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TODAY

[CALL TO ORDER]

IS THE 14TH OF JUNE, 2022.

AND THE TIME IS 6:36 PM.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THIS MONTH'S MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO ORDER.

AND AS WE REPEAT AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY MEETING, THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. BEFORE

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

WE VISIT ANY BUSINESS, WE WILL BEGIN WITH ANY CITIZEN COMMUNICATION AND IT APPEARS THAT WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER.

IS THAT RIGHT? LISA NEVER HEARD OF THIS SPEAKER.

LET'S SEE, UH, THE WHOLE ALVAREZ WITH KEN, THE COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK AND WITH SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT, WELL, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, GOOD EVENING, WHATEVER THE RIGHT, UH, THING IS A GOOD TO SEE BE HERE IN PERSON.

UM, AND I WOULD ALWAYS WITH COMMUNITY INVESTMENT NETWORK AND, UH, WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER FROM A DIFFERENT COMMISSION, UH, EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL.

UH, THAT'S ONE OF THE OTHER HATS THAT I WEAR, UM, UM, JUST APPRECIATE THE SERVICE AND YOU HAVE THE DEDICATION TO KIND OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY IN THIS WAY.

UM, BUT I'M JUST HERE TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT CAN HAS BEEN UP TO, OR WHAT WE ARE UP TO CURRENTLY.

AND I THINK PEOPLE KNOW OUR DASHBOARD, YOU KNOW, THE CAN COMMUNITY INDICATORS REPORT, UM, AND THERE'S LIKE A SUMMARY OF THE LATEST VERSION OF THAT REPORT IN THE HANDOUT.

UM, BUT REALLY WE WANTED TO JUST KIND OF HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OTHER THINGS THAT WE DO, YOU KNOW, WE, UH, CAN, IS A PARTNERSHIP OF 26 DIFFERENT AGENCIES OR ENTITIES, UM, GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S, YOU KNOW, AND THE COUNTY, YOU KNOW, SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE SOME OF OUR FOUNDING PARTNERS.

SO, UH, WE GO WAY BACK WITH, UH, WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UH, AND AGAIN, THE IDEA IS WITH, UH, BRINGING SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO SUCH DIFFERENT KINDS OF WORK TOGETHER IT'S TO, UH, FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN LOOK AT COMMUNITY CHALLENGE THROUGH A CROSS SECTOR PERSPECTIVE, YOU KNOW, AND NOT FROM OUR OWN SILOS, WHETHER YOU'RE A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY OR A NONPROFIT, UM, OR A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

RIGHT? SO, UH, SO PART OF IS, YOU KNOW, KIND OF HOW DO WE LOOK AT DATA IN A WAY THAT IDENTIFIES CHALLENGES THAT AREN'T OWNED BY ANY ONE ENTITY, BUT, YOU KNOW, WITH, THROUGH AN ENTITY LIKE KEN, WE CAN COME TOGETHER TO HAVE, UH, TO, TO DO SOME WORK, RIGHT, TO ALIGN EFFORTS AND LEVERAGE RESOURCES, ET CETERA.

IT'S A, IT'S A COLLABORATIVE TYPE OF A MODEL.

UH, BUT A COUPLE OF THE TOOLS, YOU KNOW, BESIDES THE DASHBOARD, YOU KNOW, THAT, UH, UM, THAT WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IS THAT WE CREATED RECENTLY THE RACE EQUITY ACTION FRAMEWORK, YOU KNOW, IN TERMS OF, UM, TRYING TO KIND OF CONNECT THE DOTS IN TERMS OF HOW ALL THESE RACIAL INEQUALITY OR ISSUES RELATED TO RACIAL INEQUALITY RELATE TO EACH OTHER.

SO IN UNDERSTANDING THAT AGAIN, MAYBE WE CAN BETTER FIND SOLUTIONS INSTEAD OF JUST LOOKING AT EDUCATION EQUITY BY ITSELF, OR HEALTH EQUITY BY ITSELF, OR HOUSING EQUITY BY ITSELF.

WE'VE BEEN ALSO DOING A LOT OF WORK AROUND LANGUAGE ACCESS, YOU KNOW, CAUSE, UM, I THINK THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, TO CREATE A SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO NON ENGLISH SPEAKERS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

UM, AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO, AGAIN, HOW DO WE ALIGN EFFORTS, LEVERAGE RESOURCES, UH, CHAIN SYSTEMS, RIGHT? TO BETTER SERVE FAMILIES WHO DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH AND, YOU KNOW, DURING THE PANDEMIC AND DURING THE WINTER STORM WE SAW, UM, YOU KNOW, THE NEED FOR BETTER SERVICES BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH, UM, AGAIN, FOUND IT HARDER THAN EVEN ALL OF US WHO ALSO MAYBE FIND IT HARD TO GET SERVICES OR SUPPORT.

UM, AND WE, UH, STARTED A, THE CAN PODCAST.

IT'S CALLED A GET ENGAGED PODCAST.

IT'S A 10 MINUTE PODCAST.

SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO SET ASIDE A HALF HOUR OR AN HOUR TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST, BUT IT'S A, BASICALLY AN AUDIO COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS COMING WEEK.

UM, AND WE HAVE A COMMUNITY CALENDAR THAT'S ATTACHED TO THAT PODCAST.

SO AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY, AROUND OUR, OUR GOAL AREAS, WHICH ARE, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE, UM, MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SAFE, JUST ENGAGED AS A COMMUNITY THAT OUR BASIC NEEDS ARE MET,

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UM, THAT WE ACHIEVE OUR FULL POTENTIAL AND THAT, UM, AND THAT WE ARE HEALTHY.

SO, UH, AGAIN, JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT IF Y'ALL WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANY OF THIS HAPPY TO COME BACK FOR ACTUAL PRESENTATIONS.

THANKS, ROLAND.

UH, IF YOU HA, IF YOU, WE DIDN'T MEAN TO UNCEREMONIOUSLY CUT YOU OFF THERE.

SO IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING, IF YOU HAD ANYTHING MORE, UH, I THINK OUR AGENDA IS PRETTY REASONABLE THAT WE COULD, OH YEAH, NO.

I MEAN, AGAIN, JUST REALLY, UH, I THINK, UM, I WAS GOING TO END WITH THAT ANYWAY.

JUST KIND OF LOOKING AT HOW DO YOU, THAT'S KIND OF THE LENS THROUGH WHICH WE LOOK AT EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW, THE, OUR GOAL AREAS, UM, WHICH ARE AGAIN, YOU KNOW, AND THAT REALLY THE PURPOSE BEHIND, UM, HAVING AN ORGANIZATION LIKE CAN IS, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A COMMUNITY WHERE WE ARE SAFE JUST, AND ENGAGED.

OUR BASIC NEEDS ARE MET, WE'RE HEALTHY AND WE ACHIEVE OUR FULL POTENTIAL.

AND, UM, SO THERE'S A QUESTION OF HOW DO WE MEASURE THAT, RIGHT? FIRST OF ALL, AND THEN THE SECOND ONE IS IN THOSE AREAS WHERE WE'RE NOT KIND OF HITTING THE MARK, THEN HOW DO WE, UH, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO RIGHT.

TO IMPROVE IN THESE, IN THESE AREAS FOR WORK, FOR THE WELLBEING OF ALL IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THANKS.

AND SINCE YOU'RE HERE AND IT'S SO EASY TO HAVE YOU ON THE SPOT, UM, I, UH, I'M NOT RUNNING FOR ANYTHING FIRST.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION NOW, UH, FIRST, UM, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE OVER, NOT JUST THE TIME THAT YOU'VE BEEN WITH KEN, WHICH PROBABLY IS APPROACHING A DECADE, IF NOT MORE, AND, UH, OF COURSE YOUR, YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND ALL OF YOUR, UH, YOUR ADVOCACY FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES HERE AND IN YOUR TIME DOING THIS WORK SPECIFICALLY WITH KEN AND UNIQUELY PRODUCING DASHBOARDS THAT ARE SHOWING KIND OF THE BIGGEST PAIN POINTS, DO YOU SEE US AS A CITY? DO YOU SEE THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHARGED ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM, UH, AND, AND, AND WELL BEYOND WITH THE INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE, UH, S TRYING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER, DO YOU SEE US MOVING THE NEEDLE WHEN MEAN, BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING LITERALLY AT THE NEEDLE ON EACH OF THESE ITEMS, UM, AND OR DO YOU SEE THAT NEEDLE MOVING? DO YOU SEE THE COMMUNITY ABLE TO RESPOND? DID YOU SEE PHILANTHROPY ABLE TO RESPOND GOVERNMENT ABLE TO SOLVE THESE THINGS? WHAT, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST PERENNIAL ISSUE YOU'VE SEEN OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS? AND ARE WE PUTTING THE DENTIN IN IT? I MEAN, I DO A LOT OF WORK AROUND DISPLACEMENT, RIGHT.

AND AROUND, UM, OBVIOUSLY AREAS OF HIGH NEED, RIGHT? WHERE YOU HAVE CONCENTRATIONS OF KIND OF LOW INCOME, UM, FAMILIES.

