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AND THEN BEGIN, UH, WE'RE GOING TO CALL TO ORDER THE WORK SESSION OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

IT'S FEBRUARY 1ST, 2022.

IT'S A HYBRID MEETING.

SOME OF US ARE HERE, UH, AT THE CITY HALL.

UH THERE'S UH, UH, I'M CALLING IN, UH, REMOTELY.

UH, IT IS NINE 15, AND WE ARE ADJOURNED A COUPLE OF REAL QUICK.

UH, I MEAN, WE ARE, WE ARE BY PHONE, ONLY WORKED THAT WAY.

UM, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE STARTING OUR CALL TO ORDER A COUPLE OF HOUSEKEEPING THINGS.

THURSDAY, IT LOOKS LIKE, UH, WE COULD HAVE INCLEMENT WEATHER SITUATION.

I URGE EVERYONE THAT IS SIGNING UP TO SPEAK OR WISHING TO SPEAK, EVEN THOSE THAT ARE INTENDING TO SIGN UP IN PERSON TO ALSO SIGN UP REMOTELY.

UH, AND, AND I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER THE REMOTE OPTION THIS WEEK.

SO AS TO BEST PROTECT, NOT ONLY YOURSELVES, BUT OUR STAFF, UH, THE FEWER PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE, UH, HERE, TESTIFYING LIVE, UH, THE FEWER, THE STAFF MEMBERS THAT NEED TO BE HERE.

SO AGAIN, I'D APPRECIATE IT.

IF EVERYBODY, UH, IF THEY WOULD, WOULD CONSIDER, UH, SIGNING UP REMOTELY BEYOND THAT FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, ON THURSDAY, I HEARD YOU ALL TO CONSIDER BEING REMOTE, UH, AS WELL, UH, RATHER THAN, THAN COMING DOWN, GIVEN THE WEATHER SITUATION.

ONLY ONE OF US NEEDS TO BE HERE AND PROBABLY SAFEST FOR ME TO BE THE ONE THAT DOES THAT.

UH, SO I'LL BE HERE, BUT NO ONE ELSE NEEDS TO BE HERE, UH, FOR THAT MEETING ON, ON THURSDAY.

ALL

[A. Pre-Selected Agenda Items]

RIGHT, WITH THAT COLLEAGUES, WE HAVE, UH, PULLED THE ITEMS FIRST, THEN WE HAVE TWO, UH, STAFF REPORTS AND WE HAVE AN EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WE'RE GOING TO START WITH A PULLED ITEMS. I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE VERY LONG.

WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO THE HOMELESSNESS REPORT.

THE GOAL IS TO DO EXECUTIVE SESSION AS CONCURRENT WITH, UH, LUNCHES WE CAN, UH, SO WE'LL KIND OF RUN, UH, THE DAY THAT WAY, HOPEFULLY BREAKING ABOUT NOON FOR LUNCH AND EXECUTIVE SESSION ON, UH, UH, PULLED ITEMS TODAY.

I PULLED THE, THE BOARDS AND COMMISSION ITEM, UH, JUST TO BE ABLE TO SAY OUT LOUD AND I POSTED ONTO THE MESSAGE BOARD, UM, UM, MY BEST SHOT AT THAT TO DO COMMITTEE CHAIRS.

AND, UH, INTER-GOVERNMENTAL, I THINK I'M NOT A MAYOR PRO TEM FOR HER, UH, ASSISTANCE AND, AND, AND ADVICE COUNSEL ON THIS, ANYBODY THAT SAYS ANY QUESTIONS NOW OR WANTED TO SPEAK TO IT, WE COULD OTHERWISE IT'LL COME UP THURSDAY AS THE, UH, AS AN AGENDA ITEM WITH BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

DOES ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANY OTHER PULL THEM? YES.

MAYOR PRO TEM.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT I CHECKED WITH, UH, RENEE, THE FAIR, WHO LEADS THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE.

TRADITIONALLY WE'VE HAD THREE MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE.

SHE SAID THERE WAS NO PROBLEM WITH FIVE, AS LONG AS THEY WERE NOT SIX OF US ATTENDING SO THAT WE HAD A QUORUM OF COUNCIL.

OKAY.

UM, I'M EXCITED.

I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP ON THAT.

BY THE WAY, WHEN I STARTED THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE, PROBABLY 15 YEARS AGO, IT WAS SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THE HOPE WAS IS THAT IT WOULD BE A MORE INTEGRAL PLAYER IN COORDINATING AND MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE WERE NETWORKING.

AND, UM, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE INTEREST OF COLLEAGUES OR THAT THIS YEAR, ANYBODY ELSE ON PULLED ITEMS. KATHY, DID YOU START SAYING SOMETHING? I WAS JUST THINKING THE MAYOR PRO TEM FOR, FOR REACHING OUT, UM, REGARDING THE HATE CRIMES, TASK FORCE, AND MAYOR, WOULD YOU REMIND US WHO THOSE FIVE MEMBERS ARE GOING TO BE? I, I THINK I'VE, I'VE LOST TRACK OF, I KNOW I HAD INDICATED THAT I'D LIKE TO, I'D LIKE TO BE ON IT, BUT THAT, THAT ALSO, SINCE I'VE BEEN ON IT IN THE PAST, I WOULD DEFER IF THERE WERE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO WANTED TO SERVE ON IT.

SO THE HATE CRIMES, TASK FORCE THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS, KELLY HARPER, MADISON TOVO AND ALTER.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING ON THAT AGAIN.

YEAH.

AND I THINK YOU HAD SAID YOU WERE GO AHEAD.

YEAH.

I HAD SAID I WAS WILLING TO NOT BE OFFICIAL IF I, IF I NEEDED TO, BUT AT LEAST FOR THIS YEAR, I'M LIKELY TO BE THERE AT EVERY MEETING.

SO MIGHT AS WELL BE OFFICIAL.

UM, I JUST WANT

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TO, DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT? THE HATE CRIMES TASK FORCE, JUST SAY THAT I'M PLEASED TO SEE THAT FIVE OF US WANT TO, UM, PARTICIPATE.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY WE'VE SEEN A MARKET RISE AND HATE CRIMES OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, WHETHER IT WAS ANTI-ASIAN HATE OR ANTISEMITIC OR OTHER FORMS OF HATE.

AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE, AS LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY ARE STANDING UP AND SAYING THERE'S NO PLACE FOR HATE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND I THINK THE HATE CRIMES FORCE CAKE CRIMES, TASK FORCE HAS SOME REALLY IMPORTANT WORK, UM, TO CONTINUE AND TO BUILD ON AND TO EXTEND, TO LOOK FORWARD TO BEING PART OF THAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD.

AND YOU HAD NOTED ON YOUR POSTING THAT YOU WERE WILLING NOT TO BE FORMALLY POINTED, BUT GIVEN THE CORE OF THE ISSUE, I THOUGHT IT'D BE BEST JUST TO PUT YOU THERE.

UH, ANYTHING ELSE, ANY OTHER POLL ITEMS ON ANYTHING ELSE ON OUR AGENDA, HEARING NINE, LET'S GO THEN STRAIGHT INTO, UM, UH, THE REPORTS.

THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

UH, IT IS FEBRUARY 1ST.

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS YEAR IS ALREADY INTO FEBRUARY, BUT HERE WE ARE.

AND WE HAVE TWO BRIEFINGS FOR YOU THIS MORNING, UH, ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL WATERFRONT TAX INCREMENT REINVESTMENT ZONE, WHICH IS A CONTINUATION OF A CONVERSATION WE STARTED LAST YEAR.

UH, AND THEN AN UPDATE ON OUR HOMELESSNESS RELATED ISSUES.

[B2. Update on Homelessness Related Issues.]

WE'RE GOING TO START WITH THE HOMELESSNESS RELATED ISSUES AND WE HAVE OUR, UH, HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER DIANA GRAY, UH, WHO WILL WALK THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION.

WE ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL STAFF ONLINE AND AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, BUT AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR STAFF AND FOR THIS COUNCIL, UH, CERTAINLY INCREDIBLE WORK THAT'S HAPPENING ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS BY SO MANY DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE ENTERPRISE, UH, ALONGSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AS WELL.

UM, BUT WITH THAT ALTERNATE OVER TO MS. GRAY.

THANK YOU, SIR.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR.

UH, MAYOR PRO TEM, ALTAR AND COUNCIL.

UM, WE HAVE A BRIEFING FOR YOU THIS MORNING, UH, THAT, UH, UH, I WOULD CATEGORIZE IN THREE AREAS.

ONE, I WILL BE GIVING AN UPDATE ON THE SUMMIT TO ADDRESS UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, PARTICULARLY AROUND, UH, FUNDRAISING AND COMMITMENT OF FUNDS.

SECOND, I'LL BE GIVING A BRIEF UPDATE AROUND THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

AND THEN FINALLY, THERE ARE THREE OTHER ITEMS THAT I WANTED TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ON, UH, AND PREVIEW FOR COUNCIL.

ONE IS A QUICK UPDATE ON THE PROCESS OF THE HOTEL ACQUISITIONS THAT ARE BEING CONVERTED TO PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

THE SECOND IS, UH, PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT AS RELATED TO HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS.

AND THE THIRD IS COLD WEATHER SHELTER.

WE CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

SO AS YOU RECALL, THE SUMMIT INVESTMENT PLAN CALLED FOR $515 MILLION IN INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING THREE HIGH-LEVEL OBJECTIVES.

