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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:05]

UM, CHAIR KATHY TOVO AND THIS IS THE MEETING OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

AND I'M JOINED BY A QUORUM OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON THE DIOCESE.

WE ARE GOING, I'M GOING TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER AT 10:04 AM.

SO TODAY IS OUR FIRST, OUR FIRST MEETING.

THAT IS A HYBRID REALLY OF AN IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

SO WE'RE, WE MAY HAVE A FEW GLITCHES HERE AND THERE.

[Citizen Communication: General]

UM, I DO HAVE FOUR SPEAKERS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK.

ONE IS DIANA GRAY THOUGH, WHO IS OUR, OUR CITY STAFF, OUR HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER.

WHO'S GOING TO BE DOING A PRESENTATION.

I ALSO HAVE SIGNED UP, UM, SAM WOOLARD, KATIE ROPES AND SUSAN ANDERSON, I ASSUME.

MS. ANDERSON IS PART OF THE PRESENTATION.

THAT IS NUMBER FOUR ON OUR AGENDA.

UM, SAM WOOLARD AND KATIE ROPES.

ARE YOU HERE TO ADDRESS THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE ABOUT AN ITEM? NOT ON THE AGENDA.

YOU ARE ALSO HERE FOR THE AGE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR ITEM NUMBER FOUR.

UM, THEN SEEING NO OTHER, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HERE TO ADDRESS THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE ON MATTERS THAT ARE NOT ALREADY ON OUR AGENDA? ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC? UM, OKAY.

I DON'T HAVE THEM ON MY LIST.

MY APOLOGIES, BUT IF YOU DO, UM, WHY DON'T WE HEAR FROM, FROM OUR, UH, SIR, WITH A BASEBALL CAP? WHY DON'T WE, WHY DON'T YOU COME UP FIRST? AND IF YOU WOULD INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE COMMITTEE AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES AND THEN WE'LL BE FOLLOWED BY OUR SECOND AND LAST SPEAKER FOR TODAY.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS ROBERT NATHAN ALLEN I'M FROM, UH, LIVE IN DISTRICT SEVEN.

AND I'M SPEAKING TODAY IN REGARDS TO THE END OF FUNDING FOR THE CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH INSTITUTE AND A LARK VACCINATION CLINIC.

UM, FOR CONTEXT, THIS CLINIC IS CONSISTENTLY ONE OF, IF NOT THE ONLY CLINIC ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN THAT SERVES PEOPLE FOR FREE FIVE DAYS A WEEK THAT IS RUN BY PEOPLE OF COLOR SO FAR, IT IS SERVED OVER 30,000 PEOPLE IN THIS PANDEMIC.

AND 80% OF THOSE SERVED 80% OF THOSE SERVED ARE BLACK INDIGENOUS OR PEOPLE OF COLOR COMPARE THAT IF YOU WILL, TO THE COUNTY STATISTICS ON VACCINATIONS AND THE COUNTY STATISTICS ON OUR POPULATION, AND THIS CLINIC IS CONSISTENTLY BRINGING UP THE AVERAGE FOR THE COUNTY AND FOR THE CITY RIGHT NOW, I UNDERSTAND MY UNDERSTANDING MAY BE WRONG, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE CONTRACT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO END ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.

WHEN THAT DATE WAS SET, WE DID NOT KNOW ABOUT THE DELTA VARIANT AND THE EFFECT THAT IT WOULD HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THE FACT THAT WE WOULD NOW BE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AGAIN.

AND SO I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT BIG SHIPS MOVE SLOWLY AND TURN SLOWLY.

UH, BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE IMPEDIMENT IS, WHAT THE SNAG IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FUNDING FOR THIS CRITICAL COMMUNITY RESOURCE CAN BE EXTENDED OR AMENDED OR REDRAWN OR WHATEVER IT NEEDS TO DO TO KEEP BEING A RESOURCE FOR THE PUBLIC.

WE DON'T WANT THE BUREAUCRACY OR HESITANCY OR MISUNDERSTANDING TO ENABLE AN INJUSTICE ON OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

I HAVE A CHILD, A THREE-YEAR-OLD.

SO I'M ALSO LOOKING AT VACCINATIONS COMING DOWN THE LINE FOR CHILDREN HERE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AND INTO NEXT YEAR, I HAVE A LOT OF PRIVILEGE AS A WHITE MAN.

PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE MY PRIVILEGE MAY NOT FEEL SAFE OR RESPECTED AND GOING TO A CLINIC WHERE THEY'RE NOT SERVED BY PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE THEM AND THEIR COMMUNITY, AND FOR US TO BE TAKING AWAY.

ONE OF THE ONLY RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN OUR CITY, RIGHT BEFORE IT IS CRITICAL FOR PARENTS WHO MAY BE HESITANT OR RETICENT OR MISINFORMED, THEY NEED TO HAVE THAT RESOURCE TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN BE SAFE SO THAT ALL OF OUR CHILDREN ARE SAFE.

AND LASTLY, IF THE COUNCIL, I UNDERSTAND THE COUNCIL'S JOB IS NOT TO IDENTIFY OR, OR, UH, DICTATE CONTRACTS, BUT IT IS OUR JOB COLLECTIVELY AS A COMMUNITY TO ENSURE THAT THESE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE.

SO WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE IMPEDIMENTS ARE WITHIN APH TO DETERMINE HOW WE CAN MAKE SURE THIS RESOURCE DOESN'T LAPSE.

IF THAT MEANS GOING INTO THE PUBLIC AND FUNDRAISING PUBLIC DOLLARS, IDENTIFYING CORPORATE PRIVATE MATCHES FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE COLLABORATION, I AM READY TO GIVE MY TIME.

SOME OF YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS KNOW ME, I HAVE PUT COUNTLESS HOURS AND RAISE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR FEEDING OUR COMMUNITY FOOD THAT IS HEALTHY AND SAFE.

AND THIS GOES RIGHT INTO LINE WITH THAT.

IT GOES RIGHT INTO LINE WITH RESOURCES, FOR OUR HOMELESS COMMUNITY EXPERIENCING OR AT RISK OF EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

THIS IS A RESOURCE THAT ABSOLUTELY MUST CONTINUE.

IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE FOR US TO LET THIS LAPSE I'M READY TO PUT MY TIME AND MY RESOURCES INTO MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

IF IT'S NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAPPEN BY SEPTEMBER 30TH, WE JUST NEED TO KNOW WHO TO TALK TO SO THAT WE HAVE A TIMELINE SO THAT WE CAN PLAN AND RAISE THE FUNDS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS, UH, RESOURCE IS CONTINUOUS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, MANY, THANKS FOR BEING HERE TO, TO RAISE THIS CRITICAL ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION.

AND WE'LL, WE'LL FOLLOW UP AND SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME INFORMATION FROM OUR STAFF CHEER.

YOU CAN'T SEE ME, BUT DO YOU MIND IF I SPEAK, UH, I BELIEVE THAT IS OUR MAYOR OF HER TIME.

YES, PLEASE DO.

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THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU.

UH, UH, UH, MR. ALLEN FOR, FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.

I KNOW THAT YOU AND I HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION AND I'VE BEEN IN COMMUNICATION WITH DR.

HOCKADAY OVER AT, UM, CENTRAL TEXAS ALLIED HEALTH INSTITUTE.

UM, I RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM AND THAT IT'S, IT, IT, IT NEEDS TO BE ON OUR RADAR.

I APPRECIATE YOU FLAGGING IT AND BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION.

AND, UM, I WILL TALK TO CHAIR TOVO, UH, LATER ON THIS AFTERNOON ABOUT SOME IDEAS THAT I HAVE ABOUT THAT PATH FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

UH, MY NAME IS GLORIA .

I, UM, I ACTUALLY WORK FOR DR.

JERICHO THOMAS.

HOW COULD THEY, AND I WORK FOR CTA AS A COMMUNITY LIAISON.

UM, OUR BEST DEFENSE AGAINST COVID IS TO GET VACCINATED AND TO INFORM OUR COMMUNITY ON PROPER USE OF PPE.

UM, THAT'S WHAT WE DO AT CTA.

I STAY IN THE COMMUNITY CONSTANTLY THREE WEEKS AGO.

I CONTRACTED COVID AND, UM, WELL THAT'S WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT I HAD COVID, I WAS VERY SICK AND I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD DIE ABOUT THREE DAYS INTO THIS.

THIS THING GOES FASTER THAN, THAN WHAT WE ORIGINALLY HAD LAST YEAR.

MY SON, MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW BOTH GOT SICK WITH COVID.

IT TOOK THEM A WHILE BEFORE THEY BUILT UP, THEY RAMPED UP THEIR SYMPTOMS, NOT IN MY CASE, IT WAS FAST AND IT WAS PRETTY AWFUL.

I HAVE CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.

I AM OVERWEIGHT.

UM, I AM 43, ALL THESE THINGS WORK AGAINST THE PERSON ANYWAY.

UM, THANKFULLY AT CTH I GOT MY VACCINE AS SOON AS I COULD A WHILE BACK, BUT, UM, THE WORK THAT WE DO, UH, CTA EXISTS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE THAT NORMALLY WOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS.

UM, WE EDUCATE PEOPLE, UM, WE'RE SOWING SEEDS OF TRUST IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE MOST VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES, BUT, UM, THAT HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF RED LINING AND SYSTEMIC RACISMS. AND, UM, WE NEED MONEY INVESTED INTO THIS.

