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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:02]

COME EVERYONE.

IT IS.

I'M TRYING NOT TO TALK, TRYING NOT TO TALK ON IT LIKE THEY SAID LAST TIME.

, IS IT GOOD? NOW YOU PICK ME UP.

OKAY.

FAIR WE GO.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

UM, THE TIME NOW IS 6 31 AND THIS IS THE JANUARY 9TH, 2024 MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.

THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMISSION, UH, OF THE BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. UM, WE ARE READY TO CALL ORDER, AND THE FIRST THING WE HAVE ON OUR AGENDA IS OUR PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS IN GENERAL.

DO WE HAVE, UM, ANY SPEAKERS THAT ARE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TODAY? WE DON'T HAVE OUR REGULARS.

I'M DISAPPOINTED.

, WE HAVE NONE.

NONE.

THAT'S A TRUE ZERO.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

UH, HEARING THAT WE HAVE NO SPEAKERS SIGNED UP, UH, FOR OUR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION PORTION, WE WILL MOVE ON TO

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

THE APPROVAL OF OUR MINUTES.

UH, COMMISSIONERS YOU HAVE IN YOUR, THAT ARE HERE ON THE DICE, HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU THE, UM, PACKET THAT INCLUDES THE DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE DECEMBER 12TH MEETING.

UH, THOSE OF YOU ONLINE, UM, I DO BELIEVE THAT THAT IS ALSO, UM, PART OF YOUR PACKET THAT WAS FORWARDED TO YOU.

TAKE A MOMENT AND LET ME KNOW IF WE HAVE ANY ADJUSTMENTS.

I HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVERYONE.

THIS IS, UH, COMMISSIONER BROWN.

THANK YOU.

YES, COMMISSIONER.

MM-HMM.

HAPPY.

I JUST WANNA MAKE A QUICK AMENDMENT.

IT, IT DOES HAVE ON HERE THAT, UM, I WAS ABSENT AH, FOR THE LAST MEETING AND, AND, AND THAT WAS NOT, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

OKAY.

CORRECT.

THAT IS CORRECT.

THAT IS CORRECT.

SO I MOVE TO, TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES WITH THE AMENDMENT OF, UH, OF ME BEING PRESENT.

I SECOND.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY, UH, OKAY.

WE'LL GO AHEAD AND, UM, I HEAR THE MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES FROM, UH, COMMISSIONER BROWN, UH, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER BERTHA DELGADO.

UM, ALL IN FAVOR, UM, SAY, AYE.

RAISE YOUR HAND.

AYE.

OKAY.

ANY OPPOSED? UM, COMMISSIONER BROWN, CAN I GET YOUR, YOUR VIDEO? THANK YOU.

I HEARD YOUR VOICE.

WE, WE NEED YOUR VIDEO FOR THE VOTE.

OKAY.

I'M TRYING TO THAT'S TAKE YOUR TIME.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

IS THAT WORKING? YES, SIR.

WE DO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, CAN WE GET THAT VOTE AGAIN? COMMISSIONERS.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF, UM, APPROVING THE MINUTES WITH THE ADJUSTMENT THAT COMMISSIONER BROWN SO RIGHTFULLY POINTED OUT.

ALL IN FAVOR? CAN I GET THE VOTE AGAIN? AYE, RAISE YOUR HAND.

AYE.

VERY GOOD.

IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A UNANIMOUS, UH, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES WITH THE ADJUSTMENT.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE DISCUSSION ITEMS, 2, 3, 4, 5.

WE HAVE FIVE DISCUSSION ITEMS TODAY.

.

HELLO.

HELLO.

THE, UM, DISCUSSION

[2. Presentation and discussion on the Ending Community Homeless Coalition (ECHO) and Homelessness Response System (Kate Moore, Vice President of Strategy and Quiana Fisher, Vice President of Programs)]

ITEMS. THE FIRST ONE IS WE HAVE A PRESENTATION IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE ENDING COMMUNITY HOMELESS COALITION.

THAT'S THE ECHO.

UH, UM, AND WE HAVE BEEN, THEY HAVE BEEN REQUESTED, UM, COMMISSIONER BERTHA DELGADO.

UM, WE ARE GONNA MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THAT IS THE, ARE OUR ECHO REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT? FABULOUS.

PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT AT THE DICE.

THANK YOU.

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AND THIS IS KATE MOORE.

WHICH ONE IS KATE? YOU'RE KATE.

I'M KATE.

OKAY.

AND WE HAVE KIANA.

KIANA.

KIANA.

KIANA.

THANK YOU KIANA.

SORRY ABOUT THAT, BABE.

KIANA FISHER.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU ALL MAY BEGIN.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

I'LL GET US STARTED.

UM, THANK YOU FOR INVITING US HERE THIS EVENING.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO COME TO THIS SPACE, UM, AND TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, ENDING COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS COALITION OR ECHO, UM, AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

UM, OKAY.

IT'S GONNA CLICK FOR ME.

OKAY.

I'M GONNA GET US STARTED.

UM, SO WHAT IS ECHO'S ROLE? SO ECHO IS THE CO, UH, COORDINATING.

WE, WE COORDINATE A COMMUNITY-WIDE, UM, DATA GIVEN STRATEGIES, UM, AND FUNDING TO END HOMELESSNESS.

SO WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS THAT WE, UM, WE'RE A BIG UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION THAT, UM, COORDINATES, UM, SERVICE PROVIDERS AND, UM, GOVERNANCE AND PEOPLE THAT ARE, UM, UH, THAT, EXCUSE ME, THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS.

WE COORDINATE THEM IN, UM, PROVIDING INSIGHT AND GOVERNANCE OF OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

UM, AND THE, AND WE GET FEDERAL FUNDING, UM, THROUGH HUD, UM, TO OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT COMES THROUGH ECHO.

UM, WE COORDINATE A ANNUAL NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY, UM, THAT REALLY BRINGS THOSE FEDERAL DOLLARS TO THE SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICE.

UM, SECONDLY, UH, ECHO CO COLLABORATES WITH DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDERS.

SO, ECHOED OUR AGENCY DOES NOT HA WE'RE NOT A DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER.

WHAT WE DO IS WE COORDINATE WITH, UM, SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE FEDERALLY FUNDED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE, UM, SUPPORTED AND TRAINED AND, UM, THAT WE CAN ENSURE MINIMUM STANDARDS THROUGH ALL OF THOSE PROGRAMMING.

UM, AND WE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO, UM, UM, TO TRAIN THEIR STAFF TO PARTICIPATE IN, IN ACTIVITIES THAT WILL END HOMELESSNESS, UM, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND WE ALSO, BECAUSE WE HOLD, UM, THE, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE, THE BY NAME LIST, THE LIST OF PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY ECHO, UM, THROUGH THE COORDINATED ASSESSMENTS, UM, THAT INFORMATION IS STORED IN OUR, UH, HMIS HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.

AND THEN THOSE, UM, INDIVIDUALS ARE, UM, THOSE NAMES ARE ON A LIST.

AND SO WHAT ECHO'S ROLE IN THAT IS, IS WE MAINTAIN THAT LIST AND THEN AS SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE CAPACITY TO SERVE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, WE MAKE THOSE REFERRALS, UM, TO THOSE DIRECT SERVICE PRO PROVIDERS AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE ENGAGING WITH THOSE, UM, WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS ALL THE WAY THROUGH, UM, MOVE IN AND PROGRAM EXIT.

UM, THE, THE, THE FINAL KIND OF BIG THING THAT WE DO AS AN ORGANIZATION IS WE HOLD AND MAINTAIN THE SECURITY OF THE HOMELESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM.

EXCUSE ME.

HMIS.

UM, YOU, YOU'RE GONNA HEAR A LOT OF ACRONYMS AND I WILL, I WILL TRY KATE.

ALSO, WE'LL TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE CLARIFYING EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

SO THAT DATABASE HAS, UM, THE INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION, UM, DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, AND IT ALLOWS US TO, UM, MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE REFERRED TO PROGRAMS AND AND SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT CAN, THAT CAN MEET THEIR NEEDS.

OKAY.

SO I AM GONNA GO THROUGH SOME DATA WITH Y'ALL.

SO AS KIANA MENTIONED, OH, BY THE, AGAIN, MY NAME IS KATE MOORE.

I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY AT ECHO.

IT'S SO NICE TO SEE ALL OF YOU.

AND THIS IS A CAVEAT.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE IN FRONT OF YOU.

I WORKED WITH THE CITY'S

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HOUSING DEPARTMENT ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, LIKE IT GONNA DATE MYSELF.

UM, AND SO IT'S REALLY NICE TO SEE SOME OLD FRIENDLY PHRASES I HAVEN'T SEEN IN A WHILE, AND SOME THAT I DO SEE A LOT.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UM, IT'S NICE TO BE HERE IN FRONT OF Y'ALL.