ONE WAS SIMPLY TO HELP PEOPLE INTEND TO HOUSE AN ADDITIONAL 3000 PEOPLE OVER THE COURSE OF THREE YEARS, UH, AND PROVIDE OTHER SUPPORTS TO OVER ANOTHER 2000 PEOPLE TO HELP THEM STABILIZE IN HOUSING, ADD CONCRETE HOUSING CAPACITY IN THE FORM OF 1300 NEW UNITS, AND FINALLY BUILD A BETTER SYSTEM.

AND THAT MEANS THINGS LIKE IMPROVING OUR, OUR PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT BUILDING CAPACITY IN OUR PROVIDER COMMUNITY AND IMPROVING ACCESS, UM, AND, AND OUTCOMES WITH AN EQUITY LENS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHEN I LAST REPORTED TO COUNCIL, UH, WE HAD ABOUT 75% OF THE 515 MILLION EITHER COMMITTED OR ANTICIPATED.

UH, SINCE THAT TIME WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER $14 MILLION COMMITTED TO THE EFFORT AND ARE NOW AT APPROXIMATELY 80%, DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE SOURCES OF THAT HAVE, UM, COME TO BEAR DURING THAT TIME, THE ST DAVID'S FOUNDATION HAS MADE A $2 MILLION COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT STREET OUTREACH.

THE MICHAEL AND SUSAN DELL FOUNDATION HAS MADE A SUBSTANTIAL COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY FIRST VILLAGE FOUNDATION, COMMUNITIES AND LIFEWORKS, AND THEN FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK, UH, WHICH IS AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING SOURCE HAS ALSO PROVIDED CAPITAL TO SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE IN THE PIPELINE.

SO CURRENTLY OF THAT 80%, 54% IS, UH, HAS A HARD COMMITMENT.

27% IS ANTICIPATED.

THOSE ARE FUNDING SOURCES THAT WE FEEL CONFIDENT ABOUT, BUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS STILL HAS TO OCCUR, UH, FOR PARTICULAR PROJECTS.

AND THEN WE ARE AT JUST OVER A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, UH, OF FUNDING STILL TO BE SECURED THE, UM, UH, LEADERS OF THE SUMMIT TO ADDRESS UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS.

NOW KNOWN AS FINDING HOME ATX HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK.

THERE ARE A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS ONGOING, AND WE HOPE TO HAVE ADDITIONAL POSITIVE NEWS IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

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SO THIS SLIDE SHOWS A SUMMARY OF OUR FUNDING PROGRESS ACROSS THE CATEGORIES OF THE SUMMIT INVESTMENT PLAN WITH THE ESTIMATED REMAINDER TO RAISE SHOWN IN GRAY.

AND I THINK THIS IS INSTRUCTIVE BECAUSE THE, UM, THE, THE BLUE REPRESENTS CITY ARPA FUNDS, WHICH WE STRATEGICALLY SPREAD ACROSS THE, UM, THE CATEGORIES WANTING TO GET THE WORK STARTED, BUT ALSO LEAVING SPACE FOR PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND OTHER FUNDERS TO COME IN.

UH, THE ORANGE ARE OTHER COMMITTED AND ANTICIPATED FUNDS.

UH, AND THEN OF COURSE, AS I SAID, THE GRAY IS THE AMOUNT THAT HAS TO BE RAISED.

WE, UM, IT, THE GREATEST GAINS THAT WE HAVE SEEN ARE IN CAPITAL INVESTMENTS AND CORE HOUSING PROGRAMS. SO MUCH OF THE PRIVATE FUNDING THAT HAS COME IN THUS FAR HAS BEEN IN CAPITAL FOR BRICKS AND MORTAR UNITS.

AND THAT'S REFLECTED IN, UM, IN THE GRAPH HERE.

WE'VE ALSO MADE GOOD PROGRESS IN THE CORE HOUSING PROGRAMS, UM, PSH AND RAPID REHOUSING.

UH, 82% OF OUR INVESTMENT GOAL GOAL IS COMMITTED, UH, IN THAT CATEGORY.

AND I SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT IN THE CAPITAL, UH, CATEGORY WE ARE AT OVER 80% AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO AS YOU RECALL, AS PART OF THE CITY'S OVERALL $106.7 MILLION, UH, W W THAT WILL BE USED ACROSS THE CATEGORIES THAT YOU SAW IN THE LAST SLIDE.

UM, UM, AND WE ANTICIPATE APPROXIMATELY QUARTERLY COMING BACK TO COUNCIL WITH AN UPDATE, NOT ONLY ON FUNDRAISING, BUT ALSO ON EXPENDITURES AT THIS TIME, WE'RE FAIRLY EARLY IN THE GAME.

AND SO WE'VE ONLY HAD EXPENDITURES OF APPROXIMATELY 4.8 MILLION, UM, ALMOST ENTIRELY IN CAPITAL.

AND SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO SHOW YOU A FULL, UM, BYLINE LIST OF EXPENDITURES, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A MUCH AT THIS TIME.

WE ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF BEGINNING TO DEPLOY THE FUNDS, UH, WHILE THAT SPENDING HAS BEEN MODEST TODAY, WHAT WE'RE SHARING TODAY IS A BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT HOW WE EXPECT TO DEPLOY THE RESOURCES WE'RE ROUTING FUNDS THROUGH A NUMBER OF CITY DEPARTMENTS.

UH, WE CURRENTLY PROJECT THAT ABOUT 27 MILLION WILL FLOW THROUGH A COMBINATION OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

THAT'S MOSTLY CAPITAL DOWNTOWN AUSTIN, COMMUNITY COURT.

THAT'S MOSTLY DIRECT SERVICES AND SOME CONTRACTED SOCIAL SERVICES AND A COUPLE OF OTHER, UH, MINOR, UH, ALLOCATIONS WITH THE REMAINING A LION'S SHARE OF THE FUNDS 79 MILLION BEING ALLOCATED THROUGH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

UM, ALSO BEARS NOTING THAT ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE FUNDS WILL BE INVESTED DIRECTLY BY THE CITY, UH, EITHER ON CAPITAL OR STAFFING FOR DIRECT SERVICES OR ADMINISTRATION.

THE OTHER 75% WILL BE DEPLOYED THROUGH SOLICITATION OUT TO CONTRACTED SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SO WITH APH BEING THE GREATEST SOURCE OR, OR, UH, UH, DEPARTMENT THROUGH WHICH WE WILL DEPLOY FUNDS, UH, I WANTED TO HAVE A KESHA JOHNSON SMOTHERS FROM, UH, APH IS A COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCE UNIT COME AND GIVE YOU AN OVERVIEW OF THE SERIES OF SOLICITATIONS THAT WE ANTICIPATE TO MOVE THOSE DOLLARS INTO THE COMMUNITY.

GOOD MORNING, MAYOR, MAYOR PRO TEM, HARPER, MADISON CITY MANAGERS, UM, CROCK AND MEMBERS OF THE DYES.

MY NAME IS THE KESHA JOHNSON SMOTHERS.

I AM THE COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES UNIT MANAGER WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

CAN YOU HEAR ME WHAT THIS MASK ON? I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE GOOD.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

I WANTED TO PRESENT TO YOU THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, ACTUALLY OUR PLAN, AS IT RELATES TO HOMELESS SOLICITATIONS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES AT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, JUST A QUICK HISTORY BASED ON THE STRATEGIC DIRECTION, 2023 AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH ALREADY HAD A PLAN TO SOLICIT OUR HOMELESS ISSUE AREA CONTRACTS.

UM, THAT FUNDING WOULD BE SUPPORTED BY AGENCIES THAT ARE CURRENTLY FUNDED FOR SOCIAL SERVICES WITHIN HOMELESS WITH THE HOMELESS ISSUE AREA, BUT THOSE CONTRACTS WERE EXPIRING SO THAT THOSE FUNDS WILL BE IN THE SOLICITATION.

AND THOSE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED, UH, THAT THEIR, THEIR FUNDING WILL BE GOING INTO THE OPEN SOLICITATION.

ADDITIONALLY, OUR FEDERAL FUNDS FROM OUR EMERGENCY LOOSE SOLUTIONS GRANT ESG, UM, WILL ALSO BE A PART OF THAT SOLICITATION.

BUT WITH THE ADDITION OF ARPA FUZZ, AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS, THAT GAVE US A VERY UNIQUE AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND OUR FINANCIAL IMPACT ON HOMELESS, UM, ON, ON THE HOMELESS ISSUE AREA.

SO WITH THAT, WE DECIDED, AND IT, BECAUSE WAS SO MUCH, UM, SO MUCH FUNDS COMING IN, WE DECIDED TO ROLL OUR SOLICITATION OUT IN A THREE PHASE IN THREE PHASES WITH THE FIRST PHASE BEING OUR HOUSING STABILIZATION PHASE,

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UH, THIS PARTICULAR PHASE WE'LL HOST, UM, ACTUALLY, AND IT'S OPEN NOW, I'M REALLY, REALLY EXCITED OPEN ON YESTERDAY.

THE SOLICITATION IS OUR REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL, FOR APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT SOCIAL SERVICES AROUND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, RAPID REHOUSING AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES THAT INCLUDE LANDLORD OUTREACH AND INCENTIVES, HOUSING NAVIGATION, AND MOVING SUPPLY SERVICES.

THIS SOLICITATION, IT, IT WILL HOUSE ABOUT $53 MILLION IN INVESTMENT, UH, INVESTMENTS.

SO WE ARE REALLY, REALLY EXCITED.

AS I STATED EARLIER, IT IS OPEN VR.

YOU CAN ACCESS THE SOLICITATION VRI APH COMPETITION'S WEB PAGE.

THE APPLICATION IS SLATED TO STAY OPEN UNTIL MARCH 9TH.