WE DO, WE CAN'T, UM, I DON'T SEE WHY WE'RE IN SUCH A HURRY TO REMOVE SUCH A NEW AND SO NEEDED A RESOURCE IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, WE'VE CREATED A SERVICE THAT PROVIDES A LIFE SAVING MEASURES AND IN THE PROCESS HAVE PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR ON THE JOB TRAINING AND REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD NOT TYPICALLY BE AFFORDED THIS OPPORTUNITY.

WE ARE CREATING LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY AND WE ARE ALSO HELPING TO DEVELOP THE HEALTH WORKFORCE, UM, BY TRAINING PEOPLE, UM, THAT ARE ALSO BEING EDUCATED BY OUR SCHOOL.

SO, BECAUSE IT'S TWO PARTS, WE'VE CREATED AN ECOSYSTEM THAT HAS MET AND EXCEEDED ALL THE METRICS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORTH BY AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND, WHAT'S SO DIFFICULT ABOUT EXTENDING A CONTRACT.

WE NEED SIX MORE MONTHS.

WE NEED PROBABLY AROUND $800,000 SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK SO THAT WE CAN DO IT IN AN EFFECTIVE MANNER.

UM, THIS IS A BLACK LED ORGANIZATION.

AUSTIN HAS BEEN RACIST FOR EONS.

IT'S TIME TO START TO SUPPORT, TO AMPLIFY THE GOOD WORK THAT'S BEING DONE BY PEOPLE OF COLOR AND REMOVING THIS CLINIC.

IT'S GOING TO MAKE US, IT'S GOING TO PAINT US IN AN AWFUL LIGHT.

AND SO I ASK YOU TODAY TO PLEASE CONSIDER, UM, EXTENDING THE CONTRACT FUNDING.

IT, AUSTIN HAS A LOT OF MONEY.

WE CAN'T GO AROUND CRYING.

UM, THE SKY IS FALLING.

IT'S NOT FALLING.

THERE'S LOTS OF MONEY AND IT NEEDS TO BE INVESTED IN THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND THANKS FOR THE WORK THAT YOU DO, CHARACTER TURBO.

OKAY, GLORIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TESTIMONY TODAY AND SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH COVID.

I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO RECUPERATE, UM, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ALL THE ADVOCACY AND BOOTS ON THE GROUND WORK THAT YOU DO.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT PART OF THE RESOLUTION THAT COUNCIL ADOPTED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO ON THE BOOSTER SHOT STRATEGY, WHICH INCLUDES A PORTION THAT IS ANCHORED IN EQUITABLE VACCINE DISTRIBUTION AND OUR EFFORTS GOING ON TODAY, UM, COMES WITH A MEMO UPDATE FROM STAFF THAT IS DUE THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20TH.

UM, AND IN THAT MEMO, WE'VE ASKED FOR, UM, INFORMATION FROM APH ON IF ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS NEEDED.

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES DO WE NEED TO MAKE AVAILABLE IN ORDER FOR US TO CONTINUE THAT VACCINE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY? AND SO, UH, WHY TO POINT THAT OUT? HOWEVER, KNOWING THAT THAT IS STILL A FEW WEEKS AWAY, UM, I JUST WANT TO ASK APH, IF YOU COULD SHARE MORE

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INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO, UM, WITH, WITH OUR VACCINE SERVICES AND INVESTING IN TRUSTED COMMUNITY PARTNERS LIKE CCHI AND OTHERS, UH, WHAT MORE CAN BE DONE ON THAT FRONT.

THANK YOU.

WE DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO SEE THIS GO AWAY FROM ANY OTHER GROUPS, BUT WE ALSO DO NOT WANT TO BE REMOVED IN THE PROCESS.

SO I HOPE THAT THAT IS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHENEVER THE DECISIONS ARE BEING MADE TO HAND OUT THE MONEY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

APPRECIATE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I BELIEVE THAT IS OUR LAST SPEAKER FOR CITIZENS COMMUNICATIONS.

WE DO HAVE KELLY MOYER SIGNED UP, UM, ON ITEM THREE AND WE'LL, WE'LL CALL THAT SPEAKER WHEN WE GET TO THAT ITEM.

UM, COLLEAGUES,

[Approval of Minutes]

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? UH, VICE CHAIR, QUINTUS MOVES APPROVAL.

THE MAYOR SECOND SET ALL IN FAVOR.

GREAT.

THAT IS UNANIMOUS ON THE, ON THE VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON DIED.

OKAY.

[2. Discussion and possible action on the Public Health Committee's 2021 meeting schedule. (Part 1 of 2)]

UM, YOU HAVE A REVISED SCHEDULE UNDER ITEM TWO.

SO IF YOU'VE HAD A MINUTE TO LOOK OVER THAT SCHEDULE, IF THERE ARE ANY, ANY THOUGHTS ON IT, UH, I GUESS WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION ON THAT TO APPROVE.

SO I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE THE NEW SCHEDULE, PLEASE.

CHARTER OF AWARE WHERE CAN I SEE THE REVISED SCHEDULE? IT SHOULD BE LISTED UNDER YOUR, ON YOUR BACKUP.

UM, UNDER ITEM TWO.

OKAY.

WHY DON'T WE COME BACK AROUND THAT IF, IF FOLKS NEED TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT IT.

MARY, DO YOU HAVE A COPY? NO.

OKAY.

UM, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND WE'LL TAKE THAT UP IN A BIT AND LET'S

[3. Briefing and discussion on issues related to homelessness.]

TAKE UP OUR BRIEFING ON IF MS. GRAY IS ON THE LINE.

I SEE THAT SHE IS AND COLLEAGUES, WE RECEIVED THIS BRIEFING, UM, IN OUR INBOX AT 10 10 THIS MORNING.

WELCOME MS. GRAY.

THANK YOU.

SO I APOLOGIZE.

I AM JOINING BY PHONE, UM, DUE TO SOME, SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH A LOANER LAPTOP.

UM, SO I BELIEVE I'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE PRESENTATION AS WE PRESENT, BUT, UH, WE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE YOU.

SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS AS WE MOVE ALONG.

UH, I BELIEVE WE, UM, HAVE, UH, JOINING US EITHER BY VIA PHONE OR PERHAPS IN PERSON, UH, CHARLES LOOSEN AND GREG MCCORMICK FROM OUR STAFF.

UM, A IN CASE THERE ARE QUESTIONS, UM, AS THEY WERE VERY MUCH A BOOTS ON THE GROUND FOR THIS INITIATIVE AND, AND CAN ANSWER SOME ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.

SO I WILL JUST GENERALLY SAY, I AM VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE, BRIEFING YOU ON THE COMPLETION OF PHASE ONE OF THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

IT HAS BEEN A VERY BUSY SEVEN MONTHS, UH, FOR THE HOMELESS STRATEGY DIVISION AND A NUMBER OF PARTNERS.

WHO'VE BEEN REALLY CRITICAL IN THIS EFFORT.

UH, WE RELOCATED THE FINAL OF THE FOUR AND CAMP MINTS, UH, LAST A WEEK AGO YESTERDAY ON THE 31ST OF AUGUST.

AND SO WHAT I WILL BE PROVIDING YOU TODAY A REALLY HIGH LEVEL, UM, DATA, UH, THE INITIAL DATA CUT AS WE LOOK AT, UM, THE DEMOGRAPHICS AND SOME OF THE EARLY, UH, INDICATORS OF RESULTS OF THE INITIATIVE, UH, AS WELL AS SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THINGS THAT HAVE WORKED VERY WELL.

I THINK THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING TO IMPROVE IN THE FUTURE AND, UH, OBSERVATIONS ABOUT PROGRAM DESIGN AS WE MOVE INTO, UH, WHAT WE'RE VERY HAPPY, UH, WILL BE, UH, PHASE TWO, SUBSEQUENT TO COUNCIL APPROVAL, UH, OF, UH, FUNDING FOR THAT PHASE DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS.

SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS YOU KNOW, THE RESOLUTION, UH, CREATING THE HEAL INITIATIVE WAS ADOPTED ON FEBRUARY 4TH, 2021.

AND THE INITIAL TIMELINE FOR THE COMPLETION OF PHASE ONE THROUGH A RESOLUTION OF THE ENCAMPMENTS WAS SIX MONTHS.

UH, WE DID ASK FOR A LITTLE BIT OF GRACE, UM, AND TO TAKE ONE ADDITIONAL MONTH BECAUSE OF WINTER STORM YURI, UH, THE DEEP ENGAGEMENT OF, UH, ALL OF HSD STAFF IN THE SHELTERING AND OTHER EFFORTS, UH, ASSOCIATED WITH, UH, UH, THE STORM.

AND SO THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SEPTEMBER 4TH.

WE, WE COMPLETED IT JUST UNDER THE WIRE, UH, AT AUGUST 31ST.

AND I, AND I DO WANT TO SAY DUE TO HERCULEAN EFFORTS ON THE PART OF STAFF AND MANY OF OUR PARTNERS, UM, THE FIRST PHASE OF THE HEAL INITIATIVE TARGETING AT CAMP MINTS IN NORTHWEST

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SOUTHEAST AND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, UM, ALL BASED ON, UH, CONCERNS OF HEALTH OR SAFETY FOR THOSE SITES, THE INITIAL FOUR SITES WERE GENERALLY DESCRIBED BY THE RESOLUTION.

