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[00:00:02]

SOON.

THE TIME NOW

[CALL TO ORDER]

IS 6 37 AND WE ARE CALLING THE MEETING, UH, TO ORDER.

IS THAT A CORRECT MS. BROWN? VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE ARE READY TO GO.

THE PURPOSE, THE PURPOSE OF THE THANK YOU THANK YOU OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION 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. WE WILL BEGIN WITH

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

OUR PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

UM, AND MS. BROWN, I THINK I AT LEAST HAD, I SAW ONE PUBLIC COMMENT THAT I'M EXPECTING.

I DON'T SEE MY NOTES.

WE HAVE ONE SIGNED UP.

ONE SIGNED UP.

OKAY.

I DO BELIEVE THAT'S PROBABLY MS. JOSEPH.

MS. JOSEPH, WOULD YOU COME TO THE DIOCESE, PLEASE? MM-HMM, AND MS. BROWN, WOULD YOU, SINCE YOU HAVE THE PAPERWORK THERE, YOU CAN KEEP IT.

WOULD YOU, UM, MIKE UP AND TELL US EXACTLY WHAT MS. BROWN, I MEAN, MS. UM, JOSEPH SAYS SHE'S SPEAKING ON TODAY, IT'S ON THE, THE LIST THAT SHE SIGNED UP ON.

ACCORDING TO THE BROCHURE, IT IS CAP METRO SPECIAL SERVICES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT ITEM IS NOT ON OUR AGENDA.

SO, UM, DURING THIS PUBLIC COM COMMUNICATION PERIOD, MS. JOSEPH, YOU DO IN FACT HAVE THE THREE MINUTES, PLEASE SPEAK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR MEMBERS, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE BROCHURE THAT ACTUALLY IS ON THE BUS IF STAFF COULD PASS THAT OUT TO YOU.

AND SPECIFICALLY MY COMMENTS ARE IN THE CONTEXT OF TITLE SIX OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, WHICH PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, AND NATIONAL ORIGIN.

ON MAY 20TH, 2024, CAPITAL METRO WILL ACTUALLY CHANGE THEIR TITLE SIX POLICY.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE WANTING TO CHANGE IS NOT TO USE THE CENSUS DATA, BUT INSTEAD TO USE THE ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS INFORMATION THAT IS COLLECTED ON THE BUS ROUTES.

AND MY OPPOSITION TO THAT IS SPECIFICALLY THE 2021 TRIENNIAL REVIEW ACTUALLY USED THE 2010 CENSUS DATA, AND THAT BACK THEN THERE WERE AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

BUT THAT DOCUMENT, THE TRIENNIAL REVIEW, ACTUALLY SHOWS THAT THERE IS FREQUENT SERVICE FOR THE MINORITIES IN CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN.

BUT IT'S GENTRIFIED.

I'VE GIVEN YOU A COPY OF THE Q2 SOCCER STADIUM BROCHURE.

IF YOU OPEN IT UP, YOU'LL SEE THAT ROUTE 3 92 ACTUALLY IS SUPPOSEDLY RUNNING 30 TO 35 MINUTES.

BECAUSE THIS COMMISSION FOCUSES ON THE POOR.

AND I CALL THIS THE POOR PEOPLES COMMISSION.

I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOING TO THE SOCCER STADIUM IS APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES, BUT ONCE THE BUS GETS TO BREAKER AND BURNETT ROAD, IT ACTUALLY THEN GOES TWO STOPS, AND THEN IT TERMINATES OVER AT KRAMER STATION FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES ON THE EASTBOUND SIDE.

AND THEN THE SCHEDULE IS ANOTHER 20 MINUTES.

SO FOR ANYONE WHO MISSES THE 3 92 AT BREAKER AND BURN IT, THEY'RE ACTUALLY WAITING ABOUT 30 OR 40 MINUTES.

THERE THEY GO TWO STOPS, AND THEN THEIR BURDEN AGAIN TO WAIT 25 MINUTES.

THERE IS NOTHING THERE.

IT'S AN INDUSTRIAL AREA.

IT'S ACROSS FROM THE AUSTIN ENERGY SITE.

AND SO I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO REQUEST THAT CAPITOL METRO AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN ACTUALLY RESTORE THE SERVICE NORTH OF US.

180 3, THE ONE SEAT RIDES.

AND SO RIGHT NOW, YOU'LL SEE ON THE BUSES, IF YOU DO RIDE, THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SUMMER 2024 SERVICE CHANGES.

AND WHEN THE FALL 2024 SERVICE CHANGES COME, THEY WILL ACTUALLY CONNECT ROUTE SIX 40 ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CAMPUS WITH 6 41 TO ACTUALLY MAKE A ONE SEAT RIDE SO THAT IT'S EASIER FOR THEM TO ACTUALLY GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B EAST TO WEST.

AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT IN 2018, WE WERE PROMISED MORE FREQUENT, MORE RELIABLE, BETTER CONNECTED SERVICE.

THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RIDING THE BUS, THE MOST, THE POOR PEOPLE ARE, THEY HAVE INFREQUENT, UNRELIABLE, DISCONNECTED SERVICE, THE OPPOSITE.

AND THEY'RE ABLE, THEY HAVE TO TRANSFER MORE.

SO IT'S A 30 MINUTE TRANSFER AT THE BREAKER AND BURNETT AREA THAT I'M TELLING YOU ABOUT TO GET TO GREAT HILLS.

AND EACH TIME THE POOR PEOPLE ACTUALLY TRANSFER CAPITAL METRO COUNTS THAT IN THE RIDERSHIP.

[00:05:01]

AND SO THEY'RE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE COUNTING US TO GET MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDS.

AND WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND SPECIFICALLY IS THAT WHEN THE PEOPLE IN THE WHEELCHAIRS AT, AND THIS IS MY LAST COMMENT ON 2 37, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A DISABILITY TO LIVE AT COMMUNITY FIRST VILLAGE.

AND THEY ARE WAITING TWO HOURS BECAUSE ONCE A BUS ROUTE GETS CUT OR ONE OF THE BLOCKS, THEN THEY'RE STUCK THERE WAITING AGAIN.

SO THAT'S A DISPARATE IMPACT ON OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN AND HISPANIC WRITERS IN PARTICULAR, AND A DISPROPORTIONATE BURDEN ON THE LOW INCOME WRITERS.

SO I WOULD JUST ASK THIS COMMISSION TO PERHAPS WRITE A RESOLUTION AT SOME POINT AND ASK FOR THE SERVICE TO BE RESTORED.

AND I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE SO EXTENSIVE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I KNOW YOU CAN'T ASK THEM, BUT IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT, I'LL GLADLY LISTEN AT THIS TIME.

.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. JOSEPH.

WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THAT, UH, TO OUR ATTENTION.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

MM-HMM, .

ALL RIGHT.

UH, COMMISSIONERS, WE WILL

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

MOVE FORWARD WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM OUR APRIL MEETING.

UH, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE, UM, MINUTES THAT ARE ATTACHED IN YOUR PACKET, AND LET ME US KNOW IF THERE'S ANY CONCERNS.

COMMISSIONERS, DO WE HAVE ANY, ANY CHANGES? HEARING NONE I MAKE, DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO, UM, MOVE FORWARD WITH THE VOTE? NO.

NO CHANGES.

NO.

YOU HAVE MADAM CHAIR.

I MADE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE ACCEPT THE GRANT SAYS THERE ARE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER TOR HAS MADE THAT MOTION.

SECOND COMMISSIONER LONGORIA HAS IN FACT SECONDED ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF ACCEPTING THE MINUTES AS POSTED.

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE IN APPROVAL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I SEE ALL HANDS.

VERY GOOD.

THANK YOU.

THAT IS, THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE TWO

[2. Briefing on new and departing Commissioners (Chair Thompson)]

BRIEFINGS HERE, UM, BY CHAIR.

AND THE FIRST ONE IS THAT I DO WANT TO, UM, TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OFFICIALLY, UM, WELCOME OUR, UM, CHAIR.

I MEAN OUR, OUR COMMISSIONER GAVIN PORTER, I THINK LAST, LAST WEEK.

I KIND OF SORT OF FUMBLED OVER IT, AND SO I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

DEFINITELY WANNA RECOGNIZE, UH, COMMISSIONER GAVIN PORTER SENIOR.

UM, I DO BELIEVE WE ALSO, UM, ARE AWAITING A NEW COMMISSIONER.

AND, UM, UNTIL THAT HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED, WE'LL HOLD OFF.

AND I DO WANNA RECOGNIZE COMMISSIONER ORTIZ, WHO DID SERVE WITH US.

UM, NOT ORTIZ.

YES.

UM, WHAT WAS IT? GARCIA.

GARCIA.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER GARCIA.

UM, WHO WA UH, DID SERVE WITH US.

I DO WANNA RECOGNIZE, UH, THAT SERVICE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, MOVING RIGHT ON.

WE ALSO

[3. Briefing on Special Called Meeting May 4, 2024 (Chair Thompson)]

HAD A SPECIAL CALL MEETING ON MAY THE FOURTH, UM, OF WHICH WE HAD, WE DID NOT HAVE A FULL QUORUM, SO THAT MEETING WAS IN FACT, OFFICIALLY CANCELED.