UM, WE USED TO DO CDC AT THE OLD, THE STREET JONES BUILDING BACK WHEN I WAS THERE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, UM, THIS IS MUCH FANCIER .

UM, SO I AM GONNA GO THROUGH SOME DATA.

SO REALLY LOOKING AT THE SCOPE OF HOMELESSNESS, AND I REALIZE I CAN'T READ THIS SUPER WELL FROM WHERE I'M SITTING AND I DIDN'T BRING A COPY.

IS THERE A COPY HERE? GIVE HER, YEAH, GIVE HER A COPY.

OH, THANK YOU.

MY EYES.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE GETTING THERE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN SEE IS, IS THAT, UM, THE SCOPE OF HOMELESSNESS HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY.

MM-HMM.

, AND SOME OF THIS MAY BE INTUITIVE TO, TO THOSE OF US THAT ARE IN AUSTIN.

RIGHT? YOU, YOU FEEL LIKE THE, THE, THAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS PARTICULARLY IS GROWING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

I WILL SAY THOUGH, THAT WE HAVE DONE A LARGE INVESTMENT IN OUR, IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN IN TRYING TO CAPTURE DATA OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

SO WE'RE NOT CLEAR ON HOW MUCH OF THIS INCREASE IS BASED OFF OF, WE'RE JUST DOING A BETTER JOB OF UNDERSTANDING THE NEED THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND HOW MUCH OF IT IS BASED OFF OF A REAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

UM, SO YOU CAN SEE HERE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF INCREASE IS THE UNSHELTERED PEOPLE THAT ARE ON OUR STREETS.

AND WE'VE HAD A FAIRLY CONSISTENT NUMBER OF SHELTER STAYS.

UM, SO THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THAT AT ABOUT A THOUSAND.

UM, SO WE HAVE SEEN A LARGE INCREASE.

THAT'S THE OTHER.

OKAY.

AND I'M GONNA GIVE THIS TO YOU BECAUSE I'M NOT GONNA DO A GOOD JOB.

THANK YOU.

YEAH.

OKAY.

SO, ANOTHER, UM, PIECE THAT, UM, IS UNIQUE TO AUSTIN IS OUR HIGH CHRONICITY NUMBER.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT IN HOMELESS SERVICES, ITY MIGHT BE A NEW TERM TO YOU IF YOU'RE IN HOMELESS SERVICES, IT'S AN OLD HAT TERM THAT YOU HEAR ALL THE TIME.

SO, CHRONICITY MEANS THAT SOMEBODY HAS EXPERIENCED HOMELESSNESS FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME, AND HUD HAS A VERY SPECIFIC DEFINITION THAT EVERYBODY AROUND THE COUNTRY HAS TO USE.

IT'S TYPICALLY SOMEBODY WHO'S BEEN EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS OR SHELTERED HOMELESSNESS FOR A YEAR, OR THEY'VE HAD, UH, MANY EPISODES WITHIN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, UM, THAT WE HAVE TO CALCULATE.

SO ESSENTIALLY IT'S SOMEBODY WHO HAS, WHO'S BEEN ON THE STREETS FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME.

UM, WE HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH RATES OF CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO YOU CAN LOOK AND SEE THAT IT HAS STAYED FROM WHEN WE, THIS CHART FROM 2021 TO 23 AT AROUND 44%.

UM, THIS IS MOSTLY DUE TO OUR LACK OF INVESTMENT IN PROGRAMS THAT ACTUALLY HOUSE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

WHEN WE, I DON'T HAVE A CHART FOR THIS, BUT WHEN WE COMPARE OURSELVES TO OTHER COMMUNITIES MM-HMM.

LOOKING AT EITHER TEXAS COMMUNITIES MM-HMM.

OR SIMILAR COMMUNITIES, UM, WITH SIMILAR LIKE RENTAL MARKETS, SIMILAR SIZES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

WE HAVE MUCH FEWER PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND RAPID REHOUSING, WHICH ARE THE TWO PERMANENT HOUSING TYPES.

OUR SYSTEM HAS JUST FEWER OF THOSE, UM, MUCH FEWER THAN THOSE OTHER COMMUNITIES.

AND SO THE RESULT OF THAT IS THAT THERE'S A BACKLOG, RIGHT? PEOPLE ARE FALLING AND INFLOWING INTO HOMELESSNESS IS WHAT WE, AND, UM, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO KEEP UP.

OKAY.

NEXT ONE.

SO THIS CHART IS A HEAT MAP.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE IMPACTS THAT WE HAVE SEEN, UM, OF THE CRIMINALIZATION OF HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY IS, UM, THE LOCATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNSHELTERED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THIS HEAT MAP, UM, DEMONSTRATES THAT.

SO SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE POINT IN TIME COUNT, SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE POINT IN TIME COUNT.

IF YOU HAVEN'T, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO THINK ABOUT IT.

NEXT YEAR, WE'RE GONNA BE DOING OUR NEXT ONE AT THIS TIME IN 2025 AS A COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, WHAT WE DO IS ESSENTIALLY A CENSUS WHERE WE GO OUT AND WE TRY AND FIND, AS A COMMUNITY, WE RECRUIT HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS, AND WE TRY AND TALK TO PEOPLE AND FIND OUT AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

WE COUNT FOLKS AND WE FIND OUT SOME DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ABOUT WHO IS IT THAT'S ON OUR STREETS.

AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IN 2020 BEFORE CRIMINALIZATION, THERE WAS A VAST MAJORITY OF CONCENTRATION AROUND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN OF PEOPLE WHO WERE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

AND IN 2023, WHICH WAS OUR LAST PIT COUNT ABOUT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, UM, YOU CAN SEE THAT THAT HAS STARTED TO SPREAD.

UM, WE KNOW THAT A LOT OF UNSHELTERED FOLKS ARE HAVING, ARE BEING FORCED TO GO AND LOCATE IN WATERSHEDS IN OUR PARKS, UM, OR JUST IN OTHER LOCATIONS WHERE THEY WON'T BE ARRESTED OR BE TOLD TO LEAVE.

UM, IT'S HARD TO FIND A PLACE TO BE WHEN YOU'RE UNSHELTERED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SEEING, UM, IS THAT SPREAD.

[00:15:02]

OKAY.

SO ANOTHER PIECE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE, I MEAN, ABOUT OUR SYSTEM AND PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS IN AUSTIN, IS, UM, THE, THE RACISM THAT, UM, INTERPLAYS WITH THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT FALL INTO HOMELESSNESS.

THERE'S A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BLACK THAT ARE HOMELESS IN OUR COMMUNITY COMPARED TO ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC.

AND, UM, YOU CAN LOOK AT THAT BY, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS, UM, SLIDE, UM, THE BLUE.IS, UM, TRAVIS COUNTY, AND THE RED.IS OUR SYSTEM.

SO, UM, NO, IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

THE RED.IS TRAVIS COUNTY, AND THE BLUE.IS OUR SYSTEM.

SO WHITE FOLKS MAKE UP ABOUT 27% OF OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM AND ABOUT 50% OF OUR, OF OUR, UM, COMMUNITY, AND IF YOU LOOK AT BLACK FOLKS, THEY MAKE UP ABOUT 9% OF OUR COMMUNITY AND ABOUT 32% OF OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

AND SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE, UM, THINK A LOT ABOUT AND CONTEMPLATE A LOT ABOUT WITHIN OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

WE, UM, HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT, UM, AS A COMMUNITY, HOW CAN WE PRIORITIZE AND, UM, ADDRESS THE, THE RACIAL INEQUITIES THAT ARE HAPPENING AS PEOPLE ARE IN FLOWING INTO HOMELESSNESS.

AND, UM, OUR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, WHICH IS THE GOVERNANCE THAT MANAGES ALL THE POLICIES FOR THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM, THEY CREATED A NEW PRIORITIZATION CALLED THE APAC, THE AUSTIN PRIORITIZATION ASSESSMENT TOOL.

THANK.

AND, UM, IT TOOK ME A MINUTE.

AND THAT TOOL IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW THAT WE, WE ARE NOW REFERRING PEOPLE IN AN EQUITABLE WAY.

UM, BEFORE THE GLASS TOOL THAT WE HAD WAS UNINTENTIONALLY BUT STILL REFERRING WHITE HOUSEHOLDS WERE MORE LIKELY TO GET A REFERRAL INTO A HOUSING PROGRAM THAN BLACK FOLKS.

AND SO, UM, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE REAL RESULTS, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE THINK A LOT ABOUT, UM, AS AN ORGANIZATION.

ANOTHER WAY THAT WE THINK ABOUT IT AS AN ORGANIZATION IS WE'VE JUST CREATED OUR FIRST STRATEGIC PLAN AT ECHO, WHICH WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

AND ONE OF THE, UM, KEY PIECES THAT'S A GOAL FOR US IS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT, UM, BLACK AND BROWN LED ORGANIZATIONS, UM, TO BE, UM, PROVIDERS IN THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

AND WE JUST HIRED OUR FIRST CAPACITY BUILDING MANAGER, WHOSE ROLE IT WILL BE, UM, TO CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT SUPPORTS IN, UM, IN WAYS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO, TO BRING THOSE ORGANIZATIONS INTO THIS SYSTEM.

