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OKAY.

WE NOW HAVE A QUORUM AGAIN BY COUNCIL MEMBER AND I'LL BE CHAIRING TODAY'S MEETING.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

WE'RE ALL ADJUSTING TO BEING BACK IN PERSON AND REALLY DELIGHTED TO BE HERE IN PERSON WITH MANY OF YOU TODAY.

UM, SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, ALL IT CAN BE IN THIS MEETING AT 1142.

AND WE'RE GOING TO START WITH SOME INTRODUCTIONS.

WE'VE HAD SOME CHANGE IN PERSONNEL ON THE COMMITTEE SINCE, SINCE THE LAST MEETING.

AND SO WHY DON'T WE BEGIN WITH THIS PART OF THE DIOCESE COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

I'M COUNCIL MEMBER, ALISON ALTER.

I REPRESENT DISTRICT 10 CENTRAL NORTHWEST AUSTIN.

AND I'M CONTINUING ON THIS COMMITTEE.

THANK YOU.

UM, MY NAME IS JEFF TREVELYAN.

I'M A TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER FOR PRECINCT ONE, CONTINUING THE SUCK I'M COUNCIL MEMBER.

KATHY TOVO HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS COMMITTEE SINCE, BEFORE I SERVED ON COUNCIL THAT HAVE SERVED ON THIS COUNTY, ON THIS PARTICULAR COMMITTEE FOR A LONG TIME, TORONTO, THAT IES I SERVE AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES PUSH REQUEST.

YEAH.

UM, ACTUALLY, UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION BECAUSE I'M SURE IT'LL POP UP AGAIN, UH, TO TURN ON YOUR MIC HIT THE, HIT THE BUTTON THAT SAYS MIKE ON THE REQUEST.

NO, NOT THE REQUEST TO SPEAK.

AND THEN WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED SPEAKING, IF YOU JUST HIT THE MIC OFF, I GUESS IT DOESN'T LIGHT UP TO LET US KNOW IF IT'S ON AT ANY RATE.

MY NAME IS BRIDGET SHEA.

I'M A COUNTY COMMISSIONER FROM PRECINCT TWO, WHICH IS THE MOST URBAN OF ALL THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PRECINCT.

AND I HAVE BEEN SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE, I THINK FROM THE BEGINNING, SINCE I TOOK OFFICE IN 2015.

HI, AND MY NAME IS NOLITA LUGO.

I'M ONE OF THE, UH, TWO AT-LARGE AISD TRUSTEES, PLACE EIGHT SUPER THANK YOU.

UM, AND COLLEAGUES, IF YOU WANT TO SEE, YOU CAN ALSO SWITCH BACK AND FORTH.

WELL, I THINK YOU, YOU DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM, BUT IN ANY CASE, IF YOU WANT TO SEE THOSE, UH, THE IMAGES OF THE STAFF WHO ARE ATTENDING VIRTUALLY ON YOUR SCREEN, YOU CAN HIT THE BUTTON THAT SAYS ROOM, AND THEN IT WILL APPEAR ON YOUR DESKTOP, RIGHT? AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE THEIR FACES POP UP ON YOUR COMPUTER.

OKAY.

SO I WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM FEBRUARY 28TH, UH, COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN MOVES APPROVAL COMMISSIONER SHAY MOVES.

UM, SECOND SET ALL IN FAVOR THAT IS UNANIMOUS ON THE DYESS.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE DO HAVE

[I. Public Comment]

SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE COME TO SPEAK TODAY.

WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN, BUT WITH CATALINA BARRY, SHE IS OUR FIRST REGISTERED SPEAKER.

AND OUR SECOND ONE IS MEGAN SURMAC.

SO WE HAVEN'T YET SEEN A CATALINA BARRY IF SHE BECOMES AVAILABLE, WE'LL, WE'LL CALL HER UP WHEN SHE GETS HERE.

UM, SO MEGAN, WE'LL BEGIN WITH YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND OUR NEXT SPEAKER AND LAST SPEAKER FOR TODAY WILL BE REBEL ALVAREZ.

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE SURE CAN WELCOME.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS MEGAN SURMAC AND I'M SPEAKING TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE CENTRAL HEALTH EQUITY POLICY COUNCIL, THE PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE.

UM, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'M GOING TO STICK TO MY NOTES.

SO I DON'T GO OVER MY THREE MINUTES.

UH, THE CENTRAL HEALTH EQUITY POLICY COUNCIL IS AN 80 MEMBER COALITION WITH A LONG HISTORY OF POLICY CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

INCLUDES ORDINANCES, REGULATING THE SALE AND USE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES WORKING WITH LOW-INCOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ENACT RECESS POLICIES AND WORKING WITH OUR FQHC SYSTEM TO IMPLEMENT ROUTINE HIV SCREENING IN 2020, THE CHIP COUNCIL PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE FORMED TO IDENTIFY POLICY SOLUTIONS IN REGARDS TO A MORE EQUITABLE DISASTER RESPONSE.

THIS WORK TOOK EIGHT MONTHS OF RESEARCH AND INTERVIEWS, PEOPLE WORKING ON THE FRONT, SERVING OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

WHAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED ARE THREE AREAS OF IMPROVEMENTS, DISASTER PLANNING, DISASTER RESPONSE, AND A TRAUMA INFORMED RE-ENTRY AND RECOVERY.

MY COLLEAGUE RAUL ALVAREZ WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT AND HE WILL GO INTO GREATER DETAIL.

HOWEVER, THE CRUX OF OUR POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE NUMBER ONE, BRINGING A COMMUNITY INTO DISASTER PLANNING AND RESPONSE, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF A COMMUNITY ADVISORY PANEL INTO THE EOC AND THE INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE, AN URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS LANGUAGE ACCESS AND IMPROVE TRANSLATION SERVICES, INCLUDING BETTER ENGAGEMENT OF COMMUNITIES, ISOLATED DUE TO LANGUAGE, BETTER DATA COLLECTION ANALYSIS, AND SHARING.

AND FINALLY, WHAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY, CAPITALIZING ON THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE RESILIENCY HUBS AND NEIGHBORHOOD BASED APPROACH FOR

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BUILDING CAPACITY, DISASTER PLANNING AND RESPONSE EFFORTS.

WE HAVE SENT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND MET WITH CITY COUNCIL AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, AUSTIN, PUBLIC HEALTH, THE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER.

AND WE'VE CONNECTED WITH THE CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER.

WE WILL BE BRINGING OUR RECOMMENDATIONS NEXT TO THE TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S COURT.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING PARTNERSHIP AND RESOURCES TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORK.

THANK YOU.

YES.

I'D LIKE TO MENTION OR SHE'LL REQUEST.

UM, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT, UM, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON.

IT'S THE REASON I RAN IS TO BETTER PREPARE OUR COMMUNITIES FOR THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE INCREASINGLY DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF IT.

UM, DO YOU HAVE A WRITTEN RECOMMENDATION FROM YOUR BODY? AND IF SO, WOULD YOU PLEASE EMAIL IT? I DON'T KNOW THE OTHERS, BUT I'D DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS SO THAT I CAN REINFORCE WHAT I'VE BEEN URGING OUR STAFF AT THE COUNTY TO DO AND WHICH WE HAVE BEEN PUTTING NUMEROUS PIECES IN PLACE.

SO IF YOU'VE GOT ANY SPECIFIC ASKS RECOMMENDATIONS, ET CETERA, PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME.

I'M ASSUMING THE WHOLE GROUP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I'D LIKE TO SEE RECOMMENDATIONS TOO.

MAYBE THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, YES, COMMISSIONER, TREVELYAN ALSO REQUESTED.

AND SO I KNOW WE'RE ABOUT TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER SPEAKER ON THE MATTER, BUT I THINK YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF INTEREST UP HERE.

SO, UM, I KNOW I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH, WITH MEMBERS OF THE, UH, GROUP AND, UM, I'M REALLY EAGER TO CONTINUE TO PURSUE MOVING THOSE FORWARD, BUT I'M SURE THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN MY, IN THE OTHER ENTITIES WOULD BE INTERESTED TOO.

SO IF YOU, IF YOU WOULD REACH OUT TO THEM, GREAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALVAREZ, WELCOME BACK TO CITY HALL.

GOOD MORNING, RIGHT.

I THINK IT'S THE MORNING.

I'M GOOD TO SEE A FEW FAMILIAR FACES IN PERSON AND NOT JUST A SMALL SQUARE ON OUR SCREEN.

UM, BUT I WILL ALREADY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR KEN AND A MEMBER OF THE PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE.

AND FIRST OF ALL, THANK ALL THREE ENTITIES REPRESENTED HERE FOR NOT ONLY BEING CANNED PARTNERS, BUT FOUNDING CAN PARTNERS.

AND MY ROLE TODAY IS TO SUMMARIZE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDED ACTIONS IN THE MEMO FROM THE PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH YOU FIRST, IN TERMS OF A DISASTER PLANNING, WE ASK THAT WE INITIATE A PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING AND VALIDATING FUTURE DISASTER STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES WITH MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT FROM PEOPLE OF COLOR AND HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED GROUPS, ALSO ASSET EQUITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH BE INCORPORATED INCORPORATED INTO THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN, WHICH IT CURRENTLY IS NOT.