UM, AND SO, UH, THE ITEMS THAT WERE TO BE DISCUSSED DURING THAT, UM, SPECIAL CALL MEETING AS FAR AS IDENTIFYING OUR OBJECTIVES AND OUR GOALS FOR THIS NEXT YEAR, UH, THAT BUSINESS STILL REMAINS.

SO AT SOME POINT, COMMISSIONERS, WE DO NEED TO, UM, TAKE CARE OF THAT.

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, UH, THOSE ARE THE TWO BRIEFINGS.

MOVING RIGHT ON

[4. Discussion and update on FY 25-29 Consolidated Plan Process (Chris Duran, Grants Program Manager; Housing Department)]

TO THE DISCUSSION ITEMS. WE DO HAVE, UM, OUR CONSOLIDATED PLAN TO BE, UM, DISCUSSED.

MR. CHRIS? CHRIS, I, IS CHRIS AVAILABLE? CHRIS, YOU'RE ONLINE.

THERE YOU ARE.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS IS AN EMPTY PLACE.

YES.

TODAY.

MM-HMM.

.

HEY, AM I, I'M SO SORRY TO, UM, HAVE HAD TO BE VIRTUAL TODAY, BUT I'M GLAD TO JOIN YOU ALL.

MM-HMM.

, UM, THROUGH TECHNOLOGY.

[00:10:01]

UM, I JUST WANTED TO, UM, GRAB, UM, A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME THIS EVENING TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN PROCESS, AS WELL AS GIVE CONTEXT TO THE PUBLIC HEARINGS THAT YOU SEE ON YOUR AGENDA THIS EVENING.

SO, UM, AS, UH, I, I, I GUESS I WAS, UM, AT COMMISSION JANUARY THROUGH MARCH, AND I GUESS I TOOK A, A LITTLE BIT OF A A A MONTH OFF IN APRIL.

SO JUST TO GET EVERYONE UP TO SPEED, UM, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY GOTTEN OUR DRAFT CONSOLIDATED PLAN OUT TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

UM, I WANTED TO, UH, IN CASE ANYONE WAS CONFUSED, WE WERE CALLING AT THE FY 24 29 PLAN.

UM, LEADERSHIP, UM, ASKED US TO BEGIN WHERE WE'VE, WE'VE ADJUSTED THAT THE FY 25 29 PLAN TO BE A LITTLE MORE TECHNICALLY CORRECT, CAPTURING THOSE FIVE YEARS, JUST IN CASE THAT TITLE CONFUSED ANYONE.

BUT, UM, I WANTED TO, LET'S SEE.

FIRST GIVE AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS, AND I APOLOGIZE IF I'M REPEATING ANYTHING ANYBODY KNOWS.

UM, BUT, UM, WE HAVE THE PLAN OUT FOR COMMENT RIGHT NOW IN YOUR BACKUP TODAY ARE, UM, OR SHOULD BE, UM, THE, UM, UH, COMMUNITY, UH, NEEDS ASSESSMENT, UM, ENGAGEMENT REPORT, COMMISSIONER ACHILLES, I KNOW YOU HAD, UM, ASKED FOR THAT WHEN IT WAS READY.

AND SO WE DO HAVE THAT AVAILABLE.

I WANNA GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO JULIE SMITH, OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST.

I THINK SHE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB WITH IT.

UM, AND IT IS, UH, I BELIEVE A PHASE ONE REPORT, SO I BELIEVE THERE'S MORE TO COME, BUT, UM, THAT'S AVAILABLE AS WELL AS THE DRAFT PLAN.

BUT THE DRAFT PLAN IS ALMOST 300 PAGES.

UM, AND WE KNOW EVEN, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC PROBABLY DOES NOT HAVE THE TIME OR, OR THE TIME, UH, TO, TO PARSE THAT.

SO WE DO HAVE, IN YOUR BACKUP, AND I BELIEVE IT MAY BE PRINTED FOR YOU TODAY, A BRIEF, UM, A SUMMARY BRIEF, UH, KIND OF SHOWING YOU WHAT THE PROPOSED CHANGES ARE, WHAT SOME OF THE FUNDING, PROPOSED FUNDING IS.

THINGS GET A LITTLE CONFUSING WHEN, UM, UH, WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACT THAT, UM, WHEN WE PREPARED THE DRAFT BRIEF, WE DID NOT HAVE THE NEW FUNDING ALLOCATIONS FOR FY 24 25.

WE DO NOW HAVE THOSE, THOSE CAME OUT, UM, LAST WEEK.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE, UH, AND THIS IS, AND THIS IS EXPLAINED IN THE SUMMARY BRIEF, BUT WHAT WE'RE AIMING TO DO IS ADJUST, UM, FUNDING PROPORTIONATELY TO WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SUMMARY BRIEF.

UM, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL LARGELY BE DOING WITH ESG, HOPWA AND CDBG.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE HOME FUNDING PROGRAM, UM, CITY OF AUSTIN IS EXPERIENCING A VERY SUBSTANTIAL CUT, UH, GOING INTO FY 24 25.

UM, THIS YEAR WE HAD A ALLOCATION OF ABOUT 3.6 MILLION.

WE'LL HAVE AN ALLOCATION OF ABOUT 3 MILLION.

SO IT'S ABOUT A $600,000 CUT GOING INTO FY 24 25.

UM, AND AGAIN, THIS WAS KIND OF A NATIONWIDE FORMULA.

THERE'S NOT REALLY ANYTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE ABOUT THIS, UH, VARIOUS FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH POPULATION AND NEED.

UM, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, POPULATION AND NEED CAN GO UP AND OUR ALLOCATION CAN STILL GO DOWN BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE GONE UP HIGHER, RELATIVELY HIGHER.

AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS, ALSO NEW JURISDICTIONS ARE ALWAYS JOINING THE PROGRAM AS POPULATIONS RISE.

SO, UM, IT, IT, IT, WE ARE, WE ARE WHERE WE ARE, AND THAT IS, AND THE ONE REASON I HIGHLIGHT THAT IS I THINK THAT, THAT, AS WE FIGURE OUT HOW TO MANAGE THOSE CUTS, I THINK THAT, UH, THAT WOULD BE A GR A PRIME OPPORTUNITY FOR CDC TO WEIGH IN REGARDING, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT, HOW WE WANT TO MANAGE THAT.

UM, SO YOU'LL SEE, UM, IN THE COMING WEEKS, YOU KNOW, UM, WE'LL BE, WE'LL BE PROVIDING Y'ALL WITH AN UPDATED SUMMARY BRIEF TO LET Y'ALL KNOW WHAT OUR NEW HOME FUNDING PROGRAM IS, AND Y'ALL WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THAT TO, UM, CHIME IN AND, UH, GIVE YOUR, GIVE YOUR OPINION ON HOW WE HANDLE THAT SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE.

BUT C-D-B-G-E-S-G HOPWA, WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IN YOUR SUMMARY BRIEF IS LARGELY, FOR THE MOST PART, AT LEAST WHAT I'M TOLD RIGHT NOW, LARGELY, UM, GOING TO JUST BE PROPORTIONAL CHANGES TO OUR FY 24 25 ALLOCATIONS.

SO THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL, WE ARE, UH, WE HAVE THE DOCUMENT OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND WE'LL BE CLOSING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON JUNE 5TH.

UM, AND I'LL BE COMING, UH, I, OR WE WILL BE COMING BACK IN JUNE, UM, TO CHECK IN WITH YOU ALL.

UM, THE, UM, TIMELINE GETS A LITTLE, UM, TRICKY BECAUSE WE WILL BE WANTING TO SOLICIT, UM, RECOMMENDATION OF THE, UM, PLAN FOR YOU BEFORE IT GOES TO CITY COUNCIL ON JULY 18.

BUT I DIDN'T, WE DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.

WE, WE DIDN'T WANNA CLOSE THE PERIOD ON JUNE FIVE

[00:15:01]

AND THEN COME RIGHT TO Y'ALL TO SOLICIT APPROVAL BECAUSE IT'S LIKE, WE, WE NEED TO PROCESS ALL THOSE COMMENTS AND EVERYTHING, SO WE'RE NOT GONNA SOLICIT APPROVAL IN JUNE.

WE'LL SOLICIT APPROVAL FROM THAT IN JULY.

THAT WAY WE'VE HAD TIME TO PROCESS ALL OF THE PUBLIC COMMENTS, HAVE COMMUNICATION WITH YOU ALL, GET YOUR INPUT, GET THAT BEFORE LEADERSHIP.

SO HOPEFULLY I'M NOT RAMBLING ON TOO LONG.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE THE UPDATE THERE.

AND ONE OTHER UPDATE I'LL GIVE BEFORE I HOPEFULLY, UH, QUIT TALKING ZE OFF, IS THAT, UM, SOMETHING YOU SEE IN YOUR BACKUP THAT MIGHT HAVE SURPRISED YOU WAS THE, UM, REVISED, UH, DRAFT CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN.