THAT'S OKAY.

UM, OTHER CHALLENGES.

SO, UM, MANY OF THESE AS THE CDC, THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE IN FRONT OF YOU PROBABLY ALL THE TIME.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE HOUSING MARKET, RIGHT? YOU CAN THINK ABOUT THAT.

THE HOUSING MARKET IS SOMETHING THAT IF YOU HAVE THE MOST CHALLENGES, RIGHT? LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN UNSHELTERED, YOU PERHAPS HAVE, UM, PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, MENTAL HEALTH, UM, DISABILITIES, PERHAPS YOU'RE STRUGGLING WITH A SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUE.

YOU HAVE PERHAPS CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS.

PERHAPS YOU HAVE POOR LANDLORD, UM, HISTORY, PROBABLY NO OR BAD OR HORRIBLE CREDIT, IF YOU HAVE ANY CREDIT.

UM, THOSE ARE GONNA BE THE HARDEST BARRIERS PROBABLY FOR PEOPLE, UM, COMING OUT OF, OUT OF HOMELESSNESS, RIGHT? AND THEY'RE OFTEN IN THE SAME RENTAL MARKET THAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS IN THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR RESOURCES, WHEN I TALK ABOUT HOUSING FOR PEOPLE EXITING, HOMELESSNESS ARE RELIANT ON THE RENTAL MARKET JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

SO THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A, A PLACE THAT WILL RENT TO THEM, THAT WILL SIGN A LEASE WITH THEM, THAT WILL TAKE THEIR SUBSIDY AND WILL, AND WE'LL, AND WE'LL BE OKAY WITH LOOKING ASIDE FOR ALL THAT STUFF THAT HAPPENED IN THEIR BACKGROUND, RIGHT? AND THAT'S A REAL CHALLENGE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY, RIGHT? LIKE LACK OF AFFORDABILITY.

LIKE WE'VE ALL SEEN THAT LACK OF AFFORDABILITY, BOTTLENECKS.

UM, PEOPLE HAVE TO WAIT MONTHS NOW.

SO WE HAVE A THOUSAND PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNSHELTERED AND THEY HAVE A HOUSING SUBSIDY.

THEY'VE BEEN ENROLLED IN A PROGRAM.

AND WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROGRAMS, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AGENCIES.

YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD OF LIFEWORKS, CARITAS, FAMILY ELDER CARE, RIGHT? URBAN LEAGUE.

LIKE THESE ARE OUR PROVIDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THEY SAID, OKAY, WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE WANNA HOUSE YOU, AND IT'S TAKING THEM A LONG TIME TO FIND THEM A PLACE TO RENT.

AND SO THAT'S A BACKLOG.

SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY UNSHELTERED, A THOUSAND OF THOSE, WE HAVE HAD COMMITTED AS A COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO HELP HOUSE THEM, AND WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO HOUSE THEM.

SO THAT'S A HUGE BARRIER THAT WE'RE CONSTANTLY DEALING WITH.

AND WE BUG OUR FRIENDS AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ALL THE TIME, , TO TRY AND FIND REALLY CREATIVE WAYS TO HELP US SOLVE THAT NUT.

SO IF YOU, UM, YOU KNOW, AS I COULD, WOULD BE REMISS

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IF I DIDN'T MENTION THAT.

WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO HELP US FIND ACCESS TO ADDITIONAL UNITS FOR THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE IT'S A HUGE NEED.

MM-HMM.

.

OKAY.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO THIS ONE IS JUST TALKING ABOUT, AND THIS IS PROBABLY A NUMBER THAT AS THE HOU AS THAT Y'ALL HAVE SEEN BEFORE IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS TALKED TO YOU ALL ABOUT.

THIS IS JUST AVERAGE RENT IN AUSTIN.

AND IT'S JUST A BARRIER, LIKE I MENTIONED FOR OUR FOLKS.

JUST IT IS LIKE, IT IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST SIMPLY LIVING IN POVERTY OR WHO ARE LOW INCOME, UM, AS, AND PROBABLY ADDITIONALLY MIDDLE INCOME FOLKS AS WELL, IS THAT RENT IS JUST SKYROCKETING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THAT JUST SHOWS YOU WHAT THAT IS.

DO YOU WANNA HEAR ME THAT? YEAH.

WE HAVE A SYSTEM GOING ON HERE.

WE DO.

WE DO.

WE'RE DOING GOOD.

UM, SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT KIND OF WHAT THE CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS ARE.

UM, EVERYONE HAS A CERTAIN LEVEL OF RISK.

UM, LIFE CHALLENGES ARE JUST, ARE LIFE, BE LIFE IN, UM, LIKE MEDICAL BILLS, UM, SUBSTANCE USE OR ABUSE, JOB LOSS, UM, UH, CHANGES IN YOUR, UH, FAMILY COMPOSITION, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

ALL OF THESE ARE RISK FACTORS.

UM, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF US THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THESE LIFE CHALLENGES AND NEVER EXPERIENCED A HOUSING CRISIS, NEVER, UM, FIND OURSELVES, UM, NEEDING HOUSING RESOURCES FROM THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

UM, EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DIFFERENT.

UM, BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE CAUSES OF HOMELESS, UH, THE CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS ARE LINKED TO A LACK OF HOUSING.

CLICK FOR ME.

UM, SO, UM, THE LACK OF HOUSING, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UM, THE LACK OF HOUSING, WHAT WE'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT IS ACCESS TO THAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UM, THIS IS, I I THINK KATE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB TALKING ABOUT AND, AND SHOWING THAT CHART AROUND THE, THE RISING, UM, RENTS.

WE ALSO, UM, KNOW THAT OCCUPANCY IN OUR CITY, UM, NOT JUST OUR CITY, BUT IN OUR CITY, UM, OCCUPANCY RATES ARE REALLY HIGH.

THERE'S A VERY SMALL, UM, PERCENTAGE OF THE UNITS THAT ARE, ARE VACANT AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

AND, UM, THE OTHER THING THAT I WANT TO BE SURE TO TALK ABOUT IS THAT WAGES ARE, ARE, HAVE STAGNATED, UM, ARE STAGNANT.

AND SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT, UM, WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT LACK OF HOUSING.

THERE ARE APARTMENTS, UM, AND HOMES GOING UP EVERY DAY.

IT'S THE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, UM, THAT, THAT IS REALLY, UH, THIS CAUSE OF HOMELESSNESS.

UM, AND THAT'S KIND OF EXTERNAL TO THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

THAT'S LIKE, UM, PART, LIKE SOMETHING THAT, THAT YOU GUYS AS COMMISSIONERS, UM, SIT AND KIND OF GRAPPLE WITH.

UM, THOSE OF US THAT ARE WORKING WITHIN THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM, UM, REALLY GRAPPLE WITH AND, AND PROBLEM SOLVE AND SOLUTION FIND AROUND THE FACT THAT THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF UNITS AS KATE AS, AS KATE DISCUSSED FROM WHAT WE NEED TO, THERE'S A THOU THOUSANDS OF UNITS DIFFERENCE.

AND SO THAT GAP, UM, REQUIRE SOME CREATIVE THOUGHT PARTNERSHIP OR REQUIRE, EXCUSE ME, UM, CALLS FROM REALLY SOME INTENTIONALITY AROUND HOW WE'RE PRIORITIZING AND, AND, UM, CREATIVE WAYS TO, UM, LIMIT THAT GAP BETWEEN, UM, WHAT WE, THE UNITS THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO AND WHAT WE NEED, UM, UH, BE BEFORE YOU MM-HMM.

BEFORE YOU, I REALLY WANNA TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT, AND KATE MENTIONED IT A A BIT AGO.

MOST OF THE UNITS OR MOST OF THE PROGRAMMING THAT IS FUNDED WITHIN OUR SYSTEM IS SCATTERED SITE.

IT'S TENANT BASED.

SO THE SERVICES AND THE SUBSIDY FOLLOW THE, THE, UM, THE HOUSE, THE INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD.

UM, AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE ARE LOOKING,

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UM, CASE MANAGERS AND SUPPORT SERVICE STAFF ARE LOOKING FOR HOUSING IN THE SAME WAY EVERYONE ELSE IS.

AND SO, BECAUSE SO MUCH OF OUR SYSTEM RELIES ON THAT TENANT-BASED RESOURCE, UM, IT IT, IT MAKES THAT, UM, IT, IT CREATES THAT BOTTLENECK THAT KATE WAS TALKING ABOUT.

UM, NOW I'M READY.

OKAY.

? SORRY.

YEP.

NO, YOU'RE GOOD.