OUR PHASE TWO, UH, SOLICITATION WILL FOCUS ON CRISIS RESPONSE AND WITHIN THIS SOLICITATION, IT WILL HOW IT WILL ACTUALLY BE RFP AS WELL.

OUR REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL, FOR SHELTER STREET OUTREACH AND OTHER CRISIS SERVICE SERVICE SERVICES THAT FALL WITHIN THAT RESPONSE.

UM, WE'RE, WE'RE STILL KIND OF MATCHING UP THE DOLLARS FOR THAT ONE, BUT WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING TO PUT AT ABOUT APPROXIMATELY 10 TO 12 MILLION ON THAT ONE, AND THAT IS SLATED TO OPEN ON MARCH 22ND.

AND OUR FINAL PHASE OF THE SUBSTATION SCHEDULE IS OUR REDUCTION OF INFLOW AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

AND WITHIN THIS PHASE WHERE WE SEEK TO X FOR PROPOSALS AROUND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, BENEFITS, ACCESS, AND CAPACITY BUILDING, AND AGAIN, THE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THIS ARE STILL IN.

WE'RE STILL FIGURING THAT OUT, BUT IT'S SLATED TO BEING ON ANOTHER APPROXIMATE $10 MILLION INVESTMENT, IF NOT MORE.

AND THAT PHASE IS IT'S LATER TO OPEN MAY, 2022.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

AND THAT COMPLETES MY PART OF THE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU, ACACIA AND ACACIA WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION.

SO THE NEXT BRIEFING TOPIC IS THE HEAL INITIATIVE.

UM, AND OF COURSE THE PURPOSE OF THE HEAL INITIATIVE IS TO PROVIDE A RESPONSE TO THOSE ENCAMPMENTS, PRESENTING THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY RISKS, AND RESOLVE THOSE SITES BY PROVIDING OCCUPANTS WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO NON CONGREGATE BRIDGE SHELTER.

AND LONGER-TERM HOUSING SOLUTIONS, UH, HEAL WAS INITIALLY APPROVED BY COUNCIL ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR AGO ON FEBRUARY 4TH AND THE FIRST ENCAMPMENT, UH, WHAT RELOCATION OCCURRED ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO AFTER INITIAL FUNDING OF $3 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 21, WE ANTICIPATE AT LEAST A SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS THIS FISCAL YEAR THROUGH A OF GENERAL FUNDS AND, UH, AND, AND ARPA DOLLARS, UH, UH, THROUGH WHICH WE HAVE SET ASIDE $6 MILLION FOR HEAL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO FROM INCEPTION OF THE HEAL INITIATIVE, WE HAVE SERVED 182, UH, PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN RELOCATED FROM SIX ENCAMPMENTS, OUR FISCAL YEAR TO DATE, UH, 40 INDIVIDUALS SERVED AND RELOCATED FROM TWO ENCAMPMENTS, UH, AND THAT GOES TOWARD OUR FISCAL YEAR GOAL OF 200 PERSONS SERVED.

UH, WE ANTICIPATE THAT, UH, WE ARE ON GOOD TRACK TO MEET THAT GOAL AT THIS TIME, UM, AND ARE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND THAT NUMBER IF POSSIBLE.

I THINK THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INITIATIVE THUS FAR IS, UH, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT IS THAT WE'VE HAD A 93% RATE OF ACCEPTANCE INTO SHELTER.

IN OTHER WORDS OF INDIVIDUALS IN ENCAMPMENTS THAT WE OFFERED TRANSFERS TO SHELTER, 93% HAVE SAID YES, AND MADE THAT MOVE INTO SHELTER, UH, WHICH IS I THINK, UH, AN IMPORTANT, UH, DATA-DRIVEN POINT WHEN WE ARE CONFRONTED SOMETIMES WITH THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS, UH, PREFER TO LIVE IN THOSE CONDITIONS.

WE HAVE PERMANENTLY REHOUSED 32 TO DATE.

UH, WE HAVE HAD SOME CHALLENGES AND I THINK A PRIMARY AMONG THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN THAT IN AN ALREADY HISTORIC STRONG, TIGHT RENTAL MARKET OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, WE'VE SEEN IT BECOME EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS TO SECURE UNITS IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO THAT'S EXTENDED THE TIME THAT PEOPLE STAY IN BRIDGE HOUSE, A SHELTER BEFORE THEY GET INTO PERMANENT HOUSING.

AND OF COURSE, AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN THAT BRIDGE SHELTER BED, UH, THAT CONSTRAINS OUR ABILITY TO ADDRESS MORE ENCAMPMENTS.

I MOVE MORE PEOPLE INTO SHELTER EARLY ON.

WE DID HAVE SOME CAPACITY ISSUES IN OUR RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM SIMPLY BECAUSE THE FIRST FOUR ENCAMPMENTS HAD MORE INDIVIDUALS THAN WAS ORIGINALLY PROJECTED THROUGH THE, UM, THROUGH THE FOUNDING RESOLUTION.

WE BELIEVE WE'VE RESOLVED THAT FOR NOW, AND WE ARE SEEKING MORE RAPID

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REHOUSING PROVIDERS THROUGH THE SOLICITATION THAT ACACIA JUST SPOKE TO.

AND THEN FINALLY, WE HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT ATTRITION, FRUIT FROM SHELTER, AND WE THINK THAT THIS IS RELATED THE LONGER PEOPLE ARE IN SHELTER BEFORE WE CAN GET THEM INTO PERMANENT HOUSING.

THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO LOSE THEM FROM THAT SHELTER.

UH, WE ASK OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THEM EVEN AFTER THEY LEAVE SHELTER.

BUT OF COURSE THE IDEAL SCENARIO IS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO KEEP THEM STAY STABLE IN SHELTER, UH, UNTIL THE TIME OF THEIR PERMANENT REHOUSING.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AND WE'LL BE LOOKING TO IMPROVE UPON AS WE DEVELOP THE PROGRAM FURTHER.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UH, I WANTED TO HAVE A QUICK REMINDER ABOUT HEAL PRIORITIZATION HEAL.

OF COURSE, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, UM, TO, TO ESTABLISH, UH, REPEATEDLY IS, UH, JUST A VERY SMALL SUBSET OF THE INTERVENTIONS THAT WE HAVE IN UNSHELTERED ENCAMPMENTS IN THE CITY, UNFORTUNATELY AT PRESENT.

UM, WE, UH, WE'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ASSEMBLE THE RESOURCES QUITE YET TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THAT PERMANENT HOUSING TO EVERYONE WHO IS THE SUBJECT OF ENFORCEMENT OF THE CAMPING ORDINANCE.

UM, AND SO WE, WE'RE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT FOCUSING ON, UH, UH, ESSENTIALLY, UH, PROTECTING LIFE.

AND SO LOOKING AT THOSE ENCAMPMENTS WHERE THE CONCERNS AROUND PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY ARE THE GREATEST.

UH, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A PROTOTYPE MOBILE PRIORITIZATION TOOL, WHICH ALLOWS CITY STAFF TO GO INTO THE ENCAMPMENTS, UH, AND CAPTURE INFORMATION RELATED TO THE CRITERIA FOR HEEL PRIORITIZATION.

THERE ARE 40 STANDARDIZED VARIABLES.

UM, AND CURRENTLY WE, UM, WE HAVE FOUR CITY DEPORT DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE TESTING AND USING THAT TOOL, UH, THAT INCLUDES, UH, MY DIVISION HOMELESS STRATEGY DIVISION PART WATERSHED AND PUBLIC WORKS.

UM, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO REFINE THAT OVER WET, UH, OVER TIME.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE IS SIMPLY A REMINDER OF THE, UH, PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY FACTORS THAT ARE ASSESSED.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FOR THOSE ENCAMPMENTS THAT WE HAVE PRIORITIZE NOW USING THIS TOOL, UH, IN MOST CASES, THERE ARE VERY SUBSTANTIAL RISKS IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES.

UH, SO, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE THERE ARE RISKS PRESENTED BY LIVING, UH, IN AN UNSHELTERED CONDITION, UH, ACROSS THE BOARD.

BUT THESE ARE THOSE WHERE WE SEE, UM, UH, JUST, UH, A HOST OF ISSUES THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO PREVIEW A NUMBER OF ONGOING PROJECTS OF INTEREST, AS WELL AS SOME EMERGING INTERESTS THAT COUNCIL CAN EXPECT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT OVER THE COMING WEEKS.

UH, THESE INCLUDE, AS I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, THE CONVERSION, UH, THE HOTEL CONVERSION PROJECTS FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, UH, THE RESPONSE TO UNAUTHORIZED HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS AND COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPERATIONS MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UM, IN 2021, UH, COUNCIL AUTHORIZED THE ACQUISITION OF TWO HOTELS.

UM, AND WE COMPLETED THOSE ACQUISITIONS DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR 21, UM, UH, ITEM ON, I BELIEVE THIS WEEK'S OR LAST WEEK'S AGENDA CREATED A NONPROFIT SUBSIDIARY OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION OWNERSHIP OF THOSE HOTELS WILL BE MOVED INTO, UH, UH, THOSE NEW NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS, UH, IN TERMS OF A QUICK, UH, A QUICK UPDATE ON PROCESS FOUR BUNGALOWS AT CENTURY PARK, WHICH IS THE PROPERTY THAT IS ON BURNET ROAD, UH, WHERE WE ANTICIPATE 60 UNITS OF HOUSING.

WE CLOSED ACQUISITION IN JULY OF 2021 INTEGRAL CARE IS UNDER CONTRACT AS A SERVICE PROVIDER AND OPERATOR, UH, RENOVATION IS ON THE CURRENT COUNCIL AGENDA, THE FUNDS FOR RE RENOVATION TO INTEGRAL CARE, I SHOULD SAY.