UM, AND SO WE, UH, HAD A LIMITED NUMBER OF CHOICES OF SITES TO WORK FROM BASED ON, UH, DIFFERENT KINDS OF HAZARDS, WHETHER THOSE BE TRAFFIC HAZARDS, FLOOD PLAIN, UH, YOU KNOW, IN PARK AREAS THAT WERE, UH, OTHERWISE UTILIZED, UTILIZED BY, UM, UH, BROADER WATER CITIZENRY, BUT ALSO HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DEVELOPING PRIORITIZATION FOR FUTURE ENCAMPMENTS, WHICH WE'LL TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT TOWARD THE END.

UM, AND SO LET'S THEN GO AHEAD AND MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO I THINK, UH, THE UNIQUE THING ABOUT THE HEAL INITIATIVE IS THAT IT REALLY COMBINES, UH, UH, A DESIRE, UM, TO MOVE FOLKS SWIFTLY IN SHELTER AND HOUSING, UH, WITH A FOCUS ON, UH, OUR PUBLIC SPACES, UH, AS WELL.

AND SO WE ARE TARGETING RESOURCES TOWARD ENCAMPMENTS RATHER THAN BY, UH, BY NEED OR VULNERABILITY, WHICH IS WHAT OUR SYSTEM GENERALLY DOES.

IT ADDS TO, UH, THOSE RESOURCES RATHER THAN REPLACING THEM.

SO WE STILL HOUSE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY BASED ON, UH, THEIR, THEIR NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

BUT THIS ALSO ALLOWS US TO ADDRESS THE SITUATIONS IN WHICH THERE IS AN ENCAMPMENT THAT IS CAUSING CONCERN, UH, AROUND AND SAFETY FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE ENCAMPMENT, AS WELL AS POTENTIALLY THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK.

WE NOT ONLY CONTRACTED WITH SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO ARE PROVIDING RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAMS FOR PARTICIPANTS, BUT WE DID CREATE DEDICATED SHELTER SPACE.

INITIALLY THAT TOOK THE FORM OF THE SOUTHBRIDGE SHELTER, WHICH WAS, IS THE FORM OF ROADWAY IN THAT WE HAD BEEN UTILIZING AS A PRO LODGE, UH, FOR THE DURATION REALLY AS A PANDEMIC.

UM, BUT, UM, W PIVOTED THAT TO UTILIZE AS LONGER-TERM BRIDGE SHELTER, WE DO BELIEVE THAT'S THE LONGTERM USE OF THAT FACILITY.

UM, BUT, UH, AS WE WILL DISCUSS, DID, UM, OPEN A SECOND BRIDGE SHELTER, WHICH WE ARE UTILIZING AT LEAST PARTIALLY FOR THE HEAL INITIATIVE, THOUGH.

IT MAY NOT BE SOLELY DEDICATED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

UM, WE WORK WITH HOST, UH, AND OUR OTHER OUTREACH PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY, LIKE, UH, THE PAST TEAM THROUGH INTEGRAL CARE TO ENGAGE INDIVIDUALS ON SITE, OFFER THEM SHELTER AND, UH, LONG-TERM HOUSING, UH, AND WORK WITH A VARIETY OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY, UH, SPACE PARTNERS, EXCUSE ME, TO RELOCATE FOLKS TO SHELTER, UH, AND THEN TO CARRY OUT THE PHENOTYPE OF THE SITES.

SO PARKS AND RECREATION HAS BEEN A CRITICAL PARTNER IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION, AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY AND PUBLIC WORKS, UH, ALONG WITH, UH, THE CLEANUP CONTRACT WITH THE, THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION HAVE ALL BEEN, UH, VERY IMPORTANT RESOURCES IN TERMS OF, UH, RECLAMATION OF THE SITE.

UH, ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO RELOCATE PEOPLE.

AND THEN FINALLY THIS INITIATIVE OF COURSE, WAS PASSED PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION BEYOND MAY 1ST.

AND SO IT REALLY ASKS US TO LOOK AT WAYS, UH, TO ENCOURAGE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE, UH, WITH, WITH THOSE SPACES, UM, BEING NO CAMPING SPACES, UH, THAT HAS PLAYED OUT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IN THE CONTEXT OF, UH, NOW HAVING A, AN ORDINANCE THAT VANS CAMPING IN PUBLIC SPACES.

UH, BUT WE STILL THINK THAT WE HAVE HAD SOME LESSONS IN WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE LEARNINGS AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS INITIATIVE ABOUT HOW, UH, WE CAN, UH, MAINTAIN SPACES, UH, WITHOUT A SOLE RELIANCE ON, UH, ENFORCEMENT, UH, BY POLICE OFFICERS.

NEXT SLIDE, I SPOKE TO THE, UM, SEVEN MONTHS TIMELINE FOR THIS OVERALL INITIATIVE, AND I WANTED TO GIVE A RECAP OF WHAT THE MAJOR ELEMENTS OF THAT HAS BEEN.

SO THE, UH, THE RESOLUTION WAS PASSED FEBRUARY 4TH.

UM, ABOUT, UH, FIVE DAYS LATER, WE BEGAN TO EXCLUDE WINTER STORM URI, AND REALLY OUR TEAM CAME OUT OF THAT ENTIRE EXPERIENCE TOWARD THE END OF FEBRUARY AND DURING FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL, EXCUSE ME, IDENTIFIES THE PARTNERS WITH WHOM WE COULD WORK, UM, FACILITATING CONTRACTS BY EXTENDING EXISTING CONTRACTS, RATHER THAN GOING THROUGH A NEW PROCUREMENT PROCESS, GIVEN

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THE TIGHT TIMELINE, UH, WE HAD TO IDENTIFY HOW WE MIGHT, UH, SECURE, DEDICATED SHELTER SPACE AT THAT TIME PROLOGUE ONE, OR THE ROADWAY WAS STILL FUNCTIONING, UM, AS A PROLOGUE.

AND SO WE NEEDED TO PLAN TO DEMOBILIZE THAT SITE AND CONVERT IT TO SHELTER.

UH, AND THEN WE OF COURSE, NEEDED TO TALK THROUGH PROCESS OF WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE REALLY ONSITE, UM, FROM THE DAY THAT OUTREACH WORKERS ARRIVED THERE THROUGH RELOCATION AND ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICES, ONCE THOSE IN SHELTER.

SO WE HAD THE COLLABORATION KICKOFF AT THE END OF APRIL, UH, AND THEN, UH, THE NEXT WEEK ASKED COUNCIL TO APPROVE SERVICE CONTRACTS FOR, UH, BOTH INTEGRAL CARE AND, UH, FAMILY ELDER CARE TO PROVIDE RAPID REHOUSING SERVICES FOR FOOTSTEPS TO OPERATE THE SHELTER AND TO PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, TO ADD A COUPLE OF OUTREACH WORKERS TO THE HOST TEAM FROM INTEGRAL CARE.

WE, AT THAT POINT, UM, MOVED TOWARD CONTRACT EXECUTION AND, UM, HOPED TO, UH, BEGIN RELOCATIONS, UH, AT THE 1ST OF JUNE, UH, ONCE WE HAD THE SOUTH BRIDGE SHELTER, WHICH WAS THE FORMER ROADWAY UP AND RUNNING, UNFORTUNATELY OUR CONTRACTOR, UH, THERE EXPERIENCED SOME DELAYS AND WERE NOT ABLE TO INITIATE THEIR WORK ONSITE IMMEDIATELY, UH, IN THE FACE OF THAT GO AWAY, UH, HOMELESS STRATEGY, DIVISION STAFF, UH, QUICKLY PIVOTED.

WE, UM, WE HIRED A CADRE OF TEMPORARY, UH, STAFFERS.

MANY OF WHOM HAD BEEN OUR PARTNERS AT EXISTING PRO LODGES AND OURSELVES OPENED, UM, THE SHELTER ON THE 16TH OF JUNE, ALLOWING US TO THEN, UH, UH, RESOLVE OUR FIRST ENCAMPMENT, WHICH WAS AT THE TORONTO OFFICE LIBRARY.

AND THAT TOOK PLACE FROM JUNE 16TH THROUGH THE 18TH.

UH, WE, UH, THEN MOVED TO THE BEN WHITE AND MANSHACK, UH, UH, SITE, UH, THAT WAS JULY 14TH THROUGH THE 16TH.

UM, AND DID THAT JUST IN ANTICIPATION OF FRONT STEPS, THEN BEING ABLE TO COME ONSITE, UM, AT SOUTH BRIDGE AND ASSUME OPERATIONS.

SO IT, JESSE STAFF WITH TEMPORARY SUPPORT, UM, DID OPERATE THAT SHELTER FOR ABOUT A MONTH.

THE BEN WHITE, UH, SITE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LARGER THEN, UH, WAS ABOUT 20 AND, AND, AND BEN WHITE MAN SHAQ WAS ABOUT 50 PEOPLE.

SO WITH THOSE TWO SITES, WE DID REACH CAPACITY AT THE SALFORD SHELTER, WHICH OVERALL HAS, UM, CAPACITY FOR ABOUT 75 GUESTS ROOMS, UH, HAVING THEN, UH, REACHED THAT CAPACITY.

