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AND CALL THE MEETING AS A QUORUM, HER NEW LIAISON, RICKY FELLAS IS GOING TO NAME OFF WHO WAS HERE AND WHO WAS NOT HERE.

SO WE CAN OFFICIALLY MARK QUORUM CHAIR.

FRANK'S PRESENT.

DEAR VICE-CHAIR EMILY SHAIRAQ DIANA, ANNE'S A DOULA, BUT THEN AGAIN, I'VE GOT CATHERINE A BROADWATER.

NO WORRIES.

TERRAIN AND BERT TAURIAN I'M SORRY.

DIANE CURVES.

AUSTER WHEEL.

JOEY GETS SICK CALLS FROM LUGGAGE, MON HIM JUSTICE, ROBIN ORLOWSKI.

YOU MAY PRESENT JENNIFER POWELL IMAGES.

DEBRA MAY COUNT HOMELAND TOGETHER.

I BROUGHT THOSE HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

WE DO HAVE QUORUM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RICKY.

SO

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

NOW WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

HI, THIS IS JASON, JASON SHAW.

HELLO? I AIN'T GOING TO MAKE IT RIGHT IF I GO AHEAD AND MAKE A COMMENT, IS THAT ALL RIGHT? THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

HELLO? HELLO.

HELLO EVERYONE.

HELLO, EVERYONE OF THE COMMISSION.

I PROBABLY KNEW ME FROM BACK IN THE DAY.

YOU ORDERED ME A, ONE OF YOUR AWARDS, I GUESS, EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, BACK IN THE DAY.

AND JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, UM, NOW I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE TEXAS.

UM, I JUST LIKE TO, AGAIN, THE TEXAS, THE TEXAS DEF WE HAVE A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

YES, TEXAS DEAF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

SO THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY IS, UH, I'D LIKE TO BRING IT UP, I GUESS IT WAS ABOUT, I BROUGHT THIS UP A COUPLE, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO REGARDING, UM, A NEGATIVE BUSINESS CERTIFICATION DISADVANTAGE BUSINESS CERTIFICATION THAT INCLUDED A AGAIN, NO, I'M SORRY.

ONE MOMENT.

I'M SORRY.

IT INCLUDED THE MILITARY VETS, BUT IT DIDN'T HAVE A PROVISION FOR ANYBODY WHO WAS DISABLED AGAIN, DIFFERENT DIFFERENT GROUPS AS WELL.

IT WAS A DISADVANTAGED GROUP, BUT ONLY HAVE ONE, UH, ONE DISABILITY, ONE PART OF THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY.

SO IT WASN'T REALLY IT WASN'T INVOLVED AGAIN.

UM, AGAIN, IT'S A REALLY, WASN'T A CERTIFICATION.

SO, SO I'M, I GET A, BROUGHT THIS UP A FEW YEARS AGO AND I WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW UNDER TO SEE IF I CAN BRING THIS UP AGAIN AGAIN, BE PARDON, MAYBE BRING IT UP IN PART OF THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT TIME, FOR THE NEXT TIME AROUND AGAIN.

THAT'S THAT'S MY STATEMENT.

THAT'S MY COMMENTS.

GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN DEFINITELY COLLABORATE AND LOOK INTO IF YOU WANT TO REACH OUT TO MYSELF AND RICKY FELLOWS TO BE LIKE, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A PRESENTATION ON THE NEXT, OUR NEXT MONTH AGENDA, WE COULD DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THAT.

SOUNDS GOOD.

IT SOUNDS GOOD.

AND THAT'S IT.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

AND WAS THAT THE ONLY FOR, UM, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, RICKY? YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

NOW WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO APPROVAL OF, UH, LAST MEETING'S MINUTES.

I WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR SOMEONE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AND A SECOND.

UH, THIS IS COMMISSIONER ORLOVSKY.

I WOULD LIKE TO APPROVE LAST MONTHS, MINUTES THERE A SECOND.

GIVE YOU A LITTLE TIME TO HIM.

YOU DON'T CALL FOR A SECOND

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AND WE NEED A SECOND.

I'M SORRY.

I MISSED THAT.

YES.

YES.

DEBORAH, WE NEED A SECOND.

OKAY.

SECOND JABRA.

THANK YOU.

SO THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO, WE'RE GOING TO, CAN YOU CONTINUING FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE OUR LIAISON CALL OFF COMMISSIONER VOTE.

YAY.

OR NAY, JUST, UH, JUST FOR A REC BETTER RECORD KEEPING.

SO WHENEVER THE FLOOR IS YOURS, RICKY, THANK YOU.

UH, SHERIFF RANKS.

AYE.

YES.

VICE CHAIR.

SHAIRAQ STANDING ABSTAINING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO COMMISSIONER BROADWATER? YES.

COMMISSIONER OCCURRENCE.

AUSTER WHEEL.

YES.

OKAY.

ROBIN, ORLOWSKI SORRY.

COMMISSIONER.

ARLOSKI COMMISSIONER.

TREY.

HO I OKAY, SO THAT IS FIVE ONE.

OKAY.

SO MOTION CARRIES

[2A. Discussion and action: Elections to Select MCPD 2022 Officers- Full Committee]

NEXT.

WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO, UM, ELECTIONS FOR MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE DISABILITIES.

I ELECT TO LET YOU KNOW, I AM PUTTING MY NAME AND THE RUNNING FOR CHAIR.

AGAIN.

I'D LIKE TO NOMINATE COMMISSION CHAIR FRANKS FOR ANOTHER TERM ACCEPT.

SO I'M NOT SURE COUNTING JONATHAN'S WILLINGNESS AS EMOTION, BUT IT'S NOT.

IT SOUNDS LIKE ROBBINS MOTION FOR JONATHAN TO BE THE CHAIR.

WHICH CASE? I'LL SECOND.

IT, THIS IS SO RICKY, YOU WOULD ALSO CALL FOR ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR UP TO THREE TIMES.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS ON THE FLOOR? DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS ON THE FLOOR? DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIR ON THE FLOOR? I BELIEVE SOME THAT WOULD NOW MOVE TO CEASE THE NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION.

OKAY.

DO YOU WANT ME TO GO THROUGH THE, OR DID SOMEONE WANT TO MAKE A MOTION TO SEIZE THE NOMINATIONS? FIND OUT SO MOVED.

GOT IT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO CHAIR FRANKS.

IF I TOOK THEM, IF I MADE A MOTION, THIS IS THREEFOLD.

I NEED A SECOND MOTIONS.

NEED A SECOND.

YES.

I JUST MENTIONED HER CURRENT DOCTOR WHILE I SECOND AND I CAN CALL FOR A VOTE.

OKAY.

WE'LL CALL FOR A VOTE CHAIR.

FRANK'S EMILY VICE CHAIR.

EMILY SHAIRAQ HIGH COMMISSIONER.

CATHERINE BROADWATER.

AYE.

COMMISSIONER DIANE KERNS.

OSTERVILLE AYE.

COMMISSIONER ROBIN ORLOWSKI AYE.

COMMISSIONER DRUG.

TREY HILL.

AYE.

OKAY.

SO IT PASSES.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED TRUST.

IN ME, IT'S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY WITH, UM, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC AND NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET PICK MEETINGS.

SO THE FACT THAT WE'VE MADE TWO MEETINGS IN A ROW IS A VERY GOOD SIGN AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.

LIKE, I ALWAYS SAY THE WORK FUN WITH PEOPLE.

DISABILITY NEVER STOPS, BUT I BELIEVE IN THIS TEAM AND I BELIEVE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH A LOT IF WE WORK TOGETHER.

SO I APPRECIATE IT.

AND NOW WE CAN MOVE ON TO NOMINATIONS FOR VICE CHAIR.

I'D LIKE TO NOMINATE RENOMINATE CHAIR SHOCK.

OKAY.

SO NOW I MOVED TO CALL.

OKAY.

SO WE NEED A SECOND BY SECOND, SECOND AND I'M SORRY.

OKAY.

SO THEN I CALL FOR THE ROLE.

YES.

OKAY.

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HI.

WE CAN HEAR OVER HERE NOW.

VICE CHAIR.

EMILY SHAIRAQ I COMMISSIONER BROAD WEATHER.

I COMMISSIONER DIANE KERNS.

AUSTER WILL.

AYE.

COMMISSIONER ROBIN ORLOWSKI AYE.

COMMISSIONER DEBRA.

TREY, HO I OKAY.

YOU HAVE SIX ZERO.

ALL RIGHT, EMILY, IF YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

I APPRECIATE THE NOMINATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO SERVE WITH JONATHAN IN THE COMING YEAR.

THANK YOU ALL.

AWESOME.

[2B. Briefing and discussion on upcoming spending priorities for federal housing and community development grants related to the FY 22-23 Action Plan and HOME-ARP grant.]

RICKY, DO YOU MIND MEETING THE READING? THE NEXT AGENDA TOPIC IS PRETTY LONG.

SURE.

IT IS BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON UPCOMING SPENDING PRIORITIES FOR FEDERAL HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS RELATED TO THE FISCAL YEAR 20 22, 20 23 ACTION PLAN AND HOME A R P GRANT.

SO THIS IS A PRESENTER ON THIS.

THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

IT DOESN'T HAVE NAMES ON THE AGENDA, UNFORTUNATELY.

OH, I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU.

THAT THAT'LL BE ME.