SO I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T, UM, TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO KIND OF DISCUSS, UM, HOW SYSTEMIC RACISM, HOW THAT, WHAT THE IMPACT THAT HAS ON, UM, HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, BLACK AUSTINITES ARE SIX TIMES MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE HOMELESSNESS.

AND DUE TO THE RACISM THAT EXISTS IN THE, IN THE HOUSING PRACTICES AND HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION AND POLICING AND, AND EMPLOYMENT AND ALL OF THE, ALL OF THE WAYS THAT WE KNOW RACISM, UH, SYSTEMIC RACISM SHOWS UP, UM, ALL OF THOSE THINGS REALLY COME, UH, COMPOUND.

AND ALL OF THOSE SYSTEMS FEED INTO THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

SO A FAILURE OF EDUCATION AND, AND EMPLOYMENT OR HEALTHCARE AND, AND POLICING.

ALL OF THOSE, UM, SYSTEMS FEED INTO, INTO THE SAFETY NET THAT WE CALL THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

UM, UH, BLACK AND BROWN AUSTINITES, UM, EX EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS TEND TO BE YOUNGER.

UM, AND THAT, THAT REALLY, IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT WE TALK ABOUT WHAT, WHAT, UM, WHAT THIS INEQUITY AND WHAT THIS DISPARATE IMPACT, UM, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE SERVICES THAT WE ARE FUNDING PAIRS WITH THE, UM, WITH, WITH WHO IS PRESENTING IN OUR, IN OUR, UM, IN OUR SYSTEM.

OKAY.

UM, I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME KNOWN SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS, UM, THAT WE'RE USING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND I REALIZE, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE A SLIDE ON THIS, BUT I DO WANNA MENTION THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN IN HELPING US CREATE ADDITIONAL SITE-BASED PSH.

WE HAVE ABOUT A THOUSAND UNITS COMING ONLINE IN 23, 24, AND 25, AND MAYBE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION DELAYS, 26 .

UM, AND, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS MADE, UM, A LOT OF STRIDES AT PRIORITIZING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE UNITS AND FUNDING THOSE NONPROFITS WHO ARE, WHO ARE ALSO TAKING A HUGE RISK RISK AT, UM, BECOMING DEVELOPERS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOU SEE CARITAS AND FAMILY ELDER CARE AND LIFEWORK AND URBAN LEAGUE, ANDAL CARE, LIKE THEY'RE ALL STEPPING INTO THIS SPACE TO DEVELOP PROPERTIES WHERE THE WHOLE PROPERTY WILL BE DEDICATED TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

AND THAT'S HUGE.

AND WE THINK, UM, THE CITY'S HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR PRIORITIZING THOSE FUNDS, AND WE ENCOURAGE, UM, THAT WE NEED MORE.

MM-HMM, .

SO, UM, PLEASE KEEP IT COMING.

OKAY.

.

SO, UM, SO SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW FROM A LOT OF EVIDENCE AND A LOT OF STUDIES IS HOUSING FIRST IS A NATIONAL BEST PRACTICE.

SOMETHING.

IF YOU'RE IN THE, IN THE HOMELESSNESS WORLD, YOU HEAR, UH, THIS TERM A LOT.

BASICALLY, THIS MEANS THAT SOMEBODY GETS ACCESS TO A UNIT WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS.

UM, AND THEN THEY ARE OFFERED AND PROVIDED, UM, SUPPORT SERVICES ONCE THEY'RE IN A UNIT.

UM, I SAW, UH, THE NEW YORK TIMES DID A QUOTE WHEN THEY FEATURED, UM, HOMELESS HOUSTON'S HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM, UM, IN HOUSING FIRST.

IF YOU WEREN'T HOUSING FIRST, IT'S LIKE SAYING TO SOMEBODY WHO'S DROWNING, LET ME TEACH YOU HOW TO SWIM BEFORE I RESCUE YOU.

RIGHT? IS THAT, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S UNREALISTIC.

AND EVIDENCE SHOWS TO THAT SOMEBODY COULD DEAL WITH THEIR SUBSTANCE ABUSE, COULD FIND A JOB, UM, COULD DO ANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE HOPE FOR OUR, OUR OWN LIVES DEAL WITH OUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, RIGHT? IF YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A PLACE TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT.

YEAH.

SO IT'S JUST, IT'S THE SAYING THAT THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT.

UM, ANOTHER SOLUTION IS EMERGENCY SHELTER.

AND THE CITY HAS, UM, BEEN DEDICATED TO INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF EMERGENCY SHELTER IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH IS AN, AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SYSTEM.

WE WILL SAY THAT SHELTER NEVER ENDS HOMELESSNESS, RIGHT? AND SO YOU CAN'T INVEST IN, IN SHELTER WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT HOUSING ON THE BACKEND BECAUSE IT'S JUST A TEMPORARY PLACE FOR SOMEBODY TO BE.

BUT IT'S AN IMPORTANT PLACE.

WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE OPTIONS OF, UM, SHELTER FOR TO GO, UM, EITHER TO, TO HAVE A PLACE TO SLEEP THAT NIGHT, TO GET OUT OF THE ELEMENTS.

UM, FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE THAT WE ARE INVESTING AS A COMMUNITY IN MORE

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NON CONGREGATE SHELTER.

AND THAT HAS BEEN A POPULAR OPTION WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

UM, THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION OR TWO, FOR INSTANCE, HAS BEEN DOING A LOT AT CAMP ESPERANZA, UM, FOR DEVELOPING ADDITIONAL, UM, NON CONGREGATE SHELTER.

WE, UM, DID A LOT AS A COMMUNITY AND LEARNED A LOT DURING CVID.

IT'S STANDING UP OUR FIRST CONGREGATE NON CONGREGATE SHELTERS.

AND THE CITY HAS SHOWN REAL LEADERSHIP AT USING THOSE FOR THE HE INITIATIVE, UM, AND CONTINUING TO USE, UM, HOTELS AND MOTELS FOR, FOR BRIDGE SHELTER FOR NON CONGREGATE SHELTERS.

SO WE, WE, UM, THINK THAT THOSE ARE IMPORTANT.

OH GOSH, I HAVEN'T BEEN TO IT.

OKAY.

, THAT'S WHY.

THAT'S WHY.

OKAY.

SCALING THE SOLUTION.

OKAY.

UM, SO THIS IS OUR LAST SLIDE.

UM, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO ASK, BE HERE FOR QUESTIONS IF, IF, UM, IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY.

SO SCALING THE SOLUTION IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT.

UM, SO IT, THIS, THIS IS NOT INSURMOUNTABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

IT JUST TAKES A GREATER INVESTMENT.

UM, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, THIS IS SHOWING THE INVESTMENT THAT WE HAVE MADE.

WE HAVE MADE AN INVESTMENT, AND WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THAT.

UM, BUT WE NEED MORE, UM, IF WE, IF WE WANT TO SEE THE, THE NUMBERS GO DOWN, AND ALL OF US I KNOW DO AND ARE COMMITTED TO SEEING, UM, THE RATE OF HOMELESSNESS GO DOWN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THIS IS SAYING, YOU KNOW, THAT REALLY, LIKE, WE, WE HAVE, WE HAVE ABOUT 4,000 RIGHT NOW.

THAT'S A LOT.

MM-HMM.

.

I THINK THAT A LOT OF TIMES WHEN THE AVERAGE AUSTINITE SEES THE NUMBER OF UNSHELTERED FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY, THEY KIND OF THINK IS WHAT'S HAPPENING? IS ANYBODY DOING ANYTHING? IS ANYBODY GETTING HOUSED? RIGHT? AND WE ARE HOUSING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERY YEAR, EVERY YEAR, EVERY YEAR.

AND WE, I DON'T MEAN ECHO, WE ARE JUST THE PASS THROUGH.

IT'S OUR AGENCIES THAT ARE ON THE GROUND DOING THIS.

UM, BUT WE NEED THOUSANDS MORE IF WE ARE GONNA, UM, TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING ON THE STREET RIGHT NOW.

SO THAT IS IT.

AND THAT THIS LAST PIECE IS A LINK TO OUR DASHBOARD.

WE HAVE AN AMAZING RESEARCH AND EVALUATION TEAM AT ECHO.

WE'RE VERY LUCKY.

THEY'VE CREATED A DASHBOARD THAT HAS, UM, A LOT OF MORE, UM, CURRENT DATA THAN SOME OF THE SLIDES HAD SOME, UM, I NOTICED A COUPLE QUARTERS OLDER.

UM, AND SO THAT'S A GOOD PLACE IF YOU'RE EVER JUST WANTING TO KEEP UP WITH, WITH THE DATA AND WHAT WE, UM, WHAT WE CURRENTLY KNOW ABOUT HOW THE SYSTEM'S FUNCTIONING.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY.

I WAS LOOKING AT YOUR DASHBOARD AND I, I APOLOGIZE.

UM, THANK YOU.

YOUR MIC ON.

THANK, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU KATE.