AND WHAT THAT IS, IS SIMPLY PART OF THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN PROCESS IS TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN, WHICH JUST GIVES GUIDELINES AND RE AND REQUIREMENTS ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE WITH THE PUBLIC.

SO THE HEARINGS THAT YOU SEE ON YOUR AGENDA TONIGHT, UM, THEY'RE REQUIRED, UM, WELL, BOTH BY HUD REGULATION AND ALSO IN OUR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN.

THEY KIND OF HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE AS FAR AS HOW WE'RE ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC.

YOU KNOW, ARE WE TRANSLATING DOCUMENTS INTO SPANISH? UM, ARE WE, YOU KNOW, UM, YOU KNOW, IT, IT, IT KIND OF IS A HOLISTIC LOOK AT WHAT OUR, AT LEAST OUR MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ARE FOR CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT, RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT, I SHOULD SAY.

UM, AND SO THE PLAN IS DUE FOR A REVISION EVERY FIVE YEARS.

THE REVISIONS ARE RELATIVELY MINIMAL, BUT WE'VE STILL MADE SOME UPDATES.

UM, AND THAT IS OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT RIGHT NOW AS WELL.

AND THEN SHIFTING TO THE PUBLIC HEARINGS THAT YOU SEE ON YOUR AGENDA, THIS, UH, EVENING, UH, THERE'S THE REQUIRED DRAFT, CONSOLIDATED PLAN, PUBLIC HEARING, UM, AS, UH, BEFORE CDC.

AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE CITY COUNCIL ON THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN ON MAY 30TH.

UM, AND THEN THERE WILL BE, UM, A PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT FOR THE REVISED DRAFT CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN.

UM, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE THAT BEFORE CITY COUNCIL ON MAY 30TH.

SO, UM, I JUST WANTED TO COME ON AND, AND GIVE THAT QUICK UPDATE, KIND OF GIVE CONTEXT TO EVERYTHING.

I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS.

UM, SO I, YEAH, I, I CAN TAKE ANY QUESTIONS, UM, OR, UH, WE CAN JUST MOVE INTO, UH, THE PUBLIC HEARINGS IF WE HAVE ANY COMMENTERS.

UM, I HAVE A QUESTION, UM, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR TAKING LIBERTY AS CHAIR.

UM, THE INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING, WAS THAT INCLUDED IN OUR, UM, ONLINE? WAS THAT AVAILABLE? UM, FOR THE, THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE FOR THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN? I'M LOOKING, LOOKING ONLINE AND I'M NOT SEEING IT, BUT I, I MAY BE OVERLOOKING IT.

CAN SOMEONE ASSIST ME WITH THAT? UM, I, I CAN DEFINITELY SHARE HOW, HOW WE PROMOTED THE, THE PUBLIC HEARING.

UM, COULD, COULD YOU REPEAT YOUR QUESTION AS FAR AS, AS WHERE EXACTLY YOU'RE LOOKING? IT, I'M, I'M LOOKING, I'M LOOKING TO SEE, WE DO HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING THAT, UM, IS ON OUR AGENDA, AND I WAS LOOKING TO SEE IF THERE WAS A WAY, IF THERE WAS INFORMATION REGARDING THE CONSOLIDATED, THE DRAFT CONSOLIDATED PLAN, WAS THAT MADE, ALSO MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE? YES.

SO, AND I KNOW OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST, JULIE SMITH IS, IS SITTING RIGHT THERE.

YES.

FOR YOU.

MM-HMM.

, I MAY LET HER CHIME IN.

OKAY.

BUT I DO WANT GIVE YOU THE INVENTORY REALLY QUICKLY OF WHAT WE DID.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

I'M NOT ASKING FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

I'LL ASK FOR JOY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHRIS.

APPRECIATE IT.

JOY, CAN YOU, DID I OVERLOOK IT ONLINE? THE PUBLIC HEARING THE DRAFT? WAS IT MADE AVAILABLE OR LISA RODRIGUEZ, UH, IS NOT AWARE THAT IT WAS UPLOADED? THAT WAS HER RESPONSE WHEN I ASKED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO IT MAY NOT BE THAT I'M CRAY KRAY IT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

YOU'RE NOT? OKAY.

NO, THIS IS MY, UM, I WOULDN'T SAY OVERSIGHT, ALTHOUGH, YEAH, IT'S, IT'S A MATTER OF JUGGLING SOME CRAZY EMERGENCIES.

AND, UM, THEY, I WILL UPLOAD THEM TOMORROW SO THEY'LL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

I DO APOLOGIZE FOR NOT DOING THAT ON FRIDAY.

OKAY.

UM, IT'S, I, I, I THINK I HAVE IT, BUT I WAS MORE CONCERNED SEEING THAT WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING ON IT.

I WAS TRYING TO, I, I GUESS I'M TRYING TO MAKE SURE I WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND IF WE HAVE IN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON SOMETHING THAT THE PUBLIC DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO REVIEW.

I'M JUST TRYING TO, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE CARD IS BEFORE THE HORSE WITH THIS.

[00:20:01]

THAT'S FAIR.

WE DID SEND A PUBLIC NOTICE AND A PRESS RELEASE WITH A LINK TO THE SITE WHERE THE, UM, THE DRAFT PLAN AND THE UPDATED CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN ARE MM-HMM.

, BUT THAT'S NOT OUR NORMAL PROCESS.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

UM, COMMISSIONERS, DO YOU ALL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS WHILE I, UM, PROCESS THIS IN MY MIND? YES.

COMMISSIONER TOVER.

THANK YOU.

I'M COMMISSIONER TOVER TO, UH, GRANT, UH, TO CHRIS.

I, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION IS REQUESTING SOME OF THIS FUNDING TOO, A NONPROFIT.

UM, I DON'T HAVE THAT NUMBER IMMEDIATELY FOR YOU, BUT IT'S NOT A LARGE NUMBER THAT ARE EXPLICITLY REQUESTING, UM, REQUESTING, UH, FUNDING.

BUT I COULD FOLLOW UP WITH THAT EXACT NUMBER FOR YOU.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

UM, THE CHAIR.

I'LL WAIT.

YES, NO, I'LL WAIT.

I'M SORRY.

YES, THANK YOU.

YES, I ACKNOWLEDGE, UM, NEFERTITI JACKMAN.

THANK YOU.

OUR, UH, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, NO, NOT QUITE COMMUNITY.

OH, A PROMOTION PREVENTION OFFICER.

SHE GAVE ME A PROMOTION, BUT, UH, THANK YOU.

MY NAME IS NEFERTITI JACKMAN, COMMUNITY DISPLACEMENT PREVENTION OFFICER.

AND I DO WANNA CLARIFY AND, UM, PROVIDE AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION.

SO WITH THE PLAN, WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE COMMUNITY GROUPS THAT STATE HOW MUCH MONEY THEY'D LIKE TO RECEIVE.

AND FOR THE MOST PART, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS PRIORITIZING.

THIS IS HISTORICALLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THE DOLLARS BASED ON THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, WHICH CHRIS AND JULIE HAVE BEEN LEADING.

WE ESTABLISH PRIORITIES IN TERMS OF FUNDING NEEDS, AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE FUNDED THAT WAY.

AND WE ARE, WE HAVE HISTORICALLY REMAINED WITH THE SAME NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND PRIORITIES.

SO THEY DON'T NECESSARILY SAY, I WANT MONEY FOR THESE THINGS, BUT THE COMMUNITY IS SAYING, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE A NEED FOR.

AND THEN THE DEPARTMENT MIGHT PUT A SOLICITATION OUT AND THEN ORGANIZATIONS CAN APPLY TO MEET THOSE NEEDS.

SO I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE.

YEAH, I HOPE THAT'S HELPFUL.

IT IS A LITTLE BIT HELPFUL, BUT WHAT I'M HEARING OUT ON THE STREETS, UM, I'M REALLY UNHAPPY WITH WHAT I'M HEARING OUT ON THE STREETS BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S A LOT OF, UH, UNCERTAINTIES OF PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET AND NEIGHBORHOOD, ESPECIALLY IN MY DISTRICT, LAKESIDE AND CONY PARK, THAT THEY'RE NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW THESE FUNDINGS ARE WORKING.

SO MY RECOMMENDATION TO THE GROUP IS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE MEETINGS WITH THESE NEIGHBORHOODS TO LET THEM KNOW EXACTLY HOW THIS HAS WORKED.

BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T, YOU'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF 'EM THAT AIN'T GOING TO UNDERSTAND IT.

I APPRECIATE YOU TRYING TO EXPLAIN IT TO YES, SIR.

THANK YOU.

AND WE COULD, I WELCOME YOUR ASSISTANCE AND, AND I WILL WORK WITH MEMBERS OF COLONY PARK TO SET UP SOME MEETINGS, AND I, UH, LIKE TO LOOK, I'M LOOKING TO JULIE, OUR LEAD ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN START TO DO TO INFORM RESIDENTS, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE OF THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.

ABSOLUTELY.

ONE OF THE PRIMARY FEEDBACK THEMES, WHICH WE'LL SEE IN THE REPORT, IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

AND WE HEARD IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UH, SO KNOW THAT WE HEAR YOU.