UM, I, EVERYONE, MY NAME IS MAX HORSEMAN.

UH I'M WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT WITH THE CITY.

UM, I'M HERE WITH A FEW OTHER FOLKS FROM HOUSING AND PLANNING ALONG WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, TO GIVE YOU A PRESENTATION ABOUT SOME FEDERAL FUNDING COMING OUR WAY SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR HOUSING AND PUBLIC SERVICES.

UM, SO I THINK THAT THERE SHOULD BE A PRESENTATION AVAILABLE TO PULL UP.

YES.

PERFECT.

UM, AND THE AGENDA ITEM IS DEFINITELY A MOUTHFUL OF THIS.

YEAH.

THIS INFORMATION CAN BE MORE APPROACHABLE.

UM, HOPEFULLY NOT TOO, UH, OVERLY BUREAUCRATIC, BUT, UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US ON YOUR AGENDA TODAY.

AND WE HOPE THAT THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION, WE CAN GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM YOU ALL ABOUT WHERE SOME OF THESE FEDERAL FUNDING, UM, COULD BEST BE UTILIZED BY THE COMMUNITY SPECIFICALLY FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS.

UM, SO WE'RE LOOKING TODAY AT TWO POOLS OF FUNDING.

UM, ONE THAT WE RECEIVE ANNUALLY THROUGH THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, UM, THAT WE RECEIVE THROUGH WHAT'S CALLED THE ACTION PLAN.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR.

UM, AND THEN ANOTHER POOL OF FUNDING, WHICH IS A ONE-TIME GRANT THAT WE WILL ALSO WILL RECEIVE FROM HUD, UM, CALLED HOME ARP, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR HOUSING AND, UM, HOUSING INSTABILITY.

AND IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, WE'RE GOING TO FIRST START BY REVIEWING SOME OF THE PERFORMANCE THAT THE CITY HAS HAD WITH OUR HOUSING AND PUBLIC SERVICE DOLLARS FROM HUD.

UM, TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHERE THAT MONEY HAS HAS GONE, UM, IN THE PAST FISCAL YEAR, WE'LL TALK ABOUT WHAT THE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE FOR RECEIVING THESE DOLLARS.

AND WE'LL DO MORE OF A DEEP DIVE INTO OUR HOUSING PROGRAMS WITH HER DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MANDY DE MAYO.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ONE-TIME GRANT HOMIE RP, WHICH THE CITY IS ELIGIBLE FOR ALSO FROM THE HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS AN $11.4 MILLION GRANT.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL TALK ABOUT WHAT THE CITY IS DOING TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE ABOUT THIS FUNDING AND OPEN IT UP TO YOUR DISCUSSION, QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND YOU CAN GO ONE MORE.

OKAY.

SO LOOKING AT OUR PERFORMANCE WITH THIS SPECIFIC SLICE OF FEDERAL FUNDING THAT THE CITY RECEIVES EACH YEAR, UM, IN FISCAL YEAR 2021, WE SERVED ROUGHLY 3,552 PEOPLE, UH, WITH THESE FEDERAL FUNDS, 2,688 OF THAT WERE PEOPLE WHO QUALIFIED AS EXTREMELY LOW INCOME, UH, AND ACROSS ALL OF OUR ANNUAL GRANTS, WE SPENT AROUND 9 MILLION, $765,000.

AND LOOKING AT OUR CARES EXPENDING FOR THAT YEAR, WE SPENT AROUND 10 MILLION, $196.

NEXT SLIDE POST THIS SLIDE BREAKS DOWN HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE SERVED BY THE DIFFERENT INCOME CATEGORIES.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF PEOPLE THAT WE SERVED WERE IN THAT EXTREMELY LOW INCOME CATEGORY, WHICH IS PEOPLE WHO WERE EARNING AT OR BELOW 30% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS IS A BREAKDOWN OF WHO THE CITY IS SERVING WITH THESE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS BY RACE.

SO ON THE LEFT, WE HAVE THE

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POPULATION THAT WAS SERVED IN FISCAL YEAR OF 2021.

AND ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN THAT IS PROVIDED FOR REFERENCE.

UM, SO IN THE WHITE CATEGORY AT 54% OF THE PEOPLE SERVED, WE, UM, ARE IN THE BLUE CATEGORY REPRESENTING WHITE PEOPLE.

THAT'S 54% OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED, UM, THE ORANGE CATEGORIES ABOUT 31 POINT 36% OF PEOPLE SERVED.

UM, THE GRAY CATEGORY THERE REPRESENTS ASIAN PEOPLE SERVED, AND WE HAVE ABOUT OIL UNDER 2%.

UM, THE GOLD CATEGORY, THERE ARE PRESENTING NATIVE AMERICAN OR ALASKA NATIVES.

UM, A LITTLE UNDER 1% OF THE POPULATION SERVED BY OUR PROGRAMS, UH, NATIVE HAWAIIAN OR OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS, UM, REPRESENTED BY ALSO UNDER 1%.

AND THEN THE OTHER CATEGORY, WHICH REPRESENTS MULTIRACIAL INDIVIDUALS OR PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY WITH THE RACE OUTSIDE OF THE CENSUS CATEGORIES, UM, WERE REPRESENTED BY 11.2% OF THE PEOPLE SERVED EXCELLENT, PLEASE.

AND WITHIN EACH OF THOSE RACIAL CATEGORIES, THERE ARE SUBPOPULATIONS OF PEOPLE WHO WERE ALSO IDENTIFIED AS, UM, WHO ALSO IDENTIFIED AS HISPANIC OR LATINO.

AND SO WE CAN SEE HERE ON THE LEFT, THE POPULATION SERVED BY OUR PROGRAMS, 32% WERE HISPANIC OR LATINO.

UM, AND THEN ON THE RIGHT, WE HAVE THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN FOR REFERENCE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THESE NEXT FEW SLIDES ARE GOING TO TAKE US THROUGH THE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS THAT ARE FUNDED WITH THESE ENTITLEMENT DOLLARS.

UM, AND IT WILL SHOW THE GOALS THAT WE SET FOR THESE PROGRAMS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR, AND THEN THE ACTUAL PERFORMANCE THAT THE CITY HAD AND TO COMPARE ALONG WITH THE BUDGETED AMOUNT VERSUS HOW MUCH WAS ACTUALLY SPENT.

SO WE HAVE OUR DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, UH, OWNERSHIP, HOUSING, DEVELOPMENT, ASSISTANCE, TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AND SENIOR SERVICES.

THESE ARE THE PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PERFORM ABOVE THEIR STATED GOALS.

UM, EXCELLENT.

PLUS THEN WE HAVE OUR, UM, PROGRAMS ON THIS SLIDE THAT, UH, DID NOT PERFORM ABOVE THEIR GOALS.

WE HAVE OUR HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS LISTED AT THE TOP THERE, THE FIRST THREE, UH, WHICH MANY OF WHICH WERE PAUSED THROUGH THE PANDEMIC TO AVOID PEOPLE, MEETING IN PERSON WITH CITY STAFF AND PEOPLE MEETING INSIDE OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOMES TO AVOID SPREAD OF COVID.

UM, WE HAVE A RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, HOMELESSNESS SERVICES, WHICH ARE FUNDED BY THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT.

UM, THAT PROGRAM WAS ROLLED BACK IN THE AMOUNT OF IN-PERSON OUTREACH CONDUCTED ON THE STREET, AS WELL AS, UM, SHELTER CAPACITY TO AVOID LARGE CONGREGATIONS OF PEOPLE.

UM, WE HAVE OUR TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH SERVED 297 PEOPLE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.

WE'VE HEARD THAT TENANTS RIGHTS ISSUES THAT ARE BROUGHT TO THE HOUSING ADVOCATES THAT ADMINISTER THIS PROGRAM HAVE BECOME MUCH MORE COMPLEX, UH, AND, UM, W MUCH MORE FOCUSED ON THE POSSIBILITY OF EVICTION.

THERE WAS A CONVICTION.

AND SO THE CAPACITY TO SERVE A WIDER NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAS BEEN DECREASED, AND WE HAVE OUR CHILDCARE SERVICES AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAMS, WHICH ALSO HAVE HAD TO NAVIGATE A CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF, OF WHAT NEEDS ARE BEING SERVED.

FOR INSTANCE, THROUGH THE PANDEMIC, MANY PARENTS WHO WERE ENROLLED IN THE CHILDCARE SERVICES PROGRAM BECAME UNEMPLOYED AND NO LONGER NECESSARILY NEEDED THE SERVICES.

UM, AND SO WE'VE, WE'VE HAD SOME, SOME CHANGE IN NEED THAT'S REFLECTED IN A LOWER AMOUNT OF SERVICES PROVIDED NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

HERE WE HAVE A, AN UPDATE ON OUR CARE ZACK SPENDING.

UM, SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE ONGOING, LIKE OUR CHILDCARE SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE CARES ACT, OUR EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT, UM, PROGRAMS THAT ARE ALSO FUNDED BY THE CARE ZACK.

THOSE PROGRAMS ARE INTENDED TO SPECIFICALLY TOUCH PEOPLE WHO QUALIFY AS IMPACTED BY COVID-19.

UH, AND THEN WE HAVE OUR EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, WHICH HAVE CONCLUDED NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND ONE MORE, CAN I JUST SAY, GIVE YOU SOME CONTEXT ABOUT, ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SAY THE ACTION PLAN, THE ACTION PLAN IS THE CITY'S APPLICATION TO HUD FOR THE FUNDING THAT THE CITY USES TO FUND THE PROGRAMS THAT WE JUST REVIEWED.