AND, AND FOR ME, THAT'S WHAT WE SAW DURING THE PANDEMIC, RIGHT, IS IT WAS VERY CLEAR BASED ON WHERE THE CASES WERE CONCENTRATED, SORT OF WHERE THE AREAS OF I NEED WERE.

UM, AND THE RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC REALLY DIDN'T SHIFT, EVEN THOUGH THE DATA WAS TELLING YOU, MAYBE YOU SHOULD INVEST MORE HERE.

RIGHT.

UM, AND IT TOOK MONTHS, I WOULD SAY SIX TO NINE MONTHS FOR THERE TO BE SORT OF PLACE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES OR NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIFIC STRATEGIES.

AND, AND, UM, AND I REALLY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T REALLY SEEN A SHIFT TO, YOU KNOW, KIND OF WITH THE INFORMATION WE GLEANED FROM THE PANDEMIC AND THE WINTER STORM.

WE SHOULD HAVE A BETTER RESPONSE TO THESE AREAS OF HIGH NEED.

RIGHT.

AND I THINK THE RESILIENCY HUB CONVERSATION RIGHT, UM, IS ONE THAT CAN HELP PUT RESOURCES IN PLACE IN THESE HIGH NEEDS, NEIGHBORHOODS AND AREAS.

SO, UM, SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'M WORKING ON, YOU KNOW, THROUGH THE CITY PROCESS, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO DEVELOP THE RESILIENCY HUB, UH, NETWORK.

UM, BUT I DO THINK THAT WE CLEANED A LOT OR LEARNED A LOT DURING THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE NEED WAS MAGNIFIED IN SUCH AN INCREDIBLE WAY, BUT I DON'T THINK WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF CHANGING HOW WE RESPOND.

RIGHT.

KNOWING, HAVING THAT INFORMATION.

SO I DO THINK THAT'S A CHALLENGE, BUT ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT.

BECAUSE WITH ALL THAT INFORMATION WE'VE LEARNED AND GLEANED, THEN WE CAN, UM, WE CAN DO SOMETHING WITH IT.

AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING THE KIND OF PANDEMIC RESPONSE WORK.

RIGHT.

HOW DO WE MAKE IT MORE RESPONSIVE TO NON ENGLISH SPEAKERS AND TO CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS? RIGHT.

SO AGAIN, WE CAN'T FORGET WHAT WE LEARNED, BUT WE GOT TO USE IT TO TRY TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEMS. THANK YOU.

UM, AND DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE, I APPRECIATE YOU PUTTING OUT THE RESILIENCY HUBS, UH, TOPIC, UM, BUT DOES IT, DOES ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR REBEL BEFORE WE MOVE ON, UH, COMMISSIONER LES? SO THINKING THAT I WOULD HAVE FOR ALL THE INFORMATION, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT, UH, I REALLY DO, UM, UNDERSTAND THAT PART OF THE LANGUAGE, UH, CHALLENGE THAT I, THAT I SEEN.

AND I LIKE YOUR, YOU KNOW, YOUR HONESTY THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T REALLY MOVED THE NEEDLE THERE.

UM, I WOULD, I

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JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PROBABLY LIKE AN AGENDA ITEM WHERE, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE SEE, WE HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK, I DEFINITELY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT HERE.

YEAH.

JUST LET ME KNOW IF IT'S THE LANGUAGE ACCESS PART OR THE RACE EQUITY PART OR THE, IT'LL BE A DEEP DIVE ON EVERY SINGLE ITEM.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO INVITE YOU TO A CAKEWALK? NO, AND I, I WILL NOTE THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WE DO THE PART OF OUR LANGUAGE WORK IS ALSO AROUND MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

RIGHT.

WE ALL KNOW THAT'S A BIG CHALLENGE COMING OUT OF THE PANDEMIC BECAUSE OF THAT COLLECTIVE TRAUMA, WE'VE ALL SUFFERED.

SO PART OF OUR MINT LANGUAGE ACCESS WORK IS AROUND HOW DO WE CONNECT PEOPLE WHO DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH WITH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ALSO, SO THAT WE DON'T TAKE ON THE EASY STUFF.

JUST THE HARD STUFF.

WELL, WE'LL, WE'LL SURELY BE INVITING YOU BACK.

UH, DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YEAH.

GREAT TO SEE YA IN PERSON.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR MEETING AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THAT ENDS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UH, WE'LL MOVE TO

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

AGENDA ITEM ONE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

UM, ANY DISCUSSION POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE MAY 10TH, 2022 CDC MEETING MINUTES.

OTHERWISE I'LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO PASS OR TO APPROVE THEM.

CHAIRMAN, COMMISSIONER, MICHAEL TOLLIVER.

I MAKE THE MOTION THAT WE APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM LAST MONTH.

REALLY GLAD TO HEAR A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER TO OLIVER AND SEE HIM, UH, HERE WITH US TODAY.

UM, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER GARCIA.

YES.

ALL IN FAVOR.

SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? MAKE IT SO VOCALLY FLEAS.

OKAY.

THE MINUTES PASS, AGENDA

[2. COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT (CSBG)]

ITEM TO COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT THE CSBG.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BRIEFING AND DISCUSSION ON THE CSBG FROM JILL SMITH.

WHO'S A PROGRAM SUPERVISOR AT AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

JILL SMITH.

I AM A PROGRAM MANAGER WITH NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES, AND I'M HERE TO GIVE THE REPORT ON THAT COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT TONIGHT.

UM, THE MISSION OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT IS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES AND HEALTH OF PEOPLE, EXPERIENCING POVERTY BY PROVIDING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AND CONNECTING RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES THAT NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES PROVIDES BASIC NEEDS, PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CASE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS.

UM, YOU ALL, I GUESS YOU ALL HAVE THE REPORT IN FRONT OF YOU, CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

SO IT DOESN'T OKAY.

UM, NOW IT'S ON THE SCREEN.

OKAY.

THERE WE GO.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS EXPECTING.

UM, OKAY.

AND THEN FOR THE EXPENDITURES WE HAVE JUST STARTED SPENDING, UM, THE 20, 22 FUNDS.

UM, AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT THOSE ARE.

SO NEXT PAGE FEE UM, I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH JUST A FEW HIGHLIGHTS, UM, THROUGH APRIL.

UM, WE'RE CONTINUING TO HELP PEOPLE AVOID EVICTION, UM, IN COLLABORATION WITH, UH, WITH ARP AND FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND OUR TECH SERVICES TO THE MONTOPOLIS COMMUNITY CENTER.

AND, UM, I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE'VE SERVED 327 PEOPLE THIS YEAR.

AND I'LL ADD SOME MORE DETAILS ABOUT THAT.

UM, ON THE NEXT PAGE, UM, WE'RE CONTINUING OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS AND HAVE SERVED ALMOST 13,500 PEOPLE THROUGH APRIL.

UM, AND THEN I'LL GO TO THE NEXT PAGE FOR SOME PROGRAMMATIC HIGHLIGHTS.

UH, WE STILL HAVE A FEW VACANCIES THAT WE'RE WORKING ON FILLING.

UH, ON MAY 2ND, WE OPENED UP OUR CENTERS

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BACK TO THE PUBLIC, UM, HAD JUST BEEN SERVING PEOPLE REMOTELY IN CURBSIDE, AND NOW OUR DOORS ARE OPEN AGAIN TO THE PUBLIC STARTING MAY 2ND.

UM, LET'S SEE, UH, FOR FRESH FRUITS FOR FAMILIES, WE ARE STILL SEEING QUITE A LOT OF FOOD INSECURITY.

WE SERVED, UM, 739 PEOPLE IN APRIL, AND WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO, UM, START BACK SOME OF OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS THAT HAD, UM, BEEN CUT DOWN DURING THE PANDEMIC.

WE'RE ABLE TO START DOING SOME OF, UM, OUR WEEKLY PRODUCE DISTRIBUTIONS AGAIN, UM, OR THE TEXTS ARE TAX HELP SERVICES.

UM, THIS YEAR, LIKE I SAID, WE WERE ABLE TO HELP 327 INDIVIDUALS, UM, FILE 173 TAX RETURNS AND THE REFUND, UM, THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO RECOUP FOR OUR CLIENTS EQUAL TO $178,000 AND 800 AT $178,846.

UM, SO THAT WAS EXCITING TO GET THAT MONEY BACK INTO THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDED THEM.

UM, FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE, UH, IN APRIL WE HELPED 327 PEOPLE IN 94 HOUSEHOLDS AVOID EVICTION.

UM, AND WE'RE CONTINUING, UH, TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THEIR UTILITY BILLS THROUGH THE AUSTIN ENERGY PLUS ONE PROGRAM.

UH, THOSE ARE ALL OF MY UPDATES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I WILL TAKE THOSE NOW.

THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, I THINK I'LL LEAVE THE QUESTIONS TO EVERYONE ELSE.