AND THAT WHILE A LOT OF THIS FEEDBACK GOES INTO HOW FUNDING IS USED, UH, THE TEAM THAT I'M ON IS LOOKING VERY DEEPLY AT THE FEEDBACK ABOUT ENGAGEMENT, ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS, ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO NEED THESE PROGRAMS KNOW ABOUT THEM.

THAT WE'RE CENTERING THE VOICES OF THOSE PEOPLE, UM, AND DECIDING WHAT FUNDING GOES, GOES WHERE.

SO WE, I, I, I IMAGINE YOU SOUND, YOU, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE SAID THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

'CAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE.

AND WE HEAR YOU AND WE'LL BE WORKING ON IT.

THANK YOU.

UM, BEFORE I MOVE ON TO ASK ANY OTHER COMMISSIONERS, I DO WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE, UM, I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS FABULOUS, UM, SUMMARY, BUT THE SUMMARY IS SUPER DUPER, UH, AND, UH, I DO WANNA MAKE SURE I ACKNOWLEDGE

[00:25:01]

THAT, UM, BECAUSE IT'S WELL DONE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I JUST REALLY WOULD'VE HOPED THAT THE, UM, THAT WE JUST IN HAVE IT FOR US IN HOUSE, JUST BECAUSE IT IS SUCH, THIS IS GOOD.

UM, COMMISSIONERS.

MY, MY COMMISSIONER.

UM, WHERE AM I? I NEED EVERYBODY CLOSE UP SO I CAN SEE 'EM.

UH, ANY, UH, I SEE COMMISSIONER ACHILLES.

YES.

MM-HMM.

.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR THOMPSON.

CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME OKAY? I DO.

MM-HMM, .

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHRIS, FOR THIS, FOR THIS REPORT.

YEAH.

THANK YOU TO THE WHOLE TEAM.

I APPRECIATE THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UM, REPORT BEING INCLUDED.

UM, THIS IS, THIS IS REALLY EXCITING INFORMATION.

I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I WANTED TO JUST ECHO THE CHAIR'S CONCERN, UM, THAT WE HAVE A HEARING ON, ON SOMETHING THAT WASN'T SHARED IN OUR, UM, ON OUR WEB LINK.

AND I, UM, SO I ALSO WOULD BE CURIOUS WHEN FOLKS COME UP, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING THEY CAN SHARE.

IF WE HAVE ANYONE GIVING PUBLIC COMMENT, I WOULD JUST BE REALLY CURIOUS TO FIND OUT HOW THEY READ IT, .

UM, 'CAUSE THAT WOULD BE GOOD 'CAUSE WHATEVER THAT WAS WORKED REALLY WELL.

SO, UM, SINCE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE HEARD IT, WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO, TO RESPOND VIA OUR POSTINGS, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW LIKE WHAT, UM, WHAT METHOD DID, DID WORK SO WELL TO, TO BRING FOLKS OUT HERE.

UM, AND THEN MY QUESTION REAL QUICK, CHRIS, IS CLARIFICATION.

UM, MM-HMM.

.

SO IN JUNE, WHAT WILL YOU WANT FROM US? 'CAUSE I KNOW JULY IS WHEN WE OFFICIALLY WILL APPROVE.

AND, AND JUST A REMINDER, IT'S REALLY HELPFUL IF WHEN THE 300 PAGE REPORTS COME, IF WE CAN GET JUST A REMINDER OF THE EXACT ACTION, IF THERE'S ANY WAY TO GET THAT.

UM, 'CAUSE I FELT SO BAD I HAD NOT FULLY DIGESTED ALL 300 PAGES, UM, FOR TODAY.

UM, OH, SO JUST, JUST A REMINDER, WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM US IN JUNE SPECIFICALLY? YEAH.

SO, UH, YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

JUNE IS JUST, UH, SO IN THE PAST WE'VE SOLICITED RECOMMENDATION IN JUNE, BUT WE DIDN'T WANNA DO IT SO QUICKLY AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD.

SO, UM, AS FAR AS WHAT IT, UM, WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR FROM YOU IN JUNE, I MEAN, I KNOW WE'LL HAVE A NEW, UM, A NEW SUMMARY BRIEF WITH THE NEW FIGURES THAT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO GET YOUR INPUT ON.

UM, I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M KIND OF WRAPPING MY HEAD AROUND AS WELL, WHAT EXACTLY WILL BE HELPFUL.

UM, BUT I CAN GIVE Y'ALL A, UM, AN EMAIL AHEAD OF TIME TO KIND OF LET Y'ALL KNOW WHAT WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL FOR, UH, FOR THAT JUNE MEETING, IF THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

THANK YOU.

YES, GO ON, COMMISSIONER .

GOOD EVENING.

UM, SO YEAH, I WANT US TO SEE IF WE CAN GO AHEAD AND POSTPONE THE PUBLIC HEARING.

UH, MADAM CHAIR, UH, I HAVE THE CONCERN AS, UM, AS WELL AS MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES AND, AND YOURSELF.

UM, PUBLIC NOTIFICATION IS, IS VITAL IN AUSTIN, ESPECIALLY IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A FIVE YEAR PLAN, UM, BECAUSE IT WAS NOT POSTED, UH, FOR WHATEVER THE REASONS WERE.

UM, WE JUST NEED TO, UH, GO AHEAD AND POSTPONE THE PUBLIC HEARING, GIVE PEOPLE, UH, AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME, UH, AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS AS WELL AS EMAIL THE COMMISSION, UH, BEFORE WE EVEN, YOU KNOW, TAKE A, UM, AN APPROVAL ON ANYTHING AS WELL AS WE NEED TO ALSO, I THINK, UH, KIND OF REVIEW THIS A LITTLE BIT MORE.

UM, AND SO I THINK IT WOULD JUST BE BENEFICIAL IF WE JUST ASK FOR A POSTPONEMENT ON THAT PUBLIC HEARING.

THANK YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER DELGADO, I DON'T, UH, WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR REQUEST.

I DO WANNA MAKE SURE THAT I, I'M CORRECT.

IT WAS POSTED THAT THERE WOULD BE A PUBLIC HEARING, BUT THE MATERIAL TO SUPPORT ANYBODY WHO WAS INTERESTED IN BEING, UM, IN REVIEWING THE MATERIAL WAS LACKING.

SO THEY DID POST THAT.

WE WOULD, IT WAS ON THE AGENDA, UM, BUT THE, THE SUPPORTING, UH, DOCUMENTATION AND BACK BACKUP WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE I DIDN'T, UM, THAT YOU, UM, WERE CLEARLY AWARE.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WE DO HAVE A MOTION TO POSTPONE.

UM, OH, COME ON.

COMMISSIONER WOODS.

I SEE A HAND.

MM-HMM, .

HI.

THANK YOU.

UM, I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT, THIS IS IN THE SAME GENERAL VEIN.

MM-HMM.

, I WAS CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY, UH, COUNSEL WILL BE, UM, TALKING ABOUT ON MAY 30TH.

UM, AND ALSO I HAVE WRITTEN DOWN JULY 18TH, AND I THINK I'M CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING ON THOSE TWO DATES.

CAN YOU RUN THAT BY US AGAIN, PLEASE? YES, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT.

SO, A 30TH IS WHAT WE, UM, WERE AIMING, UH, TO DO, UH, ORIGINALLY TONIGHT, UM, WITH, WAS THE

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PUBLIC HEARING.

UH, SO IT'S A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE DRAFT.

AND THEN JULY 18 IS WHEN WE EXPECT THEY WILL APPROVE THE FINAL DRAFT.

SO I, I GUESS I SHOULD REWORD THAT TO NOT BE CONFUSING.

IT'S A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FIRST DRAFT.

UM, AND THEN, UH, JULY 18, THEY APPROVED THE FINAL DRAFT.

OKAY.

DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? YES.

I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT THE TIMELINE ON THAT.

THANK YOU.

YES.

AND SAME THING WITH THE, UM, THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN.

IT'S A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN.

THEY'LL APPROVE THAT ON JULY 18 AS WELL.

I'LL LET THE CHAIR, I DON'T KNOW IF I'M SUPPOSED TO CALL ON .

NO, I, UM, DOES THAT ANSWER WHAT YOU WERE, UM, ARE YOU GOOD WITH THAT? COMMISSIONER WOODS? OKAY.

I SAW A THUMBS UP.

THANK YOU.

YES, THANK, THANK YOU, UHHUH.

YEAH, I SAW YOUR THUMBS UP.

OKAY.

UM, WE DO HAVE A, A, A REQUEST BY COMMISSIONER DELGADO, UM, EXPRESSING HER CONCERN, UH, AND SUGGESTING, UH, THAT WE POSTPONE THE PUBLIC HEARINGS.

UM, NOT AGAIN BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T POSTED, BUT BECAUSE THERE WASN'T ANYTHING FOR THE INDIVID FOR ANYBODY CONCERNED, UH, CITIZEN TO ACTUALLY REVIEW.

AND, UM, WITH THAT, UM, COMMISSIONERS, UH, OH, I SEE.