UM, AND SO EVERY FIVE YEARS, THE CITY SUBMITS A CONSOLIDATED PLAN TO HUD THAT OUTLINES HOW THE CITY PLANS TO SPEND ENTITLEMENT FUNDING FROM HUD FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

AND IT LISTS OUT ALL THE PROGRAMS THAT WE POSSIBLY THINK WE'RE GOING TO WANT TO FUND.

AND THEN FOR EACH YEAR WITHIN THAT FIVE-YEAR PERIOD, WE PUBLISH AN ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, WHICH REITERATE WHAT OUR BUDGET ALLOCATIONS ARE FOR EACH PROGRAM AND

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WHAT OUR GOALS ARE FOR EACH PROGRAM AS WELL.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING INTO RIGHT NOW IS SETTING THE BUDGET ALLOCATIONS FOR THESE PROGRAMS, SETTING THE GOALS.

AND, UM, AS WE WRITE THIS PLAN, UM, IN THE PROCESS, WE REACH OUT TO DIFFERENT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS TO INFORM THEM OF THIS PROCESS AND GET FEEDBACK ABOUT WHAT PROGRAMS SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED.

AND THEN AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, WE PUBLISH A PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT, WHICH WE SUBMIT TO HUD AND DETAILS A LOT OF THE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION THAT WE JUST REVIEWED.

SO WE'RE GOING INTO YEAR FOUR OF OUR FIVE-YEAR PERIOD.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THROUGH THE ACTION PLAN, UH, WE RECEIVED THE FOUR GRANTS THAT YOU SEE HERE, THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK, GRANT HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS, GRANT, HOME, INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS, AND THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT.

AND THESE GRANTS ALL HAVE DIFFERENT INTENDED USES AND PERIODS BY WHICH THE MONEY NEEDS TO BE SPENT.

UM, BUT ACROSS ALL FOUR OF THEM, THE CITY TYPICALLY RECEIVES AROUND 13 TO $14 MILLION.

UM, WE HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED NOTICE OF HOW MUCH THE CITY IS ELIGIBLE FOR, FOR FISCAL YEAR 22, 23.

UM, BUT WE WILL MOVE AWAITING TO HEAR ABOUT THAT FROM HUD SOON.

HOPEFULLY.

EXCELLENT, PLEASE.

UM, AND NOW I'LL PASS IT OFF TO OUR DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO GO MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT WHAT IS FUNDED TO BE ACTION PLAN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAX.

AND THANK YOU ALL TO THE MISSION MEMBERS, THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

I WANTED TO BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THAT WE TYPICALLY FUND WITH OUR FEDERAL FUNDING.

THOSE INCLUDE HOMELESSNESS ASSISTANCE, SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE, RENTERS ASSISTANCE, HOME OWNER ASSISTANCE, UM, BUYER ASSISTANCE, HOUSING DEVELOPER ASSISTANCE, AND THEN A GENERAL CATCH ALL CATEGORY, WHICH IS BASICALLY OTHER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE.

AND IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I'LL DIG INTO EACH OF THOSE CATEGORIES, UM, REGARDING HOMELESSNESS ASSISTANCE.

UH, WE ADMINISTER THROUGH OUR, UM, PARTNER DEPARTMENT, THE AUSTIN, UM, PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM.

THAT'S A BLOCK GRANT THAT MAX MENTIONED EARLIER, UH, FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THAT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR RAPID REHOUSING TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AND THEN OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR THE DOWNTOWN HOMELESS SHELTER KNOWN AS THE ARCH.

ALL OF THOSE PROGRAMS ARE ADMINISTERED BY EIGHT P H UM, AND ARE FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

WE GET TO THE NEXT SLIDE REGARDING SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE.

WE RECEIVED FUNDING THROUGH, AS MAX MENTIONED, IT'S CALLED HOPWA HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS.

UM, AND THOSE PROGRAMS ARE ADMINISTERED BY AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

WE ALSO HAVE CONTRACTS WITH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR CHILDCARE SERVICES, YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND SENIOR SERVICES.

AS AN EXAMPLE FOR SENIOR SERVICES, OUR CONTRACT IS WITH LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, FAMILY ELDER CARE, UM, AND THEY PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS NEEDING HELP, UM, WITH GETTING ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND BILL PAYER SERVICES.

WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OUR RENTER'S ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS INCLUDE TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE OR TB R A.

WE HAVE A CONTRACT WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THROUGH THAT CONTRACT, WE PROVIDE TEMPORARY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR UP TO 18 MONTHS FOR FOLKS WHO ARE EXITING HOMELESSNESS.

UM, WE WORK WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY KNOWN AS HAKA AND, UM, ECHO, WHICH IS OUR CONTINUUM OF CARE ORGANIZATION TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE SERVING FOLKS MOST IN NEED, TAKING THEM OUT OF HOMELESSNESS AND INTO PERMANENT HOUSING, UH, WHERE THAT 18 MONTH PERIOD, AND THEN, UM, MOVING THEM ONTO A PERMANENT SUBSIDY.

AFTER THAT 18 MONTHS, OUR ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER REMOVAL PROGRAM IS FOR RENTERS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF MODIFICATIONS.

WE PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR THAT PROGRAM.

AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED TENANTS RIGHTS ASSISTANCE, AND IT'S A CONTRACT WITH AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL, LOCAL NONPROFIT TO PROVIDE LANDLORD TENANT COUNSELING.

WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

OUR HOME OWNER ASSISTANCE IS DIRECTED TOWARD

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LOW INCOME HOMEOWNERS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND WE PROVIDE A RANGE OF HOME REPAIRS THROUGH A VARIETY OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS.

THOSE HOMEWORK PAIRS RANGE FROM SMALLER EMERGENCY HOME REPAIRS.

SO UP TO $5,000, THOSE ARE OFTEN, UM, PLUMBING ISSUES.

UM, THERE MAY BE A ROOF LEAK, A ROOF THAT NEEDS TO BE PATCHED.

UM, THIS IS A CONTRACT WITH THE AUSTIN AREA, URBAN LEAGUE, AND AGAIN, THOSE REPAIRS ARE UP TO $5,000.

THEN WE HAVE SOME MID RANGE, UH, UH, PROGRAMS. ONE IS ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER REMOVAL, AND THAT IS FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE HOMEOWNERS HELPING TO MAKE THEIR HOMES MORE ACCESSIBLE.

TYPICALLY THIS REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE THINGS LIKE, UM, ROLL IN SHOWERS, UH, GRAB BARS, WIDEN DOORWAYS RAMPS, AN EXTRA MODIFICATIONS TO ENABLE LOW INCOME HOMEOWNER HOME OWNERS TO STAY IN THEIR OWN HOME.

AND THEN WE HAVE ALL THE WAY UP TO $75,000 A LOAN PROGRAM FOR HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE IN NEED OF SIPS, SIGNIFICANT, UH, CAPITAL REPAIRS THAT COULD INCLUDE THINGS LIKE OH, ROOF REPLACEMENT.

UM, IT COULD INCLUDE SYSTEMS LIKE, UH, AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING SYSTEMS OR PLUMBING SYSTEMS. THAT'D BE TO BE COMPLETELY, UH, REPAIRED AND UPDATED AND BROUGHT UP TO CODE.

YOU COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

IT SHOULD BE HOME BUYERS, BUYER ASSISTANCE.

AND IT IS, UM, THIS IS OUR PROGRAM FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WE ADMINISTER A DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES BETWEEN 15,000 AND $40,000.

UM, OR DOWN-PAYMENT FOR INCOME QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO PURCHASE AN ELIGIBLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT'S A VERY POPULAR PROGRAM.

AS MAX MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, WE TYPICALLY OUTPERFORM WITH THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE THERE IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DEMAND AND WE HAVE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OUR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS A GAP FINANCING PROGRAM.

WE PROVIDE GAP FINANCING LOANS TO NON-PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT DEVELOPERS AT BOTH OWNERSHIP, HOUSING AND RENTAL HOUSING.

UM, WE ALSO ADMINISTER A VARIETY OF INCENTIVE-BASED PROGRAMS, WHERE WE PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES TO DEVELOPERS WHO ARE CREATING MARKET, UH, HOUSING.

AND WE HAVE THEM PROVIDE SOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING ONSITE IN EXCHANGE FOR CERTAIN INCENTIVES.

THOSE ARE ALL PROGRAMS WE ADMINISTERED IN OUR DEPARTMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ADMINISTERS A FAMILY BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM AS THEY'RE A SMALL BUSINESS LOANS.

UM, AND WE WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ON THIS PROGRAM.

AND THEN WE ALSO PROVIDE OPERATING EXPENSE GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE CALL CHODOS.

THAT'S A COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE SUCH ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT ARE ELIGIBLE.

ONE IS, UH, BLACK LAND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

THE OTHER IS BLACK SHEER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

BOTH OF THOSE OPERATE IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

AND THEN WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION CALLED ACCESSIBLE HOUSING AUSTIN THAT DEVELOPS AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, AND INTEGRATED HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES, THEY ARE A CERTIFIED SHOWED UP AND THEY RECEIVED OPERATING GRANTS, UM, ABOUT TWO $50,000 A YEAR.

