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43.

ARE WE READY TO BEGIN OR WE NEED TO HOLD OFF? WE'RE, WE'RE READY.

WE'RE READY.

OKAY, PERFECT.

6 43

[CALL TO ORDER]

IS THE TIMESTAMP RIGHT NOW.

AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, UM, I AM THE CHAIR AND WE ARE ABOUT TO CALL TO ORDER THE MARCH MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.

OUR PURPOSE IS OF THE BOARD IS TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

THANK YOU.

WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. AT THIS TIME, WE CALL, UM, AS I SAID, WE CALL OURSELVES TO ORDER, AND OUR PUBLIC

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

COMMUNICATION, UM, PORTION IS AVAILABLE.

WE DO HAVE MULTIPLE SPEAKERS THIS EVENING.

I WILL CALL THE NAMES OF ALL JUST SO THAT YOU KNOW THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU WILL COME AND, UM, THEN WE WILL PROCEED IN THAT ORDER.

IT DOES LOOK LIKE MS. BARBARA SCOTT, UH, IS OUR FIRST ONE.

TILLY, DALE, TED ROTH.

TAYLOR, SHERRY.

SOPHIE, EL ELIAS.

ALICIA.

ALICIA.

THANK YOU.

MONTO.

UM, VEZ.

MONTOYA.

MONTOYA.

OH, MONTOYA.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, UM, COMMISSIONER BERTHA, ARE YOU SPEAKING AS WELL? ALL RIGHT.

I'M GONNA HOLD OFF ON THAT ONE IS A POSSIBILITY, BUT WE'LL, WE'LL FIND OUT FOR SURE ON THAT ONE.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, UM, WE WILL PROCEED WITH THOSE.

PLEASE KNOW THAT ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS DURING THIS PHASE ARE ALLOTTED THREE MINUTES TO SHARE THEIR CONCERN OF AN ITEM THAT IS NOT ON THE AGENDA.

AND IF, IN FACT, THERE'S A COMMISSIONER THAT IS INTERESTED IN FURTHER DISCUSSION WITH THAT, WE ASK THAT ALL COMMISSIONERS HOLD THEIR QUESTIONS UNTIL OUR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS THAT WE DO HAVE, UH, WE DO HAVE A FULL SCHEDULE.

WE ARE LOOKING TO MOVE FORWARD, UH, AS BEST WE CAN.

UH, AT THIS POINT, MS. BARBARA SCOTT, YOUR THREE MINUTES, PLEASE COME UP TO THE DAIS SO THAT YOUR THREE MINUTES CAN START.

THANK YOU.

UH, GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK.

I DID NOT FIND AN AGENDA ITEM FOR WHAT I'M GONNA SPEAK ON, BUT, UH, I AM HERE BECAUSE OF THE FIVE YEAR PLANNING FOR THE CDBG, UH, FUNDING, WHICH IS FEDERAL FUNDING.

AND I HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR THE COLONY PARK LAKESIDE COMMUNITY, UH, FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS.

UH, WE ARE IN NEED OF CDBG FUNDING, NOT ONLY FOR THE COLONY PARK MASTER PLAN.

THAT IS HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE SIGNING A CONTRACT WITH THE DEVELOPER, UH, SOON.

UH, WE ARE ALSO IN NEED OF FUNDING FOR THE EXISTING COMMUNITY, THE LAKESIDE COMMUNITY.

AND I, I TRY TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT, UH, WE SAY THE COLONY PARK MASTER PLAN, BUT COLONY PARK IS AN EXISTING COMMUNITY AND HAS BEEN SINCE 1972.

AND, UH, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, WE'VE NEVER RECEIVED ANY CBDG FUNDING.

UH, WE ARE IN NEED OF REPAIRS FOR THE EXISTING HOMES.

UH, WE ARE IN NEED OF, UH, REPAIRS FOR SIDEWALKS.

UM, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BUILDING A SWIMMING POOL THAT I JUST FOUND OUT THAT WE STARTED PETITIONING THE CITY FOR IN THE YEAR 2007 OR 2008 WITH MAYOR LEFFINGWELL.

WE'VE GONE THROUGH FOUR MAYORS AND FOUR CITY COUNCILS, AND I WAS JUST INFORMED THAT THAT IS ON, UM, IS BEING DELAYED.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN READY FOR SWIM SEASON, BUT MONEY IS A PROBLEM.

AND SO WE WON'T BE SEEING THAT FINISHED OR COMPLETED UNTIL MAYBE AUGUST OF THIS YEAR.

UH, SO WE ARE TALKING OVER 50 YEARS WAITING ON INFRASTRUCTURE.

WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE COLONY PARK OR LAKESIDE AREA, UH, FOR QUITE A WHILE THAT I CAN REMEMBER.

UH, LOYOLA, IF

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YOU TRAVEL LOYOLA, UH, THE OTHER DAY THERE WAS A FIRE TRUCK HEADED WEST.

HE COULD NOT GET THROUGH BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC, SO HE HAD TO GET ON THE EASTBOUND LANE, WHICH IS DANGEROUS.

THERE IS A LOT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA OF TOWN, WHICH WE CALL THE EASTERN CRESCENT, UH, THE CITY AND TRAVIS COUNTY JUST SIGNED AN ILA FOR PLANNING FOR THIS AREA.

AND SO THIS AREA IS RIGHT FOR CDBG FUNDING.

AND SO I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER COLONY PARK LAKESIDE.

WE STILL NEED FUNDING FOR THE COLONY PARK MASTER PLAN AS WELL.

AND SO WE ASK YOU THAT YOU CONSIDER OUR COMMUNITY AS OTHER COMMUNITIES HAVE BENEFITED AND WE HAVE NOT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MS. SCOTT FOR THAT.

THE CONCERNS THAT ARE, UM, HIGHLIGHTED ABOUT COLONY PARK, UM, ARE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK MM-HMM? .

ROCKDALE.

TILLY.

HI.

UM, MY NAME IS TILLY CLARKDALE.

I WORK AT FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

UM, SO THAT'S A LOCAL NONPROFIT THAT, UH, MOSTLY DOES HOUSING.

SO WE'RE A NONPROFIT DEVELOPER, OWNER, PROPERTY MANAGER, AND WE ALSO PROVIDE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES TO ALL OUR COMMUNITIES.

UM, SO WE'VE GOT, YOU KNOW, 25 COMMUNITIES IN AUSTIN.

WE'VE GOT FIVE ON THE WAY.

UH, WE LOVE USING CDBG FUNDS FOR HOUSING.

UM, BUT, UH, WE ALSO DO, UM, WE HAVE TWO COMMUNITY CENTERS THAT WE CALL PROSPER CENTERS.

UM, AND THEY OFFER, UH, UH, FREE SERVICES TO, UH, LOW INCOME CLIENTS.

UH, WE DO TAX RETURNS, WE DO HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT, AND WE PROVIDE, UH, FINANCIAL EDUCATION, COACHING AND, AND CLASSES.

UM, SO LAST YEAR WE PREPARED LIKE 13,000 TAX RETURNS.

UM, WE ENROLLED ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE, UH, IN HEALTH INSURANCE.

UM, SO WE'RE, WE, WE'VE GOT THESE TWO PROSPER CENTERS AND WE'VE SORT OF OUTGROWN OUR NORTH PROSPER CENTER.

WE JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PARKING, DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE.

MM-HMM, .

UM, AND WE'RE LOOKING TO FIND A LARGER SPACE, UH, TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE.

AND THERE'S JUST NOT GOOD, A GOOD FUNDING SOURCE.

UM, WE'RE TRYING TO TAP AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

WE'RE LOOKING AT A NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, BUT, UH, CDBG FUNDING IS AN INTERESTING FLEXIBLE FEDERAL SOURCE THAT COULD BE USED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES LIKE THIS.

UM, AND WE JUST, WE REALLY NEED A GAP SOURCE, UM, OF FUNDING.

SO WE'RE JUST, WE'RE, UH, INTERESTED IN PROPOSING THAT, UM, FOR THE FIVE YEAR PLAN.

UM, ONE OTHER EXAMPLE THAT WE'RE WORKING ON, WE'RE PARTNERING WITH ANOTHER LOCAL NONPROFIT NAMED, UH, MARY LEE FOUNDATION.

AND THEY PROVIDE SERVICES TO, UM, INDIVIDUALS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES.

AND THEY MANAGE A, UH, IT IS CALLED A DAY REHAB CENTER, WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER AUSTIN WILL COME FOR THE DAY AND, AND GET SERVICES.

UM, AND THEY'RE LOOKING TO RE REDEVELOP THEIR SPACE.

IT'S, IT'S PRETTY OLD AND IT NEEDS, UM, THEY, THEY NEED SOMETHING NEW.

AND AGAIN, THERE'S JUST CDBG WOULD BE A GOOD SOURCE.

UM, AND THERE'S NOT A LOT OF OTHER FUNDING THAT WE CAN TAP FOR IT.

UM, SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

I APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE THAT INFORMATION REGARDING THE REQUEST FOR CBG FUNDING, UH, ON BEHALF OF FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES ALONG WITH THE MARY LEE FUND.

