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AND WE ARE GOING TO DO CONVENE HERE ON, UH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021, THE, UH, BOARD MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

UM, WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE BOARD PRESENT.

WE'RE CONVENING SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING, UH, PUBLIC, UH, SPEAKERS.

UH, WOULD YOU CALL THE SPEAKERS TO SPEAK MONICA, MONICA, PLEASE ON YOU.

WE'LL CALL HER BACK.

GOOD MORNING.

AND THANK YOU, PRESIDENT ADLER AND BOARD MEMBERS FOR YOUR TIME.

MY NAME IS DAN NIKETAN.

I'M THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR SAUDIS COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM.

I AM SPEAKING AT ITEM EIGHT ON THE HFC MEETING AS IMMEDIATE PICTURE OF THE CONTACT TEAM.

I NEED TO INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN NOTIFIED MUCH LESS, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW, DISCUSS BOAT OR TAKE A FORMAL POSITION ON THIS CASE ON AUGUST THE FOURTH, CONTACTING SUBMITTED CORRESPONDENCE TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO THE ATTENTION OF MR. , MS. ERICA LEEK AND MS. MANDY DEMIRA REQUESTS, ANY FORMAL WRITTEN NOTIFICATION BY THE CITY WHEN HOUSING TAX CREDIT APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED, THE REQUEST WAS MADE TO ENSURE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OCCURS PRIOR TO THE CITY COUNCIL OR THE AWESOME HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION BOARD TAKING ANY ACTION THAT WILL HAVE ANY EFFECT ON THE 77 44 COMMUNITIES, QUALITY OF LIFE, CITY STAFF RESPONDED ANY FUNDERS THAT THEY WOULD REVIEW OUR REQUEST WITH STEPPING INTO CPD AND THEIR RESPONSE TO AS THE WEEK OF AUGUST THE 16TH TO DATE, WE STILL DO NOT HAVE A RESPONSE.

WE HAVE ALSO REQUESTED THAT THE EQUITY OFFICE AND OFFICE FOR DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION BE INCLUDED IN THE CITY'S REVIEW PROCESS FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL INDEPENDENT REVIEWS.

WE DO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUR AREA.

WE HAVE MULTIPLE CONCERNS, THE MAJOR ONE BEING THE ONGOING EFFORTS OF, UH, PROPOSING ADDITIONAL DENSITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUR DOVE SPRINGS, 7 8, 7 4 4 AREA.

THIS SIDE SITS IN EXTENSIVE TRACK THAT IS ALREADY AT THE END OF THAT AS A RACIALLY AND ETHNICALLY CONCENTRATED AREA OF PROPERTY, THAT POVERTY POVERTY RATE BEING A 35%.

THIS BURDEN IS CHALLENGING FOR US AS WE DID NOT HAVE THE SAME EQUAL ACCESS TO RESOURCES TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

AS OTHER AREAS OF THE CITY, THIS HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED BY THE OUTCOMES DURING THE PANDEMIC AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE IN ALL PARTS OF THE CITY, WHICH ALLOWS VULNERABLE RESIDENTS ACCESS TO MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES AND SERVICES.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH COUNCILWOMAN POINT AT THIS OFFICE ON THIS, AND ALSO HOPE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE FULLY ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS IN ITS ENTIRETY.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION IN SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY MAYOR, I RECEIVED AN MESSAGE FROM MONICA GUZMAN THAT SHE WISHED, UM, SHE'S NOT GOING TO SPEAK.

SO ALL SPEAKERS HAVE BEEN HEARD.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

THEN HOLD THE SPEAKERS A BIT HEARD.

WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND RECESS.

THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION MEETING.

WE'LL BRING IT BACK LATER IN THE DAY.

UH, IT IS, UH, UH, 11 OR NINE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO LET'S DO THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION AND GET THROUGH THAT.

UH, SO I'M ON A RECESS.

THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING HERE AT 3:50 PM.

I'M GOING TO CONVENE THE AUSTIN HOUSING.

I'M ON A RECONVENE AND RECESS AND THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, UH, STILL, UH, AUGUST 26TH, 2021.

YOU WANT TO LAY OUT THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR US? ABSOLUTELY MAN MANDATE THE MALE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION.

THE AGENDA FOR YOU.

I WANT TO NOTE A COUPLE OF CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS AGENDA ITEM NUMBER ONE TODAY, YOU WILL JUST BE APPROVING THE MINUTES FROM JULY 29TH, 2021.

UM, AND WE HAVE HOLD AND WE'LL REPOST THE AUGUST 11TH ORDER IN THE MINUTES.

ALSO WE HAVE WITHDRAWN ITEM NUMBER TWO, WHICH IS THE SERVICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, EQUIS, UM, ON CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS POSTED EARLIER THAT RELATED TO COUNCIL ITEM NUMBER 13, AND THAT WILL BE REQUESTED FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2ND MEETING.

THE REMAINING ITEMS, UH, ARE RELATED TO OUR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

WE HAVE BEFORE YOU THE AUTHORIZATION TO NEGOTIATE AND EXECUTE LUNGS WHILE YOU'RE ALSO DOING THE HOUSEKEEPING MATTERS.

THERE WAS ALSO SOME LATE BACKUP, I THINK IN A COUPLE OF AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION ITEMS, THERE WAS, UM, CERTAINLY ON ONE ITEM, WHICH WAS NUMBER SEVEN.

UM, AND THAT IS THE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES

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LOAN.

UM, THERE WAS AN AUSTIN AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, UH, ITEM NUMBER ONE, THERE WAS LAID BACKUP.

ALL RIGHT.

SO GO AHEAD AND, AND PROCEED NOW WITH THE CONSENT AGENDA.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THE CONSENT AGENDA INCLUDES AN OWNERSHIP, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE LOAN FOR 1.8, $4 MILLION THAT'S AGENDA ITEM NUMBER THREE, ITEMS. NUMBER FOUR THROUGH SEVEN ARE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE LOAN AGREEMENTS, WHICH WILL RESULT IN NEARLY 500 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, SOME OF WHICH WILL BE PRESCRIPTIVE TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, OTHERS OF WHICH ARE FOR FOLKS THAT BETWEEN 30 AND 60% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

UM, AND SO THOSE ARE FOUR DIFFERENT RENTAL HOUSING PROJECTS.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT ITEM NUMBER EIGHT IS, UH, ALL THROUGHOUT AUTHORIZING US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ACQUISITION OF APPROXIMATELY 5.3 ACRES ON SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD.

UM, AND THIS WILL BE PART OF OUR LAND ACQUISITION, UM, PORTFOLIO FOR FUTURE DISPOSITION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND ITEM.

NUMBER NINE IS AUTHORIZING US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ABOUT 2.6 ACRES, UM, ACQUISITION AT 35 11 MAIN ROAD.

UM, WE'RE PURCHASING THIS ONE, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT THAT'S RELATED TO COUNCIL ITEM NUMBER 19 THAT WAS APPROVED AS PART OF THE CONSENT AGENDA EARLIER THIS MORNING.

SO I OFFER THOSE ITEMS ON CONSENT AND I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU CAN SET AN AGENDA ITEMS ARE ITEMS THREE THROUGH NINE.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA? COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN MAKES THE MOTION COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS SECONDS.

EMOTION DIRECTOR KITCHEN MAKES THE MOTION AND DIRECTOR ALICE SECONDS.

MAYOR ITEM ONE IS STILL ON CONSENT FOR THE JULY MINUTES.

AND THAT'S CORRECT.

SO ITEM NUMBER ONE IS CONCERNS THOSE AND THEN PLUS ITEMS THREE THROUGH NINE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, UH, DISCUSSION ON THE CONSENT ITEMS, COUNCIL MEMBER .

THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO ASK STAFF, IF YOU COULD PLEASE KEEP THE SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD CONTACT TEAM, UM, UPDATED WITH THE PROGRESS ON THE LAND ACQUISITION ITEM ITEM NUMBER EIGHT, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

AND THEY'VE ALSO FORMERLY REQUESTED TO BE NOTIFIED FOR ANY HOUSING TAX CREDIT APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED IN THE FOUR 40 ZIP CODE.

SO IF WE CAN ALSO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE NOTIFIED, IF THERE ARE APPLICATIONS PUT FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UH, COUNCIL MEMBER QUANTIS, JUST SO YOU KNOW, WE WILL BE ROSIE AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THE TESTIMONY EARLIER AND WE WILL BE REACHING OUT TO THE CONTACT TEAM, UM, TO TALK ABOUT FUTURE PLANS FOR THE 5,900 SOUTH PLEASANT VALLEY PARCEL, UM, AS WELL AS TAX CREDIT PROJECTS IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

OKAY.

FOR THE DISCUSSION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA COUNCIL MEMBER COSAR, THIS IS JUST A DIRECTOR, RIGHT DIRECTOR, AND I THINK IT MAKES YOU, I THINK YOUR PRESIDENT, I THINK I'M PRESIDENT.

UM, NO, I JUST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT BECAUSE THIS IS, UM, THIS IS A REALLY STRONG AGENDA WHERE WE'RE, AGAIN, GOING TO BE ABLE TO HOUSE HUNDREDS OF LOW-INCOME PEOPLE AND MANY PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AS WELL ALONG WITH PURCHASING LAND.

THAT WILL BE THE FUTURE.

UM, ST.

JOHN DEVELOPMENTS ARE THE FUTURE RYAN DRIVE DEVELOPMENTS, UH, WHICH USED TO TAKE SO LONG, BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS STRONG LAND ACQUISITION STRATEGY, I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO MANY MORE OF THEM AT SCALE IN ALL PARTS OF THE CITY.

SO I JUST WANT TO THANK THE REALLY HARD WORK OF OUR HOUSING STAFF.

WHO'VE BEEN TASKED WITH SO MUCH DURING THE PANDEMIC AND TO KEEP ADDRESSING OUR PERSISTENT, AFFORDABLE HOUSING SHORTAGE.

UM, AND THEN AGAIN, A MOMENT TO TAKE THANK THE VOTERS, UH, FOR THEIR TRUST IN US WITH, UH, WITH THE HOUSING BONDS THAT MAKE ALL THIS HAPPEN.

OKAY.

I THINK THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING HERE AND THE SCALE TO GET TO 500 UNITS TODAY IS, IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE.

AND I WANT TO THANK STAFF FOR PUSHING THAT FORWARD.

IT WOULD BE HELPFUL, I THINK, UH, JUST TO, TO BE ABLE TO SEE HOW WE HAVE DONE AS A CITY, AS WE'VE GOTTEN BETTER OVER TIME.

SO IF YOU COULD GIVE COUNSEL A MEMO THAT WOULD INDICATE HOW MANY OF, UH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO, UH, MAYBE BY YEAR FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, I THINK THAT WOULD BE REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL SO THAT THE PUBLIC KIDS SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS THEY HAVE AUTHORIZED GIVING MONEY TOWARD IT AND, AND REALLY PUT THEIR SHOULDER TO THAT.

UM, I WANT TO JUST CALL YES, IF I MIGHT, TREASURER, AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, AND WE CAN CERTAINLY PUT TOGETHER THAT MEMO.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE ON OUR WEBSITE, WE HAVE OUR STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT SCORE CARDS, UH, FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND SO YOU CAN, UH, SEE THAT PROGRESS AS WELL SINCE

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WE'VE ADOPTED THE STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT.

SO WE'LL REFERENCE, AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD.