AND ALSO THE COMMITTEE ASKED THAT WE UPDATE THE HAZARD RISK INDEX TO PRIORITIZE DISASTERS THAT WOULD DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

AND ALSO WE ASK, UH, THE COMMITTEE ASKED THAT WE LOOK TO DEVELOP LOCALIZED DISASTER PLANS WITH STAKEHOLDERS LIVING IN NEIGHBORHOODS MOST AT RISK IN TERMS OF DISASTER RESPONSE.

THERE'S FEW ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS THAT WE IMPROVED DATA COLLECTION TO MORE QUICKLY IDENTIFY COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED.

WE MIGHT CONSIDER A COMMON INTAKE FORM THAT COLLECTS AND REPORTS, UNIFORM DEMOGRAPHIC DATA, REGARDLESS OF, YOU KNOW, THE PROGRAM BEING ACCESSED.

WE ALSO ASK THAT AN EMPHASIS BE PLACED ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO DISASTER RESPONSE INFORMATION FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS HERE, YOU MIGHT CONSIDER AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE WEBPAGE KIND OF ONE FOR EACH LANGUAGE WHERE PEOPLE WHO SPEAK THAT LANGUAGE CAN FIND ALERTS IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.

AND WE ALSO SUGGEST THAT YOU MAKE USE OF A RELIABLE DATA SUCH AS FROM THE SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX, THE CITY DEMOGRAPHER, AND 2, 1, 1 TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF THE HIGHEST NEED.

THE 2, 1, 1 CALLED TRENDS.

DATA HAS BEEN SUPER USEFUL, BUT IT'S BEEN SHARED ON AN AD HOC BASIS.

SO ACCESS TO THE DATA SHOULD BE FORMALIZED.

AND FINALLY, REGARDING POST DISASTER COMMUNITY HEALING AND RECOVERY, UH, THE COMMITTEE SUGGESTS THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY WIDE PLANS TO S TO DO TWO THINGS, ONE SUPPORT, COMMUNITY HEALING AND MENTAL HEALTH, AND ALSO TO ADDRESS DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE, THESE CRITICAL ISSUES THAT BECOME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IN THE WAKE OF THE PANDEMIC.

WE SEE THIS AS REALLY IMPORTANT WORK, A BLUEPRINT THAT WILL TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO ACHIEVE, BUT WE HOPE TO WORK WITH YOU ON THIS UNTIL EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY FEELS RESPECTED AND CARED FOR IN TIMES OF CRISIS.

RESTORING THE TRUST IN OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE APPARATUS IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE AND WE STAND READY TO HELP.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND HAVE A GREAT DAY AND A GREAT WEEKEND.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COMMISSIONER, JUST A QUICK QUESTION.

I KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TRUST, WHICH IS A BROAD COALITION, WHOSE GOAL IS TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY THE MOST EQUITABLE, EQUITABLE COMMUNITY IN THE COUNTRY.

THEY'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF, UH, WORK GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT HOW, UH, VARIOUS GROUPS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND INDIVIDUALS RESPONDED PARTICULARLY TO WINTER STORM URI.

ARE THEY A PART

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OF THIS 80 PERSON GROUP JANICE? I MEAN, A FEW OF US ARE PART OF CRT AND ALSO PART OF THE PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE, BUT, UH, EACH GROUP KIND OF HAS TAKEN ON A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH.

SO TELL ME THE NAME OF YOUR GROUP AGAIN, THAT'S MAKING THE, WHEREAS WE'RE A COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL HEALTH EQUITY POLICY COUNCIL.

SO THE COUNCIL CREATED A PANDEMIC EQUITY COMMITTEE.

AND SO THAT'S WHO THIS, YOU KNOW, 10 OR 12 INDIVIDUALS WHO SPENT, YOU KNOW, NINE MONTHS OR SO, UH, JUST TALKING TO A LOT OF FOLKS WHO WERE INVOLVED WITH THE RESPONSE TO TRY TO IDENTIFY SOME, SOME ACTIONS THAT WE COULD TAKE IN THE SHORT-TERM MID-TERM AND LONG-TERM RIGHT TO IMPROVE OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE GOING FORWARD.

SO IT'S REALLY TWO GROUPS SUB COMMITTEE, THE CENTRAL HEALTH SEXUAL HEALTH EQUITY POLICY COUNCIL.

YES.

AND THEN ALSO THE PANDEMIC EQUITY.

THAT'S THE COMMITTEE OF THE EQUITY POLICY COUNCIL.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

BUT, UM, BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

APPRECIATE IT.

GOOD TO SEE, GOOD TO BE IN PERSON HERE SOMEWHERE.

AND, UH, UH, LIKE I SAID, WE'RE, WE'RE READY TO HELP.

IT'S NOT, THIS IS NOT A KIND OF, UM, FINGER FINGER-POINTING EXERCISE.

IT'S A, WE REALLY WANT TO HELP KIND OF MAKE THE SYSTEMS AND IMPROVE THE SYSTEMS. UM, AND, AND AGAIN, WE STAND READY TO HELP.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

AND, AND AGAIN, FOR FOLLOWING UP WITH THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND THE CITY COUNCIL.

SO I BROUGHT FORWARD A RESOLUTION AFTER THE STORM THAT COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR SUPPORTED, UH, WAS A CO-SPONSOR ON AS WELL.

AND WE HAD SEVERAL OTHERS AND IT, IT ASKED FOR AN ADDITION TO THE CITY MANAGERS AFTER ACTION REPORT, THAT THERE BE A SEPARATE AUDIT THAT OUR CITY AUDITOR DO AS WELL AS A COMMUNITY TASK FORCE TO GATHER INPUT FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT THE WINTER STORM AND WHAT WENT RIGHT.

WHAT, WHERE ARE THE AREAS WHERE WE CAN IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY TASKFORCE HAS COMPLETED ITS WORK AND HAS A REPORT.

SO IF THERE'S INTEREST ALAS THAT THAT BE DISTRIBUTED TO OUR, OUR COMMISSION AS WELL, I WOULD SAY THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST.

WE'VE PURSUED A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES AT THE COUNTY AS WELL.

AND THIS MAY BE, UH, A KIND OF AN EXAMPLE FOR US OF WHERE IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO SHARE, UM, RESOLUTIONS FOR ACTION THAT WE'VE DIRECTED OUR INDIVIDUAL BODIES TO DO.

CAUSE I WAS NOT AWARE THAT YOU ALL HAD DONE THIS.

UM, AND LIKE I SAID, I I'M ON THE EMERGENCY SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE AT THE COUNTY.

WE'VE BEEN, UH, PURSUING A MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE AND HAVE IN FACT, JUST, UH, BOTH PASSED A RESOLUTION AND HIRED STAFF TO, TO BEGIN THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH PHASE OF OUR CLIMATE ACTION PLAN.

SO I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A COPY OF THAT DOCUMENT THAT YOU ALL BROUGHT.

AND, UM, I'M HAPPY TO HAVE MY STAFF SHARE WITH YOU THE INITIATIVES THAT WE BROUGHT THE WELL.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO I'M MAKING A NOTE TO GET YOU ALL COPIES OF THE WINTER STORM RESOLUTION, AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY TASK FORCE REPORT AND AS A RELATED, BUT SEPARATE RESOLUTION, UM, THAT I HAD BROUGHT FORWARD.

I, AGAIN, I THINK WITH COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR, UH, AS CO-SPONSOR, IT WAS TO CREATE, TO WORK WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CREATE RESILIENCE HUBS.

AND THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF OUR NEXT PRESENTATION.

AND I KNOW WE HAVE A HARD STOP AND THERE PROBABLY WILL BE LOTS OF INTEREST IN IT.

SO THANK YOU.

UM, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET'S INVITE OUR SPEAKERS UP.

WE HAVE,

[III. Receive an update on Resolution No. 20210408-028]

UM, ZACH BOOMER FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE, AS WELL AS MATEA, SEGRETA FROM AISD TO PRESENT ON THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING.

AND YOU'RE WELCOME TO SIT AT THE TABLE IF THAT'S MORE COMFORTABLE OR ONE OF YOU THERE.

AND ONE OF YOU AT THE PODIUM, WHATEVER, WHATEVER MAKES THE BEST SENSE, WE CAN HEAR YOU EITHER WAY, UM, WHILE THEY'RE GETTING SETTLED.

IF I JUST WANT TO DO, UM, FLAG THAT WE WILL BE ADOPTING OUR AUSTIN CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, UM, NEXT WEEK.

SO YOU MAY WANT TO ALSO LOOK AT THAT.

AND, UM, THE, WE WILL BE GETTING A REPORT BACK FROM OUR AUDITOR RELATED TO STORM YURI SOMETIME IN OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER, AS WELL AS THE FORMAL AFTER ACTION REPORT CONSULTANT.

UM, THE CONSULTANT RE PRODUCED REPORTS SHOULD BE COMING SOME POINT IN THE NEXT MONTH OR TWO BACK AS WELL.

