OCCURRED, WHETHER THAT CASE HAS BEEN ESCALATED TO A LEGAL PROCESS.

AND IF SO, WHEN AND WHERE THAT VENUE WILL BE, UM, ALL THAT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BOTH ON THE WEB AND THROUGH THE COVID CONNECT SERVICE.

UM, SO I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AS AN OPTION FOR THOSE OR THE PHONE IS A BETTER ROUTE THAN THE INTERNET.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DANIEL.

THANK YOU.

UH, VICE CHAIR.

I SAW YOU GOT A QUESTION AT THE SAME TIME, AND WE ALSO HAVE COMMISSIONER MAY HERE RIGHT AFTER THAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR.

AND I ECHO MR. DELGADO'S CONCERNS.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE LIVING IN RUNDOWN PLACES, AND THEY JUST, IT KEEPS GETTING WORSE.

AND WE NEED TO A SENSE OF STEWARDSHIP THAT KEEPS THE PROPERTIES IN BETTER CONDITION.

THIS MORNING, I LISTENED TO ABOUT 20 RESIDENTS OF ROSEMONT APARTMENTS.

WHO'VE BEEN TOLD TO MOVE BECAUSE OF, UH, BECAUSE OF DAMAGES UNDER WINTER STORM ORI.

UH, TALK ABOUT HOW THOSE PROBLEMS WITH MOLD MOSTLY EXISTED BEFORE THEY, UH, BEFORE THE STORM AND EVEN BEFORE THEY MOVED IN.

AND I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS THAT THE AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL POSE TRYING TO GET AT THIS ISSUE.

UM, AND I WANTED TO SEE WHAT YOUR RESPONSE WOULD BE TO THESE THINGS LIKE DESIGNATING RENTAL PROPERTIES.

THAT LACK REAL RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY FOR MORE THAN A WEEK IS UNINHABITABLE AND, UH, WAIVING RENT PAYMENTS UNTIL THE WATER IS RESTORED.

SURE.

SO, UM, YEAH, I'M, I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE, UH, AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL LETTER.

UH, WE DO MEET WITH MOLLY, UM, THE DIRECTOR, UM,