AND WE HAVE HAD 50 PROJECT-BASED VOUCHERS AWARDED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WHICH WILL FUND THE BASIC OPERATIONS OF THE FACILITY WHILE THE CITY FUNDS SERVICES.

WE HAVE A SECOND HOTEL IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN AND DISTRICT SIX ON PECAN PARK.

UH, THAT WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 78 UNITS OF HOUSING, UH, FINAL NAME TO BE DETERMINED.

UH, WE, I THINK IT WILL BE SEXIER THAN PECAN PARK.

PSH, UH, WE CLOSE ACQUISITION OF THAT PROJECT IN AUGUST OF 2021, UH, AND EXPECT TO BRING THE FUNDING ACTION FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION IN, IN MARCH, UH, AND WITH A, A CONSIDERATION OF A SERVICE CONTRACT AND OPERATING CONTRACT WITH THE PROVIDER, UH, LIKELY IN MARCH OR APRIL, WE HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR 50 HAKA VOUCHERS ON THAT PROJECT AS WELL.

THAT APPLICATION WENT IN, UM, IN, UH, ON

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JANUARY 17TH.

SO FOR ALL OF THE MOVING PIECES TO COME TOGETHER, AND THAT INCLUDES BOTH COMPLETING THE RENOVATION AND THEN GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS WITH HAKA TO GET THE VOUCHERS FINALIZED, WHICH DOES TAKE A BIT OF TIME.

OUR PROJECTED OCCUPANCY FOR THESE PROJECTS IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

SO THERE CONTINUE TO BE MANY QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC SPACES AS RELATES TO HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS.

UH, AND WE DO ANTICIPATE GIVING, UH, A FULL BRIEFING AT A FUTURE TIME.

BUT TODAY I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A GENERAL UPDATE ON PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT AND ALSO GIVE YOU A RELATED PREVIEW OF A PROJECT THAT WE HAVE UNDERWAY WITH PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES.

SO WHILE, UM, APD HAS AUTHORITY TO ENFORCE THE CAMPING ORDINANCE AT ANY TIME, TYPICALLY RESOLUTION OF UNAUTHORIZED AND CAMPUS DOES REQUIRE MULTI-DEPARTMENT COORDINATION.

UH, WE KNOW THAT VACATED ENCAMPMENTS THAT AREN'T ADDRESSED AND THE SITES AREN'T RESTORED TO THEIR FORMER CONDITION ARE QUITE LIKELY TO BE REOCCUPIED.

AND THERE ARE ALSO ISSUES AROUND LEGAL ISSUES AROUND THE TREATMENT OF OCCUPANTS BELONGINGS THAT WE HAVE TO BE RESPECTFUL OF.

UM, AND SO, UH, IN MOST CASES, WHEN THERE IS AN ENCAMPMENT OF CONCERN, IT REALLY DOES REQUIRE A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS TO BE INVOLVED SINCE, UH, AUGUST OF 2021, WHICH IS WHEN THE CAMPING ORDINANCE WENT INTO EFFECT.

UH, THE REQUESTS FOR SERVICE FOR, UH, ENCAMPMENTS HAVE FAR OUTSTRIPPED CAPACITY OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS TO RESPOND.

AND SO SINCE THAT TIME, WELL OVER 70 ENCAMPMENTS, AND THAT'S NOT INCLUDING INDEPENDENT APD ENFORCEMENT, IT'S NOT INCLUDING THE HEAL INITIATIVE OR SITES THAT HAVE SIMPLY BEEN ABANDONED OVER 70 AND CAMP MINTS HAVE BEEN CLEARED AFTER AN INITIAL FOCUS AT UNDERPASSES.

UM, THAT PUBLIC WORKS HAD A CLEAN, IT HAD CLEANING CONTRACTS ON, THERE'S BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL FOCUS ON PARKS AND RECREATION PROPERTIES WHERE WE KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CONCERN.

UH, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WHAT WE'RE FINDING IS IN THE LARGER, PARTICULARLY MORE REMOTE SITES OFTEN HAVE VERY COMPLEX ACCESS WHERE WE HAVE TO CUT DOWN TREES, CREATE PATHS FOR HEAVY MACHINERY AND ARE TAKING IN SOME CASES, UH, NOT JUST MULTIPLE DAYS, BUT SOMETIMES WEEKS TO CLEAR, JUST AS AN INDICATION.

I THINK THAT'S ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT'S BEING DONE.

WE ASKED SOME OF OUR PUBLIC SPACE PARTNERS TO PROVIDE US WITH SOME INDICATION OF THE AMOUNT OF REFUSE THAT HAS BEEN, UH, COLLECTED FROM SITES IN GENERAL.

AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY IS 829.

TONS.

MUCH OF THAT IS FROM JUST A COUPLE OF ENCAMPMENTS.

PUBLIC WORKS 177 TONS THAT'S FROM UNDER, UH, OVERPASSES AND AUSTIN WATERSHED, UM, UH, 38.5.

AND SO I THINK THAT THE PIECE THAT WE WANT TO RAISE FOR CAMP COUNCIL IS THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S FRUSTRATION IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THERE'S ALSO A VERY SIGNIFICANT STRAIN ON BUDGETS, ON STAFF AND ON SERVICES AS, UM, AS DEPARTMENT'S ATTENTION IS DRAWN FROM THEIR OTHER ACTIVITIES AS WELL.

WE'VE SEEN ACCELERATED SPEND DOWN ON OUR THIRD PARTY CLEANUP CONTRACTS IN SOME CASES, UH, VERY OFTEN THERE ARE MULTIPLE AVENUES FOR SERVICE REQUESTS TO COME IN, WHICH CAN BE CONFUSING, CAN RESULT IN DUPLICATION OF EFFORT AND TAKES A LOT OF TIME.

AND IT'S A BIT FURTHER FRUSTRATING FOR FIELD STAFF BECAUSE THEY OFTEN WILL CLEAR AN ENCAMPMENT AND THEY MAY ENCOUNTER THE SAME INDIVIDUALS IN AN ENCAMPMENT THAT'S, RE-ESTABLISHED JUST DOWN THE ROAD WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THE ENCAMPMENT THAT HAS BEEN ADDRESSED.

AND SO, UM, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL CRISIS HOUSING AND ADDITIONAL PERMANENT HOUSING ARE HUGE PIECES OF THAT.

BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO, UM, IN ADDITION TO THOSE EFFORTS IS TO ALSO LOOK AT THE PROCESS AND THE PROTOCOLS THAT ARE IN PLACE FOR CITY PUBLIC MANAGEMENT STAFF, AND SEE IF WE CAN'T IMPROVE THAT PROCESS AND MAKE IT, UM, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE AND LESS STRESSFUL, FRANKLY, FOR THE STAFF THAT ARE DOING THE WORK.

SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, TO THAT END IN THE FALL, WE ASKED THE OFFICE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT TO HELP US WITH A PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, UH, FOR OUR ENCAMPMENT MANAGEMENT.

AND, UM, THEY BEGAN WORKING WITH US THEN OVER THE COURSE OF NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME WITH THE INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS, IDENTIFYING PAIN POINTS OF WHICH THERE ARE MANY.

UM, AND WE HAD A COUPLE OF PLANNING, UH, SESSIONS EARLY THIS MONTH THAT, UH, IDENTIFIED SEVERAL POTENTIAL, UM,

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UH, UH, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROCESS.

THE PRIMARY OF WHICH IS A UNIFIED RESPONSE STRUCTURE.

WE NEED A CLEAR SENSE OF HOW WE RECEIVE INFORMATION, HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE, HOW RESOURCES ARE DEPLOYED AND HOW WE PRIORITIZE WHERE WE'RE DOING OUR WORK.

BECAUSE WHILE I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL SEE AN IMPROVEMENT, UH, IT IS GOING TO BE OVER TIME AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE TO, UH, TO, UH, PRIORITIZE OUR SITES.

SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND SO THIS UNIFIED RESPONSE SYSTEM IS OUR FIRST, UM, IS OUR FIRST STEP.

UH, IT INCLUDES, UH, AS I SAID, COORDINATED PRIORITIZATION RESOURCE DEPLOYMENT, ALSO COMMUNICATION, BOTH, UH, WITH THE PUBLIC AND WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND THEN, UM, MORE ROBUST STANDARDIZED PROTOCOLS AROUND SOME OF THE SERIOUS CHALLENGES THAT ARE BEING ENCOUNTERED IN THE FIELD, LIKE THE CLEANUP OF BIOHAZARDS TREATMENT OF PROPERTY.

AS I DISCUSSED EARLIER, ENSURING THAT WE ARE ADHERING TO APPLICABLE LAW, ET CETERA, EVENTUALLY, UM, WE ARE DEFINITELY SEEING A NEED FOR SOME CENTRALIZED HUB FOR STAFF RESOURCES AND INCREASED STAFF TRAINING, UH, FOR THOSE FRONTLINE WORKERS.

AND WE CERTAINLY SEE SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, BUT WE NEED TO GET OUR PROCESS IN PLACE BEFORE AND THEN IDENTIFY THE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SOLUTIONS THAT MIGHT SUPPORT IT.

THAT IN AND OF ITSELF IS A BIT OF A LONGER, UH, TIMELINE.

SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS INDICATES ESSENTIALLY WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW WITH THAT UNIFIED RESPONSE PLANNING.

UH, WE'VE IDENTIFIED THAT AS OUR, OUR PRIMARY PRIORITY AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT HAS AGREED TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH A SMALLER GROUP OVER THE COMING WEEKS TO DEVISE, UM, DEVISE A SYSTEM AND SOME PROTOCOLS.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO FINAL ITEM OF THE BRIEFING IS AROUND COLD WEATHER SHELTER.