IS THAT CORRECT? YES, MA'AM.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

NEXT WE HAVE TED ROTH.

WELCOME.

ROTH ROTH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

NO PROBLEM.

MM-HMM? .

YEAH.

UM, MY SON HAS A, UM, HE HAS A MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AND HE IS IN A POWER CHAIR.

MM-HMM.

.

AND HE'S CURRENTLY A STUDENT AT UT AUSTIN.

AND WE ALREADY STRUGGLE WITH GETTING AROUND AND ACCESS TO AUSTIN IN GENERAL.

AND SO, UM, I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT A NEED FOR FULLY ACCESSIBLE HOUSING UNITS, UM, AND WHICH INCLUDES SPACE FOR A LIVE-IN ATTENDANT, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, AND, AND JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THE AREA AND INCLUDING THE AREAS AROUND IT AND ALL THE AREAS OF THE COMMUNITY, UM, THAT ARE CONNECT TO ARE ALSO FULLY ACCESSIBLE.

AND THAT INCLUDES CLIP CURBS AND REPAIRED SIDEWALKS, ET CETERA.

SO WE ARE, WE, HE ALREADY STRUGGLES TO GET AROUND MOST OF AUSTIN AS IT IS.

UM, SO WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT

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ANY NEW, NEW FACILITIES TAKE, YOU KNOW, TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION.

OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU.

MR. ROSE.

ROSE.

ROSE, YES.

AND THIS IS BASICALLY, UH, REGARDING THE A DA, UM, UM, FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE.

SERVICE, I MEAN, UH, ACCESSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE.

RIGHT.

AND DID I UNDERSTAND YOU TO SAY A DA WITH ATTENDANT? YES.

I LIVE, I LIVE IN, HAVE A ROOM FOR A FACILITY FOR LIVE IN ATTENDANCE.

LIVING ATTENDANCE.

OKAY.

THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO MAKE LIVE.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU ARE HEARD.

UM, MONTOYA, WE'RE READY FOR THE E-T-L-N-A.

MM-HMM.

.

EXCUSE ME.

MY NAME IS ELISA MONTOYA.

I'M FROM EAST TOWN LAKE CITIZENS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

I'M BORN AND RAISED IN EAST AUSTIN.

I STILL RESIDE THERE AS A HOMEOWNER, UM, OFF HOLLY.

MM-HMM.

.

AND, UM, MY WHOLE FAMILY WAS RAISED IN THAT AREA.

AND I STILL HAVE A COUPLE OF FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE LANDOWNERS.

AND, UM, THE REASON, UM, I'M NOT PREPARED TO SPEAK TOO MUCH UNDER THE CBG FUNDINGS, BUT THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR MINORITY FAMILIES BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THEY CAN ACCESS PROGRAMS FOR HOME REPAIRS.

AND, UH, FOR THE LAST, UH, WHAT IS IT, UH, FIVE YEARS, BETWEEN SEVEN TO FIVE YEARS, THE HOME PROGRAMS WERE, WERE UTILIZED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND NOW IT'S, THEY'RE, THEY'RE JUST GOING DOWNHILL.

MM-HMM.

.

MM-HMM.

.

UH, AND WHEN THE ELDERS AND THE DISABLED FAMILIES AND VETERAN SERVICES, HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS THAT HAVE ALSO GONE DOWN, AND THEY KEEP SAYING THAT THERE'S NO MORE CDBG MONS, I HAD 20 FAMILIES THAT I HELPED OUT IN MY COMMUNITY TO GET HOME REPAIRS.

AND A LOT OF THE, THE REPAIRS THAT WERE DONE WERE DONE HALF, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY, THEY WERE NOT COMPLETED FROM THESE PROGRAMS. URBAN LEAGUE, MEALS ON WHEELS, VETERAN SERVICES, AND ALL THE FUNDING THAT Y'ALL PROVIDE FOR THESE, UH, AGENCIES.

AND, UM, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.

A LOT OF OUR MINORITY FAMILIES CANNOT, UH, ACCESS THESE PROGRAMS BE THERE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY, UH, THEY RED LINE ON THE, ON THE BANKS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A GOOD CREDIT OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

YOU KNOW, I, I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED.

I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I ACCESS IT BECAUSE OF MY HUSBAND DISABILITY.

HE'S A VETERAN.

AND I WAS TOLD I WAS HAD HOME REPAIR THROUGH, THROUGH THE BACK ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, THREE TO FOUR YEARS AGO ON THE, UM, VETERAN SERVICES AND, AND MEALS ON WHEELS.

AND MY AIR CONDITION WENT DOWN DURING LAST YEAR.

AND I, I TRIED TO ACCESS IT AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT PUT THE AIR CONDITION ON, AND THEY SAID THEY DIDN'T HAVE NO INSURANCE ON IT.

AND I HAD TO, I WAS TOUGH, IT WAS TOUGH LUCK FOR ME.

SO I, THAT THERE WAS NO CDBG MONIES.

AND FOR ME TO ACCESS ANOTHER PROGRAM, I TRY TO ASK, UH, CALL OTHER PEOPLES, BUT THEY WERE ALL, THEY WERE EITHER, UH, THEY DIDN'T HAVE NO FUNDING OR THEY HAD, UM, WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? UM, UH, THE PROGRAMS WERE FULL.

THEY HAD A WAITING LIST, A BIG LIST.

AND SO I WAS TURNED OFF BY THAT BECAUSE THOSE MONIES ARE TAXPAYERS MONEY.

IT SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO SOME OF THE FAMILIES THAT ARE IN NEED IN THE COMMUNITY, IN OUR COMMUNITY, EAST AUSTIN.

MOST OF OUR HOMES THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE STAYED THERE.

'CAUSE WE HAVE NOT LEFT OUR, OUR AREA, UH, HAVE THEIR HOMES ARE REALLY FALLING APART.

WE, YOU KNOW, AND THERE'S NO MONIES FOR US TO FIX IT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE LIVE ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO I WOULD WISH THAT JOE WOULD MONITOR AND EVALUATE ALL THESE PROGRAMS THAT JOE LEAVING MONEY TO.

THANK YOU.

ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. MONTOYA.

UM, FROM THE EAST TOWN LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, IT SEEMS THAT THERE ARE UNFULFILLED EXPECTATIONS IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY WERE EXPECTING, AND THERE IS CONCERNS ABOUT THE WARRANTY OF SERVICE.

IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

YES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

ALRIGHT, MR. BLAKE.

UM, COMMISSIONER DELGADO IS NOT ABOUT TO BE COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

SHE'S A NEIGHBORHOOD OF REP.

UH, DOES THAT INTERFERE WITH OUR QUORUM? WE'RE GOOD.

UM, IS, IS THE VICE CHAIR THERE? I SEE HIS NAME, THE VICE CHAIR.

I SEE HIM THERE, BUT, UH, NO, NO VISUAL.

HE'S THERE.

WE STILL HAVE QUORUM, SO WE'RE STILL QUO.

OKAY.

YEAH, SHE CAN, SHE CAN.

ALL RIGHT.

PERFECT.

ALL RIGHT.

AT THIS POINT WE HAVE, UM, COMMUNITY ADVOCATE CITIZEN, UM,

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BERTHA OL DELGADO.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

SO, POINT OF CLARIFICATION, I AM ALLOWED TO REPRESENT AS A COMMISSIONER OKAY.

AS WELL AS A CITIZEN, UH, OF AUSTIN, TEXAS, BUT ALSO EAST AUSTIN NATIVE.

SO I JUST WANNA KIND OF SPEAK ON THE AGENDA ITEM THAT WE HAVE TODAY, WHICH IS THE CITY OF AUSTIN, FIVE YEAR, UH, CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

THIS ASSESSMENT.

AND, AND I JUST WANNA SHARE, UM, WITH THE ORGANIZERS AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GOING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND DOING, UH, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, DOING, UM, YOU KNOW, COMMUNITY INPUT, GETTING THE FEEDBACK AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS, I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET THE CORRECT INFORMATION.

THE FACT THAT, UH, WE HAVE A, A NOT JUST LARGER PROBLEM HERE IN THE YEAR 2024, UH, THAT FACES A CRISIS OF HOMELESS, BUT ALSO, UH, THE FACT OF THE EAST, THE EASTERN CRESCENT, UH, ALL OF THE EAST CRESCENT FROM DISTRICT ONE TO DISTRICT TWO, TO DISTRICT THREE, UH, WE HAVE MAJOR ISSUES, UH, ON HOUSING.

UM, AND SO I, I KIND OF FEEL LIKE WE'RE KIND OF REINVENTING THE WHEEL WHEN WE DO THESE COMMUNITY, UH, UM, YOU KNOW, ASSESSMENTS, SURVEYS.

BUT I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE STAY, UH, YOU KNOW, IN THE GUIDELINES OF PROTOCOL, UH, FOR EVERY YEAR.

I DO WANT TO STRESS HOW, UM, THE COST OF LIVING HERE IS, IS JUST ROOTING EVERYONE OUT OF THE CITY.

UH, AND BECAUSE OF THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT OF CAPITAL OF, OF TEXAS, UH, STATE TEXAS COMING IN AND EX DOING THE EXPANSION OF I 35, MULTIPLE BUSINESSES AND HOUSES ARE GONNA BE DISPLACED.