WE NEEDED TO, UM, EITHER WAIT FOR FOLKS TO BE REHOUSED, WHICH WE KNEW WOULD TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME OR CREATE ADDITIONAL BRIDGE SHELTER SPACE TO MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT SITE.

WE, UM, EVENTUALLY DETERMINED THAT WE WERE IN A POSITION TO DEMOBILIZE PROTAL LODGE, NUMBER FOUR, WHICH IS IN THE FORMER COUNTRY AND THAT THE CITY ALSO OWNS.

UH, AND SO WE, UH, DID THAT IN, UH, AND I, WHEN I SAY WE, I MEAN, MY STAFF DID THAT IN RECORD TIME.

UH DEMOBILIZING AS A PRO LODGE ON, UH, MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF ONE WEEK.

AND MOVING IN, UM, FOLKS FROM THE THIRD HEALS SITE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY OF THE SAME WEEK THAT A THIRD SITE WAS THE DOWNTOWN LOCATION ACCESS OR CHAVEZ IN CONGRESS.

AND SO, AS I SAID, COMPLETED THAT ON THE FIFTH AND 6TH OF AUGUST, UH, FINALLY WE, UH, WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE FINAL SITE ON, AS I SAID, THE 30TH AND 31ST OF LAST WEEK, UH, OAK KNOLL WAS ALSO A SMALLER SITE WITH 23 INDIVIDUALS MOVING INTO SHELTER, UH, THERE.

AND SO THAT, UH, SORT OF WRAPPED UP THE, THE ACTIVITIES THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE SEVEN MONTHS, AND WE ARE NOW MOVING INTO A, UH, ANALYZING CERTAINLY SOME OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS AND DATA THAT WE HAVE NOW THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN RELOCATED, UH, LOOKING AT, UH, PLANS FOR PRIORITIZATION OF FUTURE SITES, UM, AS WELL AS HIRING FOR COMING IN STAFF TO, UM, TO STAFF THE INITIATIVE OVERALL, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS REALLY JUST A SUMMARY OF THE CONTRACTS THAT WERE PUT INTO PLACE FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

UH, AS I SAID TO RAPID REHOUSING, UH, CONTRACTS, UH, CONTRACT WITH FRONT STEPS OR A PAIR

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OF CONTRACTS IS KIND OF FRONT STEPS TO RUN THE BRIDGE SHELTER, UH, AND SOME SUPPORT FOR INTEGRAL CARE.

WE ARE, UM, ALSO OF COURSE, OPERATING THE NORTH BRIDGE SHELTER, UH, THAT IS BEING DONE WITH ARP FUNDS THAT COUNCIL HAS, UM, HAS APPROVED, UH, THAT IS NOT INCLUDED HERE AS IT WAS NOT SPECIFICALLY DEDICATED ONLY TO HEAL.

UM, BUT THOSE ARE RESOURCES THAT ARE BEING DEPLOYED.

AND OF COURSE, UH, COUNCIL HAS APPROVED $6 MILLION FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF HEAL.

WE WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO, UH, POTENTIALLY EXPANDING THE EXISTING CONTRACTS SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE, UH, RELOCATIONS IN FAIRLY SHORT ORDER, BUT ALSO ANTICIPATE INCLUDING RAPID REHOUSING AND SOME OTHER SERVICES IN A BROADER SOLICITATION THAT WOULD HAPPEN THIS FALL.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE POPULATION THAT WE, UM, UH, HAVE SERVED THUS FAR IN THE HEAL INITIATIVE, UH, WITH THE CAVEAT THAT THESE ARE VERY PRELIMINARY NUMBERS, WE ARE STILL ENTERING DATA INTO THE HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, UM, UM, BUT, UH, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COLLECT SOME BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC DATA ON, UH, OUR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COUNCIL ASKED US TO DO WAS TO REPORT ON THOSE, UM, ON THOSE DEMOGRAPHIC, UH, CRITERIA.

BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ALSO BE COMPARING THAT TO THE POPULATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN, OVERALL WITH A REAL EYE TO EQUITY, UM, TO ENSURE THAT BECAUSE THIS IS A NEW APPROACH, THAT IT IS, UM, NOT SUBSTANTIALLY, UH, DIFFERING FROM, UH, THE DEMOGRAPHICS, UM, OF, OF HOMELESSNESS.

AND I MEAN THAT IN PARTICULAR AROUND THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION.

SO GIVEN THAT WE ARE TAKING A RESOURCE AND GOING DIRECTLY TO THE STREETS AND OFFERING PEOPLE HOUSING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IN PARTICULAR THAT WE ARE NOT UNDERSERVING THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN POPULATION WHO DESPITE, UM, UH, COMPRISING LESS THAN 10% OF AUSTIN'S OVERALL POPULATION, UH, COMPRISED 35% OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO, UM, WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THESE ARE OUR INITIAL NUMBERS, AND AGAIN, WE NEED TO REFINE AND SCRUB THEM, BUT, UM, OFF THE BAT, 33% OF THE INDIVIDUALS OFFERED SHELTER, UH, THROUGH THE HEAL INITIATIVE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPARED TO THAT ROUGHLY 35%, UM, IN THE HOMELESS POPULATION OVERALL, UH, THERE WERE A COUPLE ITEMS HERE.

I THINK THAT WE WILL NEED TO EXPLORE FURTHER.

ONE IS LOOKING AT HOW, UM, THAT COMPARES TO THE OVERALL POPULATION OF UNSHELTERED INDIVIDUALS, UH, IN AUSTIN, BECAUSE I SUSPECT THAT WE MAY SEE A SLIGHTLY HIGHER PROPORTION OF THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION ACTUALLY BEING AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN OUR COMMUNITY, IN WHICH CASE WE WOULD HOPE THAT OUR HEAL INITIATIVE WOULD MIRROR THAT.

UH, AND THEN ALSO JUST LOOKING, DOING A LITTLE BIT OF STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, GIVEN THE SMALL SAMPLE SIZE TO, UM, UNDERSTAND WHETHER THERE'S ANY STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE DIFFERENCE THAT WE MIGHT BE SEEING CURRENTLY NEXT SLIDE, IF WE COULD ADVANCE TO THE NEXT TIME, I THINK PERHAPS YOU ADVANCED TWO SLIDES.

YEAH.

I THINK THAT I CANNOT SEE, FOR SOME REASON MY VIDEO FEED IS SLOW, BUT THE PHONE IS WORKING.

SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE ONE SLIDE AND LET ME SEE IF I CAN TRACK IT.

SO NOW WE HAVE A SLIDE UP OF DIANA ABOUT GENDER.

AND SO GENERALLY SPEAKING, UM, THE GENDER OF OVERALL, UH, POPULATION OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN IS ABOUT 40% FEMALE.

NOW I THINK THAT THIS IS LIKELY AGAIN, THE OVERALL POPULATION.

AND SO WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT GENDER BREAKDOWN LOOKS LIKE IN THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION, WHICH I EXPECT TO BE, UM, SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER, UH, IN TERMS OF THE MALE DOMINATION OF THAT DEMOGRAPHIC.

IF WE GO TO, UM, UH, ACTUALLY GO TWO SLIDES FURTHER, WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS WITHIN THE HEEL POPULATION, DUCT SCAR, APPROXIMATELY A THIRD ARE FEMALE.

IN FACT, UM, THAT PERCENTAGE IS BELOW WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN THE OVERALL UNSHELTERED POPULATION.

IT'S SOMETHING FOR US TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.

SO WE WILL BE TRACKING THAT DIFFERENCE.

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NUMBER EIGHT, UM, LOOKS ALSO AT AGE, WHICH IS SOMETHING WE DON'T HAVE THE BREAKDOWN FOR, UH, FOR YOU TODAY.

UM, WE WILL BE DRAWING THAT FROM HRIF, UH, SO THAT THE CATEGORIES ARE COMPARABLE.

UM, BUT AGAIN, WANT TO ENSURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THROUGH THE HEAL INITIATIVE WHO ARE NOT UNDESERVING, UH, OUR ELDERLY POPULATION EXPERIENCING, UH, UNSHELTERED, UH, UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, PAUSE HERE FOR JUST A MINUTE, THE SLIDES WEREN'T QUITE SINKED.

SO THIS IS, THIS IS THE AGE DATA.

WOULD YOU MIND REPEATING YOUR SUMMARY COMMENT ON THIS ONE? THANKS DIANA.

SO I, THE, THE, WHAT I, UM, COMMENTED ON REGARDING AGE IS THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE DETAILED BREAKDOWN, UM, IN THIS FORMAT YET FOR THE HEAL INITIATIVE, BUT WE WILL BE PROVIDING THE COMPARISON.

AND I THINK THAT GIVEN, UM, THE VULNERABILITIES INTRODUCED BY BEING UNSHELTERED, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WITHIN THE HEAL INITIATIVE, UH, WE ARE, UH, SERVING AT LEAST AS MANY, UM, FOLKS IN THOSE OLDER CATEGORIES, UH, AS, UM, AS WE SEE IN THE GENERAL UNSHELTERED POPULATION.

SO THIS WILL BE AN AREA FOR FURTHER REPORTING FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE.

AND AGAIN, THIS DATA IS THAT IS THE OVERALL HOMELESS POPULATION PROVIDED BY ECHO.

OKAY.

I THINK WE CAN ADVANCE NOW AND WE'LL ADVANCE ONE MORE.