UM, FOR THAT AS WELL AS YOU KIANA.

UM, COMMISSIONERS, UH, I WILL PUT IT OUT TO YOU ALL.

UM, COMMISSIONER BERTHA DELGADO.

I'M GONNA PUT IT TO YOU FIRST SINCE THIS, UM, THESE ARE HERE ON YOUR REQUEST.

AND THEN I DO BELIEVE, UH, WE HAVE OTHERS THAT MAY HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS.

SO, THANK YOU CHAIR.

MM-HMM.

.

THANK YOU CHAIR, MADAM CHAIR.

UM, HI.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

UM, I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THAT, THAT Y'ALL ARE HERE.

UM, THE REQUEST TO BRING YOU HERE WAS VERY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY HERE FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

RIGHT.

UM, I DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS BEFORE I GIVE SOME INPUT, AND THEN I ALLOW MY COMM MY REST OF THE COMMISSIONERS TO WEIGH IN.

BUT FIRST OF ALL, DO YOU HAVE A CORRECT, UH, AMOUNT OF POPULATION OF WHAT, UM, HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HERE IN AUSTIN? DO, DO Y'ALL HAVE THAT? DO Y'ALL HAVE THE CORRECT, SO THE CORRECT, THAT'S A HARD, THAT'S, THAT'S A TERM I WOULD NOT USE .

UM, NO.

UM, WHAT ABOUT A BALLPARK FIGURE WE HAVE? YES.

AND IF YOU LOOK AT SLIDE, I DON'T KNOW WHAT NUMBER IT'S THE SCOPE OF HOMELESSNESS.

SLIDE TWO, IS IT SLIDE TWO? THIS ONE THAT IS TELLING YOU THE NUMBER? SO CURRENTLY WE'RE APPROACHING 6,000 PEOPLE.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

MY QUESTION WAS THE, I'M SORRY, CITY OF AUSTIN POPULATION.

OH.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE, ARE IN AUSTIN? DO YOU, DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT? NO.

NO.

MM-HMM.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

FIRST OF ALL, UH, JUST LOOKING AT THE PACKET, I DON'T SEE THAT NUMBER ON THERE.

OKAY.

UM, BECAUSE YOU'RE, YOU'RE GIVING US DATA, RIGHT? TO SHOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS, BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN AUSTIN.

SO WE, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT IN OUR DATA, JUST, UH, AN ADVICE TO YOU ALL.

MM-HMM.

KNOW EXACTLY WHAT OUR POPULATION IS.

NOW, IF WE LOOK UP OUR POPULATION, UH, ON, ON THE WEBSITE OF GOOGLE HERE IN AUSTIN, IT'LL SHOW AS OF 2020, A LAST UPDATE WAS 961,000, RIGHT? YES, MA'AM.

WE'RE 20, 24.

WE'RE OVER, WHAT, MAYBE ALMOST 2 MILLION

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NOW.

UM, THE CENSUS TRACK DOESN'T GIVE US AN ACCURATE DATA BECAUSE IT WAS DONE DURING A PANDEMIC AND A DURING A TIME OF IMMIGRATION REFORM.

AND PEOPLE, UH, WERE NOT PARTICIPATING IN CENSUS TRACK.

SO, JUST SO YOU KNOW, THE POPULATION OF AUSTIN, UM, IS NOT CORRECT, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ALL SHOULD, SHOULD MAKE SURE Y'ALL HAVE, BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DATA NUMBERS AND THE LOSS OF PEOPLE'S HOMES.

MM-HMM.

IS BECAUSE OF THE LOSS OF, UH, DURING THE PANDEMIC AND THE WINTER STORM AND ET CETERA.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL KNOW, UH, EXACTLY HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN AUSTIN.

UM, ANOTHER THING, I, I WAS LOOKING IN YOUR PACKET AND I, I ASKED THIS, AND I'VE ASKED THIS TO OUR STAFF.

UM, WHEN WAS THE CONTRACT SIGNED FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN WITH ECHO AS BEING THE HUB, NAVIGATING A HOMELESS, UM, YOU KNOW, INITIATIVE THAT YOU ARE DOING? WAS THAT IN 2020 OR WAS THAT IN 2019? I'VE NEVER GOT A ACCURATE ANSWER.

SO I HAVE A COUPLE COUPLE WAYS TO ANSWER THAT.

I'LL, I'LL TURN TO KIANA TO YOU.

SO ACTUALLY, WE ARE DESIGNATED AS A COUPLE DIFFERENT THINGS, NOT ACTUALLY BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, BUT HUD REQUIRES EVERY COMMUNITY WHO RECEIVES HUD CONTINUUM OF CARE FUNDS TO HAVE WHAT'S CALLED A CONTINUUM OF CARE BOARD IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THAT IS CALLED THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.

AND LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HAS THE AUTHORITY, UM, AND RESPONSIBILITY TO DESIGNATE A LEAD AGENCY FOR THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM COLLABORATIVE APPLICATION, WHICH IS A HUD FUNDING SOURCE FOR CALLED CONTINUUM OF CARE.

THEY ALSO DESIGNATE A LEAD AGENCY TO ADMINISTER THE HOMELESSNESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, WHICH IS OUR DATABASE THAT WE MANAGE.

AND THEY ALSO DESIGNATE A LEAD, UM, AGENCY TO COORDINATE THE COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM.

SO WE ARE ALL THREE OF THOSE LEAD AGENCIES FOR THE AUSTIN TRAVIS COUNTY COMMUNITY.

UM, BUT, UM, NOT EVERY COMMUNITY DOES IT THAT WAY.

UM, SOMETIMES THEY'RE SPLIT UP IN DIFFERENT AGENCIES OR DIFFERENT, UM, PLACES.

BUT THAT'S, THAT THAT AUTHORITY IS GIVEN TO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.

WE DO HAVE CONTRACTS WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN FOR, TO PROVIDE SEVERAL DIFFERENT KINDS OF SERVICES.

AND, UM, I WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK AND CHECK.

I THAT HAS NOT BEEN, WELL, THERE WAS ONE HISTORICALLY WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT CALLED THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT, WHICH WE ARE NO LONGER, SO WE NO LONGER HAVE A CONTRACT WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

WE HAVE HISTORICALLY HAD A CONTRACT WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT IS NOW MOVING TO THE HOUSING STRATEGY OFFICE, HOMELESS STRATEGY.

I'M HOMELESS, SORRY, YOUR STRATEGY OFFICE.

THANK YOU.

AND WITH DAVID GRAY.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER CONTRACT THAT'S CALLED A HOUSING NAVIGATION CONTRACT.

UM, AND I WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK AND LOOK UP I'M, I, I WASN'T PREPPED WITH THESE QUESTIONS, SO I WASN'T, IT'S, I'M NOT READYS.

I I KNOW I HAVE ASKED OUR STAFF TO LOOK INTO THAT.

SO IF YOU CAN, YEAH.

ONLY BECAUSE, UM, I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE FOLLOWING, UM, WHAT THE CONTRACT STATES AND IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, WE NEED TO OVERSIGHT OR IF WE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT, WE HAVE THE CONTRACTS TO REFERENCE TO.

SURE.

UM, AND I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS COMMISSION, UH, BECAUSE WE'RE OVERSIGHTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

AND PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING HOMELESSNESS, WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THOSE CONTRACTS ARE STATING, UM, OF COURSE.

SO THAT IF YOU CAN PROVIDE THAT TO OUR CHAIR AND THEY CAN, YOU KNOW, ABSOLUTELY.

SURE.

UM, ADMINISTRATE THAT TO US.

ALSO, ANOTHER QUESTION I HAD, UM, THE HMIS SYSTEM.

MM-HMM.

, WHO ALL HAS ACCESS TO THAT IS I, I, I, I HEAR, AND I, AND I'VE HEARD COMPLAINTS, AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY I BROUGHT YOU.

'CAUSE WE NEED CLARIFICATION.

WE NEED INFORMATION.

I WANT OUR COMMISSIONERS TO BE ABLE TO, UH, KNOW WHO YOU ARE, WHAT SERVICES YOU ALL PROVIDE.

UM, WHO HAS ACCESS TO THAT? IS THAT A LIMITED ACCESS TO JUST AGENCIES THAT ARE NONPROFIT OR PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING FUNDING? THAT IS A WONDERFUL QUESTION.

UM, AND SO I WANNA BREAK THAT UP A LITTLE BIT.

SO PREVIOUS TO 2023, UM, SERVICE, ANY SERVICE PROVIDER THAT WAS, UM, PROVIDING SERVICES TO PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, UM, THAT WAS INTERESTED IN SHARING DATA WITH THE HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM, UM, COULD PURCHASE PURCHASE A-H-M-I-S LICENSE.

SO RIGHT NOW, THE VENDOR THAT THAT ECHO, UM, IS IN CONTRACT WITH TO PROVIDE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF TO MANAGE THE, THE SYSTEM, UM, IS WELL SKY.