CHRIS, YOU WANNA CLARIFY SOMETHING? OH, I JUST, OH, NO, I JUST THOUGHT I'D, I'D, UH, OFFER ONE THING, WHICH WAS THE IDEA OF IF THERE'S ANYONE THAT'S COME OUT OR CALLED MAYBE GIVING THEM THE CHANCE TO SPEAK, AND THEN WE COULD DO ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING, ESSENTIALLY.

BUT MAYBE THERE'S NO ONE THERE.

I JUST WANTED TO OFFER THAT FOR Y'ALL.

BUT OF COURSE, IT'S, IT'S UP TO Y'ALL.

OKAY.

UM, MS. BROWN, DO I HAVE ON THE, THE LIST? I DON'T HAVE IT HERE.

SO DO YOU HAVE ON THE LIST ANYBODY WHO SIGNED UP FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING? ONLY HAVE ONE PERSON.

OKAY.

AND SINCE IT IS IN FACT A, UM, DO I HAVE OTHERS? I HAVE ONE SIGNED UP.

OKAY.

ANOVIA JOSEPH.

OKAY.

AND IT JUST SAYS FILE, SO.

OH, OKAY.

I WASN'T TOO SURE.

ALRIGHT, MS. JOSEPH, WHEN YOU'RE, UM, YOU PLEASE, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR DURING THIS TIME AND LET US KNOW.

ARE YOU, IT SAYS, UM, FILE.

SO ARE YOU SPEAKING TO ITEM NUMBER FIVE OR, OR, AND, OR SIX ON OUR AGENDA? THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR MEMBERS, UM, IS AN LET ASK THAT QUESTION.

IS THERE GONNA BE, UM, ITEM FIVE OR SIX ON THE AGENDA? NOT, NOT ANYTHING THAT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING IS OKAY.

RIGHT.

THE PUBLIC HEARING.

YES, PLEASE.

SO MY COMMENT SPECIFICALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE PUBLIC HEARING PROCESS IS THAT IT WASN'T IN THE BACKUP MATERIAL.

OKAY.

SO THE COMMISSIONER ACHILLES' QUESTION AS IT RELATES TO HOW DID I GET THE INFORMATION? MM-HMM.

, I DID AT FIRST LOOK UP, SPEAK UP AUSTIN, AND LOOKED UP THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN.

DIDN'T REALLY SEE IT THERE.

IT IS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING BECAUSE THERE IS A LIST OF ARCHIVE DOCUMENTS FROM FY 2016 ALL THE WAY CURRENT THAT IS POSTED ONLINE.

OKAY.

I EVENTUALLY JUST TYPED CHRIS DURAN AND THEN I INCLUDED CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND FOLLOWED THAT RABBIT TRAIL, IF YOU WILL.

OKAY.

THAT WAS, AND CAME AND FOUND THE 279 PAGE DOCUMENT.

OKAY.

SO MY COMMENTS ARE SPECIFICALLY, AND IT'S A LITTLE SMALL ON THE SCREEN, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE SPECIFICALLY IT SAYS THAT TRANSIT IS A PRIORITY.

AND YOU'VE HEARD ME SPEAK ABOUT THE INEQUITIES AS IT RELATES TO TRANSIT.

AND SO I DO HAVE A SLIDE, I DIDN'T PUT THAT ON THE SCREEN FOR YOU, BUT I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE, AND I CAN'T SAY THIS ENOUGH, JUNE 3RD, 2018, CAPITAL METRO ELIMINATED NORTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY NORTH OF US, 180 3.

AND THAT IS WHERE YOU HAVE THE TRANSIT DEPENDENT MINORITIES WHO RELY ON THE BUS SERVICE IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

IF YOU WANNA POINT OF REFERENCE NOVEMBER 3RD, 2017 IN THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, THERE WAS AN ARTICLE THAT ACTUALLY HAD THE MAP.

AND IT WILL SHOW YOU THAT THERE IS NO CONNECTIVITY IN NORTHEAST AUSTIN.

WE ARE WAITING SPECIFICALLY ROUTE 3 25, WHICH IS THE BERG ROUTE.

IT USED TO BE 15 MINUTE HEADWAY.

IT WOULD RUN EVERY 15 MINUTES BEFORE CAPRI MAP.

IT WAS THE PILOT PEOPLE WERE RIDING ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAY, AND THEN IT WAS

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USED TO DUPLICATE SOUTHEAST WEST CONNECTIVITY.

THAT ROUTE NOW ON OCCASION, RUNS EVERY 60 MINUTES BECAUSE IF ONE BLOCK GETS CANCELED, IT'S 60 MINUTES.

WHAT I REALLY WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS NOT AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHER IN FAIR HOUSING.

I WANT YOU TO RECOGNIZE THAT COUNCIL JUST APPROVED THE CRESTVIEW STATION RYAN PROJECT 69 0 9 RYAN DRIVE.

AND 80% OF THE UNITS ARE $65,000 TO $96,000.

AND THAT IS THE PRIORITY FOR THE LIGHT RAIL IN HYDE PARK WHERE IT TERMINATES IN THE FIRST PHASE.

THERE IS NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAUSE ON MARCH 12TH, 2020, COUNCIL APPROVED ONE ACRE, $3.8 MILLION FOR A DETENTION POND.

SO THEY EFFECTIVELY KILLED AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

BUT NOW THAT THEY NEED THE APPLICATION TO GET FEDERAL FUNDING, IT SPECIFIES THAT THEY ARE SERVING THE MINORITIES, THAT THEY'RE SERVING PEOPLE WHO NEED ACCESS TO JOBS AND TO SCHOOL AND TO WORK.

I THINK WHAT'S IMPORTANT HERE IS FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIDERSHIP AND COVERAGE.

RIDERSHIP RELATES TO THINKING LIKE A BUSINESS, AND YOU CHOOSE THE TARGET AUDIENCE YOU WANT TO SERVE.

COVERAGE IS THE LOCAL BUS ROUTE.

BUT WHEN YOU GOT YOUR APP, YOUR BALLOT ON NOVEMBER 3RD, 2020, THAT WAS CONFLATED HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT ARE THOSE ROUTES THAT SERVE 30 TO 45 PEOPLE AN HOUR.

THAT'S THE A ACCORDION BINDI BUST, A 60 FOOT BUST.

IT DOESN'T GO THROUGH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE RAIL DOESN'T GO THROUGH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT THAT IS HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT.

BUT IF YOU LOOK AT YOUR BALLOT LANGUAGE, YOU'LL SEE PROPOSITION A TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK, YOU WERE GETTING PEOPLE TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES.

AND THAT IS IN FACT A FALSEHOOD, WHICH IS WHY THERE IS A LAWSUIT THAT'S PENDING AND ONGOING.

AND SO I JUST CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH, AND I APPRECIATE NEFERTITI.

JACKMAN GAVE ME THE PACKET AND IT SHOWS KAZI RADIO ON YOUR, IN YOUR PACKET, IT'S 32.

ON THE RIGHT SIDE IT SAYS 24.

WELL, KAZI HAS OPEN LINES MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

THE WAKE UP CALL USED TO BE CALLED WAKE UP CALL, BUT NOW IT'S THE MORNING GRIND AND THEY ACTUALLY INTERVIEW PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.

AND SO IT WASN'T ON KAZI TO MY KNOWLEDGE.

AND I WOULD JUST CLOSE BY SAYING IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF STAFF WOULD ACTUALLY POST THE COMMENTS THAT THEY RECEIVE AS OPPOSED TO JUST TELLING US THAT THEY GO OUT TO THE PUBLIC.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

BUT I AGREE THAT THIS PUBLIC HEARING NEEDS TO BE POSTPONED SO THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO OUTREACH TO BLACK PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR AND THE HISPANICS IN SOUTHEAST AUSTIN WHERE YOU'RE CONCENTRATING POVERTY.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL GLADLY ANSWER THEM AT THIS TIME.

SINCE WE ARE ON

[5. Conduct a public hearing to receive comment on community needs for the City's Fiscal Year 2025-2029 Consolidated Plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the City's application for federal funding.]

THE PUBLIC HEARING PART.

MS. UM, JOSEPH, UM, YOU FOUND THE 200 PAGE DOCUMENT, UM, ONLINE AND UM, THE COMMENTS THAT YOU JUST SHARED ARE, UM, IN REFERENCE TO THAT THE 200 PAGES THAT YOU REVIEWED? YES, MA'AM.

CHAIR.

OKAY.

SO THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS ON SCREEN, AND I DON'T NEED IT ANYMORE.

MM-HMM.

, BUT IT WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE.

MM-HMM.

IT MENTIONED THAT THERE WAS AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

MM-HMM.

.

AND THAT WAS SPECIFICALLY IN THE HIGH OPPORTUNITY AREAS.

MM MM-HMM.

.

AND SO IT'S, I WOULD ASK STAFF TO BRING BACK, UH, WHERE THE VOUCHERS ARE ACTUALLY IN THE HIGH OPPORTUNITY AREAS.

AND I, IF YOU'LL ALLOW ME, I WILL JUST TELL YOU THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS DONE THESE PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION DEALS WITH BELRON, WHICH IS A SAN FRANCISCO INVESTMENT COMPANY.