SO THIS IS I THINK, WHERE WE, WE BEGIN TO SEE, UM, UH, DATA THAT IS REALLY CRITICAL IN TERMS OF UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT THAT WE ARE HAVING 147 PEOPLE WERE MOVED INTO SHELTER, UH, DURING THE MONTHS OF JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 95% OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE OFFERED RELOCATION TO BRIDGE SHELTER ACCEPTED.

UH, AND THAT CERTAINLY FLIES IN THE FACE OF WHAT CAN BE A PERCEPTION THAT PEOPLE AREN'T WILLING TO GO INTO SHELTER.

SO, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

WE HAVE REMAINING IN SHELTER, 119 INDIVIDUALS AND 95% OF THOSE HAVE NOW COMPLETED COORDINATED ASSESSMENT, WHICH IS, UM, ONE OF THE SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE WE CAN GET THEM ENROLLED IN A HOUSING PROGRAM OR CONCURRENT WITH THAT.

UH, INTERESTINGLY, WHEN WE DID, AS AN EXAMPLE, THE BEN WHITE SITE, ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THOSE PEOPLE HAD COMPLETED A COORDINATED ASSESSMENT.

UM, BUT WHEN WE DID THE DOWNTOWN SITE, ABOUT 90%, WE HAD ALREADY, UM, HAD A COORDINATED ASSESSMENT THAT WAS PARTIALLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT, UM, POST IS VERY ACTIVE DOWNTOWN.

AND SO, UM, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS IN TERMS OF PROCESS, BUT, UH, IT'LL BE INTERESTING.

I THINK TO SEE AS PEOPLE COME IN, UH, WE HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF WHAT THE PENETRATION OF OUR COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM HAS BEEN, UH, IN THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION AND HOW MANY FOLKS ARE STILL IN NEED OF A FIRST-TIME COORDINATED ASSESSMENT, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT MANY FOLKS MAY NEED AN UPDATE.

WE HAVE GOT NOT LIKE 60% OF INDIVIDUALS ENROLLED IN A HOUSING PROGRAM AT THIS TIME.

AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS NOT THAT THEY ARE HOUSED YET, BUT THAT FAMILY ELDER CARE OR INTEGRAL CARE HAS TAKEN THAT REFERRAL AND FORMALLY ACCEPTED IT AND TAKING THEM ONTO THEIR CASELOAD.

WE DID HAVE SOME LAG AT THE BEGINNING.

UM, BOTH BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE ENTERED, WE DID NOT HAVE THEM, UH, UH, HAVE THEIR COORDINATED ASSESSMENT, UH, COMPLETED.

AND WE, UM, IN THE EARLY WEEKS WE'RE GETTING OUR CONTRACTS EXECUTED IN OUR PRO LODGES.

OVERALL, OUR AVERAGE TIME FROM ENROLLMENT IN A HOUSING PROGRAM TO PLACEMENT, UH, IS ESSENTIALLY BETWEEN 60 AND 70 DAYS.

UH, AND I THINK THAT'S CERTAINLY SOMEPLACE WE WOULD LIKE TO MEET THAT IDEALLY EXCEED IT.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST STARTING TO SEE EXITS TO HOUSING.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY REPRESENTS A FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS IN SHELTER IN JUNE FOR THE TERASA, UH, UM, UH, OCCUPANTS, THE OCCUPANTS, EXCUSE ME, OF THE TRUST, THIS ENCAMPMENT WHO THEN BECAME ENROLLED, UM, IN, IN HOUSING PROGRAMS IN JULY AND THEN HAVE BEEN IN, IN JULY AND AUGUST.

AND NOW WE'RE BEGINNING TO EXIT TECH TO HOUSING.

WE ALSO WANT TO BE REALLY COGNIZANT ABOUT PATRICIA, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE WE'VE SEEN, UM, YOU KNOW, BASED ON THE NUMBERS OF THE GROSS NUMBER IS SOMETHING LIKE 17%, UM, OF, OF THE TOTAL POPULATION, EXIT SHELTER.

AND THOSE ARE COMBINATION THINGS.

SOME FOLKS VOLUNTARILY DECIDE THAT THEY, UH, THEY, FOR WHATEVER REASON, UM, DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE SPACE ANYMORE.

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WE HAVE A FEW FOLKS WHO HAVE, UM, ARE HOSPITALIZED, HAVE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, UH, OR SOME OTHER, UM, INCIDENT THAT CAUSES THEM TO LEAVE.

BUT WE HAVE CERTAINLY ALSO HAD EXITS IN VOLUNTARY EXITS, UH, BASED ON BEHAVIOR, ET CETERA.

AND SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE WORK WITH OUR, UM, REFERRED STEPS WHO WAS OPERATING THE SOUTH BRIDGE AND WITH OUR STAFF AT NORTHBRIDGE, UH, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE OPERATING, UM, THOSE SHELTERS AS EFFECTIVELY AS WE CAN, TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE SUPPORTS ON SITE, UM, TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND TO EXIT TO PERMANENT HOUSING.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING, THESE NUMBERS, AGAIN, ARE VERY PRELIMINARY.

IT'S A LITTLE EARLY TO TELL, BUT THEY ARE, IT IS SOMETHING WE'LL BE TRACKING AND PARSING THE DATA MORE CLOSELY BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS AN INVOLUNTARY EXIT.

UM, THAT MIGHT BE SOMEONE, UH, BEING ASKED TO LEAVE VERSUS A SITUATION IN WHICH SOMEONE, UM, HAS A, YOU KNOW, A, A NEUTRAL EXIT OR AN EXIT BECAUSE OF ANOTHER, UM, ANOTHER, UH, REASON THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO DO WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SHELTER, ASKING SOMEONE TO WAIT.

SO NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

I AM GOING TO ASSUME THAT THE, NOW WE'VE GONE TO THE NEXT SIDE.

I CAN'T SEE IT CURRENTLY, BUT JUST OF TALK TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT ARE THE LESSONS LEARNED ARE AT THIS STAGE.

AND, YOU KNOW, I MENTIONED, FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE BANNER HERE IS THAT WE'VE HAD NEAR UNIVERSAL ACCEPTANCE OF RELOCATION.

UM, WE HAVE SEEN THAT WE CAN ENGAGE FOLKS QUICKLY IN ENCAMPMENTS, UM, AND DO THIS WORK RAPIDLY, YOU KNOW, OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEK OR SO.

UM, SO WE NEED NOT HAVE A SUBSTANTIALLY LONGER ENGAGEMENT, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY GET ANTICIPATE AT THE BEGINNING.

UH, HOWEVER, WE ALSO HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF ENUMERATING, WHO IS, UH, WHO IS AT THE ENCAMPMENT.

UH, THERE ARE FOLKS WHO, UM, WHO MOVE BETWEEN ENCAMPMENTS AND, AND THIS, THEY ARE NOT SLEEPING WITH A TENT.

IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO TELL WHO IS A PERMANENT DOCUMENT IN THE ENCAMPMENT VERSUS A VISITOR AND TO VARYING DEGREES WE HAD IN MIGRATION, UH, AT EACH OF THESE SITES.

SO THE WORD GETS OUT AND, UM, PEOPLE SHOW UP, UM, UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY MAY BE ABLE TO ACCESS SHELTER AND HOUSING, UH, AT A SITE, WHICH SOMETIMES IS QUITE SIMPLE.

YOU'RE SIMPLY ABLE TO COMMUNICATE, UM, THAT THE, YOU KNOW, THE PROGRAM DESIGN IS THAT WE GO IN AND WE SERVE FOLKS WHO ARE OCCUPANTS OF THAT ENCAMPMENT.

UH, BUT OTHERWISE, UH, CAN ALSO BE QUITE THREATENING AND TO THE SUCCESS OF A PARTICULAR SITE, BECAUSE IF TOO MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP, UM, NOT ONLY DOES IT CREATE CONFUSION INTENTION, IT MAY MEAN THAT WE CAN'T MOVE EVERYONE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH, UM, SHELL ROOMS AT THE SHELTER TO DO SO.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO MANAGE CAREFULLY GOING FORWARD, UH, IN TERMS OF RELOCATION AND CLEANUP.

AND I, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO, AGAIN, EMPHASIZE THE INCREDIBLE PARTNERSHIP ACROSS CITY DEPARTMENTS, UM, JUST, UH, INCREDIBLE RESPONSIVENESS AND, AND, AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP.

AND I THINK, UM, INVESTMENT IN THE SUCCESS OF THIS INITIATIVE, BUT WE DO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES, ACTUALLY RECREATION HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE PARTNER, BUT PART OF THE REASON THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IS THAT MANY OF THEIR IN-PERSON, UM, PROGRAMS ARE NOT OPERATING AT FULL CAPACITY RIGHT NOW.

AND SO PARTICULARLY IF WE ANTICIPATE INCREASING THE VOLUME OF ENCAMPMENT RELOCATIONS, WE MAY NEED TO LOOK AT OTHER ALTERNATIVES, UH, FOR HOW WE ARRANGE FOR TRANSPORTATION, FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR BELONGINGS FROM ENCAMPMENTS.

UH, ONE THING I THINK WE LEARNED WITH CLEANUP IS THAT IN ORDER TO, UM, MINIMIZE THE LIKELIHOOD OF REPOPULATION OF A SITE, WE NEED TO COMPLETE THE CLEANUP QUICKLY.