IF WE COULD GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK THAT COVERS ALL OF OUR MAJOR CATEGORIES.

AND NOW I'M GOING TO TURN IT BACK TO MAX AND TEAM TO TALK ABOUT HOME ARP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I KNOW WE'RE PUTTING A LOT OF INFORMATION OUT THERE.

UM, AND THESE ARE THE LAST FEW SLIDES THAT WE'LL GO THROUGH THAT INTRODUCES THIS, UM, SEPARATE ONE-TIME GRANT, UH, WHERE THE USE OF IT IS KIND OF WHAT, WE'RE, WHAT WE'RE REACHING OUT TO TWO GROUPS FOR TO SOLICIT FEEDBACK ON WHERE THIS, THIS GRANT COULD GO.

UM, SO THE HOME LRP GRANT IS A SLICE OF THE LARGER AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUND, UM, THAT IS SPECIFICALLY

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INTENDED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF HOMELESSNESS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE IN UNSTABLE HOUSING SITUATIONS AND WAY WE AS A CITY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A LOGIN $0.4 MILLION.

AND IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THAT FUNDING, THE CITIES ARE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH PROCESSES OF CONSULTATION WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT, UM, PROVIDE SERVICES AND INPUT AND SUPPORT FOR QUALIFYING POPULATIONS.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL PACKAGE EVERYTHING UP INTO A DRAFT ALLOCATION PLAN, PUT THAT OUT TO THE PUBLIC FOR REVIEW, UM, AND HOPEFULLY SUBMIT THE PLAN TO HUD BY AUGUST.

AND SO THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW AND WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO, TO ROPE THIS COMMISSION INTO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO IN THIS GRADE, WE CAN SEE THE ELIGIBLE USES OF THE HOME MAYOR P GRANT.

WE HAVE DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, PROVISION OF SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AND ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NON CONGREGATE SHELTER.

THE CITY IS ABLE TO ALLOCATE THE $11.4 MILLION UNTIL ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES OR ACROSS MULTIPLE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THESE ARE THE POPULATIONS THAT STAND TO BENEFIT FROM HOMING RP THAT QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE.

AND WE HAVE POPULATIONS WHO ARE HOMELESS AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS, PLAYING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, UM, OR OTHER POPULATIONS WHERE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES COULD PREVENT HOMELESSNESS, UM, OR HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HOUSING UNSTABLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND GOING INTO THE TIMELINE FOR HOW WE'RE REACHING OUT TO THE PUBLIC ON THESE DOLLARS.

IF YOU CAN GO ONE MORE SLIDE.

SO THIS WE'RE IN WHAT WE CALL THE COMMUNITY NEEDS, ASSESSMENT PERIOD NOW, WHICH WE DO ANNUALLY FOR THE ACTION PLAN.

AND WE'RE ALSO CONDUCTING FOR HOMIE RP, WHERE WE'RE MEETING WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN AND SELECT ORGANIZATIONS FOR HOMIE RP, UM, UP UNTIL APRIL 15TH, UM, TO GATHER FEEDBACK AND INPUT ABOUT WHAT PRIORITIES SHOULD GO INTO THESE SPENDING PLANS.

UM, AND DURING THIS TIME WE HAVE A SPEAK-UP AUSTIN WEBPAGE WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEAVE A WRITTEN FEEDBACK, UH, ABOUT WHAT NEEDS THEY WANT TO SEE PRIORITIZED.

UM, AND THE ACTION PLAN SPECIFICALLY.

AND IT'S A GREAT WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN VIEW THE COMMENTS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO, UM, WHO LEAVE FEEDBACK.

AND I BELIEVE OUR PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST HAS, UM, SENT OUT AN EMAIL WITH A LINK TO THAT, UM, WEBSITE.

AND, UM, SO UP UNTIL APRIL 15TH, WE'LL BE TAKING THAT FEEDBACK.

UM, AND THEN IF YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE WILL ALSO, UM, ONCE THAT PROCESS CONCLUDES, WE'LL HAVE, UM, DRAFT SPENDING PLANS TO SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC STARTING ON MAY 3RD TO JUNE 10TH, DURING WHICH TIME WE WILL PUT OUT THESE DRAFT SPENDING PLANS, UM, AND BE RECEIVING COMMENTS ON THEM.

UH, WE WILL HAVE TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS, ONE ON MAY 10TH WITH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AND ONE ON JUNE 9TH WITH THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL.

I FORGOT TO MENTION, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, AN UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARING WITH THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION NEXT WEEK, UM, ON THE 12TH, UH, WITH WHERE WE'LL BE RECEIVING FEEDBACK ON COMMUNITY NEEDS FOLLOWED BY THESE TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS AFTER WE HAVE THE DRAFT SPENDING PLANS OUT.

AND THEN WE HOPE TO SUBMIT THESE PLANS TO HUD SOMETIME IN AUGUST.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS A LOOK AT WHAT OUR SPEAK-UP AUSTIN PAGE LOOKS LIKE.

UM, SO WE HOPE THAT, UM, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS IT, LEAVE SOME FEEDBACK, UM, THAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ACTION PLAN, UM, AND REVIEWED BY OUR STAFF AS WELL.

AND THAT'S THE CONCLUSION OF THE PRESENTATION.

SO I'LL PASS IT BACK TO THE CHAIR FOR DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

I'LL OPEN THE FLOOR FOR TWO QUESTIONS, JUST SO WE RESPECT OTHER PRESENTERS TIME.

SO IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK THIS IS COMMISSIONER TRIAC AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING ALL THAT INFORMATION.

IT WAS A LOT, BUT YOU DID A GOOD JOB OF PRESENTING IT.

THAT WAS VERY, UH, UNDERSTANDABLE AND DIGESTIBLE.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, I DO HAVE A QUESTION WHEN YOU'RE SHOWING THE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION.

I KNOW, UH, THE DEMOGRAPHICS YOU COLLECT ARE PROBABLY REQUIRED ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

UM, BUT DO YOU COLLECT ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO, UH, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, IN HOW YOU ARE, YOU'RE SERVING THEM? THIS IS MANDY TOMATO.

YES, WE DO.

ALL OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS WE COLLECT ARE THE HUD REQUIRED DEMOGRAPHICS, AND THAT INCLUDES PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, AND I AM GOING TO SHARE, OH, I CAN'T SHARE ON WEBEX.

WE'RE GOING TO GET TO YOU ALL VIA EMAIL, UH, INFORMATION

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ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, WHO WE SERVE.

WE JUST SHOWED A SLICE OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS.

WE ALSO COLLECT DEMOGRAPHICS ON SINGLE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD.

UM, MOST PROGRAMS WE DO VETERAN STATUS.

UH, WE DO ELDERLY AND WE DO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

WE ARE LOOKING AT ADDING, UH, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY.

UM, THAT'S NOT A FEDERALLY REQUIRED ONE, THAT'S SOME FEEDBACK WE'VE GOTTEN WITH SOME OF, SOME OF THE COMMISSIONS THAT WE'VE BEEN VISITING WITH.

SO WE'RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING OUR DEMOGRAPHIC DATA COLLECTION BECAUSE IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT TO US WHEN WE FIGURE OUT WHO WE'RE TARGETING FOR DIFFERENT PROGRAMS AND WHO WE'RE MISSING IN OUR TARGETING AND OUR OUTREACH.

SO WE'LL PROVIDE THAT TO YOU.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GREAT.

IF YOU COULD OF CIRCULATE THAT TO RICKY FOUTS AND THEN SHE CAN CIRCULATE IT AMONGST THE COMMISSION.

THAT'D BE AWESOME.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

AND ANYONE ELSE? ONE OTHER PERSON? I HAVE A QUESTION.

OKAY.

UM, WAIT, HOLD ON.

I, YEAH, THIS IS KOSHER.

UM, QUESTION IS, YOU GUYS ASKED FOR FEEDBACK.

YOU SAID THAT THAT WAS THE POINT OF MEETING WITH US AND I, YOU KNOW, IT'S A MUST AT FIRST CONFESS.

IT IS VERY HARD TO SEE THE SLIDES ON MY PHONE.

UM, SO IT W I, I, THERE'S PROBABLY STUFF I MISSED, SO LET'S START WITH THAT.

BUT, UM, WHAT I DO WANT TO SHARE, BECAUSE I DON'T RECALL, YOU KNOW, THE TODAY'S PRESENTERS COMING BEFORE US, ALTHOUGH WE'VE SEVERAL HOUSING PRESENTATIONS IN THE PAST, UH, THE, THE CONCERN THAT WE'VE CONSISTENTLY EXPRESSED FROM THIS COMMITTEE AND THAT IS THAT THE CITY SHOULD PRIORITIZE, UH, CITIZENS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WITHIN THE POVERTY, UM, UH, THAT IT SERVES.

AND ALSO THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THE CITY SHOULD PRIORITIZE THE DEEPLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING, UM, THAT IT PROVIDES.

SO IN OUR KIND OF OUR CENTER, WE KNOW THAT IT'S HARD TO GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN AUSTIN.

UM, BUT THOSE WHO ARE MOST DISADVANTAGED AND, UM, LESS EMPLOYED, PARTICULARLY ACUTELY THE CASE WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, UM, ARE COMPETING FOR LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS, WHICH LOTS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE MUCH LESS IMPOVERISHED OR ABLE TO GET, BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ANY, UM, THERE ARE LOTS MORE, UM, SOMEWHAT AFFORDABLE OR WHATEVER.