UH, THE MILLION DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN, UH, ALLOCATED FOR DISPLACEMENT IN THE, IN THE AREA IN THE EAST AND CRESCENT.

UH, AND ESPECIALLY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD, WHICH IS THE EAST TOWN LAKE CITIZENS NEIGHBORHOOD, UH, WHICH IS ADJACENT, UH, TO CESA CHAVEZ AND TO, UM, EDWARD RENDON PARK.

WE ARE MAJORLY BEING HIT.

I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THE CITY UNDERSTANDS HOW, UH, THE LOSS OF SO MANY AUSTIN KNIGHTS AND NATIVES HERE, UM, IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS SINCE THE PANDEMIC TOOK PLACE, UH, WE'VE LOST A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF BUILDINGS, HOMES, FAMILIES, GENERATIONS, AND WE'RE ALL BEING PUSHED OUT OF THE CITY.

SO WHEN WE DO AN ASSESSMENT OR A NEED ASSESSMENT OR SURVEY, WHO ARE WE SURVEYING? AND, AND I LOOK AT THAT IN MY PACKET AS A COMMISSIONER TODAY, BUT I DO WANNA SHARE AS A CITIZEN AND A TAXPAYER THAT MAKING SURE THAT YOU ALL ARE DOING GOOD BY GOING TO THE COMMUNITIES AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, AND THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY HAVE THE REAL STORIES TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

I DON'T WANT US TO BE ANOTHER NUMBER, ANOTHER STATISTIC.

AND JUST SO WE COULD GET THE, THE FUNDING AND, AND THE FEDERAL GRANTS.

I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS AS A CITY AND AS A COMMISSION AND, AND WE WANT TO PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TODAY.

BUT AS A PUBLIC, THERE'S A MEETING GOING ON RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, UH, REGARDING, UH, EAST AUSTIN GENTRIFICATION AND HOUSING.

AND SO, SINCE SO MANY CAN'T BE HERE, I WANNA VOICE HOW IT IS A PRIORITY AND AN EMERGENCY CRISIS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, WITH THAT BEING SAID, UM, WE APPRECIATE, UM, MR. MS. UM, BERTHA DELGADO.

UM, COMMISSIONER, I WASN'T CONCERNED THAT YOU COULD HAVE TWO ROLES.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LOSE QUORUM WHEN YOU WENT TO YOUR OTHER WORLD.

AND SO I KNEW YOU COULD DO BOTH.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE BY YOU GOING THERE, WE DIDN'T LOSE QUORUM.

UM, AND IT SOUNDED LIKE WE WERE FINE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, UM, FOR THAT.

UM, I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY ONE THING, UH, MS. MS. DELGADO FOR THIS PURPOSES, THAT YOUR COMMENT WAS BASED ON OUR PUBLIC HEARING THAT'S COMING UP REGARDING OUR, UM, CONSOLIDATED PLAN.

IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, UM, MR. ED, I HAVE A QUESTION.

THE AGENDA THAT I'M LOOKING AT DOESN'T SEEM, CAN YOU CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT THE AGENDA THAT I HAVE IN HAND IS THE RE-SEQUENCED AGENDA? CAN I WEIGH IN ON THAT? THIS IS ELISA.

MY GUESS, PLEASE, PLEASE.

THERE WE GO.

UM, SO WE DO NOT NEED TO RESEQUENCE THE AGENDA, AND IT, YOU, WHAT YOU HAVE IS HOW IT LOOKS AS IT WAS POSTED.

HOWEVER, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GOT THE EMAIL.

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I DID SEND YOU SORT OF A, A DUMMY AGENDA.

OKAY.

, THAT'S IN THE ORDER THAT YOU ASKED FOR, SO THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

YEAH.

IT'S YOUR, UM, PREROGATIVE TO TAKE THINGS UP OUT OF SEQUENCE.

OKAY.

FAIR ENOUGH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.

I JUST APPRECIATE THAT ORDER BECAUSE IN MY MIND, IT DIDN'T SEEM TO FOLLOW THE ORDER THAT I HAD IN MIND.

AND SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, UM, CITIZEN DELGADO'S INFORMATION, UM, WAS, UM, RECORDED AND, UM, IF SHE WOULD HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY, UM, WHEN THAT TIME COMES.

UH, OKAY.

FAIR ENOUGH.

WITH THAT BEING SAID, UM, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY MORE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

IS THAT CORRECT? UH, I HAVE ANOTHER ONE.

YES.

I THINK YOU CALLED MY NAME.

I DID.

I DID.

SOPHIE, HOW DID I MISS YOU? MY BAD.

THAT IS MY ERROR.

TAYLOR, SHERRY.

SOPHIE, THANK YOU FOR THAT CORRECTION.

I WENT TO MS. MONTES.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE STEP UP.

THANK YOU FOR THAT CORRECTION.

I'VE BEEN USING THIS BODY ABOUT 66 YEARS.

I HAD TO DECIDE WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO GET UP OR NOT.

I UNDERSTAND.

I'M RIGHT BEHIND YOU.

.

HI, HOW Y'ALL DOING? GOOD EVENING.

I'M WELL, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

I ALLOWED TO SPEAK THIS MORNING, THIS AFTERNOON.

UH, I SAW THIS FLYER ABOUT THE FIVE YEAR PLAN, AND I DISTRIBUTED, UM, STARTING THE 25TH OF FEBRUARY, UH, THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ON THE BUSES AT DIFFERENT CHURCH FUNCTIONS DURING THE WEEK OF PRAYER, UH, THAT THEY HAD AT, UM, FREEDOM HOME AND, UM, GREATER LOVE, UH, JUST A LOT OF PEOPLE I THOUGHT WOULD BE, UH, I COULDN'T IMAGINE THIS ROOM WAS GONNA BE BIG ENOUGH TO HOLD EVERYBODY .

PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE FIRE YEAR PLAN.

AND WHAT DOES THAT INCUR? UH, FOUR THINGS THAT I WANTED TO BRING UP.

I AM CURRENTLY SERVING ON THE MUELLER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION STEERING COMMITTEE, AND CONCERN ABOUT THIS RETHINK I 35, IF THAT HAPPENS, SO MANY PEOPLE EAST OF I 35 WILL LOSE THEIR PROPERTY.

THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU GET ACROSS 10 LANES.

AS IT IS.

IT'S KIND OF HARD TO EVEN GO TO THE FOOTBALL GAME, TO BASKETBALL GAME, UM, PARKING ON THE EAST SIDE AND WALKING ACROSS 35.

SO IF YOU HAVE 10 LANES FROM TWO 90 EAST ALL THE WAY TO OLTORF, UM, YOU'RE GONNA NEED A BICYCLE TO GET TO, TO GO UP UNDER TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE.

AND THEN WHEN IT RAINS, IT'S, IT'S A INSTANT DROWNING OF PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE UNDER THEIR, IN THEIR TENTS BECAUSE IT'S JUST TOO MUCH.

SO, UM, IF THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN IN THIS FIVE YEAR PLAN, IF IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO RETHINK THAT AND HAVE LOOPS THAT LOOPS AROUND THE CITY SO THAT IF WE HAVE ONE ACCIDENT ON THIS 10 LANE THING, EVERYBODY'S LOCKED IN.

THEY GOTTA GET WALK AWAY FROM THEIR CAR.

IF YOU HAVE LOOPS AROUND THE CITY, THEN YOU CAN DISTRIBUTE THE TRAFFIC EVENLY.

I KNOW EVERYBODY'S GOT A HEADACHE FROM THOSE CONSTRUCTION FOR THESE BUS, UM, IMPROVEMENTS.

SO IMAGINE THAT FOR 10 YEARS, BUILDING THIS HIGHWAY, THIS 10 LANES, IT JUST CAN'T WORK.

AND I SPOKE THE LAST TIME DOWN HERE AT CITY COUNCIL WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING TWO TINY HOMES IN THE BACK OF PEOPLE'S HOUSES.

MM-HMM.

PROBLEM WITH THAT.

IF YOU PUT THE TWO TINY HOMES IN BACK SOMEBODY'S HOUSE, YOU ARE RENTING, THAT MAKES THAT COMMERCIAL, THAT MAKES THE PROPERTY TAXES ON LEFT AND RIGHT AND THE BACK OF YOU GO UP ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD THOSE HOUSES FOR GENERATIONS.

BUT THE FUNNY THING IS, IT'S NOT FUNNY.

YOU, YOU'VE SEEN SO MUCH.

PEOPLE ARE PARKING FREE PARKING ON THE STREETS.

YOUR CONSTRUCTION CREW IS NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO GET TO THE PROPERTY TO BREAK GROUND.

SO THAT PERSON IS GONNA LOSE THEIR PROPERTY TOO, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T START THE CONSTRUCTION.

THEY CAN'T BUILD.

SO, I'M JUST SAYING, IT'S JUST SOME THINGS I'VE HEARD AND I FOUND THEM TO BE TRUE, AND I DON'T COMPREHEND HOW THEY CAN HELP US GROW.

SO THINK I AM AN EDUCATOR.

SO I WROTE THIS SONG.