UH, THE MAYOR MENTIONED AT THE OPENING OF OUR MEETING THIS MORNING THAT WE EXPECT INCLEMENT WEATHER THIS WEEK.

UM, AND, UM, WITH THAT, WE ANTICIPATE ACTIVATING OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPERATION, UM, UH, AS WE DO, UM, TYPICALLY DURING, UM, DURING SUCH, UH, SUCH EVENTS.

AND SO, UM, I WANTED TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT THAT OPERATION LOOKS LIKE.

UH, AND THEN ALSO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME POTENTIAL CHANGES THAT WE SEE ON THE HORIZON.

UH, WE ACTIVATE, UM, WHEN TEMPERATURE OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURE IS FREEZING, OR IF IT'S 35 DEGREES WITH RAIN OR HIGH WINDS, UM, WE COMMUNICATE VIA A HOTLINE.

UH, THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE AT HAYSOM, UH, UH, TENDS TO PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE.

WE HAVE REVERSE TEXT MESSAGING FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE, EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, AND WE CERTAINLY MAKE USE OF, UM, LISTSERVS AND OTHER FORUM IN THE COMMUNITY FOR HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS.

UH, ONE TEXAS CENTER IS OUR EMBARKATION, UH, SITE REGISTRATION IS, UH, FROM SIX TO 8:00 PM ONSITE.

WE HAVE COVID SCREENING.

WE ALSO OFFER COVID VACCINES AND FLU VACCINES ONSITE.

IT IS STAFFED BY CITY EMPLOYEES FOR THE MOST PART WITH SOME ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM INTEGRAL CARE AND AT TIMES ECHO, UH, BUT THEY'RE NOT DEDICATED STAFF.

THEY ARE STAFF THAT ARE DOING THIS IN ADDITION TO THEIR REGULAR DUTIES, UH, WHEN THERE IS, UM, A NEED FOR A LATE TRANSFER OUTSIDE OF THAT SIX TO 8:00 PM REGISTRATION TIME, OUR PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS ARE INSTRUCTED TO CALL THE HAYSOM DUTY OFFICER AND HELP THEM, UM, HELP THEM, UH, IDENTIFY HOW THEY CAN TRANSFER SOMEONE TO SHELTER.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

GREAT.

SO THE COLD WEATHER SHELTER SITES THEMSELVES ARE THREE, UH, PARKS AND RECREATION RECREATION CENTERS.

WE ACTIVATE THOSE ON A ROLLING BASIS AS THEY ARE NEEDED, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE ARRIVE.

THE TOTAL CAPACITY OF THOSE THREE RECREATION CENTERS AT PRESENT IS ABOUT 225.

THAT IS DECREASED FROM OUR PREVIOUS CAPACITY PRE COVID CAPITAL, METRO TRANSPORTS, UH, INDIVIDUALS FROM THE EMBARKATION CENTER TO THOSE SHELTERS.

THERE IS NO OVERNIGHT SHELTERING AT ONE TEXAS CENTER.

UM, AND THE RELEASE TIME IN THE MORNING IS TYPICALLY AROUND 6:00 AM WITH CAPITAL METRO, TRANSFERRING PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN.

IF THERE ARE NOT COMPETING ACTIVITIES AT THE REC CENTERS AND THE WEATHER CONTINUES TO BE COLD, WE, UM, TRY TO HOLD PEOPLE A BIT LONGER WHEN WE CAN, UH, AT THE SHELTERS AGAIN, TYPICALLY STAFFED BY, UH, PARD STAFF, UH, ON TOP OF THEIR REGULAR DUTIES.

AND WE DO USUALLY HAVE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT ONSITE

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AS WELL.

AND SO, UM, THERE ARE A FEW CONSIDERATIONS HERE.

ONE IS THAT IF YOU'VE HEARD A DESCRIPTION OF OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPERATIONS PREVIOUSLY, THIS MAY SOUND A BIT DIFFERENT.

HISTORICALLY MUCH OF COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPERATION DEPENDED ON OUR FAITH BASED COMMUNITY WHO OPENED UP CHURCHES AND TOOK FOLKS INTO THOSE CHURCHES, PROVIDED THEM WITH FOOD AND VOLUNTEERS TO DO THE STAFFING BECAUSE OF COVID BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS, UM, YOU KNOW, MIGHT BE OF SOME ADVANCED AGE, AND THERE WERE MORE CONCERNS AROUND HEALTH.

UH, MOST OF THOSE CHURCHES ELECTED NOT TO PARTICIPATE, UH, AT THIS TIME, AT LEAST NOT AT THE HIGHER ELEVATED RISK LEVELS THAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW.

SO THE OPERATION HAS REALLY FALLEN BACK ON TO THE CITY, UH, FOR, FOR THIS YEAR AND IN TO, TO A GREAT DEGREE LAST YEAR, AS WELL.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE HEARING A LOT OF COMMUNITY INPUT CONCERNS ABOUT, UM, THE, THE SCOPE, UM, THE SCALE AND THE ACCESS TO COLD WEATHER SHELTER.

SO SHOULD THE TEMPERATURE, UH, THRESHOLD BE HIGHER BECAUSE IT'S STILL AWFULLY COLD AT 37 DEGREES OUTSIDE.

UM, HOW DO PEOPLE ACCESS, UM, IS IT REASONABLE TO EXPECT THAT EVERYONE CAN MAKE THEIR WAY DOWNTOWN AND WHAT IS OUR CAPACITY? SO ALL OF THOSE I THINK ARE REASONABLE QUESTIONS, BUT THEY DO HAVE SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS AND THE, THE, UH, DEDICATED BUDGET FOR COLD WEATHER SHELTER IS CURRENTLY ZERO.

SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE OVER THE YEARS TO DO THIS WITH A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS, ET CETERA.

AND I THINK THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, AS COVID, UH, UH, HOPEFULLY DECREASES ITS INTENSITY, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DRAW, UH, THE COMMUNITY BACK INTO THIS WORK.

BUT I STILL THINK THERE, WE REALLY ARE AT A POINT OF RECONSIDERING, WHETHER OUR COLD WEATHER SHELTER PLAN REFLECTS WHERE WE ARE AS A COMMUNITY WITH THE SIZE OF OUR UNSHELTERED POPULATION.

UM, MANY OF THE CHRONIC CONDITIONS THAT WE SEE IN THE UNSHELTERED POPULATION, ET CETERA.

SO APH AT THE DIRECTION OF DIRECTOR STIRRUP HAS BEGUN LOOKING AT, UH, THE POSSIBILITY OF WHETHER WE COULD OFFER OVER TIME, FOR EXAMPLE, TO EXEMPT STAFF, BUT THAT'S JUST ONE POSSIBILITY.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY BEGINNING TO, UH, TRY TO OUTLINE WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE FOR ENHANCING THE COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPERATION, AND WHAT THE RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS MIGHT BE.

AND WITH THAT, I WILL PAUSE AND AM HAPPY TO TAKE QUESTIONS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, HE RETURN THE, UH, SCREEN TO THE BODY.

UM, I DON'T SEE ANY HANDS RAISED, SO I'LL KICK IT OFF.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR, UM, UH, THE, UH, FOR ONE, I WANT TO, TO, TO NOTE THE SLIDE THAT SHOWS HOW WELL THE LARGE FUNDRAISE IS, IS GOING TO $500 MILLION, SEEMED LIKE AN INSURMOUNTABLE TASK AND, AND, AND ANY OTHER TIME WOULD BE, UH, BUT REAL OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED AND ONGOING CONVERSATIONS.

I UNDERSTAND WITH SOME OF THE OTHER, UH, LARGE CORPORATIONS AND THEN FOUNDATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO GOOD LUCK IN GETTING THAT DONE, HOPEFULLY WE'LL, YOU CAN, WE CAN, WE CAN ALL CLOSE THE LOOP AND THANKS TO THE FOLKS WITH, UH, UH, HOW'S, UH, HOW'S AUSTIN, ATX SLIDING HOME ATX AND THE SUMMIT GROUP, UH, THAT HAS PEOPLE IN BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATIONS.

SO THANK YOU TO, TO THEM, UH, AND TO, UH, THE GROUP THAT, UH, LED MEREDITH IS, UH, IS, IS HELPING TO FACILITATE, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR, UH, KEISHA AND YOU WITH RESPECT TO, UH, UH, THE CONTRACTS.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE THE RFPS BEING ADMINISTERED.

IT'S GREAT TO SEE THEM GOING AT IT'S SCALE.

UH, IT'S GREAT HAVING THAT HAPPEN.

UM, I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED AS I LOOK AT THE CHART TO SEE CAPACITY BUILDING OR MAY COME UP IN PHASE THREE, UH, AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE AN EXPECTATION ON THE STREET THAT EVEN WITH RESPECT TO THE INITIAL SPEND OF THE $53 MILLION, WE'VE INSTITUTIONALIZED OR INCORPORATED THE CAPACITY BUILDING COMPONENT.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT'S ASKING, UM, SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR A LONG TIME AND DO IT VERY WELL AS PART OF THEIR CONTRACTS OF THE $53 MILLION TO HELP MENTOR

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OR BRING IN OR EXPOSED TO, UH, SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT WOULD LATER BE, UM, UM, UH, HOPEFULLY EXPANDING AND STANDING UP ON THEIR OWN.

UM, BUT I HOPE THAT CAPACITY BUILDING IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BOTH PHASE ONE AND PHASE TWO, NOT JUST WAITING TO PHASE THREE.