I'M NOT SURE HOW TO CHARACTERIZE THE CATEGORIZATION, BUT THE PERCENTAGE OF POVERTY THAT MAKES YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE CITY, UM, IS HIGH.

AND WE'D LIKE TO SEE YOU PUT EVEN MORE TO THE CLOSE, THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE CLOSER TO HOMELESSNESS AND WHO ARE MORE LOW INCOME.

AND SO, UH, WE JUST WE'VE HAD OTHER PRESENTATIONS WHEN ONLY SOME OF THE PROGRAMS KIND OF PRIORITIZE, UH, HOUSING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

AND WE'VE HISTORICALLY AT THIS COMMITTEE FELT THAT THE CITY COULD DO A LOT MORE TO WORK WITH THE DISABLED COMMUNITY ON HOUSING.

UM, AND THAT ISN'T ENOUGH OF A FOCUS AND THEN MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE.

BUT I JUST KIND OF WANT TO OVERALL SAY THAT.

SO WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT SPENDING THIS MONEY, IT'S SOMETHING THAT THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT AND BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT HERE ON THIS COMMITTEE.

THANKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT FEEDBACK.

WE HAVE HEARD THAT FROM OTHER COMMISSIONS AS WELL, UM, IN TERMS OF DEEPER TARGETING OR MORE, MORE TARGETED OUTREACH.

UM, I WILL SAY WITH OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS, WE ARE, UM, UH, LIMITED TO WITH OUR FEDERAL REGULATIONS.

SO OUR S AS AN EXAMPLE, OUR CDBG DOLLARS, UH, ARE LIMITED TO FOLKS AT, OR BELOW 80% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, WHICH IS A PRETTY GENEROUS INCOME LIMIT.

WE TRY TO DO MUCH DEEPER TARGETING WITH OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS, BUT WITH OUR LOCAL DOLLARS, WHICH REALLY IS THE BULK OF THE FUNDS THAT WE INVEST, WE DO SIGNIFICANTLY MORE TARGETED INVESTMENT FOR OUR RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAMS LIKE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE.

WE TARGET FOLKS AT WE'RE CAPPED AT, AT, OR BELOW 50% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

AND WE TRY TO PRIORITIZE 30% AND BELOW MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

UM, SO WE REALLY HAVE TRIED TO INVEST, MOVE OUR INVESTMENT OF DOLLARS, UH, TO PEOPLE WITH THE HIGHEST NEEDS.

AND I WILL SAY WE HAVE SIMILARLY DONE THAT WITH OUR TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, UH, WHICH, UH, WE HAVE TARGETED NOW TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, WHICH

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INCLUDES A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, AND WE, SO WE'RE, WE'RE CONSCIOUSLY THINKING OF WHO WE ARE SERVING, RECOGNIZING THAT WITH OUR FEDERAL FUNDS, THERE ARE SOME PARAMETERS WE CAN'T EXCLUDE PEOPLE, UM, AS LONG AS THEY MEET THE INCOME GUIDELINES, WHICH ARE IN FACT 80% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT FEEDBACK THAT IS HEARD.

GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

AND, UM, WE LOOK FORWARD TO POSSIBLY WORKING WITH ME MORE IN THE FUTURE.

OH, CHAIR.

FRANK'S IT'S COMMISSIONER KEARNS AFTER AWHILE.

IT, DO I HAVE A MOMENT FOR ONE QUESTION IT'S REALLY QUICK.

YES.

RIGHT.

UH, SO GOING BACK TO THE SLIDE THAT YOU WERE SHOWING ON, UM, WHO YOU WERE SPEAKING WITH, UM, BESIDES OUR COMMITTEE, THE ONLY OTHER GROUP THAT I SAW, AND MAYBE I MISSED THEM WITH INTEGRAL CARE, ARE THERE ANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK PRIMARILY WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE SPEAKING WITH MAX? I DON'T KNOW, TO WANT TO PULL THAT UP.

THAT'S KIND OF A CONSOLIDATED LIST.

IT'S NOT EVERY SINGLE ORGANIZATION WE'VE CONSULTED WITH.

UM, FOR EXAMPLE, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE DID A CONSULTATION WITH THE URBAN LEAGUE, WHICH, UH, PROVIDES A RANGE OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.

UH, I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER IF WE DID EASTER SEALS, IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE COULD GET A LIST OF WHO YOU'VE REACHED OUT TO.

UM, CAUSE AS COMMISSIONER TROY HAD MENTIONED, THERE IS, UM, A LACK OF AVAILABLE HOUSING TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.

UM, THAT CAN'T ALWAYS, UM, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE IN MY, MY SON IS ONE OF THOSE, UH, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, THERE ARE MANY LIMITATIONS BECAUSE HE USES A WHEELCHAIR.

UM, YOU KNOW, HE NEEDS A 36 INCH WIDE DOOR, HE NEEDS, UM, AN ACCESSIBLE SHOWER.

UM, SO I, YOU KNOW, I I'M, I'M NERVOUS THAT YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN ALL THE INPUT THAT YOU NEED FROM THE RIGHT ORGANIZATION.

SO IF WE COULD GET THAT, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

AND IF WE COULD PROVIDE SOME INPUT, ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE SHARING THAT LINK FOR THE BEACOPP AUSTIN, UM, WEBSITE.

CAUSE I'M LOOKING AT IT NOW, BUT I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND THE, WHAT YOU HAD JUST PRESENTED.

I'M NOT SURE HOW IT'S LABELED, BUT WE COULD GET THAT LINK.

THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

WHAT MAKES SURE YOU HAVE THAT? MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE, UH, LINK WAS JUST EMAILED TO YOU ALL.

IT PROBABLY WENT TO YOUR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS EMAIL, BUT THANK YOU FOR, TO HAVE THAT.

UM, YOU CAN ALSO JUST GO TO SPEAK UP AUSTIN AND, AND CLICK ON.

IT GIVES YOU AN OPTION.

ALL OF THE DIFFERENT, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CITY INITIATIVES THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY GATHERING INPUT ON.

AND, UH, THIS IS THE CITY'S ACTION PLAN.

YES.

AND COMMISSIONER WAY, WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH, IF YOU HAVE ANY, UM, THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO CONSULT WITH IN MIND AS WELL.

UH, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT AND WE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THAT, COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ABOUT THAT NOW, OR I CAN FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AS WELL.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, I'LL RESPOND TO AN EMAIL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.

NOW

[2C. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. (Part 1 of 2)]

WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION AND LIAISON PROGRAMS FOR THE AUSTIN IMMIGRANT POPULATION.

TURNING BACK ON MR. LASKEY.

SORRY.

UH, YES, THIS WAS A PAST ITEM.

LET ME, LET ME TURN MY MICROPHONE ON, SORRY.

UH, YES, THIS WAS A PAST, UM, BOARD AND COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION FROM THE COMMISSION ON IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS.

UH, IT PASSED THEIR, UH, PERMISSION ON A UNANIMOUS NINE OVER VOTE.

UH, WE, UH, HAVE IT AS A DRAFT, BUT UH, THEIR ALREADY SIGNED OFF ON IT AND WE'RE JUST, UM, ALREADY, OR JUST, WE'RE JUST BASICALLY SIGNING ONTO IT, UH, MUTUALLY SIGNING ONTO IT.

CAUSE, UH, THE COMMISSION ON IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS, UH, READY, VOTED FOR IT, THE JOINT INCLUSION COMMITTEE, YOU ALREADY APPROVED IT.

UH, WE'RE JUST SAYING, BECAUSE IT INVOLVES HEALTHCARE, UH, FROM, UM, HISTORICALLY

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FOR HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, UH, AND DISPARATE ACCESS FOR TARGETED COMMUNITY, UH, WHO HAVE TO NAVIGATE HEALTHCARE AND FACE BARRIERS THAT THIS WOULD INTEREST US TO.

UH, IT'S RECOMMENDATION NUMBER 2 0 2, UH, TEN THREE OH ONE SLASH TWO B FUNDING FOR HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION AND LIAISON PROGRAMS BENEFITING AUSTIN'S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES.

DID ANY OF THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL ALASKA? UH, THIS IS KOSHER.

CAN, CAN YOU JUST, UM, BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT THE RESOLUTION IS A RESOLUTION, RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT.

UM, IT'S RECOMMENDATION NUMBER AND WE'RE SAYING, WE AGREE WITH, UH, THIS, THIS, THIS RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE WE, AS A PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

YES.

WE FACE BARRIERS AND, UM, IMMIGRANTS WITH DISABILITIES ALSO FACED BARRIERS.

SO WE WERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THIS, UH, RECOMMENDATION.

CAN SOMEBODY JUST LIKE SUMMARIZE, MAYBE BE HELPFUL FOR A THIRD PARTY.

WHO'S LOOKED AT IT TO JUST SUMMARIZE FOR THE REST OF THE GROUP ORALLY.

WHAT, WHAT EXACTLY WE'RE AGREEING TO.

I GET THAT WE'RE AGREEING TO THEIR RESOLUTION.

I WANT TO KNOW THE SUBSTANCE OF THE RESOLUTION AND SUMMARIZE SOMEBODY DO THAT.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER AND READING THE, THE RESOLUTION.