UH, WHEN, UH, TENTS WERE LEFT, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO COMPLETE A CLEANUP IN ONE OR TWO DAYS.

AND PARTICULARLY BY THE END OF A WORK WEEK, WE DID SEE REPOPULATION OF TENTS THAT HAD BEEN LEFT BEHIND.

AND SO, UH, YOU KNOW, AT THIS POINT THAT EXPERIENCE IS SOMEWHAT IMPRESSIONISTIC.

UM, BUT IT IS, UH, WE DO BELIEVE THAT COMPLETELY PLANNING A SITE, UH, IN SIGNALS, UH, THAT IT IS NO LONGER A SITE THAT WHERE, UH, CAMPING

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IS, UH, ANTICIPATED.

AND WE'VE NOT SEEN REPOPULATION IN SOME OF THE OTHER SITES, UH, WHERE, WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO COMPLETE CLEANUP, UM, WITH A MORE DEFINED END DATE, UH, THE SPACE ACTIVATION.

I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CONTEMPLATED AS PART OF THIS INITIATIVE WAS HOW WE MIGHT REACTIVATE SPACES, UM, FOR CONTINUED PUBLIC USE FOR ALL AUSTINITES, UH, APPROPRIATE TO THE DESIGN AND INITIAL INTENT OF THE SPACE.

WE HAVE BEEN HAVING DISCUSSIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH US ABOUT, UH, WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THAT SITE.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ENGAGED, BUT IT IS A LONGER TIMELINE.

SO WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHAT THE SHORT-TERM LOOKS LIKE AFTER AN ENCAMPMENT IS RESOLVED, UM, COMPARED WITH WHAT MIGHT BE LONGER TERM REACTIVATION OF THE SPACE.

WE'VE ALSO SEEN IN TERMS OF CLEANUP THERE'S, UM, SOME SUBSTANTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, UM, FROM HUMAN WASTE TO, UH, UH, RODENTS, WHICH I THINK REALLY EMPHASIZES FOR US THE, THE, THE HEALTH CONCERNS OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET, BUT IT'S ALSO A CONCERN FOR OUR CLEANUP PERSONNEL.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE LOOKING AT IN TERMS OF THE SUCCESS OF BRIDGE SHELTER.

UH, WE, UH, YOU KNOW, WE WERE HAVING STAFF, UM, FEVEROUSLY ENTERING DATA INTO HMI, UH, AS LATE AS FRIDAY AND EARLY THIS WEEK.

UM, YOU KNOW, THAT DEDICATED STAFF WE THINK IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL TO MAKING SURE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING, UH, WITH THE PROGRAM OVERALL, UH, WE HAVE HAD SOME REAL CONSTRAINTS AROUND THE AVAILABILITY OF ASSESSORS, UH, TO COMPLETE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

AND WE ARE SEEING THAT PLAY OUT WITH THIS INITIATIVE AND SO NEED TO ENSURE THOSE RESOURCES ARE SECURED.

AND WE CERTAINLY, UM, WE HAVE NOW GOT, UH, ONSITE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES, UH, AT BOTH OF THE SHELTERS, BUT, UH, MUCH UNDERSCORE HOW CRITICAL THAT IS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIRST WEEKS AFTER WE LOCATION, WHERE IT IS A GOOD THING, PEOPLE ARE EXCITED, BUT THAT TRANSITION CAN ALSO BE DIFFICULT.

AND WE CAN SEE PEOPLE STRUGGLING, UM, WITH, UH, WITH SOME OF THEIR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, UH, CHALLENGES, UH, BOTH BECAUSE, UH, THEY'RE DEALING WITH A NEW CHALLENGE OF TRANSITIONING INTO A NEW SPACE.

AND BECAUSE FRANKLY THEY ARE SAFE ENOUGH TO COME OUT OF SURVIVAL MODE, UH, AND, AND BEGIN, UH, GRAPPLING WITH SOME OF THOSE ISSUES AND ARE READY TO DO SO.

UH, AND THEN AGAIN, UH, JUST TO, I THINK, UH, TO EMPHASIZE THAT WE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE REALLY COMMITTED TO SEEING, UH, THE PROCESS OF RELOCATION, SHELTER AND REHOUSING RESULTING IN HIGH RATES OF PERMANENT HOUSING.

AND SO WE'LL BE, UH, TRACKING THOSE ATTRITION RATES, UH, ACROSS THE, UM, TH THE EXPERIENCE OF, OF INDIVIDUALS COMING INTO THE INITIATIVE, UH, TO ENSURE WE'RE COURSE CORRECTING, UM, ANYTIME THAT WE CAN.

SO NEXT STEPS REALLY INCLUDE US, UH, AS WE ARE NOW WORKING ON THE PRIORITIZATION THAT WOULD HELP US IDENTIFY UPCOMING ENCAMPMENTS, UH, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH, UH, MULTIPLE CITY DEPARTMENTS.

WE OF COURSE, WILL NEED TO, UM, TURN FOR CONTRACTING FOR SERVICES FOR PHASE TWO, UH, AND ARE WORKING ON THAT.

AND I BELIEVE THAT WILL BE A COMBINATION OF AN EXTENSION OF EXISTING CONTRACTS AND NEW SOLICITATION.

AND THEN, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN, UM, OPERATING THIS, UH, THIS INITIATIVE WITH, UH, TEMPORARY STAFF, UH, WITHIN HSD AND, UM, STAFF WHO ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY DEDICATED TO THE HEAL INITIATIVE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OVERALL, BOTH OF WHICH, UH, ARE, ARE REALLY MORE THAN FULL-TIME JOBS.

SO, YOU KNOW, KUDOS TO THE STAFF THAT WE, THAT HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH US, BUT WE WILL BE, UH, WE, AND WE EXPECT TO BE POSTING FULL-TIME POSITIONS AS PERMANENT POSITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY COUNCIL, UH, WITHIN THE NEXT WEEKS WITH THAT, I WILL PAUSE AND TAKE QUESTIONS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

THIS IS REALLY SUPER WORK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UH, YES.

LET ME JUST SAY, UH, DIANA, UH, YOU AND CHARLES AND GREG AND YOUR WHOLE TEAM, UM, HAVE JUST DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB AND IT IS, UH, VERY MUCH APPRECIATED AND NOTICED.

AND SO I WANT TO SAY THAT I KNOW IT HASN'T BEEN EASY, AS YOU SAID, YOU MENTIONED

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THE CHALLENGES, UH, BUT YOU GUYS HAVE STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AT EVERY, AT EVERY STAGE.

AND WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED IS FABULOUS.

UM, I AM ALSO VERY, UM, I HAVE A TON OF QUESTIONS, BUT I'M JUST GONNA ASK A FEW SPECIFIC ONES RIGHT NOW SO THAT MY COLLEAGUES CAN ASK QUESTIONS TOO.

UM, I WANT TO FOCUS IN ON A COUPLE OF THINGS.

I THINK THAT WHAT WE'VE SEEN SO FAR SHOWS THE, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS APPROACH, UM, IN TERMS OF PEOPLE ACCEPTING.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THAT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE HAD INITIALLY, THAT PEOPLE WOULDN'T ACCEPT, UM, GOING TO A LOCATION.

THIS IS A HUGE, I THINK YOU SAID IT WAS 95% OR SOMETHING VERY, VERY HIGH IN TERMS OF PEOPLE ACCEPTING IT.

UM, AND SO THAT'S, THAT IS FABULOUS.

I THINK THAT, UM, I'M VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE ATTENTION, UH, TO ANALYZE IN EVERY STAGE.

AND SO, UM, ANALYZING THE ATTRITION RATE IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO TELL US, UH, WHAT WE NEED TO ADD OR THINK ABOUT FOR THAT STAGE OF GOING FROM TEMPORARY SHELTER TO PERMANENT HOUSING.

SO I HAVE A QUESTION AROUND THAT.

UM, I KNOW THAT YOU, UM, YOU PROVIDED SOME PRELIMINARY INFORMATION, WHICH IS VERY HELPFUL.

I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY THAT YOU'RE WORKING ON GETTING A BREAKDOWN OF THOSE, UH, FOLKS THAT, UH, EITHER THAT INVOLVE THE INVOLUNTARY EXITS.

UM, DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA ON WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE THAT BREAKOUT RIGHT DOWN AND UNRELATED TO THAT, IS, IS THAT, TO WHAT EXTENT IS THAT INFORMATION CAPTURED IS THAT DATA CAPTURED WHEN SOMEBODY LEAVES.

SO IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO THAT, IT IS CAPTURED COUNCIL MEMBER IN QUEUE.

UM, AND SO I THINK THAT WE CAN, WE CAN PROVIDE THAT FOR YOU.

UH, YOU KNOW, I WOULD SAY WITHIN THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR DAYS, UM, UH, WE WILL, UH, AND YES, I THINK WE WANT TO LOOK AT KIND OF HOW WE CATEGORIZE IT, BECAUSE THERE ARE EXITS THAT ARE, UM, THAT ARE NEUTRAL, YOU KNOW, OR THAT POP, SOME ARE POSITIVE.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE WOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, HAVE HAD ONE, UM, INDIVIDUAL EXITED REUNITE WITH FAMILY.

SO WE DIDN'T END UP SERVING THEM THROUGH RAPID REHOUSING, BUT THEY ARE BACK IN PERMANENT HOUSING, RIGHT? THE POSITIVE EXIT.