AND COUNCIL MEMBER, MAYBE THAT WOULD TO BE A GOOD, A GOOD THING TO HAVE THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE ON THAT, UH, THE RESOLUTION SHARED WITH THE WHOLE COUNCIL AS WELL, COLE, UH, JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE CLIMATE IMPLEMENTATION.

SURE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

SO WE HAVE ABOUT A 20 MINUTE PRESENTATION.

I'M GOING TO ASK THAT WE ALL HOLD QUESTIONS UNTIL THE END, UM, IN LIGHT OF SOME OF THE TIME CONSTRAINTS WE'RE UNDER.

AND THEN, AND THEN WE'LL HOPEFULLY HAVE ABOUT 10, 10 TO 15 MINUTES FOR QUESTIONS.

SO THANKS GROUP.

SO I'M ZACH BOMBER, A CLIMATE PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY.

I AM A SIGORA CHIEF OF OPERATIONS FOR AISD.

GREAT.

AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT RESILIENCE, HUBS, AND SOME RECENT COLLABORATION THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING BETWEEN THE CITY AND AIC.

AND,

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UM, I'M EXCITED TO BE HERE.

UH, NOT ONLY BECAUSE I CARE A LOT ABOUT THIS TOPIC, BUT I ALSO HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS THAT ATTEND AISD SCHOOLS AND I LIVE IN THE CITY AND I MEAN, I'M, I'M I'M IN ON THIS.

ALRIGHT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

SO TODAY WE'RE BRIEFLY GONNA GO OVER, UH, THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION, UH, THAT COUNCIL MEMBER TOVA WAS TALKING ABOUT JUST A MINUTE AGO, THAT IT WAS PASSED IN APRIL ABOUT RESILIENCE HUBS, AND THEN JUST KIND OF GENERALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT RESILIENCE HUBS ARE AND WHAT THEY AREN'T AND WHAT WE THINK THIS ALL MEANS TO US.

AND THEN AISD, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT KIND OF WHAT THEY'RE WORKING ON AND KIND OF THEIR PATH, UM, IN THIS TOPIC.

AND THEN WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THESE TWO THINGS FIT TOGETHER AND HOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER IN THE COMING MONTHS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, FIRST THING WHY RESILIENCE UPS, UM, AS CLIMATE PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, FIRST AND FOREMOST, CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL.

WE'VE ALREADY OBSERVED OVER ONE DEGREE OF WARMING, UM, AND WE ARE HEADED TO MORE AND MORE AND MORE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS.

UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN ALREADY EXPERIENCES EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS.

UH, AS WE KNOW, WE'VE HAD FIRES, FLOODS, DROUGHTS, EXTREME HEAT, WINTER STORM, LAST WINTER, AND THESE EVENTS, UM, ARE JUST LIKELY TO CONTINUE TO GET MORE FREQUENT AND WORSE.

YOU ADD ON TOP OF THAT THINGS LIKE THE PANDEMIC HEALTH AND SAFETY EMERGENCIES IN OUR COMMUNITY, UM, AND THEN SORT OF PILE ON THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS OF OUR WATER UTILITY AND OUR POWER UTILITY HAVING OUTAGES IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.

AND, UM, THERE ARE DISASTERS HAPPENING AROUND US.

UM, SO THESE, THESE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS HAVE REALLY HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY SPACES THAT CAN OFFER SERVICES TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AT REALLY THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND INTERPERSONAL LEVEL, UH, WHEN EXTREME EVENTS HAPPEN.

THE OTHER REAL IMPORTANT THING HERE IS THAT, UM, NOT ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE, UH, EXTREME WEATHER SHOCKS THE SAME WAY.

UM, LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN OUR CITY, UM, EXPERIENCED THESE THINGS IN A MUCH MORE DRAMATIC WAY, AND THEY'RE HARDER HIT THEIR FIRST HIT.

IT'S HARDER FOR THEM TO BOUNCE BACK.

AND SO WHEN THINKING ABOUT RESILIENCE HUBS, WE KIND OF IMMEDIATELY ARE FOCUSING OUR EFFORTS, UM, WITH EQUITY AT THE CENTER AND, UH, IN ALL OF OUR SORT OF THINKING AND PLANNING ON THIS TOPIC.

EXCELLENT.

DID YOU MISS A SLIDE MAYBE? ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THERE WAS A PAGE FIVE, BUT SO WHAT PAGE FIVE SAYS IS WHAT OUR RESILIENCE HUBS, UH, RESILIENCE HUBS.

WE, SO THERE WAS SOME BEEN SOME DON'T WORK IN THE NORTHEAST DONE ON, I THINK THE FIRST RESILIENCE HUBS THAT WE'VE SEEN OR IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND AND ABILITY DIRECTORS NETWORK HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK AROUND DEFINING RESILIENCE OVENS AND DEFINING WHAT THIS TOPIC IS.

SO AS WE'RE DEFINING RESILIENCE, HUBS, THEY ARE NETWORKS OF PHYSICAL FACILITIES.

SO IT'S NOT JUST ONE PLACE.

IT'S AN INTERCONNECTION OF MULTIPLE FACILITIES ACROSS THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEY'RE REALLY FOCUSED ON THE COMMUNITY AND GETTING THE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE.

UM, THEY ARE NOT REPLACEMENTS FOR TRADITIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

THEY'RE NOT SHELTERS, THEY'RE NOT, UM, THIS ISN'T A SOLUTION BEYOND ALL OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE WORK THAT WE DO.

ANOTHER REALLY IMPORTANT THING IS THAT DAY-TO-DAY THESE FACILITIES 98% OF THE TIME, THEY ARE PLACES WHERE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY GO THERE.

THEY CAN BE THINGS LIKE SCHOOLS, UH, HEALTH CLINICS, UM, CITY, UM, REC CENTERS, LIBRARIES, THEY'RE PLACES THAT PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH AND ATTEND ALL THE TIME.

UH, THERE WE GO.

BUT 2% OF THE TIME, UM, THEY, THE IDEA IS THAT THEY GET ACTIVATED AND HAVE RESILIENT SYSTEMS THAT GO BEYOND JUST THE TRADITIONAL FUNCTIONALITY OF A BUILDING ON A NORMAL DAY TO DAY OPERATION.

THANKS FOR FIXING THAT.

UH, SO NEXT LINE AND THE REALLY IMPORTANT THING ON, IN THE RESEARCH THAT WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT, LOOKING AT ABOUT SETTING UP RESILIENCE HUBS IS THAT IN ORDER FOR THIS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY, WE NEED THIS.

CAN'T JUST BE A CITY PROGRAM.

THIS CAN'T JUST BE A COUNTY PROGRAM.

THIS NEEDS TO BE SORT OF AN INTEGRATED AND INTERCONNECTED NETWORK OF INTERCONNECTIVITY OF STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE COMMUNITY.

AND THERE NEEDS TO BE SORT OF DIFFERENT PHASES THAT HAPPEN TO MAKE THESE SUCCESSFUL, BUT SO UPFRONT ENGAGING WITH COMMUNITIES ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED, WHERE THEY CURRENTLY GO, WHERE THEY FEEL SAFE, UM, CONNECTING IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

THE SECOND THING, WHEN WE START LOOKING AT SITES AND LOOKING AT ACTUAL FACILITIES THAT ARE ALREADY EXISTING IN THE COMMUNITY, THINKING ABOUT WHAT, WHAT IS CURRENTLY AT THOSE FACILITIES, WHAT KIND OF FUNCTIONALLY ANALOGY DO THEY HAVE NOW?

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AND THEN HOW COULD WE UPGRADE THOSE FACILITIES OR CHANGE THE FUNCTIONALITY IN THE FUTURE TO MAKE THEM MORE RESILIENT WHEN THERE'S A BLACKOUT OR WHEN THERE'S A WATER GOES OUT OR A DISASTER OCCURS, AND THEN FINALLY INCREASED EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AT THOSE FACILITIES.

SO, UM, THE NETWORK RESILIENCE HUBS CAN SORT OF ACTIVATE WHEN, UH, WHEN EXTREME WEATHER OCCURS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THE COUNCIL RESOLUTION FROM APRIL, UM, ASKED US TO LOOK INTO WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO SET UP, UM, A NETWORK OF RESILIENCE HUBS, AND LOOK AT WHAT POTENTIAL COSTS WOULD BE, UM, WHAT KIND OF THINGS WOULD GO INTO A RESILIENCE HUB.

AND SO THE LIST OF THINGS ON THE SCREEN HERE SCREEN HERE ARE THE LIST OF POTENTIAL FACILITY SOLUTIONS THAT WE'VE SORT OF COME UP WITH AFTER TALKING TO NUMEROUS EXPERTS ABOUT THIS TOPIC.

AND THESE ARE THINGS THAT SOME FACILITIES ALREADY HAVE.

UM, BUT MANY FACILITIES DON'T HAVE THESE THINGS.