UM, IT'S SAYING THAT THERE ARE HEALTH NAVIGATOR PROGRAMS AND THE ISM PROGRAMS THAT ALREADY EXIST.

UM, BUT THAT SOME OF THEM ARE CURRENTLY FUNDED BY EMERGENCY GRANTS THAT ARE GOING TO EXPIRE.

UM, AND SO THIS RECOMMENDATION IS TO CONTINUE FUNDING ON A LONG-TERM BASIS, AS WELL AS TO EXPAND THE PROGRAMS TO OTHER IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS.

OR THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING.

IT'S NOT NECESSARILY TO CREATE ENTIRELY NEW PROGRAMS, BUT THEY PROVIDE ONGOING FUNDING FOR THINGS THAT ALREADY EXIST AND THEN EXPAND, UM, TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL COMMUNITIES.

OKAY.

THAT'S HELPFUL.

THANK YOU.

SO FOR CLARIFICATION, YOU ARE AS COMMISSIONER ALASKA, YOU ARE WANTING THE, ARE NUMERIC MIDFIELD, DISABILITY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, RIGHT? UM, IT'S MARKED IN OUR PACKET AS A DRAFT, BUT, UH, THE COMMUNITY, THE, UH, COMMISSION LIAISON HAD ALREADY SIGNED FOR THE COMMISSION ON IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS HAD ALREADY SIGNED OFF ON IT.

UH, THEIR COMMISSION HAD ALREADY VOTED ON IT UNANIMOUSLY.

UH, WE'RE JUST SAYING WE WERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH IT.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER TRACK.

AND I, I DID HAVE A QUESTION BECAUSE THE DATE ON, UM, THE RECOMMENDATION SAID MARCH 1ST, 2021.

UM, AND SO I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THAT IS, UH, AN ERROR OR IF THIS IS STILL KIND OF LINGERING FROM, FROM LAST MARCH.

UH, I BELIEVE IT'S LINGERING FROM LAST MARCH.

SO ARE THEY STILL SEEKING, UM, SPONSORS LIKE SPONSORS ON THIS? UM, I BELIEVE THEY STILL ARE.

I HAVEN'T HEARD IT THE PAST AND FOR LAST YEAR'S BUDGET, LET ME TEXT.

I HAVE A FRIEND, WHO'S THE, I THINK SHE'S THE VICE CHAIR OF THAT COMMITTEE.

LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND, FIND OUT WHETHER THEY NEED THAT TO BE, YOU KNOW, CAUSE IT WAS PROBABLY A BUDGET RECOMMENDATION FOR THE TA THE BUDGET THAT WAS SUBMITTED IN 2021.

RIGHT.

UM, MAYBE CAN WE, CAN WE MAYBE, UM, UH, PAUSE ON THIS AGENDA ITEM AND THEN GO TO OTHER AGENDA ITEMS AND THEN CALL FOR A VOTE AND A LITTLE BIT, I'LL ALLOW IT JUST FOR TIME FOR A RESPONSE.

[2D. Discussion and possible action regarding Family Connects in Response to the Resilient ATX Resolution]

OKAY.

SO WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM REGARDING DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM RE GUARDING, UM, FAMILY CONNECTS IN RESPONSE TO THE RESILIENT ATX RESOLUTION.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THIS, UH, ITEM DEALS WITH FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, EXPERIENCING HARDSHIPS BEFORE THE ONSET OF THE COVID PANDEMIC AND THE PANDEMIC, UH, CREATED EXACERBATED EXISTING PROBLEMS. UH, THE EXAMINING THE IMAGINING

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AUSTIN PLAN, UM, IS SUPPOSED TO ENCOURAGE A YOUNGER CHILDREN, UH, TO BE HAPPY HEALTHY.

UH, PEDIATRIC HEALTH CARE HAS SEEN IT AT 24% DECLINE IN THE LAST YEAR.

UH, MENTAL HEALTH, THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN HAS DECLINED.

ONE STUDY FOUND THAT 27% OF PARENTS, UH, REPORTED CLIENT MENTAL HEALTH.

UH, AND, UH, THE FAMILY CONNECTS PLAN IS SUPPOSED TO RESPOND TO A RESILIENT ATX RESOLUTION.

UM, THE COVID PANDEMIC HAS SURFACED MANY ISSUES OF HEALTH INEQUITIES NEWBORNS IN THEIR FAMILIES IN TEXAS ARE AT HIGHER RISK BECAUSE OF POOR HEALTH OUTCOMES THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECT FAMILIES OF COLOR.

UM, AND THEN IT GOES INTO BLACK WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM PREGNANCY OR CHILDBIRTH.

UH, THIS RELATES TO MENTAL HEALTH OF UNRECOGNIZED BIAS AND COMMUNICATION OR CARE, UH, INCREASES IN FOOD SECURITY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHERE MOST SIGNIFICANT AMONG HISPANIC AND SPANISH SPEAKING FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY DUE TO JOB LOSS.

WHEREAS AS AN AUSTIN 12, 2021 32% OF WHITE TEXANS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 WHILE ONLY 19% BLOCK TEXANS IN 21% OF HISPANIC TEXANS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

UM, WE NEED TO INVEST IN NORMALIZE THE UNIVERSAL CARE SYSTEM FOR POST POSTPARTUM PERIOD.

UM, EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL RECOMMENDS CITY OF BOSTON EXPANDED REACH OF FAMILY CONNECTS PROGRAM BY 2000 BIRTHS PER YEAR TO PROVIDE HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE FOR NEWBORNS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND BASICALLY THEY WANT TO, UM, MAKE IT SO THAT EVERYBODY, REGARDLESS OF RACE HAS EQUAL POSTPARTUM CARE, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT'S STRATIFIED AND THE PANDEMIC, UH, MADE THINGS WORSE.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER TRIAC AND I, I GUESS I HAD THE SAME QUESTION ABOUT THIS ONE VERSUS THE DATE OF APPROVAL WAS MAY 12TH, 2021.

SO HAVE THESE, HAVE YOU HAD, UH, I GUESS MY QUESTION IS KIND OF WHERE ARE THESE COMING FROM? HAVE YOU HAD RECENT REQUESTS FROM THESE COMMISSIONS FOR US TO SIGN OFF ON THEM? THIS IS COMMISSIONER ORLOVSKY OUT THAT, UH, WE HAVEN'T HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS.

UH, I HAD TRIED TO GET THESE ON OUR AGENDA FOR SEVERAL, UH, MEETINGS.

UM, I HAD TRIED, UH, TO GET THEM ON DURING THE SUMMER.

UH, THIS IS JEFFERY TOO.

I THINK THE CLARIFICATION QUESTION IS, UM, SOME OF THESE ARE VERY OUTDATED, UNFORTUNATELY COULD NOT MEET FOR SEVERAL REASONS.

HOWEVER, I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO REACH OUT TO THESE DIFFERENT ENTITIES TO SEE IF THESE ARE THEY'RE STILL SEEKING OUR ASSISTANCE OR OUR COOPERATION, BECAUSE SOME OF THESE MAY HAVE PASSED DUE TO PASS BUDGETS OR, UM, THE INITIATIVE IS TAKEN ON A DIFFERENT STEP, WHETHER IT'S ALREADY COMPLETE OR IS STILL ONGOING.

I JUST, I THINK WE'RE LOOKING FOR CLARIFICATION.

SEE, DO, ARE THEY STILL SEE ALL THESE THINGS THEY HAVE ON THE AGENDA? ARE THEY STILL SEEKING OUR ASSISTANCE? UM, AND I HAVE, THIS IS COMMISSIONER THREAD WHO I HAVE A POINT OF INFORMATION.

YOU'RE CUTTING OUT A LITTLE BIT COMMISSIONER TO YOUR WHOLE, BUT GO AHEAD.

YOU ARE CUTTING OUT A LITTLE BIT.

OH, SHOOT.

OKAY.

LET ME PUT IT TO MY EAR.

OKAY.

AND STOP THE VIDEO.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

SO IS THAT BETTER? YES.

OKAY.

SO THE CLARIFICATION THAT I HAVE IS, YEAH, THEY HAVE A NEW BUDGET RECOMMENDATION FOR 2022, BUT IT'S STILL AN ONGOING NEED.

AND WITH IMMIGRANTS COMING FROM THE UKRAINE, UM, THEY PARTICULARLY DO NEED, UM, SUPPORT FOR FUNDING FOR REFUGEE HEALTH CARE.

AND SO WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND WE COULD CALL TO A VOTE ON THE OTHER, BUT MAYBE I'D LIKE TO MAKE A FRIENDLY, UM, AMENDMENT TO ROBIN'S MOTION, UM, TO SAY, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER SHE SAID, MOVE TO APPROVE THE, UM, SUPPORT FOR THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE, UM, FOR 2021 AND FOR 20 22, 20 23 FOR THIS, FOR THE SAME, UH, SUBJECT.

CAUSE THEY THEY'RE ALSO, THEY HAVE THEIR NEW RECOMMENDATION IS ASKING FOR FUNDING FOR THE SAME THING AND SOME OTHER STUFF TOO, BUT, BUT THAT WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE LISTED.

SO, UM, ANYWAY, THAT'S MY FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO ROBBINS.

SO I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, YEAH.

DOES ROBIN AGREED TO THAT AMENDMENT? THIS

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IS COMMISSIONER ALLOW ESCAPE.

I, I AGREE.