AND IF NOT STATED IN THE RFP WOULD BE PUT INTO THE CONTRACTS WITH THE PROVIDERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING THAT.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT CAPACITY BUILDING AS PART OF STAGE ONE? ABSOLUTELY.

UM, THIS CURRENT, THIS CURRENT PHASE AND DIANE, I'M GOING TO DEFINITELY WANT TO YOU AS WELL, THIS CURRENT PHASE, AS IN PHASE ONE, UM, OUR HOME STRATEGY DIVISION IS GOING TO BE DOING SOME LISTENING SESSIONS WITH PROVIDERS IN THE COMMUNITY COMMUNITY THAT WILL SPEAK TO THAT.

WE'LL LOOK FOR WHAT DOES CAPACITY BUILDING MEAN TO YOU, AND THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO SEE WHAT THE NEED IS AND, AND ALLOW US TO REALLY SHIFT THOSE, THOSE PARTICULAR FUNDS IN THAT DIRECTION.

AND IT MAY BE A MULTITUDE OF THINGS THAT MAY COME OUT OF THESE LISTENING SESSIONS, BUT THAT'S WHY WE DIDN'T SPECIFICALLY PUT IT IN THIS FIRST PHASE, BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO A LISTENING SESSION AND SEE WHERE THE KNEE, WHERE THE KNEE REALLY, REALLY IS.

UM, IN ADDITION TO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE, WE, WE DO PLAN AND LOOK AT OUR APPLICANTS AND SEE WHERE NEEDS ARE AND DISCUSS WITH OUR HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, AS IT RELATES TO CAPACITY BUILDING THAT MAY NEED TO HAPPEN TODAY VERSUS IN THE THIRD PHASE.

SO WE ARE DEFINITELY, OUR PLAN IS TO REMAIN OPEN AS IT RELATES TO THAT.

UM, BUT WE WANTED TO SHAPE IT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO DO LISTENING SESSIONS.

SO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE COVER EVERY COMPONENT OF CAPACITY BUILDING AS WELL, GOING INTO, DO YOU WANT TO ADD TO THAT? YEAH, KEISHA, AND SO, UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS, WHEN WE TALKED, WE SHOWED THE SLIDE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THROUGH WHICH WE'RE DEPLOYING RESOURCES, UM, OUTSIDE OF THE APH PROCESS, UM, WE ARE WORKING WITH THE INNOVATION OFFICE ON A SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM, WHICH WE'LL LAUNCH SOON.

UM, AND THAT WILL BE SMALLER GRANTS THAT ARE EXPLICITLY ONLY CAPACITY BUILDING.

SO REALLY LOOKING AT LETTING GROUPS AGAIN, SUBSEQUENT, UM, AND, AND RELATED TO THESE LISTENING SESSIONS THAT WE'RE ORGANIZING WITH ECHO TO SAY, HERE IS WHAT WE SEE WE NEED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO, UM, FRANKLY EFFECTIVELY APPLY EVEN FOR THE LARGER CITY SOLICITATIONS, WHICH ARE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE COMPLEX.

AND SO THOSE TWO TRACKS ARE HAPPENING, UH, IN PARALLEL, BUT THEN THERE WILL BE THE LARGER CAPACITY BUILDING, UH, IN PHASE THREE.

WE CAN CERTAINLY TALK ABOUT WHETHER WE COULD INTEGRATE IT INTO PHASE TWO AS WELL, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING, AND MY HOPE, I HOPE IT'D BE PHASE ONE AS WELL.

SO I HOPE SOME OF THE LISTENING SESSIONS HAPPENED BEFORE YOU SIGNED CONTRACTS IN PHASE ONE, WHEN PHASE ONE CONTRACTS COME BACK TO THE COUNCIL, I WILL BE ASKING AT THAT POINT, WHAT IS IT IN THESE PHASE ONE CONTRACTS THAT IS PROMOTING CAPACITY BUILDING? UH, SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HELP ORGANIZATIONS THAT MIGHT NOT BE AS FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS, BE ABLE TO BID AND COMPLETE APPLICATIONS IN PHASE ONE, AS OPPOSED TO HEARING IN PHASE THREE, THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD IN PHASE ONE.

IF WE HAD HELPED THEM FILL OUT THESE THINGS, UH, IF, UH, WE GET TO PHASE THREE AND IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT WE REALLY WANT SOME OF THE LARGER, UH, LEGACY GROUPS THAT ARE DOING PHENOMENAL WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY TO MAKE PART OF THEIR REQUIRED CHARGE, BRINGING IN SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS OR MENTORING, OR CREATING A SPOT ON THEIR STAFF, UH, FOR, UH, UH, CAPACITY BUILDING OUR LEVERAGE TO GET THEM TO DO THAT WILL BE PART OF THE PHASE ONE CONTRACT.

AND IF IT'S NOT PART OF THE PHASE ONE CONTRACT, WE MAY BE ASKING WITH, WITH NO, NO, NO LEVERAGE, UH, FOR THOSE ORGANIZATIONS.

SO MY, MY HOPE IS IS THAT EVERY, UH, THAT WE'LL BE ASKING WHEN THE PHASE ONE CONTRACTS COME BACK, HOW IS THIS CONTRACT BRINGING IN PEOPLE AND BUILDING CAPACITY, AS OPPOSED TO SAYING, WELL, WE'LL, WE'LL DEAL WITH THAT IN PHASE THREE, BECAUSE I'M CONCERNED THAT WE GET TO PHASE THREE, WE WILL HAVE MISSED A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK AGAIN.

SO, SO MY HOPE IS, IS THAT YOU INCORPORATE INTO EITHER THE RFP OR INTO THE CONTRACTS, THOSE KINDS THINGS, ALMOST ALL OF MY QUESTIONS WHEN PHASE ONE COMES BACK, CONTRACTS COME BACK TO THE COUNCIL WILL BE ABOUT HOW THEY'RE PROMOTING, HOW WE'VE BUILT INTO THOSE CONTRACTS AND INSTITUTIONALIZED INTO THOSE CONTRACTS AND THE PROCESS WE HAD IN PHASE ONE TO, TO PROMOTE THE, UH, TO PROMOTE CAPACITY BUILDING, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S A HUGE, WE CAN'T SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WITHOUT INCREASED CAPACITY OF EVERYBODY, THE LEGACY FOLKS, THE NEW FOLKS, WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO

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REALLY TRANSFORM THE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND OUR SYSTEM, BECAUSE OFTENTIMES BUILDING CAPACITIES IS ZERO SUM GAME, AND YOU'RE TAKING THINGS AWAY FROM LEGACY PEOPLE TO CREATE CAPACITY HERE.

WE'RE NOT DOING THAT BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE STEPPING UP AND EXPANDING.

SO I JUST URGE YOU TO, IT'S GOOD TO HEAR YOUR THINKING ABOUT IT, AND THAT'LL BE MY FOCUS WHEN THOSE CONTRACTS COME BACK.

I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A CUE FOR THAT, UH, ON THE, UM, THANK YOU, KEISHA.

UM, DIANA ON THE, UH, PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT IS A NEAR IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE.

UM, I SUPPORT, UH, UH, THE, THE POLICY AND THE PRACTICE OF REALLY FOCUSING ON DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO SOLVE THIS CHALLENGE INDEFINITELY.

UH, AND THAT MEANS BUILDING OUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM IN EACH OF ITS COMPONENTS AND TO BUILD EACH OF THOSE COMPONENTS IN SCALE TO ALL THE OTHER COMPONENTS, RATHER THAN INVESTING IN ANY ONE PART OF THAT AND MAKE IT OUT OF SCALE BECAUSE THEN THE SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK.

BUT I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THE REALITY IS THAT, UH, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PLACES FOR EVERYBODY TO GO.

AND IF WE WERE TO CREATE LOTS OF EMERGENCY SHELTER RIGHT NOW, WE COULD DO THAT.

WE COULD MOVE A LOT OF PEOPLE INTO THAT, BUT WE WOULDN'T THEN BE ABLE TO BUILD OUT THE REST OF THE SYSTEM.

AND WE WOULD BE LOCKED IN THIS INDEFINITE TIME PERIOD, AS SOME CITIES HAVE, WHO HAVE RUSHED IN TO DEAL WITH THAT IMMEDIATE NEED.

AND THEN THEY CAN'T PULL PEOPLE OUT OF THE EMERGENCIES INTO THE REST OF THE SYSTEM BECAUSE THE REST OF THE SYSTEM'S NOT BUILT OUT.

AND I KNOW IT'S HARD AND, AND, AND IN A LOT OF RESPECTS INHUMANE, UH, TO, TO NOT BE GIVING EVERYBODY A HOME AND SUPPORT SERVICES RIGHT AWAY.

UM, AND I RECOGNIZE THAT, BUT I SUPPORT THE POLICY AND THE PRACTICE BECAUSE I THINK, UM, IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT ONE, TWO AND THREE YEARS, BUT AT THE END OF THREE YEARS, WE'LL ACTUALLY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING THAT I'M NOT SURE ANY CITY OUR SIZE HAS EVER DONE IT.

IT'S THE LONG-TERM PLAY.

IT'S THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE PLAY.

IT'S THE BEST FOR THE, FOR THE, ULTIMATELY FOR THE, FOR THE, FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS OR MAY IN THE FUTURE.

SO I WANT YOU TO KNOW, I SUPPORT THAT UP AND I RECOGNIZE HOW HARD THAT, HOW HARD THAT IS.

AND THERE'S A LOT OF CRITICISMS COMING IN UNAVOIDABLE, I THINK, BUT I THINK YOU REALLY NEED TO STAY TRUE TO, TO, TO THAT DIRECTION THAT SAID, UH, WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE PERMISSION OF THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

UH, AND, AND BY THAT, I MEAN, KIND OF THE WEIGHT OF THE COMMUNITY, WHICH I THINK WANTS US TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF TENTS AND THE LIGHT.