THIS IS A REVAMP OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S 1979.

WHO'S BAD? OKAY, COME ON.

AND IT SAYS ME COME AND GRAB, COME ON.

ALRIGHT, HAVE COPIES.

BUT YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS BECAUSE IF YOU, YOU KNOW WHAT? I, YOU'VE GOT YOUR COPY, BUT IF YOU FOCUS, YEAH, I'M GONNA HAVE TO LOOK AT MY COPY.

UNFORTUNATELY, I WILL NOT BE ABLE, BUT I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT BEFORE, BEFORE THE BUZZER JAIL.

CAN SOMEBODY GIMME THEIR THREE MINUTES? I'M TELLING YOU, AUSTIN IS ABOUT EDUCATION.

IF WE EDUCATE PEOPLE, EVERYBODY'S AND, UH, ABLE TO, WHERE WILL I, DO I FILL IT HERE WITH,

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UH, NOT LIFT EVERY VOICE WHERE? NO, IT'S IN THE BACK.

IN THE BACK.

SEE IT? IT SAYS 99 STRESS RELIEF.

OKAY.

COPING SKILLS.

AND I'M NUMBER 100 IF YOU LET ME SING THIS SONG, BUT YOU KNOW, NO, I WON'T BE ABLE TO LET YOU SING THE SONG.

I JUST WANT YOU TO TELL ME, WHERE DO I FIND THE SONG? THE SONG NOT AVAILABLE HERE.

IT'S ON THE BACK OF YOU SEE? NINE, NINE ON THE VERY BACK.

I SEE IT.

OKAY.

IF YOU FLIP BACK OVER, IT SAYS BECOME A GRAD.

OH, ON THE BACK OF THIS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

BUT ANYWAY, BECOME A GRAD.

BECOME A GRAD.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU GRADUATE FROM KINDERGARTEN, YOU GRADUATED FROM SOMETHING, YOU ARE ASPIRING TO BE A LEADER.

AND SO THE NEW LYRICS, UH, WHERE DOES IT START WITH? I'M BAD.

VERSE ONE.

VERSE ONE.

AH, UPGRADE YOUR WEALTH.

GOTTA DO IT NOW.

OH NO, YOU GOTTA DO THE MICHAEL JACKSON AND THE NO, NO, BUT I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT'S WHERE I, THAT'S WHERE I'M FINDING IT.

THAT'S WHERE I FIND IT.

I KNOW.

YES.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I WON'T BE, I WON'T BE ABLE, NO, I WON'T BE ABLE.

I'LL COME TO THE NEXT MEETING TO GO ANY FURTHER.

ONLY BECAUSE THIS IS IN FACT OUR PUBLIC, UM, COMMUNICATION GENERAL, UM, MS. SOPHIE TITE COMMISSIONER, UM, MS. SOPHIE, I DEFINITELY, UM, AM, UM, THANKFUL FOR YOU.

I HAVE ON HERE THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE I 35 OVERALL VISION AND CONCERNS WITH TRAFFIC AND OVERALL PLANNING CONCERNS.

AND, UH, IS THAT CORRECT? YES.

WE'RE GONNA IN, ARE ALREADY DISPLACED.

ALRIGHT.

AND IN TERMS OF YOUR, UM, ADDITIONAL ITEM, UH, WE'LL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT AT SOME POINT.

BUT AT THIS MOMENT WE ARE IN FACT IN OUR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION WINDOW.

AND THAT DOES RESTRICT US.

WE HAVE IN THE PAST, UH, KIND OF, SORT OF SPILLED OVER, BUT WE ARE, IT'S A NEW DAY AND WE'RE GONNA TRY TO ABIDE BY IT.

IF YOU CAN STICK AROUND, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR YOU, BUT I WILL SAY THAT, UM, YOU'RE WELCOME TO STICK AROUND.

ALRIGHT, COMMISSIONER, MAKE A COMMENT.

THAT'S ALL.

UH, I JUST WANNA MAKE A COMMENT TO MS. SOPHIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING AND, AND GIVING US THAT, UH, INPUT AS WELL AS COMING WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL, UH, JOYFUL LOOK.

HAPPY ST.

PATRICK'S DAY.

AND WE HOPE THAT YOU COME BACK NEXT MONTH AND MAYBE YOU CAN START YOUR THREE MINUTES WITH SINGING THAT SONG.

'CAUSE WE NEED SOME JOY AND SOME COLOR IN HERE.

LOVE, AND YOU BROUGHT THAT THIS EVENING.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, THANK YOU.

I TOTALLY AGREE.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WITH THAT BEING SAID, UM, THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PUBLIC SPEAKERS.

UH, WE DO, UM, UH, VALUE, UM, YOUR TIME.

AND WE DO, UM, HEAR YOU.

I JUST WANNA LET YOU KNOW, ALTHOUGH WE ARE IN FACT ADHERING TO, UM, THE POLICY IN TERMS OF TIMING, UH, THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DO NOT HEAR YOU.

WE HEAR YOU THE MOMENT YOU SIGNED UP.

WE HEARD YOU.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT ALL.

WE ARE MOVING, UM, RIGHT AHEAD.

THERE ARE, UM, SOME BRIEFINGS, UH, COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE COMING UP.

AND I'M GOING TO BASICALLY READ, UM, FROM SOME PREPARED NOTES.

I HAVE SHARED SOME OF THOSE NOTES WITH YOU ALL.

AND, UM, WITH THAT BEING SAID, THESE ARE SOME HOUSEKEEPING MANNERS, UH, MATTERS.

UM, THE FIRST ONE, IT

[2. Briefing regarding attendance and conflict of interest sign-in sheets, especially for remote attendees (Chair Thompson).]

RE UH, INVOLVES OUR ATTENDANCE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24TH.

ASSISTANT CITY, UH, CLERK.

STEPHANIE HALL RESENT AN EMAIL FROM JUNE 27, UM, FROM LAST YEAR.

AND IN THAT THE REFERENCE WAS ATTENDANCE AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST FORMS. AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO PLEASE SEE HER MESSAGE.

AGAIN, THAT'S DATED JANUARY 24TH.

AND TO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS SHE'S SPEAKING, UH, UM, BASICALLY THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HER MESSAGE INCLUDE TO BE CONSIDERED PRESENT FOR, UM, THE MEETING COMMISSIONERS.

ATTENDING THE MEETING IN PERSON ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN THE ATTENDANCE SHEET AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING OR UPON ARRIVAL.

AND FOR THOSE OF US IN PERSON, IT'S AT THE DOOR.

AS SOON AS WE WALK IN, COMMISSIONERS ATTENDING REMOTELY MUST SEND IN THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO THE LIAISON.

THAT'S, UH, MR. ED BLAKE, BEFORE JOINING THE MEETING, UM, IF IN FACT YOU ARE JOINING AND THIS, UM, UH, YOUR

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DOCUMENTATION IS BEING FORWARDED AFTER 6:00 PM WE DO ASK THAT YOU PLEASE COPY LISA RODRIGUEZ, UH, WHO WILL BE ABLE, UH, TO MONITOR WHAT'S COMING IN, UH, AFTER 6:00 PM UM, IF AN EMAIL IS SENT, INSTEAD OF, UH, THE PROVIDED FORM, THERE IS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE COMMISSIONERS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED TO BE CONSIDERED PRESENT.

PLEASE REFERENCE THE SECOND PARAGRAPH OF STEPHANIE'S EMAIL DATED, UM, JANUARY 24, UM, FOR EXACT WORD WORDING ON THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

UH, FAILING TO ADHERE TO THOSE, UM, PROCEDURES WILL IMPACT OUR ATTENDANCE, OUR VOTING ELIGIBILITY, AND QUORUM.

ADDITIONAL CONSEQUENCES COULD INCLUDE, UH, FORMAL COMPLAINTS.

SO FOR THAT MATTER, UH, FOR BRIEFING NUMBER TWO, I DO WANNA MAKE SURE, UM, THAT YOU ALL ARE AWARE OF THOSE, UM, ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS.

UH, LASTLY, I DO WANNA LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT FOR THE MOST PART, UH, LISA RODRIGUEZ WILL BE, BE, UH, REACHING OUT TO US THE DAY BEFORE, UH, ATTENDANCE, SO THAT WE WILL, UM, KNOW, UM, THAT SHE WILL LET HER KNOW IF YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

NOW, LAST MONTH WE DID FAIL TO ACHIEVE QUORUM.

UH, THIS IS PROBLEMATIC ON MANY FRONTS.

COMMISSIONERS, AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THREE VACANCIES EXACERBATES OUR PROBLEM, HENCE VICE CHAIR, UH, WHO IS REMOTE RIGHT NOW.

AND I HAVE RECENTLY SENT EMAILS TO BOTH, UM, COUNCIL MEMBERS, UH, VELA AND COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER MADISON URGING THEM TO APPOINT, UM, SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY, UH, THE REMAINING, UH, VACANCY WITH ROSEWOOD OSA BLACKMAN NEIGHBORHOOD VACANCY IS COORDINATED THROUGH THE AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

I REQUESTED MONTHLY UPDATES ON SECURING AND AN APPOINTEE, UM, TO REPRESENT SUCH A DYNAMIC AREA OF AUSTIN, WHICH HAS SEEN DRAMATIC CHANGES IN DIVERSITY AND, UH, DEMOGRAPHICS.

IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT CITIZENS IMPACTED BY THE MISSION OF THE CDC HAVE A SEAT AT OUR TABLE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

SO, THAT ADDRESSES OUR BRIEFING OF NUMBER TWO.

BRIEFING OF

[3. Officer elections will be held at the April 9th meeting (Chair Thompson)]

NUMBER THREE IS OUR OFFICER ELECTIONS, WHICH ARE UPCOMING, UH, OFFICE CDC OFFICER ELECTIONS WILL OCCUR NEXT MONTH AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR APRIL MEETING.

PLEASE BE TIMELY.

ALL COMMISSIONERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ALL POSITIONS IF YOU'RE INTERESTED.

UM, PLEASE BE READY IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE DUTIES OR PROCESS.

CONTACT OUR LIAISON, MR. ED BLAKE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

AGAIN, CDC ELECTIONS FOR OUR OFFICERS WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR NEXT MEETING.

PLEASE BE READY.

COMMISSIONERS THAT, UH, ADDRESSES ITEM, UH, BRIEFING NUMBER THREE, BRIEFING NUMBER FOUR.

UM, BRIEFING

[4. Briefing regarding electronic correspondence with commissioners, stated in the recent email notice from Communications & Technology Management (CTM)]

NUMBER FOUR, UM, REGARDS.

UH, ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH THE SIXTH, WE RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM MICHAEL GOEN OF THE COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT.

THAT'S THE CTM.

AND THEY WERE ADVISING US THAT EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY, MARCH THE 15TH, ALL AUTO FORWARDING RULES IN OUTLOOK ARE GOING TO BE, UM, DELETED.

SO WE HAVE TO ELIMINATE THOSE.

SO IF IN, IN FACT, YOU HAVE YOUR OR CITY OF AUSTIN ACCOUNT BEING DIRECTED, UH, REDIRECTED TO ANY OTHER ACCOUNT THAT IS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY, WE, UH, THAT WILL NO LONGER BE PERMISSIBLE EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH THE 15TH.

LET ME REITERATE.

THAT MEANS THAT ALL COMMISSIONERS MUST DEVELOP A SYSTEM TO CHECK YOUR CITY EMAIL REGULARLY AND RESPOND ONLY VIA THAT EMAIL ACCOUNT.

ALL CITY BUSINESS IS NOW REQUIRED TO BE SOLELY PROCESSED OR DONE, CONDUCTED

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VIA OUR CITY EMAIL.

AND IT, YOU LOOK AT HIS MESSAGE, IT SAYS, NO EXCEPTIONS.

I DID SEND HIM A RESPONSE AND IT DID NOT GET AN ANSWER.

SO I GUESS HE FEELS THAT I SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ, WHICH SAYS NO EXCEPTIONS.

AND THAT'S WHAT I TOOK HIS NO RESPONSE AS HE'S COUNTING ON MY ABILITY TO READ.

UM, WITH THAT, THAT I, THAT CONCLUDES THE BRIEFING FOR NUMBER FOUR.

WE ARE NOW MOVING INTO OUR DISCUSSION.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE, CHAIR.

YES.

WE NEED TO GO BACK TO NUMBER ONE.

EXCUSE ME, APPROVING THE MINUTES FROM JANUARY 9TH.

OH, SHOOT.

I NEVER DID DO THAT.

WE JUMPED OVER THAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MM-HMM, , THANK YOU, .

THANK YOU, ED.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

I NEVER DID LOOK AT THAT.

UM, YES.

COMMISSIONERS, WOULD YOU ALL PLEASE LOOK AT THAT? AND TO SAVE A MOMENT, THERE'S A TYPO ON THE DATE.

UM, IT'S NOT NOVEMBER 14TH.

IT'S DECEMBER 12TH.

YES.

THAT YOU'RE APPROVING.

AND THERE'S A, A MISTAKE ON THAT LINE.

SO DECEMBER 12TH, WE'LL FIX IT.

THANKS, LISA.

YOU'LL SEE IT ON YOUR MINUTES WHEN YOU GET TO, OKAY.

THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

IT SAYS NOVEMBER 14TH, BUT THAT SHOULD BE JAN, I MEAN DECEMBER 12TH, 23.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT, ED.

I, I'M MOVING, UM, RIGHT AHEAD.

I'M DETERMINED FOR THIS.

OH, I'M SO SORRY.

I'M DETERMINED FOR THIS NOT TO BE A FIVE HOUR MEETING AND, UH, I, MY APOLOGIES FOR EVERYONE FOR SKIPPING OVER.

ITEM NUMBER ONE.

UM, AT THIS POINT

[1. Approve the January 9, 2024, Community Development Commission meeting minutes.]

WE DO NEED TO RIF JUST DO THE, UH, MINUTES, MY APOLOGIES AGAIN.

I WANT TO APPROVE THE MEETINGS FROM OUR, OUR JANUARY MEETING AND COMMISSIONERS.

WOULD YOU ALL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT? I LOOKED AT IT EARLIER, I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING.

DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES? BUT PLEASE LOOK 'EM OVER.

'CAUSE I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY ERRORS.

I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER LONGORIA RAISED HIS HAND THEN.

YEAH, I MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER.

I'M HAPPY TO SECOND THE MOTION.

THANK YOU.

WE, WE NEED CAMERAS ON FOR COMMISSIONER DELGADO AND THE VICE CHAIR.

YEAH.

TO VOTE.

THERE WE GO.

VICE CHAIR CAMERA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER LONGORIA FOR MAKING A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES.

UM, AS OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING AS, UM, POSTED AND THANK YOU COMMISSIONER DELGADO ESTEBAN DELGADO FOR, UH, A SECOND IN IT.

UH, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? AYE.

AND RAISE YOUR HAND PLEASE SO WE CAN HAVE A VISUAL.

THANK YOU.

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU MR. BLAKE.

MM-HMM, , AM I FREE TO MOVE ON TO NUMBER FIVE? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

I WAS HOPING TO GET THE, UM, I WAS HOPING TO GET THE, UM, THE, UM, PUBLIC HEARING UP A LITTLE EARLIER, AND I'M NOT SURE, UH, COMMISSIONER, UM, TOVER, UM, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR SPEAK.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YES, THEY REMOVING US FROM I EMAIL FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN ON THE 15TH OF THIS MONTH.

WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION, SIR? MY QUESTION IS, THEY MESSED ME UP.

I CAN'T GET INTO IT, SO I'M GLAD IT'S GONE.

.

WELL, IT'S NOT THAT I, I DO WANT TO RESPOND ON THAT.

UM, I, ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES OF TECHNOLOGY AND SOMETIMES YOU'RE LIKE, FINE, THAT SO BE IT.

THAT BEING SAID, UM, THE CT M UM, DID NOT TELL US THAT WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS OUR EMAIL.

THEY JUST SAID THAT WE WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO FORWARD OUR CITY EMAIL TO ADDITIONAL EMAIL ADDRESS, UM, IN ORDER TO MONITOR IT.

UM, AND SO THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

SO YOU DO STILL HAVE IT, COMMISSIONER TOLIVER? NO, NO.

PLEASE DON'T SAY BYE-BYE.

'CAUSE WE NEED YOU TO HAVE IT BECAUSE THAT'S OUR ONLY COMMUNICATION

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GOING FORWARD.

OH, RIGHT NOW IT'S ALL MESSED UP.

WELL, I'LL LET YOU, UM, MR. UH, BLAKE, THAT IS ITEM FOR YOU TO MAKE SERIOUS NOTE OF.

I GOT IT.

OKAY.

BECAUSE BASED ON CTMS, UM, MESSAGE, UM, MR. TOLER, UH, COMMISSIONER TOLIVER WOULD NOT BE WITHIN OUR COMMUNICATION.

AND THAT IS A, THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

THANK YOU.

SO, YES.

SO FOR ALL, ANY OF US THAT HAVE BEEN, UM, UH, FORWARDING OUR CITY EMAIL, EVEN IF YOU WERE REPLYING VIA YOUR CITY EMAIL, THE FACT IS YOU WILL NO LONGER EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH THE 15TH, NO LONGER BE ABLE TO RECEIVE FORWARDED MESSAGES TO ANY OTHER EMAIL ACCOUNT.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE, UM, FROM, UH, IF, IF THAT HAS BEEN THE WAY THAT YOU'VE BEEN STANDING CONTACT, THAT NEEDS TO BE, UM, ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY.

AND ALL COMMISSIONERS ARE INDEPENDENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT THAT IS, UH, REMEDIED FROM THEIR END.

IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STAFF TO HUNT US DOWN VIA ANY OTHER SOURCE.

WE MUST ALL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH THE 15TH, BE ACCESSIBLE VIA OUR CITY OF AUSTIN BOARDS AND COMMISSION EMAIL.

AND I WILL SAY, PERIOD , THAT'S A PREGNANT PAUSE ON PURPOSE.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THAT BEING SAID, UM, CHAIR, YES.