UM, I SIT ON THE, UH, JOINT INCLUSION COMMITTEE, WHICH DOES DEAL WITH BUDGETS.

UM, AND I HAVE HEARD THAT, UH, AGAIN, SEVERAL BUDGET ISSUES WERE NOT APPROVED BECAUSE OF, UH, SHORTFALLS DUE TO ISSUES SUCH AS THE PANDEMIC.

UM, I WAS GOING TO, UH, INTERJECT THIS.

UH, SO, UH, THIS WOULD BE A COMPLETELY REASONABLE ISSUE.

UM, WE, UM, WE VOTE WITH SEVERAL OF THESE COMMISSIONS.

THIS IS HOW THESE ITEMS CAME UP.

UH, WE WORK WITH SEVERAL OF THESE COMMISSIONS MUTUALLY, UH, COLLABORATIVELY ON JOINT ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN, UM, AND SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE AND, UM, UH, MEDICAL CARE SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE RELATED ISSUES, UH, WHERE WE COULD COLLABORATE, WHICH ARE STILL RELEVANT AND HAVE NOT BEEN FUNDED, WHICH REMAIN PERTINENT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT.

SO YES, I DO ACCEPT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO, SO FOR CLARIFICATION, ARE YOU MAKE, WHICH ARE YOU MAKING A MOTION FOR? I'M MAKING A MOTION FOR IT, WHICH ONE? BECAUSE WE'RE RIGHT NOW WE'RE ON THE FAMILY CONNECTS, UM, AGENDA TOPIC ON THE FAMILY CONNECTS TOPIC, IF YOU CAN MAKE AN OFFICIAL MOTION.

SO JUST FOR CLARIFICATION FOR THE COMMISSION MOTION FOR TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT PROPOSAL FOR THE FAMILY CONNECTS, UH, UH, BOARD COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION, SARAH SECOND, THIS IS COMMISSIONER SHREK.

I BELIEVE WHAT, UH, COMMISSIONER WAS, UM, PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TWO WAS THE HEALTH NAVIGATOR HOSEL LEADING TO FEAR FOR IMMIGRANTS.

SO I WITHDRAWN.

UM, I, I, UM, WOULD LIKE TO, UH, MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO THE, UH, BOARD COMMISSION, UH, RECOMMENDATION FOR THE COMMISSION ON IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'LL

[2C. Discussion and possible action regarding Funding for Healthcare Navigation and Liaison Programs Benefiting Austin’s Immigrant Communities. (Part 2 of 2)]

MOVE TO THAT SUBJECT.

UM, BACK TO THAT AGENDA TOPIC, IS THERE A SECOND? THIS IS COMMISSIONER TRIAC.

I WILL SECOND THAT MOTION.

OKAY.

UH, RICKY, IF YOU COULD CALL FOR THE VOTE SHERIFF RANKS, I VICE-CHAIR CIROC.

I COMMISSIONER BROADWATER.

I COMMISSIONER KERNS AUSTER WILL.

AYE.

COMMISSIONER OLASKY COMMISSIONER TREY HILL.

I, IF HE COULD SPEAK INTO THE MIC COMMISSIONER, GIVE ONE MORE TIME.

YOUR I DIDN'T REGISTER.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SIX ZERO.

ALRIGHT.

IT PASSES.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOING BACK TO THE FAMILY CONNECTS AGENDA TOPIC, UH, COMMISSIONER ALASKA, COULD YOU CLARIFY WHAT YOU WERE SEEKING IN THIS? IF WE ARE TO VOTE ON SUPPORT? OKAY.

THIS, THIS RECOMMENDATION IS FROM THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL AND WE ALSO VOTE WITH THEM ON THE JOINT INCLUSION COMMITTEE AND WE'RE SEEKING, UM, THEY'RE SEEKING A, UH, IMPROVED, UM, MENTAL HEALTH CARE IMPROVED.

UM, OKAY.

HEATHER SEEKING IMPROVED A SHORT TERM, IMPROVED HEALTH CARE, UH SHORT-TERM UM, POSTPARTUM CARE, UH, EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE IT FOR LOW INCOME FAMILIES, UH, TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES ACROSS VARIOUS RACE, RACE AND ETHNICITIES.

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THERE ARE MEASURABLE DISPARITIES IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THE, UH, COVID EPIDEMIC INCREASE THAT.

UM, THEY WANT AN EMPHASIS ON SERVING BIRTHS COVERED BY MEDICAID AND FAMILY SERVED BY OUR COMMUNITY COMMUNITIES, FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS.

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OKAY.

AND SO FOR CLARIFICATION, WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING FROM US? UM, AND ENDORSEMENT OF THIS RESOLUTION TO, UH, WHICH IS TRYING TO CLOSE GAPS, WHICH EXIST IN, UH, THE CITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND HEALTHCARE NETWORK.

OKAY.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COUNT THAT AS EMOTION? UM, LET'S SEE.

UM, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCILS RECOMMENDATION ABOUT FAMILY CONNECTS IN RESPONSE TO THE RESILIENT ATX RESOLUTION.

IS THERE A SECOND OR CALL FOR DISCUSSION DOES COMMISSIONER TRACK? AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE LAST MAY AND I DON'T MIND VOTING ON IT, BUT IF THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED THE FUNDING THAT THEY NEED, IT SOUNDS LIKE IT MIGHT NOT BE NECESSARY.

SO I WOULD BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CONTACTING THEM AND FINDING OUT WHAT THE CURRENT STATUS IS AND IF THEY STILL NEED SUPPORT OR IF THEY'VE CHANGED IT.

UM, SINCE THIS IS FROM LAST YEAR, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE IT'S SUPER TIME SENSITIVE.

SO THAT WOULD BE MY RECOMMENDATION OR PROPOSAL IS TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT NEED FOR US TO, TO SIGN ON TO THIS.

THE FLOOR IS OPEN FOR CONTINUED DISCUSSION OR A SECOND.

THIS IS SHARON FRANKS.

I, MY OPINION IS THAT WE SHOULD REACH OUT TO THESE ENTITIES TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF, UM, ASSISTANCE THEY MAY REQUIRE SO THAT WE HAVE MORE CURRENT UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE, MORE VIABLE KNOWLEDGE OF IF THEY ARE STILL SEEKING SUPPORT, BECAUSE AS THESE, THIS IS LAST YEAR AND UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES, WE COULDN'T MEET.

SO A LOT OF THIS IS, UM, AT LEAST A YEAR OLD.

SO I THINK HAVING MORE CURRENT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION WOULD HELP US DETERMINE OUR DECISION TO SUPPORT.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

I'LL CALL ONE LAST TIME FOR A SECOND.

IF NOT, UM, THE MOTION WILL NOT CARRY AND WE WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT AGENDA TOPIC.

ALL RIGHT.

THE MOTION FAILS.

SO

[2E. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation for a joint initiative by the City and County to create a downtown mental health diversion program.]

THE NEXT GEN TOPIC IS A DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM FOR A JOINT INITIATIVE BETWEEN CITY AND COUNCIL REGARDING THE, UM, CITY AND COUNTY TO DEVELOP A DEAD DOWNTOWN MENTAL HEALTH, UM, DIVERSION PROGRAM.

OKAY, WELL, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY IS TRYING TO DEVELOP A MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER.

AND, UH, SINCE MENTAL HEALTH IS A DISABILITY UNDER THE ADA, UH, US POTENTIALLY ENDORSING, IT MIGHT BE A REALLY GOOD IDEA.

UM, AND, UM, MENTAL HEALTH, MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A CRIME, BUT ONGOING LACK OF ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, AND CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE LOCAL TREATMENT OPTIONS HAS FREQUENTLY LEFT.

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, LOCKED UP INSIDE OF A JAIL CELL, UH, AND, UM, W BASICALLY ALLOWING THE HOMELESS TO LAND SIDEWALKS OR INADEQUATE AND INAPPROPRIATE PUBLIC POLICIES.

UH, BUT SO WE'RE CRIMINALIZING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, UH, LAW ENFORCEMENT, UM, SUCH AS AUSTIN POLICE DISLIKE, UH, BEING RELEGATED TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.

UH, THE COMMITTEE HAS REPEATEDLY PRESSED THE CITY TO ADDRESS ABLEISM AS A NECESSARY COMPONENT FOR OBTAINING AND MAINTAINING AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY.

WE'VE BEEN VERY CONCERNED THAT ABEL ISM IS, UH, NOT A LESSER FORM OF DISCRIMINATION WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT MUST BE PROHIBITED IN ALL CITY OF AUSTIN IN OFFICES, DEPARTMENTS, AND PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVE EQUITY, UH, AUSTIN POLICE, CHIEF CHICAGO, TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GARZA, AND TRAVIS COUNTY ATTORNEY GARZA HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR ESTABLISHING A MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER.

WHEREAS THIS CENTER SHOULD NOT PROSECUTE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

WHEREAS THE CENTER WAS PROPOSED SPECIFICALLY TO HELP PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES.

WHEREAS THE HEALTH MUST BE CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE AND REFRAIN FROM PROMOTING ABELIST STEREOTYPES ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, WHEREAS MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE

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ABUSE ALREADY RECOGNIZED AS DISABILITY UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

WHEREAS THE MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER SHOULD BE COLLABORATIVELY, PLANNED AND FUNDED LIKE THE CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS IS IN FACT, NOW AMERICA'S 10TH LARGEST CITY.