AND I'M HOPING TO GO BACK A LITTLE BIT BEFORE THAT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT THE IMPACT OF ADOPTING THAT BLUEPRINT, UH, HAD IN TERMS OF THE FOCUS OF WHAT WE WERE DOING.

SO, YES, THANK YOU.

AND THANKS FOR POINTING OUT THAT SOME OF THAT INFORMATION IS ONLINE.

UM, I WANT TO CALL OUT, UH, IF I COULD, UH, ITEM NUMBER SEVEN FOR JUST, UH, A MOMENT.

UM, UH, THIS IS, UH, UM, A UNIQUE AND I THINK REALLY INTERESTING, UM, UH, PROPOSITION, UH, THAT, UH, IS BEING DONE WITH, UH, WALTER MOREAU AND FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

I JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK THEM FOR, FOR RESPONDING TO THE, TO THE CALL, TO, TO, TO, TO REALLY HELP, UH, UH, REALLY DIRECTLY WITH, UH, HOMELESSNESS, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY, UH, FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY, GREAT ORGANIZATION DOES JUST, UH, INCREDIBLE WORK.

I THINK PROBABLY DO THAT KIND OF WORK AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THAN ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY.

UH, DOES IT, UH, IN THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT, MY UNDERSTANDING THE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, UH, UH, IN ADDITION TO THE WORK THEY'VE DONE, UH, OVER TIME, KEEPING PEOPLE FROM FALLING INTO HOMELESSNESS PRIMARILY, UH, HAS AGREED TO, UH, DO A PROJECT HERE THAT, UH, WE'LL MOVE TOWARDS SERVING PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS DIRECTLY.

UH, AND HALF OF THE, THIS PROJECT WILL BE, UH, UH, UH, WORKING WITH FOLKS COMING OFF OF THE, UH, THE LISTS THAT THE, THE, UH, AGENCIES, UH, USE WITH RESPECT TO PLACING PEOPLE OR GETTING THEM OFF OUR STREETS.

UH, I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT AS WE, UH, UH, UH, MOVE FORWARD THAT THAT OTHER OPERATORS, UH, CONSIDER, UH, FOLLOWING THIS, UH, UM, UH, DIRECTION AND HIS EXAMPLE OF A FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, CERTAINLY IF WE'RE GOING TO HOUSE 3000 PEOPLE ON OUR STREETS IN THREE YEARS, IT'S GOING TO TAKE PEOPLE LIKE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES AND WALTER, MORROW'S STEPPING UP TO, TO, TO, TO, TO REALLY HELP WITH THIS.

AND IT'S APPRECIATED NOW, PLEASE MAKE SURE STAFF, AS WE DID THIS MORNING, WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SERVICE PROVIDERS, THAT AS PART OF THE ARRANGEMENT, YOU, YOU, UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GETTING THE INFORMATION AND, UH, THE DATA, UH, ASSOCIATED WITH THESE FOLKS, UH, SO THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO BE ABLE TO MEASURE OUR SUCCESSES AND BE ABLE TO GET THE DATA, TO SUPPORT THE, THE DIRECTIONS THAT WE'RE HEADED.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU, THAT YOU GET THAT.

UM, AND AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO SAY, THANKS.

THIS IS, UH, WE REALLY APPRECIATE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, UH, UH, WORKING IN THIS DIRECTION AS WELL FOR THE DISCUSSION, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, PROJECT AND ALL OF THE OTHER, UM, UH, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT WILL, UM, RESULT FROM THESE INVESTMENTS.

ABSOLUTELY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

LET'S TAKE A, VOTE THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

THOSE OPPOSED.

IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY IS VOTING, UH, YES, WITH THE MAYOR PRO TEM OFF OF THE DICE.

I THINK THAT'S ALL OF OUR BUSINESS.

UH, SO, UH, WE'LL ADJOURN THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION HERE AT, UH, FOUR O'CLOCK.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.