IF YOU WANNA MOVE ITEM EIGHT UP, YOU CAN.

I DID WANNA MOVE ITEM EIGHT UP BECAUSE I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PUBLIC HEARING.

UH, OKAY.

LET ME, UM, UM, WITH THAT, THANK YOU MR. BLAKE.

MM-HMM.

, I DO TAKE LIBERTY BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THAT WE MAY HAVE CITIZENS THAT ARE INTERESTED.

UM, I KNOW THAT CITIZEN DELGADO HAS ALREADY SPOKE ON TERMS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING AND, UM, I THINK THAT, THAT, I'M NOT SURE IF MS. UH, MONTOYA ALSO WAS SPEAKING ON, ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC HEARING, BUT I DO WANT THE PUBLIC, LET'S GET THE PRESENTATION AND THE PUBLIC HEARING GOING.

SO, EIGHT AND NINE.

EIGHT AND NINE.

EIGHT AND NINE.

SO LET'S MOVE UP EIGHT AND LET'S, AND MOVE UP NINE.

UH, I I WANNA ACCOMMODATE OUR VISITORS.

SO IS, UM, MR. CHRIS YEAH, I KNEW YOU WERE HERE.

YEAH.

IF YOU COULD MOVE UP A LITTLE BIT, I A APPRECIATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO MOVE UP.

YES.

AND I WAS JUST GONNA NOTE THAT I BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE EARLIER WERE KIND OF INTENDED FOR THAT PUBLIC HEARING PIECE I WAS LEAVING.

YEAH.

SO, WHICH I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS WE'RE TAKING 'EM DOWN ALL THE SAME, SO, OKAY.

YEAH.

ALRIGHT.

SO, UM, I, UM, I WANT, UM, I GUESS I REALLY DO WANT A SPECIFIC MENTION OF THE ITEMS THAT YES.

YOU KNOW, WERE IN FACT INCLUDED WITH THAT.

UM, I HAVE MS. BARBARA SCOTT, UM, TILLY COX, TED WELL, TED ROTH MAY BE NOT NECESSARILY PART OF THE CBG, BUT IT MAY BE.

AND I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S THERE.

I HAVE, UM, TAYLOR, SHERRY, SOPHIE, UM, MS. MONTOYA FROM THE EAST TOWN LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, AND I HAVE CITIZEN BERTHA RENDON DELGADO, UH, MAKING SURE THAT, UM, THOSE ARE ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR PUBLIC HEARING DOCUMENTATION.

AM I, I SEE A LOT OF HEAD NODDINGS.

I'M GOOD.

YES.

WE HAD OUR COMMUNICATE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST, UM, TAKING DOWN NOTES AND WE'RE GONNA OF THE TRANSCRIPTS.

ALL RIGHT.

SO LET THE REFLECT, LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE ALL ARE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THIS.

SO I DON'T WANT TO ENCOUNTER ANYTHING OTHER THAN THIS.

AND I, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE REALLY COMMITTED TO THIS, UM, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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PART, AND SO I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS FOR BEING ON TOP OF IT.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THE ONE THING I WOULD SAY IS JUST, UM, FOR REALLY, UH, DOCUMENTATION'S SAKE, IF WE COULD, I'LL GIVE THE PRESENTATION AND IF WE COULD OPEN THE, THE TECHNICAL PUBLIC HEARING, JUST SO WE'VE, YOU KNOW, CHECKED THAT BOX THAT WE NEED TO.

UM, BUT WE GOT THOSE COMMENTS, SO MAYBE IT'LL JUST BE OPEN AND CLOSE .

OKAY.

THAT'S FINE.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNEW THAT, THAT IT WAS YES.

RECORDED.

OKAY.

FAIR ENOUGH.

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

YOU HAVE THE

[8. Presentation and discussion on FY 24-29 Consolidated Plan Community Needs Assessment (Housing Department: Chris Duran, Senior Research Analyst; Julie Smith, Community Engagement Specialist; Jamey May, Housing and Community Development Officer. Austin Public Health: Leslie Boyd, Acting Public Health Program Manager II).]

FLOOR.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

MM-HMM, .

OKAY.

WELL, UM, I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT.

REALLY APPRECIATE Y'ALL'S TIME.

UM, I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE.

I'M COMING OFF OF A SINUS INFECTION.

I'M A LITTLE BIT STRUGGLING HERE TONIGHT, SO YOU'LL HAVE TO BEAR WITH ME.

UH, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE, BUT, UM, YEAH, I USUALLY START BY SAYING I'M GONNA BE, UM, COMPREHENSIVE BUT BRIEF.

UM, AND TONIGHT I'M GONNA BE A LITTLE LESS BRIEF , JUST 'CAUSE I THINK THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AGENDA ITEM I'LL PROBABLY COME FORWARD, UH, FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

SO, UM, I DON'T WANNA RUSH IT TOO MUCH.

UM, SO AS WAS MENTIONED, UM, PREVIOUSLY BY PUBLIC SPEAKERS COMMISSIONER, WE ARE CONDUCTING OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR OUR FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN.

UM, SO THIS AGENDA ITEM IS MEANT TO BE A DISCUSSION ON COMMUNITY NEEDS AND SPENDING PRIORITIES FOR THIS UPCOMING FIVE YEAR PLAN.

UM, SO I'M GONNA GO THROUGH THE, UM, PRESENTATION FIRST TO REALLY SET THE CONTEXT FOR THAT DISCUSSION.

UM, SHARE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF SET THE TABLE, SO TO SPEAK.

UM, WE'VE ALSO, THROUGH THIS PROCESS NOW, IN OUR, IN SIX WEEK, SIX WEEK OF THIS PROCESS, WE'VE BEEN, UM, FINDING THERE'S REAL VALUE IN UPDATING, UH, THE PUBLIC AND YOU ALL ON WHAT OUR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES HAVE LOOKED LIKE THIS PAST FIVE YEARS.

UM, BEFORE WE GET YOUR INPUT ON, UM, THE NEXT FIVE YEARS GOING FORWARD.

AND THERE'S A LOT MORE, UM, CONTEXT I'LL SHARE AS I GO THROUGH THE SLIDES.

BUT JUST TO INTRODUCE MYSELF OR ANYONE IN THE ROOM, MY NAME'S CHRIS DURAN.

UH, I'M OUR SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST IN THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT OF THE HOUSING DIVISION, OR I'M SORRY, HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UM, SUPER, UM, GRATEFUL TO BE HERE FOR YOUR WORK.

I ACTUALLY GREW UP HERE IN AUSTIN, SO I HAVE A, A PERSONAL APPRECIATION FOR WHAT YOU DO.

UM, JULIE SMITH'S OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST, SO SHE'S REALLY LIKE AN ACTIVE LISTENER HERE TODAY.

UM, TAKING DOWN ALL OF THE DISCUSSION AND, UH, JAMIE MAYS OUR, UH, COMMUNITY, UH, OR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, HE'S ABLE TO ANSWER A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO.

SO I ALWAYS REALLY APPRECIATE HIS PARTICIPATION.

AND I ALSO THINK WE HAVE LESLIE BOYD WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH ON THE LINE, WHO'S ABLE TO ANSWER SOME, UH, QUESTIONS FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE.

UM, WE WERE POTENTIALLY GONNA HAVE DAVID GRAY ON THE LINE.

IS HE ON THE LINE? I DIDN'T SEE YOU.

DIDN'T SEE.

I DID SEE.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO, GETTING INTO IT, I'M JUST GONNA SET THE TABLE A BIT.

UM, AS FAR AS GIVING AN OVERVIEW OF WHERE OUR HOUSING, UH, OUR FUNDING COMES FROM IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, UM, I MAY BE COVERING SOME THINGS THAT YOU, UM, THE COMMISSIONERS, ESPECIALLY THE MORE EXPERIENCED ONES KNOW, BUT WE DO WANNA COVER THE BASICS.

WE'VE BEEN GIVING THIS, UH, PRESENTATION TO A LOT OF COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FOLKS ACROSS THE, UH, COMMUNITY.

SO WE DO, UM, LIKE TO MAKE SURE WE COVER THOSE, UH, BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

SO I'LL GET INTO SOME OF THOSE BASICS THAT YOU ALL MAY ALREADY KNOW A GOOD AMOUNT ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE PLANNING AND REPORTING PROCESS.

UM, I'LL GET INTO HOW WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS FOR THIS FIVE YEAR FUNDING.

UM, I'LL GET INTO SOME FAIR HOUSING TOPICS.

AND THEN, UM, LIKE I REFERENCED EARLIER, WE'LL GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ARE LOOKING LIKE RIGHT NOW FOR THE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UM, AND THEN WE'LL SHARE WHAT WE'VE DOCUMENTED, UH, WHAT WE'VE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY IN RECENT YEARS, UM, TO, UH, FOR THE PURPOSES OF SEEING HOW THAT RESONATES WITH YOU, GETTING YOUR INPUT ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT ARE WE MISSING, WHAT ARE WE GETTING RIGHT IN OUR WHAT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INVENTORY.

AND THEN THE MOST IMPORTANT PART WILL BE THE GROUP, UH, INPUT FROM YOU ALL, BOTH, UM, TONIGHT, BUT ALSO, UM, AS A KEY THING.