AND SO WELL, SKY GIVES US AN INVOICE, AND THEN WE DISTRIBUTED THAT, UM, THOSE THAT, THAT, UM, GOD, THE COST

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TO SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT WE'RE UTILIZING THE SYSTEM.

SO IN 2023, UM, AFTER A LOT OF ENGAGEMENT WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT WERE NOT, THAT WERE SERVING PEOPLE, EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, BUT NOT ABLE TO ENTER INTO HMIS BECAUSE THAT COST WAS A BARRIER.

UM, ECHO GOT A, UH, GRANT AND WE WERE ABLE TO ELIMINATE THOSE, UM, HMIS COSTS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS.

AND SO, UM, IN 2023, IN 2024, THOSE, UM, COSTS ARE BEING COVERED BY, UM, UH, UH, GOODNESS IN THE GRANT.

YEAH.

INDEED.

INDEED.

EXCUSE ME.

YES.

UM, BY A, A, A GRANT FROM INDEED.

UM, AND THEN IN 2025, WE HOPE THAT THOSE COSTS WILL BE, UM, THOSE, THOSE COSTS WILL BE PRIORITIZED IN THE CONTINUUM OF CARE GRANT, UM, THAT WE GET FROM HUD.

THAT'S A GOOD ANSWER.

'CAUSE WE NEED TO KNOW THAT.

UM, ANOTHER THING WITH THAT COORDINATED ASSESSMENT MM-HMM.

, UM, SO AGENCIES ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE, BUT ARE THEY ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THE REFERRAL BASE AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE GETTING HOUSED AND THEN MAKING SURE THEY CAN FOLLOW, UH, THE RECIPIENT? OR DO THEY JUST HAVE ACCESS ON THE DASHBOARD OR HAVE ACCESS JUST TO, UH, TO SEE IF THEY QUALIFY? I, I NOTICED, AND, AND I'M, I'M SPEAKING BECAUSE OF, OF, YOU KNOW, OF EXPERIENCE.

MM-HMM.

, WHEN I SEEN IT FROM MY OWN, MY OWN EYES, THAT THIS CASE MANAGER COULD NOT MOVE ON, UM, THE NEXT STEP BECAUSE OF THE SYSTEM DIDN'T ALLOW THEM TO, BECAUSE THEY HAD LIMITED ACCESS.

SO HOW IS THAT HELPING THE AGENCIES ACTUALLY HOUSE A RECIPIENT IF THEY'RE ONLY ABLE TO CONDUCT THE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO IT, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

, IF THEY'RE ONLY ABLE TO SEE IF THEY QUALIFY, AND IF THEY DO QUALIFY, HOW ARE THEY ABLE TO REFER AND GET YOUR, UM, I GUESS WHATEVER AGENCY MM-HMM.

IS ABLE TO QUALIFY THEM AND HOUSE THEM.

THE, THE TRANSITION OF, OF THE, THE SYSTEM I SEE THERE, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS WRONG WITH THAT.

UM, SO THAT'S A QUESTION.

I I WHAT'S A LIMITED ACCESS? WHY ARE THEY LIMITED IN ACCESS? YEAH.

LET ME, LET ME SPEAK TO THAT A LITTLE BIT.

SO, UM, WE HAVE SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE FUNDED TO DO, UM, A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

UM, COORDINATED ASSESS, DOING COORDINATED ASSESSMENTS IS ONE OF THOSE FUNCTIONS.

AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THOSE COMMUNITY-BASED, UM, SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE ABLE TO, UM, ASSESS ANYONE THAT COMES INTO THEIR, COMES INTO THEIR DOORS.

VERY IMPORTANT.

THAT IS A FUNCTION THAT ECHO STAFF USED TO DO, BUT IT IS MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE AND MUCH MORE, UM, TO BE HONEST, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES IN THE COMMUNITY SO THAT THAT ABILITY, THAT FUNCTION THAT THE, THE COMMUNITY ASSESSORS PROVIDE THAT IS SEPARATE.

UM, AND BE, SO KATE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND THEM CREATING POLICIES.

SO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL HAS CREATED A POLICY THAT, UM, AND, AND HUD REQUIRES EACH COMMUNITY TO HAVE A PRIORITIZATION LIST.

SO, UM, YOU DO THE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT, YOUR, UM, YOUR NEEDS ARE ASSESSED.

YOU ARE GIVEN A SCORE ON THAT APAC, AND THEN BASED ON YOUR SCORE, YOU ARE ON THIS PRIORITIZATION LIST.

AND SO, WHILE, UH, THE, I THINK WHAT I'M HEARING YOU SAY IS THAT LIMITED ACCESS, SO IF A, JUST BECAUSE A AGENCY IS FUNDED TO DO THE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT PIECE, THAT FIRST, THAT FIRST ASSESSMENT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THIS PERSON IS AT THE TOP OF THE PRIORITIZATION LIST.

AND AS A COMMUNITY, WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE SERVED FIRST.

DOES DOES THAT ANSWER THAT QUESTION? IT ANSWERS IT, BUT IT DOESN'T BECAUSE THE MOST VULNERABLE IS ASSESSED BY A POINT SYSTEM, WHICH DEPENDING ON THEIR SITUATION, PUTS THEM IN A CATEGORY.

SO GIVE US YOUR, GIVE OUR COMMISSION THE CATEGORIES THAT YOU ALL PROVIDE, AND THEY HAVE TO MEET THOSE CATEGORIES.

FOR INSTANCE, CHRONICALLY

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HOMELESSNESS, RIGHT? WHAT, WHAT DEFINES THAT? MM-HMM.

WHAT DEFINES, UH, A T, RIGHT? MOTHER AND CHILDREN.

UM, ELDERLY, DISABLED.

SO WHAT I'VE SEEN IN THE COORDINATING ASSESSMENT AND THIS, AND THEN I CAN JUST JUMP INTO THIS INPUT SO I DON'T HAVE TO COME BACK AROUND, IS THAT IT'S NOT WORKING BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE CATEGORIES.

IN A MINUTE, PLEASE TELL OUR COMMISSION WHAT THESE CATEGORIES ARE, BECAUSE I FEEL THAT THE CATEGORIES, UH, DISTINGUISH YES.

WHO'S SUFFERING, WHAT TYPE OF HOMELESSNESS? NOT EVERYBODY'S SUFFERING.

UH, UH, THE SAME HOMELESSNESS.

MM-HMM.

.

NOT EVERYBODY'S LIVING IN THE CAR.

NOT EVERYBODY'S IN A TENT.

NOT EVERYBODY'S IN A, IN SALVATION ARMY.

NOT EVERYBODY IS, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, LIVING WITH FAMILY ON A COUCH, RIGHT? AND A HOUSE THAT'S OVER, UH, YOU KNOW, CAPACITY, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

.

SO EACH CATEGORY IS THEY, WHEN YOU ALL PUT THEM IN THOSE CATEGORIES, CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE BEING PRIORITIZED AND CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE NOT.

YEAH.

BECAUSE THEY, AND I WANNA SAY WE ARE SO ON WAVELENGTH WITH YOU.

YEAH.

WE ARE IN HERE, IN EVERY SPACE WE CAN BE TO SAY, WE NEED MORE RESOURCES.

RIGHT? IS THAT, AND THAT AND THAT.

WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT SYSTEM IS WORKING.

I THINK THAT THAT'S THE PROBLEM THAT WELL, IT, SO THERE'S ALSO LIKE, THAT'S A, TO ME, WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS A SCARCITY ISSUE.

SO PART OF THE, THE BUCKETS THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, LIKE THE CATEGORIES.

YEAH.

THAT'S FAIRLY COMPLICATED, RIGHT? SO YOU HAVE AN ORGANIZATION LIKE LIFEWORKS, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THEM, RIGHT? THEY SERVE AND THEY TARGET YOUTH, UM, THAT ARE TYPICALLY AGE 18 TO 24.

SOME OF THAT IS AN AGENCY DECISION, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

WHERE THAT'S WHAT THEY WANNA DO.

SOME OF IT IS HUD HAS SAID, I'M GONNA FUND YOU TO DO THIS, AND YOU CAN'T SERVE ANYBODY THAT'S NOT 18 TO 24.

RIGHT? SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A SERVICE PROVIDER.

SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT.

SO THAT IS, THAT IS THE ASSESSMENT.

ALL WE DO IS ASSESS AND WE PUT IN PRIORITIES, AND WE TAKE THE CATEGORIES FROM THE PROVIDERS.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M, I'M, I'M TRYING TO ELABORATE.

CAN YOU ELABORATE TO THE BOARD WHAT THE CATEGORIES ARE? SO IT DEPENDS ON, I DON'T KNOW IF WE COULD GIVE ALL OF THEM, BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE PROVIDER.

YEAH.

SO THERE'S LIKE, SAFE ALLIANCE, FOR INSTANCE, IS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, UM, PROVIDER.