I'M JUST CURIOUS, ARE YOU HERE, UH, IN UNCLE'S ABSENCE, UH, OR, UM, OR WE COULD, UH, I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW DEEP I SHOULD DRILL INTO THE QUESTIONS, HOW DEEPLY WE SHOULD DRILL INTO QUESTIONS OR NOT, YOU KNOW? YEAH.

HE'S ON VACATION.

SO I'VE INFORMED HIM THIS WEEK.

SUPER.

UM, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE BUDGET, BUT I THINK I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE ELSE FIRST, IF ANYTHING, AT ALL, COMMISSIONER ALLIANZ.

YES.

UH, I SAW THAT THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM IS BEING EXPANDED TO FRIDAYS.

UH, WHEN DOES THAT START? OH, THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY.

I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT.

UM, YES, THAT STARTING NEXT MONTH IN JULY.

SO YEAH.

UM, WE EXPANDED TO MONDAY, SO MONDAY GOING WELL AND, UM, WE ARE GOING TO EXPAND TO FRIDAY.

SO STARTING IN JULY, WE'LL BE DOING FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

CAN WE SHARE COMMISSIONER LEAST? DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? MY QUESTION ON THE BUDGET IS THAT I RECALL THAT BOTTOM LINE OF THE BUDGET, USUALLY THERE AT LEAST A 2021 CONTRACT BUDGET WAS LIKE A MILLION, IT'S USUALLY A MILLION AND SOME CHANGE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I'M SEEING 2022 IS ABOUT HALF OF THAT.

I DON'T KNOW.

YEAH.

I JUST DON'T, I DON'T KNOW I'M MISSING SOMETHING OR SHOULD I SAVE THAT QUESTION FOR NEXT MONTH? OKAY.

PROBABLY I KNOW OUR REGULAR BUDGET WAS NOT DECREASED.

UM, IT STAYED ABOUT THE SAME, AND SO I KNOW THE NUMBERS WOULD LOOK VERY DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE HAD SO MUCH CARES ACT FUNDING.

SO I'M NOT SURE IF THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE THINKING OF, BUT BEYOND THAT.

YEAH, WE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO SAVE THAT FOR ANOTHER THAT'S FINE.

YEAH.

WE'LL CAN TAKE CARE OF IT BY EMAIL OR OFFLINE.

I'M SURE OUR BUDGET DID NOT, DID NOT GET CUT IN HALF FOR REGULAR CSBG IT'S ABOUT THE SAME SUPER, UM, WELL WITH THAT, THANK YOU SO MUCH, JOEL.

I APPRECIATE IT.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT, UH, BUSINESS ITEM.

WE APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US THIS EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING MEETINGS.

OUR

[3. OLD BUSINESS]

NEXT ITEM, UH, IS OLD BUSINESS DISCUSSION AND IT'S, UH, ITEM NUMBER THREE, UH, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED AT THE MAY, 2022 CDC MEETING REGARDING THE HOME LOAN REPAIR PROGRAM.

IF WE ALL RECALL, UH, UH, MANDY AND WAS IT, DID MAX PRESENT WITH YOU MANDY? OH, LETICIA AND JAMIE PRESENTED, UM, UH, ALONG WITH MANDY AROUND A POTENTIAL AROUND REALLY THE CROSS-SECTION OF ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCENARIOS IN THE HOME LOAN REPAIR PROGRAM, A HOME REPAIR LOAN PROGRAM, UH, AS WELL AS WHAT THE SUGGESTED

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CORRECTIVE, UM, UH, POTENTIALLY ANYWAY OR IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS COULD BE, UH, ON THE SIDE OF HPD TO PUT IT MORE IN LINE WITH HUD STANDARDS AND FEDERAL STANDARDS.

UM, SO I THINK WE WERE ALL PRETTY CONSENSUALLY BEHIND THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

LAST TIME WE JUST WEREN'T POSTED FOR ACTION.

SO IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE COULD SAIL THROUGH THIS.

AND WITH THAT SAID, IS THERE ANYTHING, UM, THAT Y'ALL WANTED TO SHARE OR WE JUST POSTED FOR ACCIDENT? I MEAN MAYBE IF YOU COULD, UH, JAMIE, IF YOU COULD JUST, UH, UH, JOIN US AND TELL US THE RECOMMENDATIONS REAL QUICK AGAIN, THIS ONE, NOT YET.

REDMOND'S ON.

OKAY.

UH, JAMIE MAY, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

UM, WE ARE WORKING AS A PROCESS RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE SUBMITTED SOME, UH, WE HAVE SOME LETTERS, UH, THAT WILL BE REVIEWED BY LAW TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS IN GOING IN ABOUT THE RIGHT, UH, THE WIRE, THE RIGHT, UH, APPROACH.

UM, ESSENTIALLY THE PROPOSAL HERE IS TO, UH, REDUCE THE AFFORDABILITY PERIOD TO ALIGN WITH HUD REGULATIONS.

UM, AND THAT WOULD BE ACROSS THE PORTFOLIO.

UH, THAT'S THE, THAT'S THE LARGEST CHANGE, UH, THAT YOU WOULD SEE, UH, TAKING A 30 YEAR AFFORDABILITY PERIOD AND ALIGNING IT WITH HUD REGULATIONS TO MAKE IT A 20 YEAR AFFORDABILITY PERIODS, UM, AND MAINTAINING, UH, ALL OF THE RESTRICTIONS FOR THAT 20 YEARS WHERE THERE WERE THERE ANY OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS OR WAS THAT REALLY THE ONE? FOR SOME REASON, I REMEMBER THERE BEING LIKE A SMATTERING.

THAT WAS, THAT WAS THE BIGGEST ONE.

THAT WAS THE BIGGEST SHIFT.

THERE WERE, UM, THEY'RE ON THE SCREEN.

NOW, THERE YOU GO.

AND ESSENTIALLY SOME OF THE LOANS, UH, WHEN THEY WERE DRAFTED, HAD LONGER AFFORDABILITY CARRY RIGHTS, UM, THAT WERE DRAFTED AS A TEN-YEAR LOAN, BUT HUD REGULATIONS DUE TO THE SIZE OF THE LOAN WOULD REALLY BEAT THEM AT FIVE YEARS.

SO IF THAT AFFORDABILITY PERIOD HAS EXPIRED SINCE THEN, THEN THOSE LOANS WOULD BE FORGIVEN.

UH, AND, UH, ANY LOAN THAT IS STILL ACTIVE, UH, WOULD BE MODIFIED SO THAT THEIR AFFORDABILITY PERIOD ALIGNS WITH THE REGULATION.

AND, OKAY, WELL, IT'S FANTASTIC.

EVERYBODY THAT WAS HERE, LAST MEETING, I KNOW IS CONSENSUALLY BEHIND THESE AND COMMISSIONER TOLERBER I DON'T, YOU, YOU WEREN'T AT THE LAST MEETING.

UM, BUT BASICALLY WHAT THIS IS, IS THAT THERE WAS, UH, UM, A PARTICULAR HOME REPAIR LOAN PROGRAM THAT WAS HELPING A LOT OF FOLKS, BUT SOME FOLKS GOT CAUGHT IN, I GUESS, A LITTLE BIT OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT THE CHALLENGE WAS THAT, UH, IF THEY WANTED TO SELL THEIR HOMES AND THEY HAD ONE OF THESE LOANS, THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

AND SO THEY, THESE ARE THE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS TO MAKE IT BETTER.

AND YOU CAN SEE THE, THE FORGIVENESS THERE ON THE BOTTOM WAS KIND OF LIKE THE MOST CRITICAL ONES.

AND THEN, UM, THE OTHER THAN THAT WAS ALIGNING THAT 30 YEAR LENGTH OF TIME THAT THERE'S A LIEN OR THAT AFFORDABILITY PERIOD, REDUCING THAT TO 20, TO PUT IT IN LINE WITH HUD REGULATIONS.

SO PEOPLE AREN'T SORT OF STUCK IN THAT ZONE THAT WHOLE TIME FOR 30 YEARS, UH, WITH THIS NEW HOME REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM IS BEST FOR Y'ALL TO LET THE PEOPLE KNOW UP FRONT, SAY BECAUSE READING SOME OF THEIR MATERIALS AND THE OLD, A LONG PROCESS, SEE IF YOU BUY, OKAY, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

I BOUGHT A HOOD HOME FROM AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE.

IT WAS A SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN WORKED ON BY A LICENSED CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.

BUT AS I WAS LOOKING AT THE HOUSE BEFORE I BOUGHT IT, THE LICENSED CONSTRUCTION WAS NOT THERE C UH, AT THAT TIME IT WAS UNDER NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND THAT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING CREW WAS NOT UP TO PAR ON, UH, DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT.

SO IT TOOK ME A TOTAL OF 30 YEARS TO GET RID OF THAT.

NO, YES, SIR.

AND I, I CAN AGREE WITH SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT'S IN THIS LOAN.

YES, SIR.

SO HOPEFULLY THIS NEW LOAN WILL HELP THEM OUT GET AFTER AN A HUNDRED, BECAUSE I KNOW ONE CASE THE PERSON HAD REMODELED THE HOUSE AND EVERYTHING AND GETTING READY TO SELL IT AND CAN'T SELL IT BECAUSE OF THE THREE LANES ON IT.