UM, SO LOOKING AT HOW WE DO THE PUBLIC STATE SPACE MANAGEMENT, I THINK IS REAL IMPORTANT.

AND I THINK AS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE COORDINATED EFFORTS ARE CLEAN UP AND THAT KIND OF STUFF IS REALLY GOOD.

I ALSO THINK YOU NEED TO COME UP WITH KIND OF GOALS OR MODELS OR PRINCIPLES, UH, AS WE OPERATE IN SHARED PUBLIC SPACES, WE RECOGNIZE IT.

NOBODY HAS A CLAIM TO THAT SPACE THEMSELVES.

UM, I THINK THAT LOOKING AT THE PAIN POINTS IS IMPORTANT, UH, I THINK, UM, UH, TRYING TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T HAVE, OR MINIMIZE CAMP AREAS IN HIGHLY TRAFFICKED PUBLIC USE PARK AREAS IS REAL IMPORTANT, UH, BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE TRADE OFFS AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE GET THROUGH THIS NEXT THREE YEARS UNTIL WE CAN ACTUALLY TO GET EVERYONE I WOULD URGE, UM, UH, YOU AND THE MANAGER TO CONSIDER A POLICY THAT, THAT PRIORITIZES, UM, THOSE ENCAMPMENT AREAS WITH MORE THAN SO MANY TENTS FOR SEX.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER WOULD BE BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE, THE VISUAL MASSING, UM, UH, AND THE COMPLAINTS AND PAIN POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT MEANS THAT YOU'RE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME RESPONDING TO THAT RATHER THAN DOING THE GOOD WORK.

UH, BUT IF THERE WAS A POLICY THAT LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF MASSEY, MAYBE THAT WOULD STILL PROVIDE FOR THE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BUT ALLOW YOU GREATER LEEWAY TO, TO REALLY FORGE AHEAD AND DO THE WORK.

BUT I THINK SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE BECAUSE I THINK THE CONCERN IN THE COMMUNITY IS THAT WE'RE MOVING BACK TO WHERE WE WERE, UH, AND THAT , WE SAW THAT ANGER, UM, UH, MANIFEST ITSELF AND IN THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE PETITION AND THE ELECTION THAT WE HAD.

AND I THINK WE HAVE TO HONOR THAT ELECTION, UH, AND, AND, AND RECOGNIZE THAT.

SO, UM, WE NEED TO DO, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT SOME GUIDING PRINCIPLES ABOUT THAT, AND MAYBE

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EVEN ANNOUNCE ANNOUNCEMENT, THOSE GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE SO THAT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS.

SO IF WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING THAT SPEAKS TO MASSING SO THAT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS THAT SO THEY CAN GET TOGETHER, BUT STILL NOT, UH, STILL NOT, UH, UM, UH, MASS, BUT ANYHOW, DIFFICULT AREA, DIFFICULT CHALLENGE WILL BE UNTIL YOU CAN BUILD OUT THE SYSTEM.

AND I THINK WE JUST NEED TO WEATHER THAT.

AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THAT DIRECTION, BECAUSE LONG-TERM, I THINK THAT IS CLEARLY THE WAY THAT, UH, UH, THAT WE NEED TO GO.

AND THEN FINALLY, UH, JUST REAL QUICKLY ON THE COLD WINTER, UH, SHELTERING ALSO A REALLY DIFFICULT THING, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE REALLY THE SYSTEMS BUILT OUT ON THAT.

AND THE SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE BEEN RELYING ON THAT WORKED REALLY WELL, UH, ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO US.

UM, IF I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TUNITY TO GO TO SOME OF THE SHELTERS TO GO TO ONE TEXAS CENTER, UH, BEST AS I CAN TELL, WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS THERE AND THERE WERE CITY EMPLOYEES, UH, WHO HAVE BEEN KIND OF RALLIED FROM, FROM LOTS OF DIFFERENT PLACES IF I JUST WANTED TO ASK.

SO I HADN'T SEEN YOU THERE AND OTHERS ORGANIZING THAT JUST WANTED TO SAY, THANK YOU AGAIN, NOT A PERFECT SYSTEM, BUT, UM, UM, IN THE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, I THINK REALLY DOING, YOU WANT ME TO DUTY, SO THANK YOU, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THIS OVERVIEW IS, UH, VERY HELPFUL.

UM, I AM CONCERNED WITH THE DROUGHT THAT WE'RE HAVING ABOUT THE RISKS OF FIRE AND THE ENCAMPMENTS.

UM, WE DO HAVE REPORTS OF FIRE, AND OBVIOUSLY WHEN IT'S COLD, PEOPLE WANT TO USE FIRE.

UM, BUT IT'S VERY OFTEN, PARTICULARLY WITH THE INCREASE NUMBERS WHO ARE IN OUR PARKS.

IT'S VERY OFTEN IN HIGH RISK AREAS.

THEY MAY NOT EVEN BE THE AREAS THAT ARE MARKED AS HIGH RISK FOR WILDFIRE, UM, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, WE HAVE REPORTS OF FIRES IN PEACE PARK, WHICH ONE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE A DROUGHT GOING UP THE GREEN BELT THERE.

UM, WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ADDRESSING FIRE RISKS IN THE ENCAMPMENTS? BECAUSE YOU CAN ADDRESS FIRE RISKS WITHOUT DISPLACING ANYONE.

SURE.

SO WE'LL CERTAINLY WANT TO HAVE AFT I THINK GIVE A MORE FULL RESPONSE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE AFD CERTAINLY DOES WHEN THERE IS A REPORT OF A FIRE.

UM, IF THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY THAT ARE NOT RE YOU KNOW, RESPONDING TO CURRENT EMERGENCIES, UH, THEY WILL GO TO THAT ENCAMPMENT, UH, SINCE AUGUST OF, OF 2021, THEY'VE EXTINGUISHED 320, UM, UH, ENCAMPMENT FIRES OR AN, WHICH IS TO SAY NOT NECESSARILY A FIRE THAT WAS OUT OF CONTROL, BUT AN, A FIRE IN AN ENCAMPMENT, A CAMPFIRE, UH, AND AT THAT TIME, OF COURSE, THEY EDUCATE FOLKS IN THOSE ENCAMPMENTS ABOUT HOW TO REDUCE THEIR FIRE LOAD.

UH, WE HAVE PERIODICALLY HAD, UH, WHEN WE WERE STILL DISTRIBUTING EAT BAGS, FOR EXAMPLE, DISTRIBUTED, UH, INFORMATION ABOUT REDUCING FIRE RISKS IN ENCAMPMENTS.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY AN ONGOING CHALLENGE.

AND AS YOU SAID IN THESE COLDER MONTHS, UH, WE CERTAINLY SEE MORE OF THAT.

UH, BUT AFD IS BOTH RESPONDING IN AN EMERGENT SITUATION WHEN THEY HAVE THAT CAPACITY.

UM, AND FOLLOWING UP, UH, WITH, UH, REPORTS OF FIRES, UH, AFTER THEY'VE RECEIVED THEM, IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE STAFF AVAILABLE TO RESPOND IN THE MOMENT OF THE REPORT.

UH, BUT AS, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, IT IS, YOU KNOW, IS NOT JUST A ONE DAY THING.

UH, AN, UH, CANTON ENCAMPMENT, A CAMPFIRE MIGHT EXIST OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL DAYS.

AND SO, UH, IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE WORKING ON AND WILDFIRE RISK IS A PART OF OUR CONSIDERATION, BOTH FOR HEAL AND FOR ENFORCEMENT AND CLEARANCE OF, UH, ENCAMPMENTS IN GENERAL.

SO, SO I APPRECIATE THAT, UM, A WHILE AGO, WHEN WE HAD THESE CONVERSATIONS, IT WAS APPARENT THAT THE INNER DEPARTMENTAL COOPERATION WAS NOT AT THE LEVEL THAT IT NEEDED TO BE.

HOW HAS THAT BEEN IMPROVED SO THAT WHEN AFD IS ALERTED OF A FIRE, THAT HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICER, WHOEVER KNOWS ABOUT IT AND VICE VERSA, UM, BECAUSE AT, AT ONE STAGE WE WERE, THEY WERE PUTTING OUT FIRES, BUT NOBODY IN THE HOMELESS GROUP LEADERSHIP WAS KNOWING ABOUT IT AND, AND VICE VERSA.

UM, SO HOW HAS THAT IMPROVED? UM, WE HAVE A WEEKLY MEETING ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS ACROSS DEPARTMENTAL MEETING, UM, FROM PUBLIC SAFETY, UH, OUR PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT AND HSD THAT TALK ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING, UH, IN THOSE, UH, IN ENCAMPMENTS AND PRIORITIZING WORK.

IT IS TRUE.

AND IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE PROJECT WITH OFFICE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT,

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THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A SEAMLESS INFORMATION FLOW ACROSS DEPARTMENTS.

UH, OUR INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS ARE KEEPING INFORMATION, THEY ARE SHARING WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS, BUT IT ISN'T IN AN INSTITUTIONALIZED OR STANDING, UH, FORMAT.

AND SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE EXPECT TO LOOK AT AS PART OF THE OPM PROCESS.

OKAY.

I WOULD, I WOULD REALLY ENCOURAGE THAT TO HAPPEN.

TO WHAT EXTENT IS THE WILDFIRE DIVISION INVOLVED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS? UM, WE HAVE AN EX YOU KNOW, WE'RE IN A DROUGHT.