SO THOSE PARTICULAR PROPERTIES ARE 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME.

AND I'VE ASKED THE STAFF BEFORE, AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO GET IT AS WELL, AN OVERLAY THAT ACTUALLY SHOWS YOU THE DENSITY AND THE AFFORDABILITY.

SO THE AREA MEDIAN INCOME, AND I THINK WHAT YOU'LL SEE IS THAT ON THE RAIL LINE SPECIFICALLY, IT'S 80% AREA MEDIAN INCOME AND THAT THE UNIT SIZE IS A PROXY FOR RACE DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE YOU HAVE PLAZA SALTILLO, FOR EXAMPLE, ON MARCH 2ND, 2017, WHERE CAPITAL METRO OWNS THAT LAND.

AND THIS IS GERMANE.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THURSDAY THEY'RE VOTING ON HOME TWO.

AND THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

WELL, CAPITOL METRO OWNS PLAZA SALTILLO AND THEY FOUGHT AGAINST COUNCIL MEMBER TOLL'S RESOLUTION.

SHE HAD AN AMENDMENT RATHER FOR SIX UNITS TO BE TWO BEDROOMS OUTTA 141.

AND THEN MAYOR ADLER HAD ENDEAVORS HUDDLE LIKE THEY WERE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD TO DIS TO SEE WHAT THE DEVELOPER WANTED.

AND IN THE END, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF STAFF WOULD ALSO TELL

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YOU HOW MANY PROPERTIES ACTUALLY HAVE A FEE IN LIEU OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON SITE.

MM-HMM.

, BECAUSE THAT IS ALSO IN THE DOCUMENT WHERE THEY'RE JUST SAYING THEY'RE AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHER IN FAIR HOUSING AND THEY'RE ALSO SAYING THAT IT'S THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

BUT I WOULD JUST ASK THIS COMMISSION TO REMEMBER WHEN MANDY DE MAYO CAME BEFORE YOU IN OCTOBER OF 2023 WITH THE PRO HOUSING APPLICATION.

AND THAT DOCUMENT WAS MORE TRUTHFUL, IT TOLD YOU THAT LESS THAN 10 HOMES WERE AFFORDABLE IN WEST AUSTIN.

AND IT ALSO TOLD YOU THAT THE SMART HOUSING POLICY WAS OVER 20 YEARS OLD.

IT WAS ACTUALLY ADOPTED ON APRIL 20TH, 22,000.

SO IT'S 24 YEARS OLD.

AND THAT INFORMATION THAT I KEEP READING IS FROM FY 2016, CUT AND PASTED INTO WHAT IS ONLINE IN THE 279 PAGE DOCUMENT.

AND SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO READ MOST OF IT.

BUT WHAT, WHEN I GOT TO THE END OF THE DOCUMENT, IT WAS VERY CONFUSING 'CAUSE IT HAS THE CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION.

AND SO I'M NOT SURE THAT IS CARRYOVER FUNDING.

I THOUGHT THAT FUNDING MIGHT HAVE EXPIRED IN 2023.

SO IF MR. DURAN, OUR STAFF COULD ACTUALLY CLARIFY WHY THAT CORONAVIRUS LANGUAGE IS IN THERE AND IF IT IS APPLICABLE FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE, BECAUSE IT'S VERY EXTENSIVE.

AND TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS THERE, THEN THEY NEED TO COMPLY WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS ASSURANCES, WHICH INCLUDES TITLE SIX AND ALSO THE FAIR HOUSING ACT OF 1968 AND 5 0 1, 5 0 4 RATHER, AND AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

THANK YOU MS. JOSEPH.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

MADAM CHAIR.

MOVE THE HAIR OUTTA MY EYE.

? YES MA'AM.

, IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, I'LL GO.

I ANSWERED THEM.

ALL RIGHT.

COMMISSIONERS.

MR. DURAN, CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT OR EITHER YOU CAN TOO, SINCE YOU'RE RIGHT HERE, YOU, YOU KNOW, IT BACKWARDS AND FORTH OR, OR I DUNNO THE PLAN, LIKE CHRIS DOES, I CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGAGEMENT, BUT I'LL, I'LL LET HIM ANSWER.

ALL RIGHT.

THE MORE FINANCIAL QUESTIONS.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. DURAN.

I WOULD, I'M INTERESTED IN THE VERY LAST PART THAT MS. JOSEPH MENTIONED.

ARE WE CUTTING AND PASTING FROM THE 2016 PLAN? SO, UM, I WOULD HAVE TO, WELL, OKAY.

THE ANSWER IS NO, .

UM, THERE MAY BE, UM, YOU KNOW, LANGUAGE.

SO I GUESS, UH, WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY WAS THAT I'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY, UH, WHICH, WHICH SECTION EXACTLY MS. JOSEPH IS REFERRING TO.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, I DO NOTE THAT THERE IS, UM, SOME, UM, CARES ACT FUNDING THAT IS STILL BEING SPENT, UM, GOING INTO FISCAL YEAR 24 25.

UM, SO THERE MAY BE SOME CORONAVIRUS LANGUAGE ASSOCIATED THERE.

UM, BUT IF THERE IS, UM, CORONAVIRUS RELATED LANGUAGE THAT SHOULD NOT BE THERE, UM, THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE A, UH, FIRST DRAFT PROCESS FOR.

AND OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, AS I, UH, HAVE BEEN EXPRESSING TO MY SUPERVISOR, I, I WANT, I, I, I ALWAYS, UH, DESIRE TO GET THE BEST DOCUMENT OUT FOR FIRST DRAFT THAT WE CAN, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT IT IS A FIRST DRAFT.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, UH, IT, IT COULD BE, IT COULD BE, UH, LANGUAGE THAT WILL BE IN THE FINAL DRAFT BECAUSE OF THAT CARES ACT FUNDING.

UM, AND IT, IT COULD BE, UH, SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OUT.

AND IF MS UH, I'LL, I'LL REACH OUT DIRECTLY TO MS. JOSEPH 'CAUSE I'D LOVE TO, UH, TO DETERMINE THE, THAT DISTINCTION AND CORRECT IT IF NEED BE.

WELL, I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO, UM, UM, GET OFF THE, GET VERIFIED TO GET INTO, UM, MY COMPUTER BECAUSE I WAS JUST GONNA JUST, UM, UH, SEARCH THE FILE, UM, FOR IT.

SO IF ANYBODY IS THERE, UM, ELECTRONICALLY CAN JUST SEARCH THE DOCUMENT FOR CORONA, UM, THAT WOULD PROBABLY, UM, GET ME WHAT I NEED.

I JUST, I'VE, I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET PAST THE INITIAL SCREEN, UH, SO I APOLOGIZE THAT I'M HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO, UM, GET VERIFICATION.

LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH POST.

OKAY.

YES.

UM, COMMISSIONER VER, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

MY, CHRIS, I NEED TO ASK YOU A QUESTION.

I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN ON BOARD, BUT, UH, FACE YOUR YEAR OF 2020 FEBRUARY OF 2016, THERE IS A BOOK OUT THAT WAS PRINTED THROUGH NORTHEAST ECONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT.

I HAVE THAT COPY AND I READ IT ALL THE TIME ABOUT WHAT HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 12 YEARS.

AND I CAN GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2024 FROM 2024 ALL THE WAY BACK TO 2007.

WE JUST NEED TO KNOW FOR SURE

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HOW IS ALL OF THIS HERE IS NOT BEING PUBLISHED FOR THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING.

THANK YOU, MS. JACKMAN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

NEFERTITI JACKMAN.

UM, THERE WERE SEVERAL, UM, REFERENCES TO HAKA THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS WELL AS, UM, REFERENCES TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS.

WHAT I'D LIKE TO OFFER IS WHEN THE COMMISSION IS READY, WE CAN INVITE HAKA TO PROVIDE GREATER CLARIFICATION IF YOU'D LIKE, OR IF THE COMMISSION LIKES, BECAUSE I IN, I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE RESPONSIVE TO THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEING PUT FORWARD TO YOU TONIGHT.

UM, AND SO SOME OF THE THINGS ARE SPECIFIC TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

IT IS NOT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

UM, BUT THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WOULD NEED TO ALSO ADDRESS IN RESPONSE TO, UH, MS. JOSEPH'S QUESTIONS.

SO AT A TIME THAT IS APPROPRIATE TO YOU GUYS, WE CAN INVITE, UH, BOTH OF THOSE AGENCIES AND OUR DEPARTMENT COLLEAGUES BACK TO ANSWER SPECIFIC QUESTIONS REGARDING THE VOUCHERS, UM, THAT YOU REFERENCED.

AND I, UM, BUT WE CAN HAVE A FURTHER DISCUSSION, UM, DURING ONE OF THE NEXT AGENDA SETTING MEETINGS.

AND I WILL ALSO FOLLOW UP WITH MS. JOSEPH, UM, TO SORT OF HELP INFORM THE CONVERSATION IN A WAY THAT WILL BE VALUABLE TO THE COMMISSIONERS, UM, BECAUSE WE ARE, I WANNA MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THE PRIORITIES, UM, AS IT RELATES TO, BUT I, I GET THE E EMAILS FROM CAP METRO AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THESE DEADLINES, AND I KNOW IT'S A LOT, SO I WANNA MAKE SURE WE HONE IN ON THE RIGHT PRIORITIES SO THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE ADEQUATE RESPONSES TO YOUR PRIORITY CONCERNS AS WELL.