YES, SIR.

AND, UH, COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER, THAT'S HEARD LOUDLY AND CLEARLY NOW.

AND, UH, WE HEARD FROM, YOU KNOW, RESIDENTS, BUT ALSO THE LAST COUPLE

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OF MEETINGS.

UM, THE LAST MEETING UNIQUELY, UH, I THINK, UH, LATISHA AND JAMIE, UM, AND OF COURSE, MANDY REALLY, REALLY WERE LETICIA GAVE A REALLY, REALLY GREAT AND THOUGHTFUL PRESENTATION, KIND OF BREAKING DOWN EACH OF THE FOLKS WHO GOT THESE LOANS AND WHAT THE CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS GOING TO BE AND WHY THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE IN PLACE.

AND I, UM, I APPRECIATE YOU, UH, SHARING YOUR VOICE AND ALSO YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS.

AND I THINK THAT YOUR VOTE WILL ALSO MAKE THIS, THAT MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL, THAT YOU'RE SOMEBODY WHO'S MAYBE EXPERIENCED SOMETHING SIMILAR AND COULD ALSO VOTE FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CITY MAKING IMPROVEMENT ACTIONS, UM, AND CERTAINLY ON OUTREACH TO, AND, UH, JUST SORT OF UP-FRONT PLAIN LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION.

I KNOW THAT THAT WAS DISCUSSED AS WELL.

YES, SIR.

CHERIF, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'D LIKE TO JUST, UH, REINFORCED IT.

UH, HOPEFULLY IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, OUR PROGRAM HAS GOTTEN MORE PROFESSIONAL, UM, AND WE'VE, UH, UH, UM, WORKED WITH A LICENSED CONTRACTORS AND, UH, WE HAVE TRIED, UH, TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE EDUCATING OUR, UH, BORROWERS AND, UH, THE HOMEOWNERS, UH, BEFORE WE START WORKING BEFORE ANY DOCUMENTS ARE SIGNED.

UH, SO I, I DO HOPE THAT, UH, IN THE LAST 30 YEARS, NOT ONLY HAVE WE GOTTEN BETTER, BUT THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANY SITUATIONS THAT YOU UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO FACE.

I LOOK AT IT THIS WAY THAT, UH, IT WAS A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT WAS WRONG WITH THE HOUSE.

AND A LOT OF IT, I HAD TO STRAIGHTEN IT OUT BECAUSE OF THE CONTRACTOR.

YES, SIR.

OKAY.

NOW, WHEN WE DID THE FINAL WALKTHROUGH WALKTHROUGH AND THE PERSON THAT WAS WITH AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE, OR YOU SAW A LOT OF THINGS THAT WASN'T RIGHT, AND THAT'S WHERE THEY HAD TO GO BACK AND KNOCK THE PRICE DOWN BECAUSE OF A NON-LICENSED CONTRACT, RIGHT? YES, SIR.

I UNDERSTAND THAT HOPEFULLY WITH THIS NEW PROGRAM, THAT OUR WORK OUT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, BECAUSE THE EDUCATION THEN A, YOU GO TO CLASS LEARN ABOUT IT.

NEXT THING YOU KNOW, YOU'RE IN THE OFFICE TALKING, FIND YOUR HOME, SIGN THE PAPERS, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW.

I WAS SAYING YES.

YES, SIR.

YES, SIR.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER.

AND, UH, COMMISSIONER DELGADO JUST WALKED IN.

I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HER BECAUSE I KNOW, UH, HER BRINGING THIS ITEM TO THE TABLE, UH, IS CATALYTIC AND US AS A BODY, I THINK, IS VOTING TO SUPPORT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS TODAY.

AND SO WITH THAT SAID, UH, I WILL MOVE TO, UH, UH, YES, UH, MY CHAIR, CAN'T THE CHAIR MOVE.

WELL, I'M NOT GONNA DEBATE THAT WITH, UH, WITH VICE-CHAIR POP.

UH, SO WITH THAT SAID, IS THERE A MOTION, UH, CAN WE GET A MOTION TO SUPPORT STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS AS PRESENTED AND AGREED ON LAST MEETING AND THIS MEETING? WELL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CDC, I WOULD LIKE TO NUMB, UH, NOT NOMINATE, BUT WELL, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO, UH, PUT IT IN MOTION THAT WE, UH, TAKE IT IN CONSIDERATION FOR BOTH MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM COMMISSIONER TOLERBER.

THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? WE HAVE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER DELGATO ALL IN FAVOR OR ANY DISCUSSION ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED, SAME SIGN OR MAKE IT VOCALLY KNOWN ANY ABSTAINING.

OKAY.

UH, WE HAVE AN ABSTENTION, UH, FROM VICE-CHAIR PUMP.

THANKS EVERYONE.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT

[4a. Briefing, discussion, and possible action from Civil Rights Office regarding the strengthening of tenants’ rights ordinance including an update on outreach (Carol Johnson, Office of Civil Rights)]

ITEM OF BUSINESS, NEW BUSINESS FOR A BRIEFING REGARDING THE STRENGTHENING OF TENANTS RIGHTS ORDINANCE FROM THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS HOUSING FROM THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, HOUSING AND PLANNING AND AUSTIN CODE.

SO WE'LL HAVE CAROL JOHNSON WITH THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, ELAINE GARRETT WITH AUSTIN CODE, NEVER TD JACKMAN, CUPID ALEXANDER, AND JAMIE MAY WITH HOUSING AND PLANNING THEY KNEW YOU WERE COMING COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER.

YEAH.

THEY KNEW YOU WERE COMING.

THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY'S HERE.

AND I HEARD A HELLO FROM ONLINE TO

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TAKE IT AWAY.

YES.

HELLO.

I GET GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE.

MY NAME'S CAROL JOHNSON.

I I'M AM WITH THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS.

UM, AND I'M GOING TO PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION ON, UM, THE ITEMS, UH, REGARDING, UH, STRENGTHENING TENANTS RIGHTS ORDINANCES.

UM, SO LET ME, UM, I WANT TO JUST KIND OF GIVE AN OVERVIEW, UM, OF, UM, I'LL PROVIDE JUST A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ITEMS AND THE SPECIFIC DIRECTIVES, UM, SHARE WITH YOU ALL A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PUBLIC OUTREACH, UM, AND OTHER ACTIONS THAT WE'VE TAKEN TODAY TO JUST KIND OF, UM, GET SOME STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND YOU KNOW, WHAT THE NEXT STEPS ARE, UM, IN TERMS OF ADDITIONAL STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS THAT WE'LL BE HAVING, UM, AND THEN JUST PROVIDE SOME OPPORTUNITIES, UM, FOR YOU ALL TO HAVE QUESTIONS OR, UM, PROVIDE ANY INPUT OR INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.

UM, SO I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ITEM, UH, RESOLUTION NUMBER 30 39.

UM, THE, THIS RESOLUTION, UM, THE LEAD DEPARTMENT ON THIS RESOLUTION IS, UH, THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS.

UM, AND WE ARE, UM, UH, WORKING WITH THE SUB LEADS, WHICH ARE THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HOUSING AND PLANNING.

UM, AND THIS IS THE RESOLUTION TO, UM, UH, A, UH, UH, ESTABLISH SOME RIGHTS FOR RENTERS.

UM, SO THE FIRST DIRECTIVE WITHIN THIS RESOLUTION, THE CITY MANAGER'S DIRECTED TO PREPARE A CODE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ESTABLISH A RENTER'S RIGHTS FOR COUNCIL CONSIDERATION, UM, IN JULY ON JULY 28TH, 2022, TO THE EXTENT LEGALLY AND PRACTICALLY FEASIBLE, THE RIGHTS SHOULD INCLUDE, UM, PROTECTED TENANT ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES.

UM, THAT I'LL TALK ABOUT IN JUST A LITTLE BIT.

AND THE CITY MANAGER IS ALSO DIRECTED TO PROVIDE, UM, UH, LEGAL ANALYSIS SO THAT COUNCIL COULD DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF PUBLICLY SHARING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE STAKEHOLDERS.

AND THEN WHAT THE IMPACT, UH, IMPLEMENTING THESE REGULATIONS COULD HAVE ON BOTH, UM, RESIDENTS AND RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS, THEIR AGENTS, AND ALSO PROPERTY MANAGERS.

SO I'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, YOU KNOW, CONTAINED WITHIN THE RESOLUTION.

UM, IS IT AN EXHIBIT EXHIBIT A AND IT KIND OF TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT PROTECTIONS ARE PROVIDED, UM, IN OTHER STATES AND THEN, UM, EXHIBIT B OF THE SAME RESOLUTION, UH, OR AS AN EXHIBIT TO THAT RESOLUTION PROVIDES, UM, SOME PARAMETERS OR SOME GUIDE LINES AROUND WHAT SOME MODEL, UM, LANGUAGE WOULD LOOK LIKE.