SO IT, WHEN WE'RE THINKING ABOUT ANY GIVEN EXISTING SCHOOL OR AN EXISTING REC CENTER, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, DOES IT HAVE, UH, SOLAR CURRENTLY, UM, DOES IT HAVE A BACKUP GENERATOR CURRENTLY? DOES IT HAVE A REFRIGERATED STORAGE? DOES IT HAVE A KITCHEN? DOES IT HAVE GOOD OUTDOOR AREA? SO, UM, WITH ALL THE FACILITIES WE'RE THINKING ABOUT WHICH OF THESE THINGS DO THEY HAVE AND DO THEY NOT HAVE, AND THEN, UM, IN THIS INITIAL RESOLUTION RESPONSE, WE SORT OF TOTAL UP, IF WE ARE GOING TO ADD ALL OF THIS FUNCTIONALITY TO A FACILITY, UM, LIKE TAKE AN EXISTING REC CENTER, AND WE WERE GOING TO ADD EVERYTHING ON THIS SCREEN TO INCREASE THE RESILIENCE OF THIS FACILITY.

IT WOULD, IT WOULD LIKELY COST OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN UPGRADES, RIGHT? SO THAT BRINGS US TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WHICH IS HOW WE'RE SORT OF NOW STARTING TO THINK ABOUT A RANGE OF FACILITIES THAT WOULD MAKE UP THIS NETWORK.

SO THE, NOW THE SORT OF VISION IS THAT WE WOULD HAVE, UM, SO SOME RESILIENCE HUBS THAT ARE GRID, INDEPENDENT HUBS THAT HAVE ALL THE THINGS ON THE SCREEN THAT ARE, THE POWER CAN GO OUT, THE WATER CAN GO OUT, THEY CAN FULLY FUNCTION OFF GRID AND BE PLACES THAT CAN FUNCTION IN ALMOST ANY RANGE OF EXTREME WEATHER ACTIVITY.

AND THEN ALL THE WAY TO, UM, SO THE MIDDLE IS THEN YOU WOULD HAVE A FACILITY THAT LIKELY HAS BACKUP POWER.

MAYBE IT'S A GENERATOR.

UM, IT HAS SOME OF THE FUNCTIONALITY, ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONALITY, UM, AND THEN ALL THE WAY TO THE OTHER END BASIC GATHERING HUB IS IT COULD JUST BE A FACILITY, JUST A SCHOOL OR A REC CENTER OR SOMETHING WITH ALMOST NO UPGRADES.

SO IT'S, UM, BUT IT'S PART OF A NETWORK THAT PEOPLE COULD BE INFORMED TO GO TO A FACILITY.

UM, IF SAY THE POWER WENT OUT AND PARTS OF THE CITY, BUT NOT OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, YOU COULD DIRECT PEOPLE TO GO TO HUBS THAT DIDN'T HAVE FANCY FUNCTIONALITY, BUT STILL WERE OPERATIONAL.

SO WE REALLY THINK THAT GOING FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE RANGE OF FACILITIES FOR MOST, NO UPGRADES TO LOTS OF UPGRADES, AND THEN INTERCONNECT THEM IN, UM, IN A NETWORK.

EXCELLENT.

UM, SO, UH, AN IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED IN THIS, UH, RESOLUTION FROM APRIL WAS TO THINK ABOUT HOW WOULD WE BUILD OUT A NETWORK OF THESE FACILITIES ACROSS THE ENTIRE CITY? UM, AND THE, THE CRITERIA THAT WAS PUT IN THERE WAS A 15 MINUTE WALK SHED.

SO THE IDEA IS THAT YOU COULD, ANYONE IN THE CITY COULD ESSENTIALLY WALK TO ONE OF THESE FACILITIES, I THINK WALKING DISTANCE OF THEIR HOME.

UH, BUT WE HAVE A REALLY LARGE CITY IT'S 272 SQUARE MILES.

SO YOU'D BE LOOKING AT HUNDREDS OF FACILITIES.

SO THIS IS WHERE WE GET INTO THIS.

UM, THE SORT OF WHERE THIS GETS COMPLICATED, THAT WE CAN'T SPEND A MILLION AT 400 FACILITIES, RIGHT? BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF FACILITIES THAT CURRENTLY KIND OF FUNCTION AS RESILIENCE HUBS.

THERE'S SOME THAT WITH A LITTLE BIT OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING, YOU COULD INCREASE THEIR FUNCTIONALITY AND THEY WOULD BE A RESILIENCE HUB.

SO NOW, SO THIS INTERCONNECTED NETWORK WE'RE THINKING HAS THIS RANGE OF, UH, OWNERSHIP OF FACILITIES AND THEN A RANGE OF FUNCTIONALITY INTO THE FUTURE BASED ON THE SITUATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD RANGE OF SIZE OF FACILITY AND THE RANGE OF SORT OF EXISTING CONDITIONS, AND THEN, UH, FUNDING AVAILABLE TO INCREASE THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE FACILITY.

SO THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS THAT, UH, THERE'S GOING TO NEED TO BE A LOT OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND, UM, OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY TO PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER.

EXCELLENT.

SO COLLABORATION, WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SEGUE INTO THIS SECTION OF THE PRESENTATION.

UH, SO AISD, UM, IS A STRATEGIC PARTNER, UH, IN THIS ENDEAVOR.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW IS THAT, UM, AISD OUR FACILITIES OBVIOUSLY SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, IT'S, IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

AND WE SAW THAT COME TO LIGHT IN THE RECENT EVENTS, BUT WE THINK BACK TO MANY OF THE EVENTS OVER THE LAST DECADE, IT'S TIME AND TIME AGAIN, EICS

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FACILITIES HAVE BEEN USED TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY.

SO HOW DO WE THINK ABOUT THAT STRATEGICALLY? HOW DO WE INVEST STRATEGICALLY? HOW DO WE AS A COMMUNITY WITH ALL OF OUR PARTNERS, IDENTIFY, UM, PROTOCOLS AND PROCESSES TO PUT UP THESE RESOURCES AND THESE, UM, THESE HUBS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY TO THIS OF OUR ABILITIES.

SO WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT OUR, OUR FACILITIES HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

AND IF WE THINK ABOUT THEM MAYBE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY, WE SEE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE LEARNED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES MOST RECENTLY WITH A WINTER STORM YURI, UH, IS THAT AIC HAS SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE.

YOU THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE THE LARGEST RESTAURANT IN TOWN BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE.

UH, SO WE HAVE TRUCKS DELIVERING FOOD ALL ACROSS THE CITY.

EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE HAVE LARGE WAREHOUSES WHERE WE CAN STORE FOOD, OUR COMMUNICATION NETWORK.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE FOUND, UH, JUST MOST RECENTLY IS, IS THE ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH, YOU KNOW, 80,000 FAMILIES BY WAY OF A ROBOCALL IS ACTUALLY A VERY EFFECTIVE WAY TO COMMUNICATE.

AND SO THESE THINGS MAYBE HAVEN'T BEEN LEVERAGED IN THE SAME WAY, UH, AS WE'VE IDENTIFIED AND NOW MOVING FORWARD, WE REALLY WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT FLEXIBILITY.

I THINK WE SAW THAT I KNOW MANY OF YOU ALL AND MYSELF HAVE WORKED THROUGH SOME OF THESE.

AND I THINK THAT WE WOULD ALL SAY THAT FLEXIBILITY IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL DURING THESE EVENTS.

AND, UM, IF WE PUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE AND WE THINK ABOUT IT, I BELIEVE THAT, UM, WE WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY TO BETTER SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'VE ALSO IDENTIFIED, UH, THROUGH OUR COLLABORATIVE, UM, PROCESS WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS JUST PURCHASING POWER.

WE ARE BUYING FOOD AND WATER ALL THE TIME IN VERY LARGE AMOUNTS AND WE DISTRIBUTED ACROSS THE CITY.

SO HOW DO WE USE THAT BUYING POWER? HOW DO WE USE THAT NETWORK TO PREPARE FOR THESE TYPES OF EVENTS AS WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL OCCUR IN THE FUTURE? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO AS WE THINK ABOUT AISD AND HOW WE, WE TACKLE LARGE COMPREHENSIVE PLANS, WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE USING AN EQUITABLE PROCESS, UH, AT AISD WITH, WITH OUR PLANNING EFFORTS, WE HAVE ADOPTED AN EQUITY BY DESIGN MODEL, AND REALLY WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT WE ARE IDENTIFYING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES EARLY ON IN THE PROCESS AND COMMUNICATING WITH THEM TO IDENTIFY THEIR NEEDS.

AND SO THAT FRAMEWORK, UH, AND, AND NOT ASSUMING THAT WE KNOW WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE, UH, IS CRITICAL WHEN LOOKING AT THIS TYPE OF ENDEAVOR.

AND CERTAINLY WHAT'S BEEN REALLY GREAT ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH AI WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS WE BRING SOME INFORMATION AND IDEAS THAT WE'VE HAD THROUGH OUR PLANNING PROCESSES.

WE'VE BUILT UPON THEM.