THIS PROVIDER, I'M SO, I'M SORRY, BUT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THAT AGENCY.

I'M TALKING ABOUT ECHOES COORDINATED ASSESSMENT.

YES.

AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING.

SO FOR INSTANCE, SAFE ALLIANCE TELLS US WE HAVE A RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM AND WE ARE READY FOR THE NEXT NAME.

THAT'S WHAT THEY TELL US.

BUT WE ONLY, THEY, THEY'LL SAY, WE WILL ONLY TAKE, UM, PEOPLE WHO, WHO HAVE, ARE MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THEIR AGENCY.

RIGHT.

SO WE CAN'T SEND THEM ANYBODY ELSE.

RIGHT? I, SO IT'S NOT OUR DECISION, IT'S THE PROVIDER'S DECISION.

AND THE FUNDINGS RESEARCH.

I THINK I'M MISUNDERSTANDING MY QUESTION.

SO I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE DIRECT AGENCY, THE LIST OF NONPROFITS THAT YOU ARE PARTNERED WITH.

YES.

RIGHT? MM-HMM.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES.

YEP.

GI FORM.

I MEAN, THERE'S SO MANY, RIGHT? MA'AM? I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT THAT WAS CREATED BY ECHO.

WE DID NOT CREATE, THAT WAS A COMMUNITY THAT A COMMUNITY CREATED, AND IT WAS ADOPTED.

THAT'S WHAT I MENTIONED WAS THE AUSTIN PRIORITIZATION ASSESSMENT.

THE COMMUNITY CREATED THE ASSESSMENT.

YES, MA'AM.

THE HOMEWORK, IT'S CALLED THE APA AND LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ADOPTED IT.

OKAY.

SO THAT ASSESSMENT MM-HMM.

IS NOT WORKING.

SO, OKAY, WE NEED TO GO BACK TO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, RIGHT? YEAH.

AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THAT SYSTEM, THAT THAT SYSTEM, THAT IS AN ASSESSMENT THAT, THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS TO GO THROUGH.

YES.

RIGHT? YES.

MM-HMM.

IN ORDER TO GET SERVICES.

YES, MA'AM.

IT'S NOT WORKING.

SO THAT'S WHERE I NEEDED TO KNOW, WHO DO WE GO TO TO GET THAT CHANGE? YOU WOULD GO TO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL? YES.

THANK YOU.

YES.

ALL RIGHT.

NEXT QUESTION.

THE LOCATION OF NAVIGATION SYSTEMS THAT YOU ALL HAVE, THAT Y'ALL DO, UM, THE COORDINATING ASSESSMENTS, Y'ALL HAVE ONLY THREE, CORRECT? WE DO NOT DO ANY COORDINATED ASSESSMENTS OURSELVES.

OKAY.

WELL, YOU ALL DON'T DO IT.

BUT WHERE DOES ECHO DO? WHERE'S YOUR NAVIGATION PLACE AT? WHERE, WHERE'S YOUR MAIN WE DO NOT, WE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY SERVICES.

OKAY.

SO SUNRISE COMMUNITY, WHO DOES THOSE SERVICES? SUNRISE.

SUNRISE COMMUNITY.

RIGHT? SUNRISE.

SO ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO GET AN ECHO ASSESSMENT GOES TO SUNRISE COMMUNITY Y.

YES.

BUT THEY COULD, THEY COULD ALSO GO TO URBAN ALCHEMY.

STAFF HAS FUNDING TO, WE CAN NOW STAFF LIKE THOSE, THESE ARE COMM, INTEGRAL CARE, LIFEWORKS, THEY ALL HAVE STAFF THAT ARE IN THE COMMUNITIES.

THEY HAVE NORMALLY THEY'RE CONNECTED WITH, RIGHT.

THEY HAVE ACCESS.

BUT YOUR MAIN, WHEN YOU GO, I, YOU'RE TALKING TO A HOUSING COMMISSIONER OF EIGHT YEARS.

MM-HMM.

.

I'M OUT IN THE COMMUNITY STANDING IN THE HOMELESS LINES WITH THE HOMELESS PEOPLE.

I ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH THE COORDINATING ASSESSMENT AS WELL WITH MANY ELDERS.

IT'S A FAILING SYSTEM.

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I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT AS A COMMISSIONER OF EAST AUSTIN, IT IS A FAILING SYSTEM.

AND HOW IT'S BEEN SET UP OUT IN THE COMMUNITY IS NOT WORKING.

OKAY.

SUNRISE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.

WHEN YOU'RE OUT THERE, LIKE I HAVE, NOT JUST ADVOCATING FOR RECIPIENTS, BUT THE FACT THAT IT IS UNSANITIZED, IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR OUR PEOPLE TO BE STANDING OUT THERE IN LONG LINES FOR HOURS, WHILE THERE'S ONLY THREE OR FOUR PEOPLE DOING COORDINATING ASSESSMENTS FOR ECHO THROUGH THE ECOSYSTEM.

YOU ARE NOT DOING IT, BUT IT'S YOUR SYSTEM AND YOU'RE REPRESENTING AND PUSHING THE SYSTEM.

THE SYSTEM'S NOT WORKING.

THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE AN INCREASE OF HOMELESSNESS.

SO ALL I'M SAYING IS THAT THE SYSTEM OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY IS NOT MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE RECIPIENTS.

ANOTHER THING THAT WE SEE IS THE TIMEFRAME.

BY THE TIME IT GETS TO AN AGENCY, THE HOMELESS PERSON IS DEAD, GONE, OR THEY CAN'T FIND EXACTLY ON THE SAME PAGE.

OKAY.

MORE RESOURCES.

SO AGAIN, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT RECIPIENTS ARE GOING THROUGH, RIGHT? MM-HMM.

AT THIS TIME.

YES.

THEY'RE DYING IN OUR STREETS.

WE AS COMMISSIONERS CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH.

WE MEET ONCE A MONTH FOR THIS LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

WHAT IS OUR SOLUTION? AND HOW ARE WE, WHAT SOLUTION HAVE YOU ALL HAVE, HAVE DEVELOPED IN THE THREE TO FOUR YEARS? 'CAUSE Y'ALL CAN'T GIVE ME A TIME WHEN YOU ALL WENT INTO A CONTRACT, BUT LOOKING AT YOUR DATA, IT'S FROM 2020 TO 2024, WE'RE, WE'RE NOW GONNA BE ON OUR FOURTH YEAR, AND YOU'VE ONLY HOUSED OR HELPED 4,000 PEOPLE WHEN WE'RE AT ALMOST 2 MILLION.

AND THEN WHAT IS IN OUR WAITING LIST? YEAH.

I JUST SEE THAT THE VOUCHERS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN OUT TO THE PEOPLE, THE NUMBERS ARE NOT MEETING THE NEEDS.

THE, OF THE FAMILIES.

YEAH.

WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUFFERING OUT HERE.

WE HAVE SECTION EIGHT WITH THE, A LARGE WAITING LIST.

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WE HAVE PUBLIC HOUSING WITH A LARGE WAITING LIST.

HOMELESSNESS CONTINUE TO, CONTINUES TO INCREASE HERE.

YEAH.

AND EVERYONE'S ECHO, ECHO, ECHO, ECHO.

THAT'S ALL I HEAR IS ECHO.

SO YOU'RE HERE.

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AND WE HEAR YOUR, WE SEE YOUR, YOUR DATA, WHICH I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THAT 49% OF WHITES ARE BEING SERVED.

BUT YET AGAIN, THE MINORITY PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED AND LOST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HOUSING DUE TO DISPLACEMENT.

'CAUSE OF GENTRIFICATION.

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AND BECAUSE OF EVICTIONS AND THE LOSS OF, OF JOBS DURING THE PANDEMIC.

YEAH.

SO THE WHOLE RECOVERY OF WHAT WE'RE DOING AS A WHOLE, AS A TEAM, WE, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT MEETING, WE'RE NOT MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR PEOPLE.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AND YOUR DATA, BUT I WANNA SEE SOLUTION.

I WANNA SEE, UM, I, I WANNA HEAR, YOU KNOW, MORE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT, WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO BREAK THE BARRIERS.

I REALLY, I, I JUST SAY, I, I SO APPRECIATE YOUR PASSION AND YOUR INTEREST IN THIS.

AND I THINK THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, SOME OF, I THINK THAT YOU'RE THINKING THAT SOME OF THIS IS ON ECHO WHEN IT'S REALLY A COMMUNITY RESPONSE.

AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME INTO ECHO AND MEET WITH US.

I WOULD LOVE TO INVITE YOU TO COME TO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL.

ABSOLUTELY.

WE NEED MORE PASSIONATE ADVOCATES TO HELP US.

WE DO NOT HAVE THE SINGULAR, SINGULAR ANSWER.

AND WE DO NOT COME TO YOU TODAY SAYING THAT WE DO.

NO, YOU, YOU CAME BECAUSE I REQUESTED IT.

YES.