SO AT LEAST 24 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE ADOPTED RETALIATION PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS WHO ESTABLISHED OR PARTICIPATE IN A TENANT'S ORGANIZATION.

UM, AND THAT WOULD BE FOR ORGANIZATIONS THAT EXCEED TEXAS' RETALIATION PROTECTIONS.

UM, SO IN, UM, UNLIKE TEXAS AND SOME OF THESE OTHER JURISDICTIONS, LANDLORDS COULD NEVER RETALIATE AGAINST TENANTS FOR PARTICIPATING IN A TENANT ORGANIZATION AND ALSO SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, UM, AND, UH, SEATTLE, THEY PROVIDE EVEN MORE EXPANSIVE PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH AN EXPLICIT RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE.

AND IN SEVERAL INSTANCES, IT PROTECTS THE ACTIVITIES OF TENANT ORGANIZERS TO ASSIST TENANTS WITH OUTREACH, INFORMING AN OPERATING, UM, UH, TENANTS ASSOCIATION.

SOME OF THESE RIGHTS ARE ALREADY EMBEDDED WITHIN FEDERAL REGULATIONS FOR SECTION EIGHT PROPERTIES.

UM, BUT NOT, UH, THERE, THEY ARE NOT FOR PRIVATE, UM, PROPERTIES.

UM, SOME OF THE OTHER PROTECTIONS, UM, THAT MIGHT INCLUDE, UM, DISTRICT BEING LITTERED WORKER AND LAW, THE AREA APARTMENT COMPLEXES, UM, PLACING SOME LITERATURE AT, OR UNDER THE TENANTS DOORS, POSTING IT ON BUILDINGS, UM, BILLBOARD, UH, BULLETIN BOARDS, UM, ASSISTING TENANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN TENANT, ORGANIZING, UM, ACTIVITIES AND BE, UM, EVEN HELP FORM THIS GROUP OR CHANGES IN THE WELL CAROL WE'RE LOSING YOUR AUDIO PRETTY BADLY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YEAH.

ASSISTING TENT GIRL FAN TENANT'S RIGHTS.

YOUR AUDIO

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IS CUTTING OUT PRETTY BAD, PRETTY STEADILY OVER THE LAST MAYBE 60 SECONDS.

UM, CAN WE MAYBE, CAN YOU MAYBE SAY A SENTENCE AND IF IT'S STILL CHOPPING, WE MAY NEED TO DO SOME, UM, UM, I THINK IT MAY BE GOOD NOW I JUST HAVE TO HEAR YOU FOR A CONTINUOUS VIEW WORDS.

IT, OKAY.

SO, UM, I WAS, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY THAT SOME OF THE TENANTS RIGHTS, UM, PROTECTIONS WOULD INCLUDE LIKE ASSISTING TENANTS WITH UNDERSTANDING PROVISIONS OF THEIR LEASE AGREEMENTS, BRINGING UP GRIEVANCES KIND OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD BE, UM, CONSIDERED, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, ACTIVITIES TO HELP TENANTS ENJOY THEIR HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES.

I'LL TRY TO MAKE A REALLY QUICK, UM, SOME OF THE MODEL RULES ARE AROUND, UM, YOU KNOW, TENANTS HAVING, UM, OBVIOUSLY A RIGHT TO SELF-ORGANIZE, UM, UH, AND ENGAGE IN CONCERTED ACTIVITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF MUTUAL AID AND PROTECTION.

UM, AND THEN, UM, ENTRY ON PROPERTY FOR THE PURPOSE OF TENANT TENANT RIGHTS.

SO, YOU KNOW, OTHER PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO COME ON THE PROPERTY AND HAVE THESE MEETINGS, UM, AND THEN, UM, UH, ASSISTING THEM AGAIN IN ANY KINDS OF TENANT ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES.

UM, AND, UH, SO, AND THEN ALSO, UM, FORMULATING, HELPING TO FORMULATE RESPONSES TO OWNER, UM, ACTIONS, AGAIN, THIS WOULD BE IN RESPONSE TO MAYBE RATE INCREASES, UM, OR, YOU KNOW, UH, CHANGES IN THE ACCOMMODATIONS, FACILITIES AND SERVICES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

UM, AND THEN, UM, I WILL, UM, THE, SO THE CITY MANAGER HAS DIRECTED, UM, THE, UH, UH, UH, IS DIRECTED TO ENGAGE IN STAKEHOLDER, UM, ACTIVITIES AND TO KIND OF COLLABORATE WITH AUSTIN APARTMENT ASSOCIATION, THE AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORS, THE TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID, UM, BUILDING AND STRENGTHENING TENANT ACTS IN THE AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL AND DEVELOPING THE ORDINANCE AROUND TENANTS ORGANIZING, UM, AND, AND, UM, THE, THE RIGHT TO, UM, INVESTIGATE AND ENFORCE WOULD BE WITHIN THE OFFICES.

RIGHT.

UM, AND THEN, UM, OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD WANT TO ENSURE THE POLICIES AND PROCESSES ARE IN CONFORMITY WITH WHAT IS EXISTING WITH HOUSING AND PLANNING, THE CODE DEPARTMENT, UM, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DEPARTMENT, UM, UH, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE COMPLIANT WITH, WITH THOSE RIGHTS.

AND I CAN, UM, I CAN EITHER TURN IT OVER TO TALK ABOUT ITEM 40, OR I'M HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THAT TOO.

I'LL LEAVE THAT TO THE TEAM.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UH, I'M SORRY.

YOU'RE YOU'RE RIGHT.

SHE SAYS THAT SHE CAN TALK ABOUT ITEM 40 OR, OR, OR Y'ALL CAN CAROL, WE WILL FOLLOW YOU YOUR LEAD ON THIS.

THANK YOU.

AND WE WILL ADD, UH, AS YOU NEED US TO SUPER, UH, GO, UH, PLEASE, PLEASE CARRY ON CAROL.

AND IF YOUR AUDIO DOES, IF YOUR AUDIO STARTS TO GET CHOPPY AGAIN, THOUGH, WE, I THINK MAYBE WE CAN JUST SHIFT RIGHT BACK OVER.

OKAY.

SUPER.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HEARD ME CAROL, BUT WHAT I SAID IS THAT IF YOUR AUDIO GETS, OH, I'M SORRY, IT LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT THIS REALLY, REALLY AWKWARD DELAY BETWEEN US.

SO I'M GOING TO SAY THAT IF YOUR AUDIO GETS CHOPPY SOMEWHERE AS YOU'RE GOING, I'LL LET YOU KNOW.

THEN IT LOOKS LIKE THE REST OF THE TEAM SHOULD SURELY BE ABLE TO PICK UP WHERE YOU'RE LEAVING OFF.

OKAY.

THANKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND MY, AND MY APOLOGIES, I AM IN WASHINGTON DC RIGHT NOW FOR A CONFERENCE.

SO IT DEFINITELY COULD BE ME.

UM, OKAY.

SO I'LL JUST KIND OF BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT, UM, RESOLUTION 40.

UM, THIS IS, UM, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A PROPOSED, UM, NOTICE OF EVICTION THAT WOULD PROVIDE, UH, TENANTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UH, PREVENT AN EVICTION.

UM, COUNSEL HAS ASKED THE CITY MANAGER TO PREPARE AN ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRES A LANDLORD TO PROVIDE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION BEFORE THE LANDLORD ACTUALLY ISSUES A NOTICE TO VACATE.

UM, AND THIS, UH, REQUEST FOLLOWS THE ORDINANCE ADOPTED DURING COVID-19.

UM, AND DURING COVID-19 THE ORDINANCE REQUIRED THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION TO BE PROVIDED WHEN WHENEVER A LANDLORD WANTED TO EVICT SOMEONE FOR THE NON-PAYMENT OF RENT.

UM, AND THEN THAT ORDINANCE REQUIRED A 60 DAY NOTICE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO CURE THE NONPAYMENT OF RENT DURING THAT 60 DAY WINDOW, UM, COUNSEL HAS ASKED THE CITY MANAGER TO CONSIDER NON-PAYMENT OF RENT AND ALSO OTHER NON-RELATED REASONS THAT TRIGGER A NOTICE TO VACATE AND TO CONSIDER, UM, PERHAPS A PERIOD OF SEVEN, SEVEN TO 30 DAYS.

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UM, AND SO, UM, AND AS WE'VE GONE, GONE TO TALK TO AGAIN, UM, COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS, WE'VE HELD, UM, UH, A NUMBER OF EVENTS.

UM, WE STILL HAVE ANOTHER EVENT PLANNED, UH, BUT WE HAD TWO VIRTUAL WORK RECRUIT MEETINGS VIA ZOOM, UH, ONE ON MARCH 10TH.

UM, ONE ON MARCH 23RD.

UM, JUST THIS PAST SATURDAY, WE HAD AN OPEN HOUSE, UM, AT THE Y YMCA NORTH LOCATION, UM, WHERE FOLKS WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY COME OUT AND, UM, WE HAD THE LAW DEPARTMENT AND, UM, HOUSING AND PLANNING AND CODE AND, AND, UH, THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS WERE ALL OUT.