OKAY? THANK YOU.

AND I'LL DO THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, FOR THAT MS. JACKMAN.

BUT, UH, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

I DO, I I REALLY DO.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MS. JOSEPH IS NOT OUR ONLY CITIZEN.

UM, AND, AND SO, UM, AND I DO APPRECIATE THAT SHE DOES BRING ITEMS TO OUR ATTENTION, BUT I, MY CONCERN IS, UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU SAID, HAKA, IF WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THIS, IT SEEMS LIKE THE NEXT MEETING IF, AM I CORRECT, CHRIS, THE NEXT MEETING, IF WE DO THE PUBLIC HEARING NEXT MEETING IN JUNE, WE NEED TO BE READY TO HEAR AND DECIDE IN THE SAME NIGHT? NO, NO.

SO I WOULD HAVE, WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE IN JULY, SO WE CAN DO JUNE MEETING FOR THE SECOND DRAFT IF, IF NEED BE OR THE FIRST DRAFT, REVISIT IT.

IT'S EITHER WAY.

AND THEN IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE'S ANOTHER ONE BECAUSE IT IS A FIVE YEAR PLAN, AND I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE WE DON'T FUMBLE THE BALL SO BADLY THAT WE LOCK OURSELVES IN WITH THE FI WITH THE FIVE YEARS.

WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT JUST A ONE YEAR.

THAT'S MY ONLY CONCERN.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M, I'M, I'M JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO RIGHT.

THAT'S ALL I WANNA DO, GUYS.

I JUST WANNA DO RIGHT BY THE PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE.

THAT'S MY CONCERN.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, COMMISSIONER DELGADO HERE.

YEAH, I, I THINK I'M JUST GONNA ECHO OUR, OUR, OUR MADAM CHAIR HERE AND THEN WE HAVE A CONSTITUENT HERE.

AND THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING SUCH DETAILED INFORMATION.

'CAUSE SHE HAS JUST POINTED OUT A GREAT CONCERN.

UH, ONE, UM, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WHATEVER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IS BEING DONE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WE'RE SO CRITICAL AS FAR AS GETTING THINGS APPROVED, UH, COMMENTS, PUBLIC CITIZENS COMMUNICATION, UH, I DON'T SEE ANYTHING BEING PUBLISHED OUT THERE.

SO I WOULD LIKE, UH, OUR, YOU ALL, CHRIS, UH, YOUR STAFF TO PROVIDE THIS TO THE BOARD, UH, IN THE DISTRICTS OF WHERE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT'S BEING POSTED, THAT THERE'S A PUBLIC HEARING, UH, IN THIS COMMISSION, UM, AND IN COUNCIL COMING UP SO WE CAN LIKE, UH, OUR, OUR MADAM CHAIR SAID, SO WE CAN DO OUR GOOD DEED HERE IN LETTING THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT THIS FIVE YEAR PLAN, UH, IS ON THE TABLE AND THIS IS THE TIME THAT WE NEED THEM TO SPEAK UP.

AND SO JUST SPEAK UP.

AUSTIN IS REALLY THE ONLY ONE ADVOCATING OUT THERE, AND THAT'S, UH, I DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'RE AFFILIATED WITH YOU ALL, UH, BUT I KNOW THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN SHOULD BE DOING, UM, A BETTER JOB AS TRYING TO GET, UH, PEOPLE'S INPUT.

AND SO THAT'S WHY I HAVE, UM, PROPOSED A, A POSTPONEMENT FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR, UH, I'M NOT SURE IF WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO READING

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ONE AND READING TWO, UH, FOR THE NEXT ONE.

I, THAT I, I WOULD ASK CHRIS FOR CLARIFICATION, UH, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU ALL ARE ON A TIMELINE THAT'S KIND OF CRUNCHED IN AND WE JUST WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT WE'RE DISCUSSING RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, WE DO HAVE A MOTION TO POSTPONE THE PUBLIC HEARING, SO, UM, LET'S GO AHEAD AND ACTION THAT.

COMMISSIONERS, I'M, I'M SORRY, I'M, THIS IS LISA.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT SINCE YOU'VE ALREADY, UH, TAKEN COMMENT FROM THE PUBLIC THAT THAT CONSTITUTES A PUBLIC HEARING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, SO, BUT I, I HEARD CHRIS SAY MM-HMM, THAT YOU COULD BRING IT BACK.

MM-HMM, ON THE JUNE AGENDA.

OKAY, FAIR ENOUGH.

AND IF THAT, IF THAT DOESN'T MEET THE TIMELINE, YOU MAY WANNA CONSIDER A, UH, SPECIAL CALLED MEETING EARLIER IN JUNE.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, LISA.

I DO APPRECIATE IT.

'CAUSE I WAS ACTUALLY, WHEN WE DID HEAR FROM MS. JOSEPH, I WAS, UM, I WAS PERPLEXED WITH THAT, UM, MYSELF, SO THANK YOU.

UM, WE WILL, WE WILL SORT THAT OUT AND, UM, UM, COME ON CHRIS.

YEAH, IF IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED OR APPROPRIATE, I DID HAVE SOME CLARIFICATIONS FROM MS. JOSEPH AND COMMISSIONER DELGADO'S STATEMENTS, BUT I MEAN, WE COULD JUST MOVE FORWARD IF, IF WE WANT TO.

YES, PLEASE DO.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM, .

ALL RIGHT.

WE ARE MOVING OVER TO OUR DISCUSSION ITEMS. WE HAVE ON HELL, WHERE IS HE? THANK YOU.

THIS WOULD BE PRETTY MUCH, I THINK WE MIGHT NEED TO POSTPONE THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN PUBLIC HEARING.

I WAS THINKING THAT THAT WAS, UM, OKAY.

MY APOLOGIZE.

UH, THAT WAS ONLY ON THE FIRST ONE, THE CONSOLIDATED, YES.

THANK YOU.

I APOLOGIZE.

CHRIS, YOU WERE SAYING THAT THAT WAS ITEM FIVE.

SO YES, WE CAN MAKE A,

[6. Conduct a public hearing to receive comment on the City’s revised Citizen Participation Plan as part of the Fiscal Year 2025-2029 Consolidated Plan process that secures federal funding for the City from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.]

MAKE THE MOTION TO MOVE FORWARD AND POSTPONE ITEM NUMBER SIX.

IS THAT WHAT I HEAR YOU TO BE SAYING? YES.

YES.

COMMISSIONER LEGIA, YOU WERE, UH, MAKING A MOTION? YES.

OKAY.

WOULD YOU STATE IT CLEARLY FOR THE RECORD? YES.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

DO I HAVE SOMEONE TO SECOND THAT? THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN, UM, UM, MOTIONED AND SECONDED, UM, THAT WE POSTPONE ITEM NUMBER SIX SINCE WE DID IN FACT, UH, ENGAGE IN ITEM NUMBER FIVE.

SO ITEM NUMBER SIX, PUBLIC HEARING THE CPP HAS BEEN, UH, OFFICIALLY POSTPONED, AND WE WILL LOOK TO HAVE BOTH OF THOSE BACK.

NEXT CHAIR.

OH, I'M SORRY.

YES.

I DID NOT HEAR WHO SECONDED.

AND I ALSO THINK YOU NEED TO TAKE A VOTE.

DID I MISS OKAY, THE VOTE? SORRY.

NO, YOU DID NOT MISS A VOTE.

I'M, I, I APOLOGIZE.

UM, I, I, I AM DISAPPOINTED AND, AND I THINK MY DISAPPOINTMENT IS SPILLING OVER AND I APOLOGIZE.

I HEARD, UNDERSTOOD.

I, I, WE HAD A MOTION.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER.

COMMISSIONER DELGADO.

SECOND IT SECOND IT ALSO, COMMISSIONER A REMINDER TO COMMISSIONERS TO PLEASE TURN YOUR MIC ON WHEN YOU'RE, UM, MOTIONING.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, DO, CAN WE HAVE A VOTE ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF ITEM NUMBER SIX? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF POSTPONING THE CPP PUBLIC HEARING, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE BY RAISING YOUR HAND.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE ARE NOW READY

[7. Presentation and discussion on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) for April 2024 (Angel Zambrano, Manager, Neighborhood Services Unit, Austin Public Health)]

TO MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER SEVEN, THE DISCUSSION OF, UM, OUR CSBG FROM ON HEALTH.

THANK YOU ON HILL FOR YOUR PATIENCE, AND THANK YOU, LISA.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? GOOD EVENING.

OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME THIS MONTH.

UM, I'M GOING TO PRESENT ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT, PROGRAMMATIC AND FINANCIAL REPORT.

UH, THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT FUNDS THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO LOW INCOME TEXAS RESIDENTS IN ALL 254 COUNTIES, AS I SAID ON MAY 4TH.