I DON'T REMEMBER WHEN'S THE LAST TIME YOU CAME, BUT I REQUESTED IT, AND I ALSO REQUESTED FOR AN AUDIT.

YEAH.

AND I APPRECIATE IT.

AND I'VE ALSO REQUESTED FOR AN AUDIT.

I, I, AS A COMMISSIONER, I'M HERE TO DO A JOB, AND MY JOB IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN TO BE THE VOICE OF THE, OF NOT JUST THE POOR.

YEAH.

BUT THE DISABLED, THE ELDERS AND THE CHILDREN THAT ARE SUFFERING OUT.

100%.

THANK YOU.

WE WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

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THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

AND I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS GONNA BE AN ONGOING, UH, CONVERSATION.

SO, UH, THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS IS THE START OF THE CONVERSATION.

UM, AND, UM, ALSO THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE CONVERSATION.

SO WE, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO COME BACK AS MANY TIMES.

YEAH.

YOU'LL BE BACK .

UH, LET ME MAKE SURE THAT I, UH, UH, OPEN UP FOR OTHER, UH, COMMISSIONERS.

UM, AND COMMISSIONER DELGADO HAD THE, UM, LION SHARE, UH, BECAUSE THIS WAS IN FACT SOMETHING THAT SHE HAD REQUESTED.

SO EVERYONE ELSE KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

UH, COME ON, COMMISSIONER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CHAIR ES DELGADO.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER DELGADO FOR BRINGING ECHO IN TODAY.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, THE PRESENTATION.

YOU KNOW, I THINK IT WAS, YOU KNOW, I'VE LIVED IN AUSTIN SINCE 2016, AND I THINK IT'S STILL REALLY HARD TO KIND OF GRAPPLE WITH HOW BIG OF A, OF AN ISSUE THIS, THIS HAS BECOME FOR US, ESPECIALLY WHEN SO MANY ARE, YOU KNOW, THRIVING, UM, IN THE CITY AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, ONE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UM, I WANTED TO GET YOUR OPINION ON AND YOUR THOUGHTS IS

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RIGHT AS, AS, AS THE COMMISSION, RIGHT.

THINKING ABOUT HOW WE HAVE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SOME OF THE OTHER COMMISSIONS AND YEAH.

AND THE COMMUNITY, RIGHT? I THINK YOU, YOU MENTIONED THAT THIS IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT.

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.

AND IT'S A EFFORT TO KIND OF THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN, YOU KNOW, INCREASE THE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

UM, MY QUESTION IS IN THE PAST, OR HAVE YOU SEEN OTHER CITIES KIND OF WHAT KINDA ADVOCACY IN THIS SENSE HAS REALLY WORKED TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, RIGHT? THESE ARE DOLLARS THAT NEED TO YEAH.

GO INTO, YOU KNOW, THE CREATION, THE BIDDING, ALL OF THIS STUFF.

BUT LIKE, WE'RE, WE'RE, I GUESS IF WE WANTED TO, TO ADVOCATE ON, ON THE BEHALF RIGHT, OF, OF OUR CITIZENS, WHAT, WHAT, DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ON WHAT WOULD BE MOST USEFUL HERE? YEAH.

I YOU GO FIRST.

YEAH.

I'M SURE WE BOTH DO.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND WE, WE CERTAINLY ARE NOT TRYING TO REPRESENT EITHER THAT WE, WE KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS, UM, THAT EVERYBODY'S PROBABLY GOT DIFFERENT IDEAS OUT THERE.

SO THESE ARE JUST MY PERSONAL IDEAS, IS THAT I THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE A CITY COMMISSION, THE CITY COULD DO A LOT MORE TO COORDINATE WITH EACH OTHER.

FOR INSTANCE, WE PUT THE ONUS ON PROVIDERS.

SO WHEN THEY DEVELOP PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, THEY HAVE TO GO OUT AND FIND THE CAPITAL FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, AND THEN THEY HAVE TO GO OUT SEPARATELY AND FIND THE SERVICE FUNDING FROM THE AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

AND THEN THEY HAVE TO GO SEPARATELY AND FIND VOUCHERS TO OPERATE THE, THE FUNDING FROM THE, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

SO IT'S VERY, UM, INEFFICIENT IN OTHER COMMUNITIES SUCH AS THE CITY OF HOUSTON, WHICH, UM, TOOK REAL STRIDES AT REDUCING THEIR AMOUNT OF UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS.

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REQUIRED COORDINATION OF THOSE ENTITIES AND THAT FUNDING AND SAID, WE ARE GONNA SAY WE'RE ALL GONNA BE IN LOCKSTEP AS A, AS A CITY AND COORDINATE TOGETHER.

SO I WOULD SAY LIKE, AS A, AS A CITY COMMISSION, I WOULD THINK THAT COULD GO A HUGE WAY BECAUSE WE END UP DOING A LOT OF WORK ON OUR END HELPING TO ADVOCATE FOR THAT COORDINATION AND MAKING SURE THAT THOSE ENTITIES ARE ACTUALLY SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER.

ABSOLUTELY.

UM, SO THAT'S ONE PIECE.

YEAH.

I THINK, UH, I, I REALLY LOVE THIS QUESTION BECAUSE I THINK THAT, UM, IF YOU HAVE A ROOM FULL OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, THAT ARE BOTH KNOWLEDGEABLE, UM, EXPERIENCED AND, UM, PASSIONATE ABOUT FIXING, ABOUT SOLUTION FINDING, YOU'RE GONNA GET A SYNERGY.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS QUESTION.

UM, I'M A SOCIAL WORKER.

UM, AND TO ME, WHAT'S, WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT IS MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY SERVICES THAT ENSURE THAT, UM, ANYONE ENROLLED IN THEIR PROGRAMMING GETS AN INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN THAT, UM, MOVES THEM TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

AND SO WHEN THEY EXIT SOMEONE FROM THAT PROGRAMMING, THAT PERSON IS, UM, CONNECTED TO INCOME.

WHETHER, UM, EMPLOYMENT INCOME OR, OR FROM BENEFITS OF SOME SORT IS CONNECTED, YOU KNOW, INTEGRATED BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY, FEEL SAFE AND SECURE, UM, IS CONNECTED TO HEALTHCARE.

SO MAKING SURE THAT THOSE SERVICES ARE ROBUST ENOUGH, UM, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH HOUSEHOLD THAT'S EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

AND I WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT, LIKE THIS INCREDIBLE BOTTLENECK AROUND GETTING ACCESS TO THOSE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

AND I THINK THAT, UM, DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES DO THIS DIFFERENTLY.

UM, KATE TALKED ABOUT HOUSTON, AND THEY'RE REALLY TRYING TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THEIR CITY DOLLARS ARE GOING TO A VERY SPECIFIC, OOPS, EXCUSE ME, GOING THROUGH A VERY SPECIFIC PROCESS AND THAT EVERYONE IS IN LOCKSTEP.

UM, I THINK IT'S ALSO REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE HOUSING, UM, VARIOUS TYPES OF HOUSING, UM, THAT WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH HOUSEHOLD.

UM, SO HAVING PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING WITH ONSITE SERVICES, I THINK IS SUPER IMPORTANT.

BUT ALSO HAVING, UM, ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AND SAFE RVS WHERE PEOPLE CAN, UM, BE A LITTLE BIT LESS INTEGRATED INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD OR A COMMUNITY.

ALL ALL, I THINK IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT, UM, ONE SIZE IS NOT GONNA FIT ALL, AND THAT WE HAVE TO, OUR SYSTEM HAS TO BE ROBUST ENOUGH TO, TO, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH HOUSEHOLD.

DEFINITELY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, JUST, I GUESS I HEARD FOUR THINGS.

I JUST WANNA REITERATE, REQUIRED COORDINATION, UM, ADVOCATING FOR MORE NUMBER OF UNITS.

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RIGHT.

UM, AND THEN, WELL, I GUESS THREE AND THEN THE THIRD BEING, RIGHT.

NOT JUST HOUSING FIRST, BUT MORE OF LIKE A, A PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO HOUSING FIRST.

ABSOLUTELY.

TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE INCOME AND EMPLOYMENT AFTERWARDS, BUT WE'RE MEETING THEM WHERE THEY'RE AT.

ABSOLUTELY.

COOL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.

UH, COMMISSIONER ESTEBAN DELGADO, UM, OTHER COMMISSIONERS, OR, OH, ORTIZ, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OR COMMISSIONER ORTIZ.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR? YES.

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THANK YOU.

UM, AND, UH, I, ALONG WITH MY FELLOW COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING.

UM, UH, COMMISSIONER BERTHA DELGADO HAD ACTUALLY ADDRESSED A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT I WAS WONDERING.

UM, BUT I, THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I ACTUALLY SAW YOU MORE AS A, UM, AS A DATA COLLECTION TYPE GROUP, WHICH GAVE ME A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.

AND SO ALONG WITH