UM, UH, GIVING FOLKS AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF TALK ABOUT, UM, OR GIVE US THEIR INPUT ON WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT EACH ONE OF THESE, UM, UH, TENANTS RIGHTS TO ORGANIZE, AND ALSO, YOU KNOW, THE ADDITIONAL, UM, UH, NOTICE ON PROPOSED, UM, EVICTION NOTICES.

WE HAVE ANOTHER UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE THAT WILL BE ON JUNE THE 29TH FROM SIX 30 TO EIGHT.

UM, AND IT WILL BE AT THE MONTOPOLIS RECREATION AND COMMUNITY CENTER.

AGAIN, THAT'LL BE ON JUNE THE 29TH FROM SIX 30 TO EIGHT.

UM, AND THEN WE HAVE ANOTHER, WE'VE GOT ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY B FOR FOLKS WHO MAYBE CANNOT ATTEND EITHER IN PERSON OR THE VIRTUAL EVENTS.

WE'VE GOT TO SPEAK UP AUSTIN PAGE, UM, THAT ARE, UH, WE'VE GOT ACTUALLY TO SPEAK UP AUSTIN PAGES THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP TO ALLOW FOLKS WITH ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE THEIR INPUT AND TO PROVIDE, YOU KNOW, INFORMATION, UM, ABOUT, UM, THEIR THOUGHTS ON EITHER ONE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS.

SO THAT'S THE END OF MY PRESENTATION.

I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS EVENING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CAROL, FOR, UH, ELUCIDATING AROUND THOSE TWO.

DO Y'ALL RECOMMEND THAT WE DO ALL THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OR INTERCALATE THEM ANY FEELINGS? I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH CROSSOVER THERE IS.

THERE'S NOT, UH, I THINK UNLESS ELAINE WANTS TO ADD ANYTHING, BUT WE CAN JUST ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

YEAH.

WE CAN MOVE INTO THE QUESTIONS.

THAT'S FINE.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

SO, UH, CARL, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO DO THE QUESTIONS, UM, JUST ALL AT THE END, UH, SO WE CAN KEEP MOVING THROUGH AND, UM, Y'ALL CARRY ON.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

OH, I CAN SPEAK, I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET SOME QUESTIONS.

MY NAME'S ELAINE GARRETT WITH THE AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT.

I'M SORRY.

I LAY, IT LOOKS LIKE I'VE GOT LIKE A COMMUNICATION BLOCK UPSIDE MY HEAD, UH, TODAY.

SO, UM, WHAT DO WE THINK IS THE BEST FORMAT I CAN BRIEF RIGHT NOW FOR AUSTIN CODE DEPARTMENT? YEAH, LET'S, LET'S, LET'S DO THAT.

THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, IN RESPONSE TO RESOLUTION NUMBER 39, BASICALLY THE RESOLUTION STATES THAT, UH, AND AS DIRECTOR JOHNSON STATED, WE HAVE BEEN ENGAGING WITH, WITH HOUSING IMPLANTING AS WELL AS THE OPPOSITE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND AUSTIN, UH, AND THE CITY LEGAL, UH, IN, IN RESPONSE FOR THIS, UH, THE RESPONSES DUE TO THE CITY COUNCIL IN AUGUST.

SO WE, I THINK THERE WAS AN EXTENSION GRANTED, BUT, UH, THE RESOLUTION 39 STATES THAT THE CITY MANAGER WILL ENSURE THE POLICIES AND PROCESSES FOR ALL OF OUR DEPARTMENTS FOLLOW THE, UH, THE SAME GUIDELINE.

AND WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS, IS STANDARDIZED AND HOW WE ENFORCE.

UH, SO OUR RESPONSE ON THIS IS OBVIOUSLY WE ARE WORKING ON A, UH, INTERNAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE ON HOW WE WILL MANAGE, AND WE WILL APPROACH ANYTHING THAT IS IN REFERENCE TO, UH, THE ORDINANCE AS IT, AS IT IS ACCEPTED, UH, AND IN REGARDS TO RESOLUTION 40, UH, IT WILL TAKE, UH, WE'RE STILL IN COMMUNICATION WITH AUSTIN LEGAL AS THE CITY LEGAL TO FIND OUT HOW WE WILL MOVE, MOVE FORWARD IN THAT.

SO THAT THAT'S THE UPDATE FROM OUR DEPARTMENT FOR, FOR BOTH RESOLUTIONS.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME UPDATE I HAVE.

I MEAN, WE'RE CONTINUING TO COLLABORATE AND WORK WITH THE CITY OF LEGAL DEPARTMENT ON DRAFTING AN ORDINANCE THAT REALLY MEETS THE DIRECTIVES AS OUTLINED AND THROUGH THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESSES.

UH, WE WILL SAY, UM, AND WE HAVE LIKE, WE'VE USED, UM, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS DURING THE COVID PERIOD WHERE, UH, WE'VE, SO WE'VE ALREADY SORT OF DONE THIS PRE PREVIOUSLY DURING, UH, COVID WHERE THERE WAS AN ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRED THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION, UM, WHEN THE LANDLORD NEEDED TO EVICT SOMEONE.

AND SO WE, WE ESTABLISHED SOME GUIDELINES INTERNALLY WITHIN HPD AND LANDLORDS WERE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE, AND WE DEVELOPED THE SYSTEM BY WHICH, AND IF, UM,

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UH, COURT NOTICES OR INFORMATION WAS REQUESTED, WE COULD HPD PROVIDE THE INFORMATION TO VERIFY THAT IN FACT, UM, THE LANDLORDS HAD COMPLIED, I WILL SAY THE DIFFERENCE THEN WAS THAT THERE W THERE WERE FUNDS FOR, UH, RENTERS DURING THAT TIME WHO WERE STRUGGLING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THEM, UH, CURE THE NON-PAYMENT OF RENT, WHICH WE DO NOT AT THIS TIME.

AND THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION OR THEY ASK, UH, BUT TO ALLOW, UH, RENTERS TO HAVE THE EXTRA PERIODS.

SO THAT IS THE DIRECTIVE.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK ALL OF YOU ALL FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING.

UH, CAROL, THANKS FOR JOINING US FROM DC.

I'M GOING TO JUST REALLY QUICKLY SYNOPSIZE IT AND, UH, TO MAKE SURE I GET IT BEFORE KICKING IT BACK TO THE TEAM FOR ANY QUESTIONS.

UM, SO DURING THE PANDEMIC, UH, WE HAD AN ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRED A 60 DAY NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION, PLUS THAT SAME AMOUNT OF TIME TO CURE THE NON-PAYMENT OF RENT BEFORE EVICTION PROCEEDINGS COULD OCCUR.

IS THAT CORRECT? AND NOW RESOLUTION 39, UH, OR ORDINANCE 39, UH, POTENTIALLY, OR AM I SAYING IT WRONG? 40 0 40, RIGHT.

UH, PROPOSES THE SAME THING POSSIBLY, WHICH IS THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED EVICTION AND POSSIBLY THE ABILITY TO CURE, BUT NOT FOR 60 DAYS, BUT RATHER SEVEN DAYS, UH, MAYBE UP TO 30 DAYS.

IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY.

AND THEN NUMBER 39 IS REALLY ORGANIZED OREGON ORGANIZING PROTECTIONS FOR TENANTS THAT CASCADE FROM WHAT WAS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN SECTION EIGHT, BUT NOW OUT THE PRIVATE PROPERTIES, AS WELL AS MAYBE, UH, INCREASED, UH, OR IMPROVED SORT OF CLARIFICATION ON NON-RETALIATION AGAINST TENANTS AND THEN ALLOWING ORGANIZING SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU TO ALSO ENTER THE PROPERTY FOR THAT PURPOSE.

DOES THAT SOUND ABOUT RIGHT? YEAH.

OKAY.

UM, SO THANK YOU ALL.

AND, UH, WITH THAT SAID, UH, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE COMMISSIONERS AMONG THE COMMISSIONERS COMMISSIONER DELGADO? UM, FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO THINK, UH, THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE PART OF THIS, UH, THANK YOU ALSO TO, UM, MS. ELLYN, GARRETT, UH, HERE, OUR DIRECTOR HERE WITH CODE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

UM, SO YEAH, I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

ONE OF THEM IS I'VE NOTICED THAT I'VE GOTTEN A LARGE AMOUNT OF COMPLAINTS.

UM, EVERY LITTLE THING THEY'RE BEING EVICTED FOR, UH, SOME OF THEM ARE NONPAYMENT, UH, OR LATE PAYMENT.

UM, BUT I'M NOTICING THAT THERE'S REALLY NOT A LOT OF ADVOCATING GROUPS OUT THERE EXCEPT TENANT COUNCIL.

AND THEY'RE A LITTLE OVERWHELMED.

UM, I KNOW BOSTON, UM, CAN ONLY HELP, UH, ORGANIZE COMMUNITIES, UH, OR APARTMENT COMPLEXES, UH, IF THEY'RE HAVING CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES OR DISCRIMINATION ISSUES.