UM, THIS IS THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION, UH, AND COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES.

THERE'S OVER A THOUSAND OF THEM IN THIS COUNTRY, OF WHICH WE ARE ONE, AND THAT'S HOW WE COME HERE TO PRESENT TO YOU EVERY MONTH ON THE WORK THAT WE DO.

OUR MISSION IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES AND HEALTH OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POVERTY BY PROVIDING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, AND CONNECTING RESIDENTS OF

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AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEWER, WE DO IT IN A VARIETY OF WAY.

WE ADDRESS BASIC NEEDS, PREVENTIVE HEALTH, CASE MANAGEMENT, AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS AT OUR SIX NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE ONE, IT'S OUR BUDGET AND EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES.

UH, WE JUST FULLY EXPENDED OUR 2023 CONTRACT.

WE HAD SOME PERSONAL SAVINGS, AS I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE.

SO WE GOT AN EXTENSION THROUGH MARCH, UH, THAT WAS $1,141,204 THAT HAS BEEN FULLY EXPENDED.

WE WILL BEGIN EXPENDING OUR FIRST ALLOCATION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

UM, AND I WILL HAVE UPDATES NEXT MONTH ON THAT.

WE'VE HAD ONE ALLOCATION OF 382,594.

THIS IS LEVEL FUNDING, SO WE EXPECT TO GET CLOSE TO WHAT WE RECEIVED LAST YEAR ONCE WE GET THAT FINAL ALLOCATION AND CONTRACT.

IF YOU GO TO PAGE TWO, COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS, UH, WE RECEIVED SOME, UH, ERA TWO FUNDING FOR RENT ASSISTANCE.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPENSE SOME OF THOSE FUNDS AND HELP PEOPLE STAY HOUSED AND AVOID EVICTION.

THERE'LL BE MORE ON THAT.

ON PAGE THREE, WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS A REAL HIGH FOOD INSECURITY IN THE CITY AND COUNTY.

AS YOU CAN TELL BY OUR NUMBERS HERE ON OUR FIVE JJ SERVICE.

THE FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS, WE HAVE NUMBERS SERVED SO FAR THIS YEAR, 34,873, IF YOU COMPARE THAT TO LAST YEAR AT THE SAME TIME, 19,256.

SO WE'VE, UH, ALMOST DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE SERVE.

THE BOTTOM OF, UH, PAGE TWO, JUST BASICALLY FOR THE NEW FOLKS.

UH, LITTLE DESCRIPTION ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES AND WHAT WE DO, YOU CAN READ THAT ON YOUR OWN TIME.

GO TO PAGE NUMBER, UM, THREE AND PROGRAMMATIC UPDATES.

THE SOUTH AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER WILL CLOSE FOR MAJOR HVAC RENOVATIONS AT THE END OF MAY.

UH, THAT CENTER IS PROBABLY BUILT IN THE 1970S, SO IT'S DEFINITELY DUE FOR SOME RENOVATIONS.

THOSE STAFF WILL BE, UH, DISPERSED TO OTHER CENTERS TO CONTINUE TO HELP PEOPLE WHILE THAT PROJECT IS COMPLETED.

THEY WILL STILL BE ABLE TO DO ONE MARKET, UH, FOOD EVENT, UH, WEEKLY THERE IN THE PARKING LOT.

UH, NUMBER TWO, UH, THE ROSA OSA BLACKLAND CDC NOMINATION SELECTION UPDATE.

AS I MENTIONED LAST MONTH, I AM IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH LEGAL.

I WILL BE SUBMITTING A LEGAL REQUEST TO THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TO GIVE US SOME, UH, UM, ADVICE, LEGAL ADVICE ON HOW WE CAN CHANGE THE BYLAWS OR AMEND THE BYLAWS SO THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE ELECTIONS MORE QUICKLY AND NOT MEET THE RELY ON, UH, RESPONSIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.

A COUPLE OF OTHER CITIES I BELIEVE IN TEXAS, ARE DOING THIS.

I HAVE REACHED OUT AND I'M WAITING TO HEAR FROM THEM TOO ON THEIR PROCESS, UH, WHERE WE CAN REALLY QUICKLY PIVOT AND HAVE THESE ELECTIONS AND FILL THOSE SEATS JUDICIOUSLY.

UH, NUMBER FOUR, THE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM.

UM, WE HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE FOOD BANK.

I THINK I MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT THIS SIX, EIGHT MONTHS AGO.

WE WERE KIND OF BRAINSTORMING WAYS TO INCLUDE FRESH PRODUCE, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, AND WE COULDN'T QUITE FIGURE THAT OUT.

BUT WITH THE HELP OF THE FOOD BANK AND, UH, AMAZON, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER.

AS I WROTE RIGHT HERE, I WILL BE ABLE TO INCLUDE, UH, 10 POUNDS OF FRESH PRODUCE TO EACH BOX, UM, AND 20 POUNDS OF, UM, SHELF STABLE FOODS.

IN MARCH, WE MADE OVER 2000 DELIVERIES.

SO 2074 FAMILIES RECEIVED, UH, THESE BOXES TO HELP THEM ALSO WITH FOOD INSECURITY.

THAT IMPACTS OVER 6,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THOSE HOUSEHOLDS.

UH, THE FOOD BANK, UH, STAFF WILL COME NEXT MONTH, I THINK, AND PRESENT ON THE NEW AND EXPANDED, UH, CHANGES FOR THIS PROGRAM.

NUMBER FIVE, THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES UNIT IS ALMOST DONE.

WE HAD WOOLARD NICHOLS AND TORRES CONSULTING CONDUCT THAT THEY WERE HERE SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, GIVING YOU A KIND OF AN OVERVIEW.

THEY ARE ALSO COMING BACK NEXT MONTH FOR THE OFFICIAL PRESENTATION TO YOU ALL.

UH, WE WILL ALSO HOPE THAT YOU APPROVE IT, UH, AT THAT TIME SO THAT WE CAN SUBMIT IT TO OUR GRANTOR, THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF UH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THIS NEEDS ASSESSMENT IS BASICALLY TO HELP GUIDE THE NEIGHBOR SERVICES UNIT, STRATEGIC PLAN AND COMMUNITY ACTION PLANS.

THEY WILL RANK THE TOP FIVE NEEDS.

UM, THEY'VE DONE SOME REALLY GOOD WORK.

I TALKED TO THEM TODAY AND, UH, THEY REACHED OUT TO A LOT OF FOLKS AND WERE ABLE TO GET REALLY

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GOOD FEEDBACK.

THE LAST ONE WAS DURING THE PANDEMIC THREE YEARS AGO.

IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING AND WE DIDN'T GET AS MANY, UM, AS MUCH COMMUNITY FEEDBACK AS WE WANTED.

UM, NUMBER 60, EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING, WHAT I MENTIONED EARLIER, THE ERA TWO.

UM, FROM FEBRUARY 26TH, WHEN WE, UH, LAUNCHED THIS PROGRAM THROUGH APRIL 30TH, WE WERE ABLE TO ASSIST 487 PEOPLE IN 181 HOUSEHOLD TO AVOID EVICTION, STAY HOUSED USING THESE FUNDS, UM, WE'RE ALMOST FULLY EXPENDED.

THAT WAS WHAT WE RECEIVED WAS $497,411 NERA TWO FUNDING FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU.

HOUSING DEPARTMENT, .

AND, UM, IT'S BEEN PUT TO GOOD USE.

THE REST ARE PRETTY STANDARD ITEMS ARE PUBLIC.

UH, OUR AUSTIN ENERGY PLUS ONE PROGRAM, UH, WE JUST OPENED THAT FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

WE DON'T GET A LOT OF FUNDING THERE, BUT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AS WELL.

UH, THE NURSING SERVICES ARE GOING REALLY WELL.

UM, YOU CAN READ THIS ON YOUR OWN TIME, ESPECIALLY THE NEW FOLKS, UH, NEW COMMISSIONERS IN TERMS OF WHAT WE DO AT THE CENTERS AND ALSO AT THE MEXICAN CONSULATE AND SOME OTHER, UM, COMMUNITY SITES.

OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES ARE GOING WELL.

IF YOU GO BACK TO PAGE THREE, WE HAVE, UH, SIX TRANSITIONS OUT OF OUR GOAL OF 43.

UM, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT GOAL AS WE SPEAK.

UM, I THINK THAT IS IT FOR THIS MONTH.

SO END OF MY REPORT, IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, I CAN TAKE THEM NOW.

COMMISSIONERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? COMMISSIONER LONGORIA? HEY, UNCLE.

UM, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ERA TWO AND IT SEEMS LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S BEEN FUNDED DUE TO LIKE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND WHETHER WE EXPECT THAT FUNDING TO CONTINUE AND FOR HOW MUCH LONGER AND WHAT TO DO IF WE DON'T EXPECT THAT FUNDING ANYMORE.

I WOULD THINK HOUSING WOULD KNOW A MORE ACCURATE ANSWER, BUT MINE WOULD BE THAT THIS WAS REALLOCATED, LIKE THERE WAS FUNDING INITIALLY GIVEN OUT ERA ONE.

NOT ALL OF IT WAS