AND ULTIMATELY I THINK WE'LL HAVE A BETTER, MORE STRATEGIC, UM, PLAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN GETTING WE'VE BEGUN TO DO, UH, YOU KNOW, BREAKING DOWN DATA, DIS-AGGREGATING IT, UH, THIS SLIDE HERE, UM, I THINK IS A VERY POWERFUL SLIDE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALK ABOUT IS VULNERABILITY, AND YOU CAN SEE IN THIS SLIDE, UH, THE CENSUS TRACKS THAT ARE TIED TO AISD AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND WHAT YOU'LL NOTICE IS THAT REALLY ACROSS THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WE HAVE THE FULL SPECTRUM OF VULNERABILITY WITHIN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

THERE ARE 5,000, 265 CENSUS TRACKS, UH, IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, UH, IN, IN THOSE OF THE HIGHEST, UM, MOST VULNERABLE, WE HAVE CENSUS TRACKS THAT ARE NUMBER 11, AND WE ALSO HAVE CENSUS TRACKS THAT ARE 5,000, 240.

SO JUST BY TRAVELING 10 MILES EAST TO WEST, YOU'LL FIND REALLY THAT YOU'RE TRAVERSING THE ENTIRE STATE.

UH, SO IT'S NOT JUST RELATIVE TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS.

IT IS TRULY HOW DIFFERENT, UM, AND, AND HOW MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF SUPPORTS AND SYSTEMS ARE NEEDED WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, SO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THIS AS WE DEVELOP THESE HUBS, YOU KNOW, WHERE DO WE GO FIRST? WHERE DO WE INVEST FIRST? UH, AND SO THIS IS ALL PART OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE MOVING THROUGH RIGHT NOW, AND, UH, WE'RE EXCITED TO DO, AND WE THINK IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO AS AUSTIN ISD CONTINUES ON THROUGH A LARGER, UM, COMPREHENSIVE LONG RANGE PLANNING EFFORT, ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO CALL OUT WAS A SPECIFIC ROLE OF A COMMITTEE TIED TO SAFETY, SECURITY, AND RESILIENCY.

WE ARE ENGAGING WITH OUR COMMUNITY, WE'RE GETTING COMMUNITY, UM, VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH US, UH, TO IDENTIFY WHAT THESE OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT BE.

AND THE HOPE IS THAT THIS LONG RANGE PLAN YIELDS A PLAN THAT ACTUALLY IS IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE WORK THAT'S ONGOING WITH OUR COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.

UH, WHENEVER WE INVEST IN A FACILITY, UH, DUE TO A DEFICIENCY, MIGHT WE BE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE WOULD DESIGN THE KITCHEN DIFFERENTLY TO SUPPORT TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF, OF, UM, FOOD DISTRIBUTION, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC AND, YOU KNOW, STUDENTS MIGHT, WE THINK ABOUT STORAGE DIFFERENTLY.

WE THINK ABOUT POWER.

DO WE DESIGN IT SO THAT WE HAVE BACKUP POWER SOLUTIONS, UH, THESE SORTS OF THINGS WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT NOW, SO THAT WHEN WE'RE ASKING FOR THE INVESTMENT, WE UNDERSTAND PRECISELY HOW IT'S GOING TO BE USED.

AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PLANNING EFFORT IS ALL ABOUT.

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NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I WANT TO HAND IT BACK TO ZACH NOW, BUT I DO WANT TO SAY THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD A SERIES OF MEETINGS AND THEY'VE BEEN VERY PRODUCTIVE.

I'M VERY ENCOURAGED ABOUT WHERE WE'RE GOING AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO COME BACK AND PROVIDE UPDATES.

YEAH, THANKS.

SO WORKING TOGETHER, UM, SO WE HAVE, WE'VE NOW HAD TWO, MULTI-HOUR SORT OF LIKE WORKSHOP MEETINGS AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MEET, UH, EVERY OTHER WEEK, UH, GOING FORWARD TO, TO WORK TOGETHER ON COLLABORATION AND RESILIENCE.

SO, SO NEXT SLIDE.

SO WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE LAST, UH, FEW WEEKS AND WHERE WE'RE SORT OF GOING IN, UH, THE IMMEDIATE SORT OF SHORT TERM IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN IDENT IDENTIFYING EXISTING ASSETS AND FACILITIES, ASD FACILITIES, CITY OF AUSTIN FACILITIES, MAPPING THOSE OUT, UM, PUTTING THEM ON THAT MAP WITH SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX AND STARTING TO THINK ABOUT, UH, WHICH NEIGHBORHOODS COULD BE SERVED BY WHICH KIND OF FACILITIES THAT WE ALREADY OWN AND OPERATE.

UM, AND START TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WOULD A HUB AND SPOKE, WHAT WOULD A HUB AND SPOKE NETWORK LOOK LIKE WITH THE LIST OF EXISTING ASSETS AND FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE THEN ONCE WE HAVE IDENTIFIED, YOU KNOW, THE THEY ACTUAL SHORTER LIST OF FACILITIES CONNECTED TO NEIGHBORHOODS, UM, START TO THINK ABOUT, UH, WHAT COULD BE, WHAT'S LIKE, WHAT'S THE PLAN WITH SOME OF THOSE FACILITIES? WHAT MIGHT NEW INVESTMENTS LOOK LIKE IN THOSE FACILITIES, UM, AND CONSIDER THIS RANGE OF THE THREE TYPES OF HUBS AS A NETWORK, UM, AS IT APPLIES TO THESE, THESE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, AND THEN IMMEDIATELY, UH, START THINKING ABOUT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT TO REALLY INFORM THIS PROCESS, THEN NOT ONLY BE TRANSPARENT TO THE COMMUNITIES, BUT ALSO GET THEIR INPUT ON WHAT THEY WANT AT THESE FACILITIES.

ARE THEY HAPPY AT THESE FACILITIES? ARE THEY, DID THEY FEEL SAFE AT THESE FACILITIES? UM, AND THEN ONCE THE INITIAL SITES HAVE BEEN SELECTED, DO MORE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AROUND, UM, YOU KNOW, THE SORT OF ONGOING WHEN WE OPERATE, WHEN WE UPGRADE A FACILITY AND THEN MOVE TO OPERATED AS A RE AS A RESILIENCE HUB IN THE FUTURE, MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY SHOW UP AND ENGAGE THAT FACILITY.

AND THEN FINALLY, UM, IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO FILL IN THIS HUB AND SPOKE NETWORK OVER TIME, UM, WITH OTHER PARTNERS, THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, IN THE MEMO THAT WE AT THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY SENT BACK TO CITY COUNCIL, UH, JUST IN AUGUST, UM, THAT ASKED ABOUT COST FOR RESILIENCE HUBS.

UH, WHAT WE ENDED UP DOING IN THAT MEMO IS SORT OF GIVING A LITTLE BIT MORE DIRECTION ON HOW WE WOULD SPEND, UH, THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING.

SO, UM, INITIALLY WE WERE THINKING ABOUT WHAT WOULD THE ASS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE BIG TERM ASK BE TO STAND UP RESILIENCE HUBS.

AND THEN ONCE COUNCIL WENT THROUGH ITS PROCESS TO IDENTIFY THAT $3 MILLION OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN MONEY WAS DEDICATED TO RESILIENCE HUBS, WE THEN SORT OF SHIFTED GEARS TO THINK ABOUT, OKAY, SO HOW CAN WE SPEND THIS MONEY? SO, UH, THE KIND OF INITIAL PLAN IS TO POTENTIALLY STAND UP TWO PILOTS THAT ARE, UM, KIND OF THOSE GRID, INDEPENDENT, UM, RESILIENCE HUBS.

AND THEN ALSO THINK ABOUT WHAT IS THE BROADER SORT OF NETWORK OF LESS, UM, LESS FULLY BUILT OUT HUGS THAT ARE INTERCONNECTED.

UM, WE'RE NOT ONLY THINKING ABOUT SPENDING THIS MONEY ON CITY OF AUSTIN FACILITIES.

WE'RE POTENTIALLY THINKING ABOUT INVESTING IT IN, IN AISD FACILITY OR IN, UH, OTHER, UM, PARTNERS FACILITY.

AND THIS MONEY NEEDS TO BE SPENT BY THE END OF 2024.

SO WE ARE, UH, IN THIS PLANNING PHASE NOW, BUT ARE GOING TO BE ACTIVELY MOVING TOWARDS, UM, IDENTIFYING THESE HUBS AND, UM, INVESTING IN THEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

EXCELLENT.

SO NEXT STEPS, AS I SAID, CONTINUE TO MAP AND EXPLORE THIS HUB AND SPOKE NETWORK WITH AISD AND OTHER PARTNERS.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T MENTIONED THAT, YOU KNOW, TRAVIS COUNTY, HASN'T BEEN IN THE ROOM IN THESE MEETINGS, BUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, UH, ANY WE'RE GOING TO INVITE SORT OF ANY AND ALL PARTNERS TO COME AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS COLLABORATION WITH US, UM, AI, STEVE WILL BE GOING THROUGH THEIR PLANNING PROCESS AND THEIR BOND PROCESS.

AND THEN WE PLAN TO REPORT BACK TO THIS JOINT JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE AT, UH, WHATEVER CADENCE YOU GUYS WOULD LIKE.

SO THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW AND WHERE WE'RE MOVING.