BUT, UM, ACCORDING TO THIS ORDINANCE, CAUSE I DON'T, I DON'T HAVE IT IN FRONT OF ME.

SO I JUST KIND OF HEAR WHAT YOU ARE READING.

UM, WHAT, WHAT PROTECTIONS DO OUR TENANTS HAVE, UM, FOR NOT JUST THE NON-PAYMENT, BUT ALSO FOR, YOU KNOW, TECHNICAL OR SMALL VIOLATIONS, LIKE LEAVING TRASH OUTSIDE ON THE BALCONY OR, YOU KNOW, DRINKING ALCOHOL ON THE BALCONY OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

I MEAN, DOES THAT ALL, DOES THAT IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS, UM, THE PROTECTION RIGHTS FOR THEM? I MEAN, I'M JUST NOTICING THAT MOST OF THEM ARE ALL BEING EVICTED AND THEY'RE LITERALLY HAVE NO HELP OUT THERE.

AND SO I REALLY THINK THAT THE CITY FOR DOING ALL OF THIS, BUT WHAT ELSE IS OUT THERE OR WHAT ELSE CAN'T, WHERE CAN THEY GO? THAT YOU ALL CAN, CAN BE ABLE TO GIVE THAT INFORMATION AND RESOURCE TO THEM BECAUSE WE'RE VERY LIMITED IN RESOURCES RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY WITHOUT ANY MONEY AS WELL.

WE DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY, UH, TO ASSIST THEM AT THIS TIME.

SO I'M REALLY ASKING THE QUESTION BACK TO OUR CITY ENTITIES.

UM, ARE THEY REALLY PROTECTED AND IS THIS REALLY GOING TO HELP PREVENT THEM FROM BEING EVICTED? THAT'S ALL.

THANK YOU.

AND SO I DID HEAR THAT THERE WERE GOING TO BE SOME OTHER NONPAYMENT RELATED, UH, PROTECTIONS AROUND EVICTION.

SO MAYBE Y'ALL MIGHT BE ABLE TO SHED SOME MORE LIGHT AROUND THAT.

AND THEN I THINK THAT'S THE REMAINDER OF THE QUESTIONS TOO.

UH, COMMISSIONER DELGADO, I, YOU ARE CORRECT IN YOUR ASSESSMENT, UH, IN TERMS OF THE LIMITED RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT

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TENANTS, UH, ESPECIALLY, UM, IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE IN, UH, WITH INCREASED RENTS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO, UM, GET HIGHER PAYING TENANTS IN THE, THE UNITS AND PUSH, UM, LOWER INCOME RESIDENTS OUT.

UNFORTUNATELY, I MEAN, WE ARE LIMITED IN TERMS OF OUR RESOURCES.

WE ARE LIMITED IN TERMS OF THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING THE WORK.

UM, AS YOU MENTIONED, THE TWO THERE'S AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL, AS WELL AS BOSTON.

UM, AND BOTH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, UM, HAVE SHARED, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH THAT THEY CAN DO WITH.

AND SO THIS IS ONE REASON WHY, UM, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH RESOLUTION 39 AND 40.

AND THIS IS WHY WE ARE WORKING, UH, WITH THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL AS THE LANDLORD OF AN APARTMENT ASSOCIATIONS TO COME UP WITH A RESOLUTION THAT CAN HELP PROTECT, UH, MORE RESIDENTS IN, IN AUSTIN.

SO THAT'S THE GOAL, UH, WHICH WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE.

I JUST WANT TO, I JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB, YOU KNOW, SO YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB.

I JUST, I FEEL LIKE WE'RE, WE'RE PROGRESSING, UH, LIKE A LITTLE BIT, BUT WE'RE STILL HAVE A CRISIS THAT I THINK SO MANY OF US ARE, YOU KNOW, OUT IN THE COMMUNITY ARE HAVING TO DEAL WITH.

AND SO WHEN WE COME BACK TO THESE BOARDS, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE BACK WHAT, WHAT INFORMATION IS BEING SHARED HERE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

AND IT JUST SEEMS LIKE IT'S THE SAME, IT'S THE SAME THAT WE HEARD, YOU KNOW, A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, BUT I'M GOING TO BE HOPEFUL.

UM, AND IF YOU ALL FIND ANYTHING OUT THERE THAT YOU NEED OUR ASSISTANCE IN, OR IF WE NEED TO BE DOING SOMETHING ELSE TO HELP YOU ALL, UM, PLEASE COME AND SHARE THAT BECAUSE I THINK THAT WORKING TOGETHER, UM, WE'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS BECAUSE WE ARE JUST, IT'S, IT'S SO BAD OUT THERE.

UM, IT'S SO EMOTIONAL TO SHARE THOSE STORIES AND, AND, AND YOUR WORKERS OUT THERE ARE, ARE HEARING THESE STORIES.

UM, SO YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB.

I JUST HOPE AND WISH THAT THE CITY, UH, ON A, ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE US THE MONEY AND THE RESOURCES THAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR PEOPLE SUSTAIN AND THEIR HOUSING AND HAVE A, A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE, BECAUSE WE'RE REALLY FACING THAT RIGHT NOW AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK.

THANKS, COMMISSIONER DELGADO, COMMISSIONER TELEVERDE.

I LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION.

HOW IS IT THAT SCHEDULE OF RESOLUTION 40? IS IT GOING TO HELP SINGLE PARENTS BECAUSE SINGLE PARENTS, SOME OF THEM CAN'T AFFORD THESE APARTMENT COMPLEX AND THEY'RE JACKING UP.

UH, THE REASON I'M LOOKING AT THAT, I SEE A NUMBER OF SINGLE PARENTS WHEN THEY GO TO THE STORE AND THEY HAVE TO GO HOME AND THEY GOT A NOTICE ON THEIR DOOR.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR.

AND I HOPE THIS 40 RESOLUTION 40, I HOPE IT HELPS ME BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, YOUR LANDLORDS OUT OF STATE PROPERTY OWNERS, THEY CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT.

AND THERE'S NO ORDINANCE THAT SAYS THEY CAN'T DO IT.

I MENTIONED THIS BEFORE OUR MEETINGS START TONIGHT BECAUSE SEE WHERE I LIVE AT, I GOT AN APARTMENT THAT'S BEING BUILT, WHERE THEY SAID IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BEEN A PARKING GARAGE.

AND I KNOW THAT WAS A FIELD.

AND, UH, I OWN OUT TO 90 APARTMENT COMPLEX, BUT THE BIGGEST THING THAT I CAME TO UNDERSTAND IF THEY GOT A 400 UNIT AND YOU ONLY ALLOW TWO CARS, AND IF YOU GOT A THREE CAR, YOUR CAR HAS TO PARK OUTSIDE OF THE PROPERTY, THAT NEEDS TO BE A CITY ORDINANCE ALSO THAT THE OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY CAN'T DISCRIMINATE ON HOW MANY CARS YOU HAVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER TOLLIVER.

UH, I CAN, WE CAN CERTAINLY ANSWER IT.

SO, UH, THAT ORDINANCE WOULD, UH, PROTECT TENANTS IF PASS AND ADOPTED.

UM, BUT IT, IT'S NOT SPECIFIC TO WHETHER IT'S A SINGLE HEADED HOUSEHOLD OR A TWO INCOME HOUSEHOLD.

UH,

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WELL, WELL, THE GOOD THING IS IT WOULD INCLUDE BOTH, BUT TO BE CLEAR, I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CLEAR.

IT IS ALLOWING IT WOULD ALLOW ADDITIONAL TIME TO FIND THE RESOURCES, UM, TO MAKE PAYMENT AND BECOME WHOLE.

SO A PERSON IS, UH, CAN BECOME CURRENT WITH THEIR RENT.

IS THAT WHERE Y'ALL GOING TO STAY UP FOR HIM, THE BANK FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR? SO, UM, THERE ARE NO FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS DIRECTIVE, NOT WITH THIS.

IT JUST GIVES AN ADDITIONAL TIME.

IT DOES NOT NECESSARILY DIRECT RESOURCES TO ASSIST WITH THAT.

I WILL SHARE.

WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF PROGRAMS. I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAVEN'T MENTIONED THIS PREVIOUSLY.

YEAH, WE DO HAVE TWO PROGRAMS. UH, UM, AGAIN, THE CAPACITY, IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE CONTINUED NEEDS AND GROWING NEEDS, BUT WE HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED I BELONG IN AUSTIN.

UH, WE CONTRACT WITH ELP IN, UH, TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT ARE FACING EVICTION.

SO IT IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS THAT ARE FACING EVICTION.

IF THEY ARE REPRESENTED BY, UM, TRELLA, UH, TEXAS, A REAL GRAND DAY LEGAL AID, THEY CAN GET ASSISTANCE OR VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES.

SO WE ARE PARTNERING WITH BOTH OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS.

ONE HAS THE CONTRACT.

SO I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, UH, VLS THEY'RE TAKING ON THIS WORK AS PARTYING A PART OF THEIR OVERALL PROGRAMS. THE CITY HAS A CONTRACT WITH TRELLA TO REPRESENT HOUSEHOLDS IF THEY ARE FACING EVICTION.