NOW, THEREFORE BE RESOLVED THAT THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ENCOURAGES AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL TO ENDORSE THE COLLABORATIVE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER, AS A MEANS OF EFFECTIVELY AND PERMANENTLY ADDRESSING IDENTIFIED MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION NEEDS IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY, WITHOUT CRIMINALIZING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, INCLUDING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE THAT USE OVER FOR DISCUSSION.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER TRIAC.

UM, AND I AGREE THAT THIS IS A IMPORTANT TOPIC, UM, AND I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE MAYBE HAVING SOMEBODY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE ALREADY HAPPENING.

UM, I'D REALLY APPRECIATE HAVING A BRIEFING ON WHERE THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE AND KIND OF WHERE THIS IS IN PROGRESS, UM, BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH A RESOLUTION.

OKAY.

FLOURISH A LITTLE BIT.

YEAH, I DEFINITELY, THIS IS JEFF FRANKS.

I DEFINITELY AGREE THAT THIS IS A WORTHWHILE ENDEAVOR.

I THINK JUST HAVING CURRENT INFORMATION, JUST UNDERSTANDING AS VICE-CHAIR SHRIKE MENTIONED THAT THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS GOING ON.

I WOULD JUST MAYBE A LITTLE MORE CURRENT INFORMATION OF WHAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AND I FEEL AS IT'S SOMETHING WE CAN SUPPORT, I JUST WOULD LIKE, UM, IN MY OPINION, CURRENT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.

OH, I, I AGREED TO, UM, I FEEL, YEAH, THIS IS, UH, COMMISSIONER ORLOVSKY.

I FEEL VERY, UM, I FEEL VERY REASSURED THAT, UH, POLICE CHIEF CHECON IS, UH, BEHIND THIS MEASURE.

UM, I FEEL VERY, UH, ALSO FEEL REASSURED THAT, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY ATTORNEY GARZA AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY GARZA, UH, NO, THAT'S NOT A TYPO.

BOTH OF THEM HAVE THE SAME LAST NAME.

UM, SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT, UH, BUT IT'S, IT IS TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

I FEEL VERY REASSURED THAT, UH, ALL OF THEM ARE 90 BEHIND THIS.

UH, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE, UM, TO HAVE A, UH, MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION CENTER.

AND THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES LOCKED UP.

UH, THEY WANT A, UH, INCLUSIVE APPROACH.

THEY DON'T WANT TO CRIMINALIZE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

WE'RE WHO WE ARE.

I THINK VERY HELPFUL, UH, VERY IMPORTANT, VERY, UM, IT'S A RIGHT.

IT'S A VERY NEEDED DIALOGUE.

FLORA SILLIVAN FOR ANY COMMENTARY OR QUESTIONS.

THIS IS JEFF FRANKS.

ARE YOU ABLE TO COMMISSION ALASKA? ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCESS ANY CURRENT UPDATED INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN CIRCULATE AMONGST THE COMMISSION SO THAT WE COULD, YOU KNOW, PUT THIS ON OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM A AGENDA FOR NEXT MONTH TO PUT TO A VOTE? I FEEL AS IF THIS COMMISSION WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION THAT'S CURRENT ENOUGH TO DATE? OH, UH, YES.

I WOULD BE ABLE TO, UH, FI LOOK UP CURRENT INFORMATION AND, UH, SEND IT, UH, THROUGH THE STAFF LIAISON ABOUT THIS INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOPIC.

GREAT.

IF THERE, IS THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTARY I FEEL AS IF I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE COMMISSION, IF THERE'S ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE A MOTION OR, UM, MOVE ON TO HAVING THIS ON NEXT MONTH WITH MORE INFORMATION TOO, THAT IS TANGIBLE TO READ OKAY.

HEARING NONE.

UM, WE'LL LOOK FOR THAT INFORMATION AND, UM, WE CAN ADDRESS THIS PUTTING OVER THE NEXT AGENDA, RICKY FOR NEXT MONTH.

[2F. Discussion and possible action on a grant to address community-identified transportation challenges in North Austin's Georgian Acres neighborhood.]

ALL RIGHT.

OUR FINAL AGENDA ITEM BEFORE FUTURE BUSINESS IS REGARDING, UH, TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNITY ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IN THE NORTH AUSTIN, GEORGIA JORDAN ACRES NEIGHBORHOOD.

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HMM.

WAS THERE A COMMISSIONER OR A PRESENTER WHO WANTED TO SPEAK ON THIS? GIVE IT A FEW MORE SECONDS.

HEARING NONE.

THIS MAY BE FROM A COMMISSIONER WHO IS NOT PRESENT, SO, UH, WE'LL TABLE THIS TO NEXT MONTH.

UM, I'M NOT SURE WHO REQUESTED TO PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA.

SO, ALL RIGHT, THERE IS NO OLD BUSINESS, SO WE'LL MOVE ON TO ANY

[5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS]

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. UM, WE DO WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO CAROL JOHNSON AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE STUDY.

UM, THERE WAS A SENSE SINCE THERE'S A TRANSITION BETWEEN THE LIAISONS, UM, SOME THINGS I DID APPROVE THIS TO BE OF THE, ON THE AGENDA, BUT, UM, WITH THE TRANSITION, IT WAS ACCIDENTALLY NOT PUT ON THERE.

SO I DEFINITELY WANT TO HAVE THAT ON THE AGENDA NEXT MONTH FOR A, FROM THE QUALITY OF LIFE STUDY THAT WAS, WE SUPPORTED ALSO, UM, I'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL FROM THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND WHO IS GOING TO DO A PRESENTATION WITH US REGARDING A PROGRAM CALLED NFB NEWSLINE.

IT IS A FREE PUBLICATION ONLINE PUBLICATION SERVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH PRINT DISABILITIES.

I WILL GO INTO TOO MUCH.

I WANT TO GIVE THE PRESENTER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT IT, BUT, UM, IT'S, UH, YOU CAN ACCESS NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, AND MANY OTHER FEATURES ON THROUGH EMAIL, OVER THE TELEPHONE, AS WELL AS THROUGH A MOBILE APP, AND NOW OPEN THE FLOOR FOR ANY OTHER FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. UM, I'LL FIND OUT INFORMATION FROM THE OTHER GIC MEMBERS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE ITEMS. UH, WE HAVE OUR MEETING THIS MONTH.

OKAY.

ANOTHER THING I WILL BE DOING IS REACHING OUT TO JANIE PRIMA JANIE BREEZE MINISTER FROM THE COMMISSION ON SENIORS.

UH, TRADITIONALLY ANNUALLY, WE HAVE A MEETING WITH A JOINT MEETING WITH THEM.

UM, I'M THE, TO WORK WITH HER AND FINDING OUT A DATE THAT WE CAN HAVE A JOINT MEETING.

UH, THIS IS COMMISSIONER .

I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THAT, UM, UH, COMMISSIONER ALASKA, I THINK WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT IS TO ASK WHAT, UH, WHAT BUDGET ITEMS FOLKS ARE SEEKING SUPPORT FOR RIGHT NOW.

AND I'VE ALSO REQUESTED THAT YOU GIVE A COPY OF THE TWO SEPARATE RESOLUTIONS THAT WE PASSED FOR, UH, FOR THE BUDGET, UM, CYCLE FROM THIS COMMITTEE AND ASK THAT THOSE COMMITTEES TO ALSO SUPPORT, UM, OUR, UH, TWO BUDGET ITEMS. AND THEY WERE DRY.

I THOUGHT WE WERE DRAFTING IT AS ONE RESOLUTION, BUT, UM, THEY ACTUALLY WAS DRAFTED INTO TWO SEPARATE ONES.

SO THE BATHROOM PART OF THAT BECAME A SEPARATE STANDALONE FROM THE FUNDING, INCREASED, UH, ARTS AND THEY HAVE PROGRAMMING.

OH, WELL, UM, HI, UH, THIS IS COMMISSIONER ORLOVSKY, UH, ALL THE OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS SUBMITTED THEIR, UH, RECOMMENDATIONS ONLINE.

YES, WE DID THROUGH THE PORT.

WELL, THROUGH THE BUDGET PORTAL, AS I ASK YOU, THEY'RE ASKING US TO SUPPORT THEIR BUDGET REQUESTS.

I'M ASKING YOU TO ASK THEM TO SUPPORT OUR BUDGET.

WE DID SUBMIT OURS ONLINE, BUT WE HAVE THOSE TWO RESOLUTIONS THAT THEY COULD SAY WE SUPPORT, AND THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN EMAILED EVERYBODY.

I ASKED FOR OUR LIAISON TO EMAIL THOSE TWO ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS TO ALL THE COMMISSION MEMBERS.

I THINK THAT'S HAPPENED IF IT HASN'T HAPPENED.

I'M ASKING AGAIN RIGHT NOW, IT'S COMMISSIONER KEARNS.

AFTER A WHILE I RECEIVED IT AND PASS IT ON TO TWO CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT I WORK WITH.

SO I WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO BRING UP THE SAME THING.

JUST REMIND EVERYONE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND, UH, REQUEST THAT THEY SUPPORT.

YES, LOOK, THANKS.

RIGHT.

UM, POINT OF CLARIFICATION, UM, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO, UH, PUT TOGETHER A BUDGET WORK GROUP AND, UM, THE, WELL, THE BUDGET PROCESS, ISN'T, </