WE'VE HAD INDIVIDUALS EXIT TO GO TO HOSPITAL, WHICH, UM, AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, HAD INTERACTION WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND, UM, ARE GOING TO SPEND SOME TIME INCARCERATED.

AND SO WHILE THOSE ARE NOT POSITIVE THINGS, THEY ARE NOT EXITS THAT ARE RELATED TO BEHAVIOR, YOU KNOW, WITHIN THE SHELTER, UM, OR THE INDIVIDUAL ELECTING TO NOT WANT NO LONGER PARTICIPATE.

SO WE WILL PARSE THAT IN A WAY THAT'S MEANINGFUL FOR YOU.

UH, AND, UM, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

OKAY.

TWO OTHER QUICK DATA QUESTIONS, AND THEN I'LL, UH, TURN TO OTHERS.

SO IN TERMS OF THE DATA THAT'S, UM, THAT'S AVAILABLE.

SO IF SOMEONE EXITS TO THE HOSPITAL, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE WE, DO WE HAVE A MECHANISM FOR OUR SOCIAL WORKER WHO IS FOLLOWING THAT INDIVIDUAL THAT THEN KNOWS WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM AFTER THEY ARE DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL? YES, WE WOULD.

WE WOULD TYPICALLY STAFF WAS EITHER AT THE SHELTER OR WITH THREE RAPPER HOUSING WOULD, UM, WOULD STAY IN TOUCH WITH THAT PERSON.

AND ASSUMING IT IS A SHORT, YOU KNOW, UH, OR A SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM STAY, WE WOULD HOLD THE ROOF FOR THEM.

WE CERTAINLY WANT THEM TO COME BACK.

AND SO I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO, I SEE THAT BOTH GREG AND MACARTHUR MCCORMICK AND CHARLES ARE ON THE LINE.

AND SO WITHOUT, OF COURSE GIVING ANY PERSONAL DETAILS, THEY MAY HAVE FEEDBACK AS TO WHAT THAT HAS LOOKED LIKE IN TERMS OF OUR EXPERIENCE TO DATE GREG OR CHARLES, DO YOU WANT TO GET SOME CONTEXT? SURE.

I CAN.

UM, AND WE DO HAVE THAT DATA, SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IT TO ALL THE DINOSAURS VERY SOON.

UM, YOU KNOW, A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS, UH, DID GET ARRESTED FOR WARRANTS THAT WERE OUTSTANDING.

UM, BUT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT GO TO THE HOSPITAL, WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH AND HOLD A ROOM FOR, UH, WE WANT TO GET THEM BACK AND GET THEM ENGAGED IN HOUSING.

AND IT'S SOMETHING MAYBE TO KEEP IN MIND IS THESE INDIVIDUALS, UM, OR INDIVIDUALS THAT WE SOUGHT OUT, UH, THROUGH THESE TABLETS TO BRING INTO BRIDGE SHELTER.

AND SO THIS WAS REALLY KIND OF AN ABRUPT CHANGE IN THEIR LIFE.

I THINK THAT WE SHOULD, WE CAN REALLY FOCUS MORE ON SOME OF THE WRAPAROUND SERVICES AND ACCLIMATING THEM, WHO BRIDGE SHELTER AS A FIRST STEP OF GETTING READY TO GO INTO HOUSING.

THIS IS REALLY KIND OF A MICROCOSM OF WHERE WE CAN LEARN THINGS ABOUT HEALTH NEEDS, INDIVIDUALS NEED, UH, TO

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WORK WITH, GET HEALTHIER, GET READY TO GO INTO HOUSING SO THAT THEY'RE SUCCESSFUL ONCE THEY DO AND TO GO OUT AND GO IN THE HOUSE.

I THINK IT'S A REALLY GOOD FIRST STEP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THEN LAST, LAST QUESTION ARE THE, THE DATA FROM ECHO, DOES THAT DATA HAVE BREAKDOWNS BY SHELTERED VERSUS UNSHELTERED FOR THE KINDS OF DEMOGRAPHICS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT THE DAY THAT WE SHOWED WAS OVERALL DATA, BUT THERE SHOULD BE SOME, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE DATA POINTS BY SHELTERED AND UNSHELTERED.

SO WE'LL WORK WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES GOING FORWARD.

UM, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE CRITICAL BECAUSE THE, THE, THE OVERALL POPULATION, YOU KNOW, UNDERSTANDING THAT DEMOGRAPHIC OF COURSE IS KEY, BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION HERE.

UH, AND SO WE WILL WE'LL WORK AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

I THINK TO DEVELOP REPORTS, UM, THAT LOOK AT WHO WE ARE DRAWING INTO THE INITIATIVE, UM, AS COMPARED TO WHAT WE UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE OVERALL UNSHELTERED POPULATION, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT NOT EVERYONE, UM, WHO IS UNSHELTERED IS IN H M I S AND WILL BE, YOU KNOW, PART OF, OF ECHO'S DATABASE.

OKAY.

I WILL PASS THE, PASS THIS ON TO OTHERS.

LIKE I SAID, I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS, BUT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES, WE'RE ALL VERY INVOLVED AND SUPPORTIVE OF PASSING HEAL, AND THEY'RE INTERESTED ALSO IN UNDERSTANDING, UH, WHAT WE'RE LEARNING SO FAR.

I DO WANT TO SAY AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

I CAN SEE THAT THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN A VERY SYSTEMATIC, CAREFUL WAY, IN A WAY IN WHICH WE ARE LEARNING FROM, WHICH WAS THE POINT OF STARTING WITH FOUR LOCATIONS AS A PILOT AND LEARNING FROM IT.

I THINK WE HAVE MUCH, MUCH TO LEARN FROM HOW THIS KIND OF APPROACH CAN CONTRIBUTE TO A LONGTERM AND STABLE HOUSING FOR INDIVIDUALS.

AND SO, UM, I REALLY APPRECIATE ELLIS EFFORTS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL BENDER.

UM, MS. GRAY, I KNOW YOU SAID YOU WOULD SUPPLY US WITH THAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, AND I ASSUME YOU MEANT THE, THE ENTIRE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

YES.

SUPER.

THANK YOU.

UM, YES, VICE CHAIR.

FONTAS THANK YOU.

UM, AND TO ECHO COSTUMER KITCHEN, I WANT TO THANK STAFF AND CONTROVERT KITCHEN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND BRINGING FORWARD THE HILL INITIATIVE.

IT'S WONDERFUL TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEAR UNIVERSAL ACCEPTANCE RATE THAT WE HAVE AND TO TRANSITIONING INTO OUR BRIDGE SHELTERS.

AND SO THAT'S WONDERFUL NEWS, AND I AM THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

MY FIRST QUESTION IS ON THE, UM, THE NORTH BRIDGE SHELTER, WOULD YOU MIND SHARING WHAT OUR CAPACITY RATE IS AT THAT SHELTER? SO I'M GONNA, I'M GONNA SPEAK A LITTLE BIT IN THAT L LET GREG CORRECT ME IF I GIVE YOU THE WRONG, UM, TOTAL NUMBER.

SO THE NORFORD SHELTER, UM, IS A CENTER HOTEL OF COURSE, WITH 75 ROOMS. AND SO, UM, NOT ALL OF THOSE WILL, EVEN AT FULL CAPACITY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS BECAUSE WE USE SOME OF THEM FOR STAFF OFFICES, FOR THE SERVICE PROVIDERS, ET CETERA.

UH, RIGHT NOW, HOWEVER, I BELIEVE WE HAVE OF 64 ROOMS OR 55 ISH OCCUPIED, GREG WILL PIPE UP AND ME HERE, WE DO HAVE SEVERAL ROOMS THAT ARE OFFLINE FOR REPAIRS, UH, POST, UM, DEMOBILIZATION AS A PRO LODGE.

AND PART OF THAT IS THAT WE, UM, HAVE PLANS AND STILL, AND, AND ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO REPLACE THE FLOORING, UH, IN A NUMBER OF ROOMS. AND SO, UH, FACILITIES IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, UH, UH, AND WE CAN GET YOU AN UPDATED, UH, TIMELINE ON THAT, BUT WE DID HAVE SOME ROOMS THAT WERE NOT OCCUPIABLE, UM, BECAUSE THEY WERE IN THE PROCESS OF, OF HAVING SOME WORK DONE.

GOTCHA.

SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS OUR VACANCY RATE RIGHT NOW BETWEEN BOTH OF THE BRIDGE SHELTERS? UH, WE, WE REALLY, UM, SLOWS FOLKS IN, UM, TO MAKE THE SITE SITE FOR HAPPEN.

SO I DON'T, YOU KNOW, GREG, DO YOU HAVE FEEDBACK ON THAT? YEAH, SURE.

SO WHEN WE WERE MOVING FOLKS INTO NORTH BRIDGE, UM, CHARLES AND I WERE ON THE GROUND, LITERALLY COUNTING PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DIDN'T SEND MORE PEOPLE TO NORTHRIDGE AND THE ROOMS WERE AVAILABLE.

SO, UH, BY THE TIME WE WERE DONE WITH THE FOURTH ENCAMPMENT, WE WERE 99% FULL AT BOTH SOUTHBRIDGE AND NORTHRIDGE WITH AVAILABLE ROOM.