WE HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH RISK OF WILDFIRE.

THANKFULLY, WE GOT SOME RAIN THIS WEEK AND GETTING MORE TOMORROW, WHICH WAS VERY MUCH NEEDED.

WE'VE SEEN THE FIRE AND BASS DROP.

UM, IT ONLY TAKES AN EMBER, UM, AND IT DOESN'T, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE PREPARING FOR IT, YOU KNOW, IN THE RING AROUND.

UM, BUT WE HAVE NOW ENCAMPMENTS IN PLACES THAT CAN CREATE FIRES IN WOODED AREAS THAT ARE MORE CENTRAL AS WELL.

UM, AND I THINK THAT THE, THE TACTICS FOR FIGHTING THOSE FIRES ARE DIFFERENT.

AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE LINE PERSON FROM AFD IS GOING TO DEAL TO WORK WITH THE FOLKS IN THE ENCAMPMENT HAS ALL THAT TRAINING AND UNDERSTANDS ALL OF THAT.

SO I'M CONCERNED THAT WE ARE DEPLOYING OUR KNOWLEDGE, UM, MOST EFFECTIVELY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE MINIMIZING THE RISKS.

SO WILDFIRE DEPARTMENT DIVISION HAS BEEN INVOLVED.

WE CAN CERTAINLY ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THEY ARE MANAGING THAT DAY TO DAY, UH, IN TERMS OF WHEN THERE'S A PARTICULAR ENCAMPMENT OF CONCERN, HOW THEY'RE TRIAGING BETWEEN, UM, AFT GENERALLY IN THE WELFARE DIVISION.

OKAY.

I WOULD JUST UNDERSCORE THAT THE RISKS THAT WE'RE FACING RIGHT NOW, THE RISKS OF WILDFIRE CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND AS WE ARE MORE IN A DROUGHT, THEY GET HIGHER.

UM, AND WE HAVE STILL QUITE A BIT OF, UM, DEBRIS FROM LAST WINTER, THAT'S ON THE GROUND AND DRIED OUT AND, AND SO CONDITIONS ARE, ARE TERRIFYING, FRANKLY.

SO, SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THEM BE PART OF THAT CONVERSATION ON OUR UNDERSTANDING HOW THOSE RISKS ARE CHANGING, UM, BECAUSE THAT PRIORITY MAY NEED TO SHIFT, UM, AS BOTH THE NEED FOR FOLKS TO HAVE FIRES.

AND THE RISK OF WILDFIRE ARE BOTH GOING UP AT THE SAME AT THE SAME TIME.

UM, THE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT WAS, UM, WE'VE HAD SOME EXCHANGES AND, UM, YOU RAISED THE ISSUE OF, UM, THE BUDGET TODAY FOR THE COLD WATER, COLD WEATHER SHELTERS.

AND I APPRECIATE YOU BEING, BEING, UH, STRAIGHTFORWARD ABOUT THAT.

UM, THAT WAS REALLY CONCERNING TO HEAR WHEN, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN I LEARNED TO THAT A FEW WEEKS AGO, UM, AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING WITH THE FAITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COVID, UM, BUT I THINK WE DO, WE DO NEED TO, TO FIGURE OUT SOME WAYS FORWARD, UM, PARTICULARLY AS WE HAVE, UM, THESE COLD WEATHER EVENTS.

UM, AND WE'VE BEEN TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW ARE FOLKS NOTIFIED WITHIN OUR PUBLIC SAFETY, UM, DEPARTMENTS ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET FOLKS TO SHELTER IF IT'S PAST THE 8:00 PM PERIOD.

AND I WILL JUST, UM, EMPHASIZE, I THINK THERE'S MORE OF A NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT, THAT INFORMATION ABOUT HOW FOLKS WHO ARE COMING IN CONTACT WITH THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ON A COLD NIGHT AFTER THE APM, HOW THEY CAN CONNECT THEM UP WITH RESOURCES.

UM, OUR PUBLIC SAFETY FOLKS NEED TO HAVE REALLY CLEAR GUIDANCE ON THAT.

THEY DO NOT HAVE THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

UM, UM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN SUPPORT USB.

YOU THINK ABOUT THE COLD WATER, COLD WEATHER SHELTER PIECE OF IT.

UM, I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THAT.

DO WE DEPLOY THE RED CROSS AT ALL? FOR THAT? I KNOW THAT THE FAITH ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT, AND THAT WAS IN-HOUSE WHATEVER, BUT WE TRADITIONALLY, I THOUGHT HAD RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS, RED CROSS HAS, I BELIEVE NOT HISTORICALLY BEEN INVOLVED IN COLD WEATHER SHELTER ITSELF WHEN WE HAVE A DISASTER, A WEATHER DISASTER, THEY COME IN, UM, UH, WE'VE BEEN IN CONVERSATION WITH THEM NOW ABOUT, UM, SOME RESOURCES, NOT NECESSARILY THEIR VOLUNTEERS, BUT HELPING, UH, TRAIN UP A DISH, ADDITIONAL STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS, ET CETERA.

I DID ACTUALLY ALSO WANT TO ADDRESS, UM, SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE BUDGET.

I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THAT IS NOT A CRITICISM OF THE PAST OPERATION.

IF THE CITY IS ABLE TO DO SOMETHING EFFECTIVELY ON A ZERO BUDGET, THAT'S A DAY FOR CELEBRATION, RIGHT.

BUT THAT IS NOT THE SITUATION WE ARE IN ANY LONGER IN TERMS OF THE, THE POPULATION EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS IN TERMS OF COVID.

AND IN TERMS OF THE THINKING, I THINK IN THE INTEREST IN THE COMMUNITY AND EXPANDING COLD WEATHER SHELTER, IT'S JUST A, THIS IS WHERE WE'RE STARTING FROM.

UH, WE ARE FORTUNATE AT THIS TIME TO HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY AND RESOURCES

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VIA THE ARPA FUNDS.

AND SO I THINK WE HAVE A WAY TO GET STARTED.

UH, THE, THE CITY WILL NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THE LONGER TERM RESOURCING OF THAT OPERATION LOOKS LIKE, BUT JUST TO SAY, UH, NOT HAVING A BUDGET IS CLEARLY A LIMITATION.

UM, WE CAN, I THINK ADDRESS THAT AND WE HAVE SOME OPTIONS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT THE LONGER-TERM RESOURCES.

SURE.

AND IT'S NOT EXACTLY ZERO BUDGET.

YOU'RE JUST OTHER DEPARTMENTS OR DEPARTMENTS ARE USING THAT, THEIR BUDGETS FOR THAT.

CORRECT.

UM, I THINK A CITY MANAGER, I WOULD REALLY LIKE WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

I LIKE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF THEIR, THEIR GENERAL FUND RESOURCES THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SPENT ON OTHER PARKS ISSUES ARE BEING DEVOTED TO HOMELESSNESS.

UM, THEY'VE BEEN ASKED TO RESPOND TO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CHALLENGES, UM, BETWEEN COVID AND, AND, UM, HELPING THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL OR VERY LITTLE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, UM, TO DO THAT.

AND IT BELIEVE IF WE'RE GOING TO BE ASKING THEM TO DO THAT.

UM, WHETHER IT'S THE HOSTING, THE SHELTERS, HAVING THE STAFFING, ET CETERA, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IMPLICATION BECAUSE IT DOES ULTIMATELY HAVE AN IMPACT ON OTHER SERVICES AS WELL.

I THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO DO THE OVERALL BUDGET FOR COLD WEATHER, BUT WE CERTAINLY COULD BE ADDRESSING AND LOOKING AT THE IMPACT, UM, FOR THE PARKS DEPARTMENT TO MAKE THEM WHOLE MOVING FORWARD.

SO I WOULD REQUEST THAT.

THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY.

CAN'T REMEMBER TOVO NEXT.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER POOL, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR THIS REALLY COMPREHENSIVE PRESENTATION ON, ON A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT AREAS THAT I KNOW, CERTAINLY MY OFFICE RECEIVES LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT, UM, I HAVE, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PUBLIC SAFETY, UM, THE PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK.

UM, AND THEN I, BUT I'LL START WITH THE COLD WEATHER SHELTER AND SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HEAL THAT I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT.

SO I'M GOING TO START WITH THE COLD WEATHER SHELTER UPDATE.

THANK YOU FOR, FOR REALLY PROVIDING SOME HISTORY MS. GRAY, ABOUT HOW THESE HAVE TYPICALLY BEEN HANDLED IN THE PAST.

AND I TOO WANT TO JUST, UM, HOPE FOR THAT DAY WHEN, WHEN WE HAVE THAT NETWORK OF, UM, OF, UH, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE ABLE TO ASSIST IN THIS AREA AGAIN AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE NOT IN THAT PLACE RIGHT NOW.

UM, CAN YOU HELP US UNDERSTAND? I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW, AS WE CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE BUILD A MORE RESILIENT CITY, I, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHETHER THIS IS AN AREA WE NEED TO INVEST IN.

AND SO THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THAT, THAT THE BUDGET, THAT THERE HASN'T BEEN A BUDGET, UM, IN THE PAST, EXCEPT IN THOSE INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS AND THAT WE MAY NEED TO APPROACH IT DIFFERENTLY AND HAVE A DIFFERENT MODEL WHERE, WHERE THERE IS MORE TRAINING PROVIDED ACROSS THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

AND WE HAVE A, A READY NETWORK OF PEOPLE TO CALL ON ON THAT, ON THAT FRONT.

IS THIS BEING COORDINATED WITH, WELL, MS. GRAY, I GUESS MY FIRST QUESTION IS HOW, HOW IS, HOW ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE COLD </