THIS IS REALLY, UM, IT'S EXCITING, BUT WE'RE KIND OF AT THE VERY EARLY PHASES.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS AND INPUT AND, UM, THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN GET THIS RIGHT.

SORT OF RIGHT OFF THE BAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, UH, WHO WOULD YOU PROPOSE BE THE FISCAL AGENT FOR THE, UH, FOR THE BUDGET THAT YOU'D BE PUTTING IN PLACE?

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WELL, FOR THE, FOR THE $3 MILLION THAT'S COMING THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN, UM, THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY, I THINK, HAS BEEN SORT OF GIVEN THAT DIRECTION TO, TO SPEND THAT MONEY WITHIN THE CITY OF BOSTON.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, I THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT TO, UM, TO TALK TO THE COUNTY FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS.

NUMBER ONE, UH, WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT SIGNIFICANT OUT-MIGRATION PARTICULARLY OF MINORITY COMMUNITIES, PARTICULARLY AROUND THE AREA OF, UH, LIVING AROUND THE POVERTY LINE, UM, YOU KNOW, CITY AND DOES A LOT OF INVESTING IN THE CITY, NOT A LOT OF INVESTING OUT WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING DISPLACED TOO.

SO IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT TO, UH, TO CREATE THE CONTINUITY THAT'S NECESSARY.

WE HAVE BEEN, UM, FOR A GOOD PERIOD OF TIME CO-LOCATING RESOURCES AND PLACES LIKE OVERTON, UH, WHERE, WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE A NURSE OR WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE OTHER ACTIVITIES.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS, THERE WAS ONE TIME AT, AT THE CITY.

I KNOW WHENEVER AISD WOULD BILL A, ANOTHER SCHOOL, THE CITY WOULD, UM, WORK WITH THE DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER OR COMMUNITY CENTER THERE, THAT WE CONSIDER THOSE, THOSE ARE DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE, THAT ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN, UH, BY THE COUNTY AS WE SPEAK.

UM, I AM, UM, I'M ALSO, I THINK THAT I'M INTERESTED IN KNOWING HOW YOU INTEGRATE YOUR PARENT OUTREACH SPECIALISTS IN THIS PROCESS, UH, BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TALKING TO FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY EVERY DAY AND SEEKING TO UNDERSTAND THEIR NEED AND PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR THEM.

ARE THEY CURRENTLY INTEGRATED INTO YOUR PLANNING PROCESS? SO COMMISSIONER TREVELYAN, UM, SO THEY ARE INCLUDED WITHIN AISD LONG RANGE PLANNING PROCESS.

AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER AS, YOU KNOW, AS WE ENGAGE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE L THE COLLABORATIVE, YOU KNOW, JOINT VENTURE, UH, BETWEEN TRAVIS COUNTY, CITY OF AUSTIN AISD, WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE? BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY ENGAGING THEM FOR THEIR RESILIENCY AND PLANNING EFFORT TIED TO AIC FOR THE LONG RANGE PLANNING PROCESS.

YEAH.

AGAIN, UH, VERY INTERESTED IN MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE, UH, DISCUSSING, UH, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

WHAT IS OUTSIDE THE CAP METRO AREA? WHAT ARE THOSE AREAS THAT, THAT HAVE BUSES THAT COME ONCE AN HOUR, AS OPPOSED TO ONCE EVERY 15 MINUTES OR ONCE EVERY 30 MINUTES? UH, THOSE SHOULD CERTAINLY BE UPON THE CALCULATION PERTICH, AND ALSO AS IT RELATES TO THE USE OF METRO ACCESS, TAKING PEOPLE TO THE DOCTOR AND WHATNOT, AND, UM, AND I'LL, AND I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THOUGHT, UM, IF, IF WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE RESILIENCY PROCESS, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT THAT WE OPERATE REGULARLY, NOT ONLY WHEN THERE IS AN EMERGENCY, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE PLACES ARE HUBS BEFORE AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS.

SO THERE'S GOTTA BE SOME EFFORT TOWARDS COMMUNITY EDUCATION, COMMUNITY OUTREACH THERE, UH, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PLACES IN THE COUNTY, WHAT MY PRINCIPALS AND COUNSELORS ARE TELLING ME IN MAINE OR IN DEL VALLEY FOR EXAMPLE, IS WHEN THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PUT AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS TOGETHER, THEY SEND KIDS HOME AT THREE O'CLOCK WITH NOTHING TO DO AND NO SUPERVISION.

AND THESE ARE PLACES WITH NO LIBRARIES THAT PLACES WITH NO PARKS THAT PLACES WITH NO ACTIVITIES WERE GOOD.

SO, UH, HOPEFULLY WHAT WE SEE IS OUR SCHOOLS, OUR BIGGEST NEIGHBORHOOD INSTITUTION, AND THEY SHOULD BE USED AS A COMMUNITY CENTER UNTIL THEY BETTER COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IS PUT IN PLACE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MAN.

COMMISSIONER.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND I THINK THIS WILL BECOME CLEARER WHEN WE DISTRIBUTE THE RESOLUTION.

I KNOW THAT, THAT MY STAFF IN PREPARATION FOR, AND PROBABLY SINCE TWO, DID REACH OUT TO ANNE AND ACTUALLY HAVE MET AND BRIEFED SOME OF YOUR STAFF HERE ON THE DIOCESE.

AND SO WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT, THAT, THAT WE CIRCLE AROUND AND DO THAT AGAIN, BUT ABSOLUTELY, UM, THE RESOLUTION IS VERY EXPLICIT ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THESE FUNCTION AS COMMUNITY, THAT RESILIENCE HUBS ARE REALLY ABOUT NON-EMERGENCIES PRIMARILY, UM, AS WELL AS BEING THERE IN, IN THE TIME OF AN EMERGENCY.

AND, AND SO IT IS ABOUT EQUIPPING THEM AND DOING THE WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE FUNCTIONING IN THAT WAY AT TIMES OF NON-EMERGENCY THOUGH.

SO DATA TRANSFER PLACES, PEOPLE TURN TO, I APPRECIATE THAT THERE WAS ONE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO MENTION, AND THAT IS, UH, CAN WE LOOK AT HOW WE BEGAN TO USE OUR, OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AS FOOD PANTRIES AS WELL? UH, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE'VE GOT STORAGE SPACE, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE'VE GOT, UH, REFRIGERATORS AND, AND, UH, AND

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CAFETERIAS, UM, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE SHOULDN'T BE USING OUR, OUR SCHOOLS AS FOOD PANTRIES THAT SEND KIDS HOME EVERY WEEKEND WITH A BOX OF FOOD, 21 MEALS FOR THE WEEKEND.

UM, IN ONE MINUTE, UH, TRUSTEE, WELL, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION, UM, COMMISSIONER TRIVIAN THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID DURING THE STORM.

WE DID OVER A MILLION, I THINK MATHIAS PROBABLY HAVE BETTER NUMBERS THAN I DO, BUT OVER A MILLION MEALS, INCLUDING THOSE TO PARENTS AND PART OF IT WAS A FUNDING ISSUE.

AND SO I THINK THAT IS A GREAT CONVERSATION TO HAVE.

THE ONLY THING I WANT TO MENTION IS THAT THROUGHOUT ALL OF THIS DISCUSSION COLLABORATION, TEAMWORK IS SO IMPORTANT.

AND SO KEY.

I KNOW, AND I'M REALLY GLAD THAT Y'ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RESILIENCY HUBS.

ALSO JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF THE TREMENDOUS VOLUNTEER AND HARD WORK THAT ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS, ALL OF OUR ENTITIES STEPPED IN OPEN DOORS, CREATED WARMING CENTER.

SO WE, WE IN ESSENCE HAVE HAD RESILIENCY HUBS.

WE JUST HAVEN'T COORDINATED THEM, UH, COLLABORATED AND MADE SURE THAT THE RESOURCES WENT TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDED IT, WHICH I'M REALLY GLAD THAT TEAM HAS MENTIONED THE EQUITY BY DESIGN.

CAUSE I THINK OUR BOARD IS REALLY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS AT LEAST ONE OF THESE HUBS IN EACH OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF WHICH ARE SEVEN, BUT ALSO MAKING SURE THAT THEY GO TO THE MOST NEEDY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WELL, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER SHEA.

UM, THANKS FOR THE CHAIR.

UM, AND I, I KNOW ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THE JOINT SUB COMMITTEE HAS BEEN TO EXPLORE HOW WE AS, UH, ENTITIES THAT OVERLAP AND HAVE FRANKLY SO MANY CONSTITUENTS AND SO MANY NEEDS IN COMMON.

UM, SO I'M REALLY GLAD WE'RE GETTING A BRIEFING ON THIS, UH, CHAIRMAN TOVA.

THIS IS REALLY, UM, VALUABLE FOR US TO HEAR ABOUT, ALTHOUGH I HAVE TO SAY FOR THE RECORD, I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THE COUNTY HAS NOT BEEN AT THE TABLE.

I'VE BEEN FURIOUSLY TEXTING ALL THE COUNTY EXECUTIVES AND STAFF SAYING, HAVE WE BEEN IN THESE MEETINGS? SO, UM, I HAD A COUPLE OF MEETINGS WITH THEM, UH, AND WE ARE JUST GETTING THIS STARTED.