YEAH, YOU DO BRING UP, I THINK, AN IMPORTANT POINT THOUGH, COUNCIL MEMBER THAT, UM, I, I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE, UM, BROUGHT FORWARD, WHICH IS THAT ONE OF THE, I THINK, YOU KNOW, POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES ARE, IT WAS TRADE OFF OF THIS APPROACH

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IS THAT IT DOES REQUIRE US TO HOLD ROOMS EMPTY.

RIGHT? SO IF WE ARE PUTTING PEOPLE AT AN ENCAMPMENT AND WE INTEND TO, YOU KNOW, WE REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT MOVING PEOPLE ALL AT ONCE OVER THE COURSE OF ONE TO TWO DAYS IS CRITICAL.

I MOVE AS A SOCIAL GROUP.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THE MOMENTUM REALLY HELPS THE PROCESS ALONG, BUT THAT, THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT MANY ROOMS OPEN.

UH, AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHAT THAT RHYTHM WILL LOOK LIKE AS WE, YOU KNOW, AS PEOPLE BEGIN TO BE REHOUSED, ET CETERA.

UM, MY HOPE IS THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE APPROACH AND, UM, THE ABILITY TO MOVE PEOPLE INTO PERMANENT HOUSING PRETTY QUICKLY, UH, AS THEY COME TO, YOU KNOW, UH, SERVICE PROVIDER, READY FOR, TO ENROLL THEM, UH, WE'LL MAKE THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, STILL A NET POSITIVE FOR US, BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL BE SEEING, UH, IS, IS HAVING TO HOLD SOME BLOCKS OF ROOM.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THAT'S SUPER HELPFUL BECAUSE THAT WAS KIND OF WHAT I WAS GETTING AT WAS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF HEAL, HOW QUICKLY CAN WE SCALE THE VAL, THE VOLUME OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE ABLE TO MOVE INTO SHELTER.

SO HAVING A SENSE OF WHAT IS OUR CAPACITY AND OPEN ROOM RATE, UM, UM, I WAS TRYING TO GET A BETTER SENSE OF, OF, UM, I, YOU KNOW, VERY CLEARLY THIS HILL INITIATIVE IS EFFECTIVE AND IT'S WORKING AND IT'S CERTAINLY NEEDED TO MEET THE SCALE OF THE CRISIS THAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW.

AND I JUST WOULD LIKE TO VOCALIZE AND MY SUPPORT FOR US MOVING FORWARD WITH PHASE TWO, AND TO LOOK AT HOW CAN WE INCREASE THE VOLUME, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE INVESTMENT THAT WE'VE MADE DURING THE BUDGET PROCESS, IN, UH, OUR HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY OFFICE AND HAVING, UM, YOU KNOW, MORE STAFF SUPPORT SO THAT WE'RE ABLE TO, UH, QUICKLY MOBILIZE.

UM, I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE BEEN SO WONDERFUL AND WORKING WITH MY OFFICE AND WORKING WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AT COLON LANE FOR THE ENCAMPMENT THAT WE HAVE IN DISTRICT TWO, THAT, UM, AS WE KNOW, HAS CONSIDERABLE, UH, SAFETY CONCERNS GIVEN THE PROXIMITY TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD THERE.

AND SO I REALLY WOULD LIKE, AGAIN, TO SAY, I WOULD HOPE THAT COLUMN LANG WOULD BE AN ENCAMPMENT THAT WE HAVE CONSIDERED IN THE NEXT PHASE OF HILL AS PART OF PHASE TWO.

AND SO ANY, UM, INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN SHARE ABOUT WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE, OR WHAT MORE IS NEEDED FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT SECOND PHASE? UH, I WOULD SUPER APPRECIATE, SO MY INTENT IS TO BRING TO THIS COMMITTEE AT OUR NEXT MEETING, OUR PROPOSED, UM, I ORGANIZATION, UM, UH, METHOD.

AND SO, AND ALSO I THINK, UM, A BIT ABOUT HOW WE WOULD FEED KNOWLEDGE ABOUT ENCAMPMENTS IN, INTO THAT PRIORITIZATION PROCESS.

SO MOST ENCAMPMENTS, UM, UH, HAD AT LEAST ONE CITY DEPARTMENT WHO IS ENGAGED WITH THEM IN, IN A SUBSTANTIAL WAY, WHETHER THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE ON PARK PROPERTY OR THEY MIGHT BE IN THE WATERSHED, OR BECAUSE HOST HAS BEEN ENGAGED THERE.

AND, AND, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HEARD FROM OUR APD PARTNERS THAT THERE ARE CONCERNS.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY LOOKING ON AT HOW WE CAN EFFECTIVELY ACROSS DEPARTMENTS SYNTHESIZE THAT INFORMATION, UH, AND THEN BE CLEAR ABOUT, UH, WHY, YOU KNOW, WHICH SITES WE WOULD BE PRIORITIZING FOR THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

UM, AND, UM, AND WHY.

AND SO, UH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRIEFING YOU ON, UM, ON THAT THE NEXT MEETING, UH, CHARLES LOOSEN AND, UH, DR.

MARRIOTT LANAI GROW ON OUR STAFF, WHO IS A FUSE FELLOW, UM, ARE, ARE WORKING WITH, UH, ACROSS CITY DEPARTMENTS TO BOTH FIGURE OUT HOW WE DO THIS IN THE SHORT TERM FOR OUR VERY NEXT ENCAMPMENTS.

AND THEN EVEN LOOKING AT, UM, IN THE LONGER TERM, HOW WE CAN UTILIZE TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS TO MAKE THAT WORK MORE EFFICIENT, UH, AND THE INFORMATION SHARED ACROSS, UH, ACROSS OUR PARTNERS.

AND CHARLES, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD THERE? I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD.

THAT'S A GREAT SUMMARY.

THANK YOU, DIANA.

THANK YOU, CHARLES.

GOOD DEAL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT NEXT UPDATE THAT WE HAVE, AND TALKING ABOUT THE PRIORITIZATION MATRIX FOR THE HILL INITIATIVE.

AGAIN, JUST WANT TO THANK COUNSEL FOR KITCHEN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND BRINGING FORWARD THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

IT IS EFFECTIVE.

WE DON'T KNOW THAT HAS YOU UNIVERSAL ACCEPTANCE RATE FOR HELPING US MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR UNHOUSED NEIGHBORS.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT OUR CITY STAFF IS DOING TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

IT LOOKED AS IF YOU HAD SOME QUESTIONS AND WE PROBABLY WILL NEED TO WRAP UP, UH, NO LATER THAN 1115, JUST SO WE HAVE TIME FOR THAT SECOND PRESENTATION.

AND I'VE TRIED TO KEEP MY COMMENTS BRIEF QUESTIONS ALSO WANT TO REALLY THINK, UH, UH, UH, UH, THIS GROUP, UH, DIANA

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GREG, UH, CHARLES JUST DOES REALLY GOOD WORK WITH, UH, HE'LL.

I THINK THAT THIS IS THE KIND OF VISIBLE PROGRESS THAT COMMUNITY, UH, WANTED TO AND NEEDS TO SEE, UH, IT BEING DONE IN A WAY THAT IS ACTUALLY GETTING PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS AND OUT OF TENTS, BUT IN HOUSING OR ON A TRACK TO HOUSING, UH, WITH THE HOPE THAT THEY DON'T RETURN BACK TO, UH, THE TENTS.

UH, SO IT IS THE, EXACTLY THE KIND OF WORK, UH, THAT WE NEED TO DO.

UM, AND WE NEED TO SCALE IT.

UH, ALSO WANT TO ADD MY THANKS COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN FOR, FOR, UH, OFFERING THE ORIGINAL HEAL RESOLUTION.

AND, UH, I BASICALLY HAD TWO QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST ONE WAS, HOW DO WE SCALE THIS? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE, UH, THE, THE TEAMS AND THE STAFFING AND THE SPACES, UH, TO BE ABLE TO, UH, GET MORE PEOPLE, UH, OUT OF TENTS, UH, WHEREVER THOSE TENTS MIGHT BE SOUND LIKE, UH, I HAD A YEAR AGO TO ADDRESS THAT AT THE NEXT, UH, BRIEFING WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT, UH, PRIORITIES, UH, AND, AND SPAN.

BUT I ASSUME THAT PART OF THE ARPA DOLLARS THAT WE PUT TOWARD THIS GOES TO THIS KIND OF WORK.

THE SECOND QUESTION I HAVE IS HOW DOES THIS HEAL WORK RELATE TO THE, THE, THE GOAL THAT THE COMMUNITY IS SET TO HOUSE 3000 PEOPLE IN, IN THREE YEARS? IS THIS PART OF THAT, OF THAT SYSTEM, UH, THAT, UH, YOU SPOKE ABOUT, UH, SETTING UP, UH, EARLIER ABSOLUTELY MAYOR.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, THE IN FACT, UH, PART OF THE SUMMIT, UH, UH, GOALS NOT ONLY SPOKE TO REHOUSING THREE, AN ADDITIONAL 3000 PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, BUT DID SPEAK TO AN EXPLICIT ENCAMPMENT STRATEGY.

UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, A VERY SIMILAR TO HEAL IN TERMS OF GOING OUT AND REHOUSING PEOPLE FROM ENCAMPMENTS.

AND SO OF THE 3000 INDIVIDUALS THAT, UH, ARE SORT OF OUR MINIMUM GOAL OVER THOSE THREE YEARS, UH, WE TALKED ABOUT, ABOUT 2000 OF