WE'VE REALLY WANTED TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE TO GROUPS, INDIVIDUALS, UM, STAKEHOLDERS.

UH, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT Y'ALL CAN GIVE INPUT OUTSIDE OF THESE MEETINGS AS WELL.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE, WE WANTED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION HERE TONIGHT, BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT THINK OF SOMETHING TOMORROW, OR THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH TIME WE HAVE AT THESE MEETINGS.

SO WE HAVE A VARIOUS, UM, YOU KNOW, TEXTS SPEAK UP AUSTIN PAGES, UH, DIFFERENT EVENTS HAPPENING, UM, DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS WE'RE HAVING IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE'LL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT.

SO, UM, IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENTS, WE HAVE, UH, LOCAL AND FEDERAL FUNDING STREAMS. UM, WE'RE GONNA ZERO IN ON THOSE HUD INTO ANNUAL ENTITLEMENT GRANTS THAT WE GET ANNUALLY THROUGH A FORMULA BASIS.

UM, BUT ONE THING THAT WE HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTING, I THINK JULIE SMITH HAS BEEN DOING A GOOD OF GOOD JOB

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OF SPEAKING TO THIS, IS THAT WE'RE MAKING AN EFFORT TO TAKING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT JUST AS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, FOR OUR PROGRAMS AT LARGE, KIND OF BREAKING DOWN THOSE SILOS A LITTLE BIT BETWEEN, OKAY, WE HAVE THIS FUNDING SOURCE, SO WE'RE COMING TO YOU AND WE HAVE THIS FUNDING SOURCE, AND NOW WE'RE COMING TO YOU AND JUST KIND OF, UM, TAKING, TAKING IN, UM, BREAKING, BREAKING DOWN SOME OF THOSE SILOS BETWEEN ALL THE NEEDS ASSESSMENTS AND, UH, DIFFERENT FUNDING STREAMS THAT HAPPEN.

BUT TODAY I WILL BE SPEAKING, UH, UH, PRETTY, PRETTY EXCLUSIVELY TO THE HUD AND ANNUAL ENTITLEMENT GRANTS, WHICH, UH, WE RECEIVE, RECEIVE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS THROUGH THE US DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

I KNOW IT'S A BIG FOCUS OF THIS COMMISSION.

UH, IN FISCAL YEAR 2324, WE RECEIVED, UH, ROUGHLY 14 MILLION.

AND I'M JUST GONNA TAKE A SIP OF WATER REAL QUICK.

UM, WE RECEIVED, UH, ROUGHLY 14 MILLION, UM, ACROSS FOUR GRANTS THAT I'LL GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE AFFORDABLE, UM, ALL FOR PURPOSES OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, UH, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND PUBLIC SERVICES.

UM, SO WHILE THE ALLOCATIONS FOR THOSE FOUR GRANTS DO FLUCTUATE ANNUALLY, SOME GO UP, SOME GO DOWN, OUR NET RECEIPT FOR THOSE FOUR GRANTS HAS BEEN STEADILY, FOR THE MOST PART, GOING UP YEAR OVER YEAR.

FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

WE ARE RECEIVING ROUGHLY 13 MILLION, UH, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS CON PLAN.

NOW WE'RE RECEIVING ROUGHLY 14.

SO, UM, IF YOU THINK OF THE FIVE YEAR PLAN, WE'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT PLANNING AND EVALUATING PROGRAMS FOR, UM, LIKELY AT LEAST $70 MILLION.

UM, AND I SAY LIKELY BECAUSE AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW OUR FUTURE ALLOCATIONS, BUT IF THINGS BEGIN TO TRACK THE WAY THEY ARE, PARTICULARLY WITH POPULATION GOING UP, NEED OF COURSE GOING UP, UM, WE ARE, UH, LIKELY PLANNING FOR AT LEAST 70 MILLION AND, UH, POSSIBLY MORE.

UM, SO WHILE WE DO COME, UH, FOR INPUT WITH, FOR OUR ANNUAL ACTION PLANS, THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN YEAR IS A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT YEAR.

SO THIS IS WHY WE'VE DONE, UH, SO MANY PRESENTATIONS REALLY LEANED IN THIS YEAR.

UM, TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF CLARIFICATION ON THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND THE ACTION PLAN, THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN IS REALLY THAT MASTER FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN THAT SETS POLICIES, UM, AND REALLY ALLOCATES, UH, THE FEDERAL, UH, STRATEGIC PRIORITIES THAT ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES MUST FALL UNDER FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

SO OUR ACTION PLANS, UH, DON'T GET ME WRONG, I MEAN, THEY'RE VERY IMPORTANT.

WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION OUR ANNUAL ALLOCATION.

HOW ARE WE GONNA SPEND IT, PARTICULARLY HOW ARE WE PARTNERING IN THE COMMUNITY IN THAT YEAR? OF COURSE, THERE MAY BE, UH, THING, YOU KNOW, BIG THINGS THAT HAPPEN OVER FIVE, FIVE COURSE YEAR, LIKE A PANDEMIC.

SO WE, WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT, THAT, UM, KIND OF, UH, ABILITY TO CHANGE COURSE YEAR OVER YEAR.

BUT ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES MUST FOLD INTO THAT GOVERNING FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.

SO HOW ARE FUNDING DECISIONS MADE? A KEY PART IS THIS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROCESS, THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

YOU HEARD FOLKS EARLIER TODAY, WE'VE BEEN HAVING MEETINGS.

I KNOW YOU HAVE THE, THE, WELL, YOU HAVE OUR ORIGINAL LIST.

IT'S ACTUALLY GROWN A LOT.

UM, I, UM, I THINK I'D ACTUALLY, I'M, I'D LIKE TO EMAIL Y'ALL WHAT OUR CURRENT LIST LOOKS LIKE.

WE'RE PRETTY PROUD OF IT.

UM, , IT'S PRETTY COMPREHENSIVE.

UM, BUT WE'RE ENGAGING IN, UH, A COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, BUT THEN WE'RE ALSO CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL MORE ACADEMIC HOUSING NEED AND MARKET ANALYSIS WITH OUR PLANNING AND POLICY STAFF.

UM, AGAIN, AVAILABLE USE OF FUNDING SOURCES IS KEY.

UM, AND THEN OTHER PLANNING EFFORTS SUCH AS THE AUSTIN STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUE BLUEPRINT CAN COMPLEMENT OUR PLANNING EFFORTS.

A LOT OF JURISDICTIONS THAT RECEIVE THESE FEDERAL FUNDS DON'T HAVE THE, UH, LOCAL RESOURCES THAT WE DO.

SO WE DO HAVE A LOT OF RESOURCES THAT CAN COMPLEMENT OUR PLANNING, WHEREAS, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF JURISDICTIONS THAT RECEIVE CDBG AND THEIR CDBG PLANNING PROCESSES, MAYBE, UH, ONE OF THE ONLY PLANNING PROCESSES THEY GO IN SUCH A, UM, COMPREHENSIVE WAY.

SO WE DO, UH, BENEFIT FROM THINGS LIKE THE, A STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT AND OTHER PLANNING DOCUMENTS.

SO, UM, WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND THE GRANTS THAT IT GOVERNS, THE, THE FOUR GRANTS ON YOUR SCREEN, UM, ARE THE FUNDING SOURCES, I'LL GET INTO THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY SPECIFICALLY FUND.

UM, I THINK, UH, THAT IT'S FAIR TO SAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT IS PROBABLY THE MOST WELL KNOWN.

UH, YOU HEAR ABOUT IT, UH, A LOT IN THE COMMUNITY.

IT MAKES UP ABOUT HALF THE FUNDING.

AND AS SOME OF THE SPEAKERS SPOKE TO EARLIER TODAY, IT HAS THE MOST, UM, UH, BROAD ARRAY OF ELIGIBLE USES.

SO YOU'LL SEE IN A FUTURE SLIDE, IT, IT FUNDS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF PROGRAMMING, WHEREAS, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP IS A MUCH MORE LASER FOCUS ON CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS.

UM, SO HOME IS THE ONE GRANT

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THAT WE'VE, UM, WE'VE RECEIVED THE FUNDS AND WE ADMINISTER THE FUNDS AS THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, WHEREAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS, CDBG, IT'S ADMINISTERED ON A VERY INTER DEPARTMENTAL BASIS.

WE HAVE, WE PARTNER WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

AND THEN ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN, YOU HAVE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS, UH, THAT RECEIVED A, A LARGE INCREASE IN ALLOCATION THIS PAST YEAR.

UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTERS THAT PROGRAMMING, UH, BENEFITING LOW INCOME PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV AIDS IN THEIR FAMILIES.

AND THEN, UH, FINALLY, EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT WITH A LASER FOCUS ON, UM, THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS, UH, THAT'S ADMINISTERED BY HOUSING, OR I'M SORRY, UM, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH CURRENTLY.

UM, THERE'S, UH, A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THAT GOING TO, UH, BE ADMINISTERED BY HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE MOVING FORWARD, UM, HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE, UM, OF A NEW DEPARTMENT, UH, THAT WAS FORMERLY THE HOMELESS STRATEGY DIVISION UNDER A PH.