AND SO IF THERE IS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE LANDLORD, UM, AND THE, THE LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE TRAILER TO PAY FOR PAST DUE RENT, WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP HOUSEHOLDS IN.

THEN WE, UH, ELWIN WILL MAKE A PAYMENT SO THAT, UH, SO THERE ARE LIMITED FUNDS.

THIS IS A SORT OF, UH, A PILOT PROGRAM, IF YOU WILL.

UH, WE STARTED THIS DURING COVID AND, UM, THERE ARE FUNDS LEFT IN THE REASON WHY WE HAVE FUNDS LEFT IS BECAUSE WE DID HAVE THE, UH, EVICTION ORDINANCES IN PLACE.

SO NOW WE ARE USING THE FUNDS TO HELP PROTECT FAMILIES.

AND IF, UH, IF THIS IS SUCCESSFUL, IF THIS WORKS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO, UM, MAKE THE FUNDS, HOPEFULLY MAKE THE FUNDS ALLOW, UM, AVAILABLE.

AND CURRENTLY THIS IS BEING FUNDED THROUGH, UH, WITH HOUSING TRUST FUND DOLLARS.

UH, YES, YES, BUT IT IS JUST TO BE CLEAR THAT IT'S LIKE $880,000.

SO THAT AGAIN IS SUCH A SMALL, BUT IT'S HELPING.

AND WE DO SEE THAT THE FUNDS ARE THEY'RE BEING USED MORE NOW THAT WE'VE SEEN EVICTIONS, UH, RISING COMMISSIONER TAVOR YES.

AND THEN WE HAVE VICE-CHAIR POP RIGHT AFTER YOU.

OKAY.

I NEED TO ASK YOU A QUESTION, UH, CHAIRMAN, SINCE THIS IS, SHOULD COME ON AT A HEATING OF HOOD WITH THE EVICTIONS AND EVERYTHING SHOULD COME UNDER THE HEADING OF HOOD THAT WE CAN WRITE A GRANT TO HELP THEM WITH THE FUNDING.

IF IT'S POSSIBLE, THIS IS SOMETHING I'M JUST ASKING AND THROWING OUT THERE.

SO, UM, IF WHAT I'M HEARING IS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE FUNDING PRIORITIES TO REFLECT A HIGHER PRIORITY IN EVICTION, UM, AVOIDANCE OR CURING A NON-PAYMENT OF EVICTION.

AND I SEE MANDY COMING UP AND I'M APPRECIATING THAT.

UM, BECAUSE I THINK, I THINK, I THINK YOUR POINT IS GOING TO BE APPROPRIATELY ADDRESSED.

THEY KNEW YOU WERE COMING COMMISSIONER AND TELLING HER, I TOLD YOU, UH, MANDY DEMAYO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

UM, I DID WANT TO THANK YOU, NEVER TD FOR BRINGING UP.

I BELONG IN AUSTIN, WHICH IS, AS SHE MENTIONED, L UH, ADMINISTERED BY L BRAIN SAN BERNARDINO.

UM, WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THAT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP.

AND IT IS, I DON'T WANT TO SAY A DROP IN THE BUCKET BECAUSE IT IS $880,000, WHICH WILL SERVE QUITE A FEW FAMILIES, BUT WE KNOW THAT THE NEED IS GREATER THAN THAT OUT THERE.

UM, I WILL SAY THAT ON THIS THURSDAY'S COUNCIL AGENDA, WE ALSO WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE RECEIVED A LITTLE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

UM, YOU ALL MAY KNOW THE RENT PROGRAM, THE RELIEF OF EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR TENANTS, UM, WHICH WAS OPERATIONAL DURING COVID

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AND UNDER NEFFER TDS LEADERSHIP.

THEY LET'S SEE, WE SERVED MORE THAN 8,600 FAMILIES, UM, AND DEPLOYED ALMOST $70 MILLION TO KEEP, UM, FAMILIES, INCLUDING SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES, UM, IN THEIR, IN THEIR HOUSES STABILIZED.

UM, BUT THE FEDERAL FUNDING HAS RUN OUT.

THERE IS NO MORE FEDERAL FUNDING.

WE WERE FORTUNATE THIS THURSDAY.

UM, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING A LITTLE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN REDISTRIBUTED FUNDS, THE U S TREASURY, UM, SCOOPED UP ALL THE FUNDS FROM, UH, UH, JURISDICTIONS THAT WERE UNABLE TO DEPLOY THEIR FUNDS IN A TIMELY MANNER.

THAT WAS NOT US.

UM, AND THEN THEY REDISTRIBUTED IT.

UM, SO AGAIN, UM, A LITTLE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS, IT'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE ALL OF OUR ISSUES HERE LOCALLY, BUT WE DO HOPE THAT IT IS GOING TO, UM, ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF QUITE A FEW FAMILIES.

AND THOSE FUNDS ARE BEING DEPLOYED THROUGH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR LOOKING OUT COMMISSIONER TALER VICE CHAIR.

THAT ALSO ANSWERED MY QUESTION, BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE, WE HAD VOTED AS A COMMISSION TO ASK THE CITY TO INCLUDE IN ITS BUDGET MONEY FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

CAN THE STAFF TELL US THE STATUS OF THAT REQUEST WE CAN, AND I, WELL, UH, WE DON'T KNOW YET IS THAT, UM, IS THE SHORT ANSWER.

UM, AGAIN, MANDY DEMAYO HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, AND I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BRIEF PRESENTATION WITH SOME Q AND A, FROM OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT THAT IS OVERSEEING THE ENTIRE CITY MANAGER'S BUDGET.

UM, THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE REQUEST, UH, WAS RECEIVED LOUD AND CLEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, AS WELL AS FROM OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.

UM, WE RESPONDED VIA A SYSTEM, UM, WHETHER OR NOT WE AGREED WITH EACH OF THE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE ASSIGNED TO OUR APARTMENT.

OF COURSE, WE AGREED WITH THE NEED AND THE DEMAND FOR THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

IT WAS PUT INTO OUR TOP FIVE PRIORITIES AS A DEPARTMENT, AND THEN THE CITY MANAGER IS IN THE PROCESS OF ABSORBING ALL OF THAT INFORMATION FROM ALL OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, UH, REGARDING WHAT THEIR UNMET NEEDS ARE AND THE CITY MANAGER, AS HE DEVELOPS HIS OVERALL CITY BUDGET, UM, WE'LL BE INCORPORATING, UM, WE HOPE SOME OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO WE DON'T KNOW YET WHETHER THE EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE IS ONE OF THE, UM, APPROVED OR RECOMMENDED, UH, ITEMS IN THE BUDGET, BUT WE WILL ALL FIND OUT IN EARLY JULY WHEN THE CITY MANAGER RELEASES THE DRAFT BUDGET.

AND I BELIEVE KATIE IS GOING TO GO OVER THIS, UM, IN THE PRESENTATION IN TERMS OF THE SCHEDULE.

SO I DON'T WANT TO STEAL HER THUNDER.

UM, BUT THIS IS, UH, UH, UH, COMING UP SOON IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, WE WILL KNOW THAT WOULD BE AN ITEM FOR D THE, THE ANNUAL ACTION PLAN.

UH, NO, THAT WOULD BE FOUR B THIS IS FINANCIAL SERVICES REGARDING THE BUDGET PROCESS AND TIMELINE.

I SEE.

NOW WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT OUR FEDERAL FUNDING.

UM, AND SO I DID OF COURSE, COMMISSIONER TALAVERA.

I JUST STEPPED OUT BRIEFLY, BUT I DID WANT TO ALSO REMIND FOLKS THAT IN OUR FEDERAL FUNDING, UM, WE DO HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDING, BUT A LONG-STANDING CONTRACT WITH AUSTIN TENANT'S COUNCIL, WHICH OF COURSE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND HELPS WITH LANDLORD TENANT MEDIATION, RIGHT, BUT NOT RENTAL ASSISTANCE, BUT NOT RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

YOU HAD MENTIONED THE HOUSING TRUST FUND AS BEING A SOURCE FOR THE CURRENT RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR I BELONG IN AUSTIN.

THAT IS CORRECT, BUT WE WON'T BE ABLE TO COMMENT ON THAT UNTIL LATER THAT'S THAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ANNUAL ACTION.

IT IS NOT PART OF THE ANNUAL ACTION PLAN.

UM, AND AS OF NOW, UNTIL THE CITY MANAGER'S BUDGET COMES OUT, WE DON'T KNOW THE ACTUAL TRANSFER IN FOR NEXT YEAR'S HOUSING TRUST FUND.

SO THIS WAS APPROPRIATED FROM THE CURRENT YEAR, UH, HOUSING TRUST FUND, BUT THE, I BELONG IN AUSTIN.

AND, UH, FROM THE GENERAL FUNDS, WE WILL BE ADDING AN ADDITIONAL $250,000.

IS THAT THE RIGHT FUND, UH, TO GO TO THE I BELONG AND AUSTIN,