SO ANYWAY, SORRY, I JUST WANT THAT TO BE REALLY CLEAR.

UM, I THINK THE COUNTY HAS A VERY SPECIFIC INTEREST IN THIS AT THE TIME THE RESILIENCE OF RESOLUTION PASSED.

UM, UH, WE WERE IN CONTACT WITH COMMISSIONER, UH, UH, COUNSELOR TURBO'S OFFICE, GOT A COPY OF IT, SENT IT TO OUR COUNTY.

EXECUTIVE SAID, WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS THAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO.

UM, I THINK IT'S EVIDENT NOW TO EVERYONE, EVEN PEOPLE WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY DENIED CLIMATE CHANGE, THAT IT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COMMUNITIES TODAY.

PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM IT, PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE DOING ABOUT IT.

SO I THINK THIS IS A, THIS IS A NEW OBLIGATION ON ALL OUR PLATES FOR US TO BE MUCH MORE PROACTIVE, WHICH WAS WHY I WAS SO INTERESTED IN THE RESILIENCE HUB INITIATIVE.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU AND ELSEWHERE WERE ALTAR AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO, WHO TOOK THE LEAD ON IT.

I DO WANT TO SAY, CAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW.

UM, WE HAVE BEEN FUNDING THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS IN ORDER TO, UM, TRY AND OFFSET THE ENORMOUS LOSS OF MONEY FROM AISD BY THE STATE.

UM, AND THIS YEAR WE, WE PERMANENTLY PUT IT IN OUR BUDGET TO FUND THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS.

SO IN THE PAST IT HAD BEEN KIND OF YEAR AFTER YEAR, ARE WE GONNA FIND THE MONEY FOR IT? AND THIS YEAR WE PERMANENTLY PUT IT IN OUR BUDGET.

SO WE ARE NOW PERMANENTLY FUNDING, THE AISD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS, NOT ALL OF THEM, IT'S KEY CENTERS, UH, IN KEY SCHOOLS.

BUT, UM, I THINK THEY'VE PROVEN HOW ENORMOUSLY VALUABLE THEY ARE.

THEY'VE GOT INCREDIBLE STATISTICS ON HELP.

THEY'VE HELPED STABILIZE FAMILIES AND REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF, UM, YOU KNOW, MOVEMENT BACK AND FORTH FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL BECAUSE PEOPLE GOT EVICTED.

FAMILIES HAD TO FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO LIVE, ET CETERA.

SO ON THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT, UM, IF IT'S NOT WELL KNOWN, UM, THE COUNTY FUNDED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MEALS THAT WERE DISTRIBUTED AT THE SCHOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS AND CHILDREN THROUGH THE COOK SNACK, WHICH DID A PHENOMENAL JOB.

AND WE HAVE ON OUR AGENDA FOR TUESDAY TO FUND ALMOST A MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR THEM TO CONTINUE THE COMMUNITY FOOD FEEDING PROGRAM.

THEY PRODUCE 60,000 MEALS A MONTH IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT IT WAS VERY WELL KNOWN THAT THE COUNTY WAS FUNDING THAT AND THOSE MEALS WERE BEING GIVEN TO CAREGIVERS AND STUDENTS AT HOME.

AND THAT IS THE KIND OF THING

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THAT I THINK THAT TO ME, IS THE VALUE OF THE JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE.

AND IT'S, WE CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE PRODUCTIVE TO THE EXTENT THAT WE HAVE THESE KINDS OF COMMUNICATIONS OUTSIDE THE QUARTERLY MEETINGS.

UM, THE ONLY OTHER THING I DID HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE MAP THAT YOU ALL SHOWED THAT INDICATED THE SVI INDEX.

IF YOU'RE ABLE TO PULL THAT MAP BACK UP, THERE WAS AN AREA THAT LOOKED LIKE IT LARGELY ENCOMPASSED THE BARTON CREEK COUNTRY CLUB THAT WAS, UH, MARKED IN DEEP BLUE, WHICH I HAD UNDERSTOOD TO BE A VERY HIGH, UH, SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX MEASUREMENT.

AND I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHERE SOME OF THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY LIVE THE HIGHEST VALUE HOMES.

UH, SO CAN, CAN I GET AN EXPLANATION ON HOW THAT RANKED KIND OF HIGH IN THE SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX, UH, COMMISSIONER SHEA? UM, SO THIS INFORMATION IS DIRECTLY FROM THE CDC.

IT'S NOT DEVELOPED BY AISD CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE PULL.

UM, IT INCLUDES SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION AS, SO IF YOU'RE OVER 65, UNDER 17 SINGLE PARENT, IT INCLUDES RACE, RACE, AND ETHNICITY, AND THEN HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION STATUS.

SO BENEATH EACH OF THOSE, THERE ARE SUB CATEGORIES AND IT'S, AND AGAIN, IT'S BASED ON THE CENSUS ITSELF.

SO I'D HAVE TO GO BACK AND PULL THE, THE METADATA TO GIVE YOU PRECISELY WHY THAT WAS.

UM, IT IS THAT WAY, BUT, UM, THIS INFORMATION WAS BUILT AND PROVIDED TO US BY THE CDC.

IT'D BE INTERESTING TO, TO KNOW THAT I THINK, I THINK THE AREA THAT'S SOUTH OF BARTON CREEK IS, UH, IS ROBERTO CREEK COUNTRY CLUB AND STRATUS PROPERTIES ARE LOCATED, BUT I MIGHT, I'M NOT EVEN LOOKING AT THE MAP WRONG.

AND ANYWAY, IT WOULD BE, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE INSIGHT INTO HOW THAT AREA WAS IDENTIFIED IN THIS WAY.

INSURRECTION, WELL, COMMISSIONER SHAY, ONE OF THE THINGS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE, UM, OAK HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OVER THERE IN THAT AREA.

AND, AND WHEN I LOOK AT THE COLOR OF THE, OF THE MAP AND, AND KNOWING THE SCHOOL, IT ACTUALLY ISN'T THAT FAR OF A DISCONNECT, BUT YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

JUST GIVEN HOW LARGE THAT TRACT IS, THAT CENSUS TRACT IS.

UM, WE CAN DEFINITELY PROVIDE THAT AND SEND IT TO THE COMMITTEE USEFUL TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.

I'M REALLY GLAD WE'RE GETTING A BRIEFING ON THIS.

I'M THRILLED THAT YOU ALL ARE MOVING FORWARD AND, UM, COUNT US IN AS FULL PARTNERS.

EVERYBODY THAT I'VE TESTED IS DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE OTHER QUESTIONS I KNOW WE ARE UP AGAINST OUR TIME LIMIT ON OUR PRESENTERS.

UM, ARE THERE OTHER QUESTIONS BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT TOPIC? WELL, THANK YOU.

IN ADDITION TO THE BRIEFINGS HERE, UH, THE CITY COUNCIL'S PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE IS ALSO GETTING, WE MEET JUST ABOUT ONCE A MONTH AND WE'RE ALSO PUTTING THIS ON OUR AGENDA TO GET REGULAR UPDATES AS WELL, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ALL, UM, ON BOARD, BUT WE'LL, WE'LL ALSO, YOU KNOW, CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR OFFICES INFORMED ABOUT THE WORK THAT'S GOING ON.

AND, AND THERE ARE DEFINITELY THINGS THAT WE HAVE HAVE INVESTED IN TOGETHER AS A PART OF THIS COMMITTEE, INCLUDING THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS.

I'M DELIGHTED TO HEAR THE COMMISSIONER THAT THE COMMISSIONER'S COURT HAS PUT THAT INTO THEIR PERMANENT BUDGET.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOES THAT, UM, HAS DONE THAT NOW FOR MULTIPLE YEARS AS WELL.

AND IN FACT, WE VERY RECENTLY, UM, ADDED SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY DURING OUR BUDGET PROCESS, ADDED SOME ADDITIONAL MONEY INTO OUR ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR TO, TO HELP, UM, THE, THE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS WITH RESILIENCE WORK.

SO THERE'S A NICE CONNECTION BETWEEN, BETWEEN THAT AS WELL.

AND I KNOW WE'VE, WE'VE BOTH, BOTH ENTITIES HAVE USED OUR FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP, UH, WITH THE CAREGIVER MEALS PROGRAM.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS SPENT, I THINK, I DON'T KNOW, LAST COUNT.

I THINK WE WERE AT 3 MILLION OR MORE OF OUR FEDERAL FUNDING TO DO THOSE CAREGIVER MEALS AT SCHOOLS WITHIN, WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, AND IT'S GREAT THAT TRAVIS COUNTY HAS PICKED THAT UP IN THE APP.

SO AT SOME POINT AT SOME APPROPRIATE POINT, IT WOULD BE GREAT.

I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT AT A COUPLE OF MEETINGS, BUT IT WOULD BE GREAT TO KIND OF LAY THIS ALL OUT AND BE ABLE TO MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY THE WAYS IN WHICH, AND THAT WE'RE TAKING ON DIFFERENT, UM, DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF THIS, BUT WORKING TOWARD THE SAME AIM.