UM, A QUICK NOTE ON OUR FAIR HOUSING DOCUMENTS AND PLANNING AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

SO, UM, WE JUST LIKE TO BE COMPREHENSIVE AND, YOU KNOW, SOME STAKEHOLDERS REALLY FOLLOW US CLOSELY.

AND SO SOME, UM, OF YOU MAY BE AWARE THAT ALONG WITH OUR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, WE'VE HISTORICALLY DONE A COMPREHENSIVE, UH, REVISITATION, UH, SO TO SPEAK, OF OUR FAIR HOUSING PLANNING AND, UH, POLICY DOCUMENTS.

UH, FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2019, WE CONDUCTED A ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE, UH, THAT WAS CONDUCTED ON A REGIONAL LEVEL WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS.

UM, AND SO THE ONLY REASON WE'RE NOT ENGAGING IN, SAY, A 2024 ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS IS BECAUSE THE, UH, BIDEN ADMINISTRATION HAS THIS UNDER A PROPOSED RULE FOR A NEW, UH, MORE AMBITIOUS AND ROBUST, UH, REGIME OF REQUIREMENTS FOR FAIR HOUSING PLANNING.

THAT'S GONNA BE TITLED THE EQUITY PLAN.

UM, WE ACTUALLY, AS THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, UH, CONTRIBUTED, CONTRIBUTED TO THE PUBLIC, UH, COMMENT PROCESS FOR THE, UH, EQUITY PLAN.

UH, BUT WE'RE WAITING TO GET THE EXACT, UM, REQUIREMENTS FOR THAT AS IT'S GOING TO BE A PRETTY AMBITIOUS, AMBITIOUS PLAN.

A LOT OF, UH, FUNDING AND STAFF CAPACITY.

BUT, UM, TO BE CLEAR, THIS DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FROM ANY, UM, EQUITY FOCUSED LENS AND PLANNING AT THE LOCAL LEVEL OR THE DEPARTMENT RICH WRIT LARGE.

IT'S JUST THE NAME OF THE PLAN, THE EQUITY PLAN, THAT'S GOING TO BE A MORE ROBUST, UM, REGIME.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE SEEKING INPUT AND ACTUALLY SURVEYING ON FAIR HOUSING ISSUES AND EXPERIENCES.

AND, UM, SPEAKING CANDIDLY, UH, IN THESE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAVE, UM, A, A FAIR HOUSING ISSUE IS THE FIRST THAT COMES UP IN THESE DISCUSSIONS.

WHETHER WE, YOU KNOW, EXPLICITLY CALL IT FAIR HOUSING OR NOT, IT'S ONE OF THE FIRST, UM, YOU KNOW, THESE LIVED EXPERIENCES ARE THE TOP OF PEOPLE'S MINDS, AND SO THEY DO COME UP NATURALLY.

SO, UM, HERE, I REALLY APPRECIATE JULIE SMITH FOR THROWING THIS SLIDE TOGETHER.

I THINK EIGHT GRADE GIVES A GREAT SNAPSHOT OF OUR CURRENT FEDERAL FUNDING.

UM, YOU'LL HAVE THIS SLIDE DECK, SO IT'S A GOOD REFERENCE, I THINK FOR, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT, UM, OUR FOUR GRANTS AND YOU CAN REALLY SINK YOUR TEETH INTO EXACTLY WHAT THEIR FUNDING UNDER THIS CONSOLIDATED PLAN.

UM, I'LL LET JAMIE RELIEVE ME FROM SPEAKING FOR A LITTLE BIT TO GIVE, UM, AN OVERVIEW FOR, UH, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS. THANK YOU.

CHRIS, PLEASE, UH, REST YOUR VOICE.

OKAY.

, UH, GOOD EVENING.

I'M JAMIE MAY.

I AM THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UM, ON THE SCREEN YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE FIVE, FOUR FUNDING SOURCES.

I'LL COVER THE FIRST TWO, AND THEN I'LL HA PASS IT OVER TO LESLIE BOYD WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

UH, THE FIRST COLUMN SHOWS OUR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING, OR CDBG.

THAT'S ABOUT $7.4 MILLION, UH, THAT WE RECEIVE ANNUALLY IN THAT, UH, FUNDING SOURCE.

AND WE USE THOSE, THOSE DOLLARS, UH, FOR TWO BROAD AREAS.

FIRST IS OUR HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS, UM, WHICH INCLUDES A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UH, PROGRAMS INCLUDING ARCHITECTURAL BARRIER REMOVAL, UH, WHICH IS A LOT OF FUN TO SAY, UH, THAT IS BOTH FOR RENTER AND FOR OWNERSHIP, UH, PROPERTIES.

AND THAT IS REMOVING BARRIERS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENT, UH, FROM APPRECIATING AND ENJOYING THE, THE FULL, UH, SCOPE OF THEIR RESIDENCE.

SO, GRAB BARS AND BATHROOMS, WIDER DOOR FRAMES, UH, RAMPS ON DOORWAYS.

WE ALSO HAVE OUR HOMEOWNER REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM, UH, WHICH YOU'LL SEE ON THE THIRD ROW, UH, THAT PROVIDES UP TO, UH, $75,000 FOR, UH, INCOME QUALIFIED HOUSEHOLDS TO MAKE MAJOR REPAIRS ON THEIR HOMES SO THAT THEY CAN REMAIN IN PLACE.

UM, IT IS A, UH, VERY EFFECTIVE ANTI DISPLACEMENT, UH, MEASURE.

AND, UH, WE DO LIKE TO SEE THOSE, UH, THOSE PROJECTS COME ONLINE BECAUSE IT'S EXCITING TO SEE, UH, A HOUSE GET REHABILITATED TO AT SUCH A LEVEL.

UM, AND THAT'S ANYTHING FROM A NEW ROOF TO A FOUNDATION REPAIR TO JUST ADDING IN A NEW WALL

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IF YOUR FOURTH WALL IS BLOWN OUT.

UM, ALSO WE HAVE OUR, UH, RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH RECEIVES SOME CDBG FUNDS, HOWEVER, THAT'S PRIMARILY, UH, FUNDED THROUGH OUR LOCAL FUNDING SOURCES.

UH, BUT THAT IS WHAT PROVIDING GAP FINANCING FOR THE, UH, DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

UH, AND THEN FINALLY DOWN AT THE BOTTOM, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE ARE SOME, UH, UH, AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH, UH, PROGRAMS THAT ARE MANAGED, INCLUDING CHILDCARE, YOUTH, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, AND SENIOR SERVICES, UM, AS WELL AS OUR, UH, FRIENDS AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WHO MANAGE A FAMILY BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM.

NOW, IN THE HOME COLUMN, UH, WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR, YOU CAN SEE IT'S ABOUT $3.6 MILLION ANNUALLY.

UH, TWO MAJOR PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED THROUGH THAT.

AND THEN A THIRD IS FUNDED THROUGH A SETA ASIDE OF THE HOME DOLLARS.

THE FIRST TWO MAJOR PROGRAMS FUNDED BY HOME ARE THE TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE, AND THIS IS A VOUCHER PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ON THE VERGE OF, OR WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

THIS IS MANAGED BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND, UH, WE PROVIDE, UH, UP TO TWO YEARS WORTH OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE, UH, FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH THOSE VOUCHERS.

SECONDLY, WE PROVIDE OUR DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES UP TO $40,000 IN DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR FIRST TIME INCOME ELIGIBLE HOME BUYERS.

UH, NOW $40,000 IN A MARKET WHERE THE AVERAGE, UH, HOME PRICES AROUND 500,000 MAY NOT BE MUCH.

UH, HOWEVER, WE HAVE TARGETED THAT TO OUR AFFORDABLE UNITS, WHICH ARE MORE PRICED, MORE, UH, CLOSELY TO $250,000.

SO 40,000 OUT OF THAT TWO 50 IS A DECENT, UH, UH, DOWN PAYMENT, UH, FOR A LOAN OF THAT SIZE.

FINALLY, UNDER OUR, UH, IF THE VERY BOTTOM, JUST BEFORE IT GETS CUT OFF, UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S A COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION, UH, OPERATING EXPENSE GRANTS.

NOW, THE COMMUNITY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE CHODOS, UH, THESE ARE COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT MUST MEET, UH, SPECIFIC GUIDELINES BY HUD IN ORDER TO QUALIFY.

UH, WE HAVE FOUR CHODOS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

ONE IS, UH, BLACKLAND NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION, UH, BLACK SHEAR, UH, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, UH, GUADALUPE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT, AND AHA, WHICH IS, UH, UH, ACCESSIBLE HOUSING AUSTIN.

UH, THOSE FOUR CHODOS ARE CERTIFIED ANNUALLY, AND, UH, WE CAN PROVIDE UP TO $50,000 IN OPERATING, UH, EXPENSE GRANTS PER YEAR.

UH, AND THAT'S TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON.

UH, THOSE ARE EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE DOLLARS THAT THE CHODO CAN USE TO NOT ONLY PAY STAFF, UH, OR BUY A NEW PRINTER, WHATEVER THEY NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO, UH, ACH