THIS IS SUPER EXCITING.

UM, I'M REALLY DELIGHTED TO SEE THIS WORK.

AND I KNOW THAT WE'VE, I'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THIS BEFORE.

AND SO I APOLOGIZE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOW HEARD IT TWO OR THREE TIMES, BUT I JUST WANT TO, AGAIN, UM, COMMEND AISD FOR BEING SUCH A TREMENDOUS PARTNER DURING THE WINTER STORM.

YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO THE, THE MORE FORMAL PLACES YOU STOOD UP, UM, MATHIAS WAS ON THE CELL WITH SEVERAL OF US, YOU KNOW, WORKING TO SEE WHICH, WHICH PLACES HAD, UM, HEAT AND, UH, GET THOSE OPENED UP FOR PEOPLE WHO NEEDED WARM PLACES TO GO AND CONNECTING OUR STAFF WITH WATER SOURCES AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS.

SO THANK YOU FOR BEING A GREAT PARTNER IN THAT EMERGENCY.

AND AGAIN, THANK YOU TO BOTH OF YOU.

THIS IS SUPER EXCITING WORK AND MUCH NEEDED.

LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN FURTHER SUPPORT YOUR EFFORTS.

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OKAY.

WE HAVE A LOT OF IMPORTANT TOPICS TODAY AND VERY LIMITED TIME.

SO LET'S MOVE ON SINCE WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FUNDING AND IT SOUNDS AS IF THERE MAY BE SOME THAT, THAT RESILIENCE HUBS MAY BE ANOTHER AREA WHERE I KNOW THE COUNTY IS CONTINUING TO LOOK AT THEIR FEDERAL FUNDING.

THAT MAY BE ANOTHER AREA WHERE WE WANT, UM, OF POSSIBILITY FOR JOINTLY FUNDING PROJECTS.

UM, OUR NEXT TOPIC

[IV. Discuss Spending Plans for Federal Funds and Opportunities for Collaboration]

IS DISCUSSING FENDING PLANT SPENDING PLANS FOR FEDERAL FUNDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION.

SO I WOULD WELCOME OUR STAFF WHO ARE GOING TO BE PRESENTING TO US ON THAT TOPIC.

AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE A MIX OF, UH, VIRTUAL AS WELL AS LET'S SEE ON THAT TOPIC IS DIANE THOMAS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND JESSICA REOS FROM TRAVIS COUNTY, BOTH OF WHOM ARE VIRTUAL.

AND AGAIN, JUST AS A REMINDER, IF YOU WANT TO SEE THEM ON YOUR SCREEN IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU CAN JUST HIT LOCAL, I'M SORRY, ROOM SWITCHED FROM LOCAL TO ROOM.

GOOD MORNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

I'M DIANA THOMAS, I'M DEPUTY CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IF YOU COULD PULL UP OUR PRESENTATION, PLEASE.

SO WHILE WE'RE BRINGING UP THE PRESENTATION, THE CITY WENT THROUGH PROCESS OF ADOPTING A SPENDING FRAMEWORK FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT, AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL FUNDS THAT WE RECEIVED THROUGH, UH, THROUGH THE PEN THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC.

AND I JUST WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THE RULES ARE AROUND THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING, AND THEN, UH, HAVE A SLIDE WITH THE PRESENTATION OF THE CITY SPENDING PLAN.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

POSSIBLY, ARE WE ABLE TO DO THAT? AND MS. THOMAS, IF YOU WOULD SPEAK A LITTLE BIT LOUDER, WE'RE HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE HEARING YOU IN THE CHAMBERS.

OKAY.

SURE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THIS IS THE, UH, THE LISTING OF THE FUNDING THAT THE CITY HAS RECEIVED THROUGH THE ARPA-E PROGRAM.

YOU KNOW, FIRST WE RECEIVED THE CORONAVIRUS LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF ABOUT $188 MILLION, AND THEN AN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE GRANT AND ABOUT $35 MILLION AND THEN SOME HOME FUNDS AND ABOUT $11 MILLION.

NEXT LINE HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ELIGIBLE ELIGIBLE USES FOR THE CS.

L F R F.

WE CAN SUPPORT PUBLIC HEALTH EXPENDITURES ADDRESS NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACTS AFFECT IMPACTED BY THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY REPLACED LOST PUBLIC SECTOR REVENUE PROVIDE PREMIUM PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND INVEST IN CERTAIN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.

NEXT SLIDE, THINGS THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE ARE DEPOSITS INTO A PENSION FUND IN EXCESS OF THOSE REGULAR CONTRIBUTIONS, FUNDING, DEBT, SERVICE, LEGAL SETTLEMENTS DEPOSITS TO RAINY DAY FUNDS OR ALLOWING THE FUNDS TO GO TO FINANCIAL RESERVES AND THEN GENERAL INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING.

UH, THE FUNDING WILL BE RECEIVED IN TWO TRONCHES, UM, IN MAY OF 2021 AND MAY OF 2022.

AND ALL SPENDING MUST BE COMPLETE BY DECEMBER 31ST, 2024.

NEXT LINE UNDER THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, PHASE TWO, UM, THE ELIGIBLE USES ARE AWARDS FOR DIRECT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING RENT UTILITIES, HOME ENERGY COSTS, AND THEN THE REMAINING FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING STABILITY SERVICES, INCLUDING CASE MANAGEMENT AND ALL SPENDING IN THIS PROGRAM MUST BE COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2025.

NEXT SLIDE UNDER THE HOME ARP PHONES, THOSE ARE FOR THE PRODUCTION AND PRESERVATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

AND IT MEETS ANYONE WHO FALLS INTO THOSE QUALIFYING POPULATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE AND ALL SPENDING MUST BE COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER OF 2029.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND OUR FINAL SLIDE FOR THE CITY'S PRESENTATION IS JUST AN OVERVIEW OF OUR SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

AT THE TOP, WE LIST ALL OF THE SOURCES, INCLUDING SOME USE OF OUR BUDGET STABILIZATION OR RESERVE FUND FOR A TOTAL OF 263.5 MILLION.

AND THEN DOWN BELOW IS A LIST OF ALL OF THE PROGRAMS AND, AND USES OF FUNDS THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN JUNE.

AND AT THIS POINT, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

AND IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE VARIOUS, UH, DIRECTORS, EXCUSE ME, FROM THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE IMPLEMENTING THESE PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE.

IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC PROGRAM QUESTIONS OR QUESTIONS IN REGARDS TO OUR COLLABORATION WITH OTHER PARTNERS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. THOMAS COMMISSIONER SHEA.

UM, WE, UH, AT THE COUNTY, I KNOW I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET MORE GUIDANCE FROM, UM,

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THE FEDERAL TREASURY ON THE USES FOR THE ARPA FUNDS.

I THINK I'M ASSUMING EVERYBODY'S AWARE.

UM, LAST TUESDAY, UM, OR A WEEK AGO, TUESDAY, WE VOTED TO EARMARK $110 MILLION IN ARPA FUNDS FOR, UM, ESSENTIALLY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES FOR, UM, MEALS, NOT MEALS ON WHEELS, MOBILE LOAVES, AND FISHES, UM, WHICH HAS COMMUNITY FIRST OUT NEAR THE EXPO CENTER AND, UH, FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, AS WELL AS I THINK, SEVEN OTHER NON-PROFITS, UM, TO HAVE THE FUNDS EARMARKED FOR, UH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND, UH, I'M SORRY, I'VE FORGOTTEN THE NAME OF THE PERSON PRESENTING AND I DON'T SEE IT ON SCREEN, BUT ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE, UH, THE FEDERAL FUNDS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS CAN'T BE USED FOR ANYTHING ELSE RELATED TO PARTICULARLY PROVIDING HOMELESS, UH, HOUSING FOR THE HOMELESS? IT DEPENDS ON THE WAY THAT YOU RECOGNIZE THE FUNDS.

THERE ARE SOME FLEXIBILITY.

IF YOU USE REVENUE LOSS, WHICH IS AN ELIGIBLE USE OF THE FUNDS, THEN THOSE REVENUE, THOSE REVENUE LOSS DOLLARS CAN BE USED FOR GENERAL SPENDING PURPOSES.

SO I THINK THAT THAT'S HOW YOU WOULD MAKE THAT CONNECTION TO THOSE OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WAS LISTED, UM, AS A DIRECT ITEM UNDER ARPA.

AND CAN YOU JUST SAY A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT REVENUE LOSS? I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT WOULD FUNCTION.

THIS WOULD BE BASICALLY THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BUILDING A NEW LIKE SUBDIVISIONS OR, UM, UM, APARTMENT BUILDINGS OR WHATEVER TO HOUSE THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS.

SO WHAT WE SPECIFICALLY TALKED WITH, UM, ALAN GRAHAM AND WALTER MURROW ABOUT WAS, UM, THE WATER, THE WASTEWATER, THE ROADS, THE ELECTRICITY, THE OTHER KIND OF, UM, NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE TO ESSENTIALLY BUILD OUT A NEW SUBDIVISION, BUT I'M NOT, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH LOST REVENUE IN THERE.

IF YOU COULD SAY A