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[CALL TO ORDER ]

[00:00:04]

WE CAN GET STARTED.

WELCOME EVERYONE.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY AT THE SPECIAL CALLED AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING.

MY NAME IS VANESSA FUENTES.

I'M PROUD TO CHAIR OUR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

I'M JOINED TODAY BY VICE CHAIR JOSE VELASQUEZ, OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS RYAN ALTER, AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ZE CADRE AND COUNCIL MEMBER ALLISON ALTER IS JOINING US VIRTUALLY.

IT IS EXACTLY 1:05 PM ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND.

AND WE ARE IN CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND I, WE'RE THRILLED TO HAVE OUR FIRST EVER JOINT COMMITTEE ALONGSIDE OUR HOUSING COMMITTEE.

AND, UH, AS SOON AS WE REACH QUORUM ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE, WE'LL CONVENE THE HOUSING COMMITTEE.

BUT FOR RIGHT NOW, WE'RE GONNA PROCEED FORWARD, UH, WITH OUR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE MEETING PORTION.

SO TODAY WE HAVE A FANTASTIC AGENDA CENTERED AROUND OUR HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

SPECIFICALLY, WE'RE DOING A FOCUS ON RAPID REHOUSING AND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

BOTH THE CITY AND COUNTY HAVE PRIORITIZED FEDERAL FUNDING DOLLARS THROUGH THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT THESE HOUSING PROGRAMS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS.

SO TODAY'S DISCUSSION IS REALLY GONNA HONE IN ON HOW THOSE INVESTMENTS AND SUPPORTS HAVE BEEN GOING AND WHERE ARE OUR GAPS AND WHAT MORE CAN WE AND SHOULD WE BE DOING.

SO TO KICK US OFF, WE'LL START WITH PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

THEN WE'LL MOVE ON TO APPROVING THE APRIL MEETING MINUTES.

WE'LL HAVE A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEMS ON ITEM NUMBER FOUR, WHICH IS A BRIEFING ON PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING CAPACITY AND THE TRAVIS COUNTY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE PIPELINE, FOLLOWED BY NUMBER OF ITEM FIVE, A BRIEFING ON THE CITY'S RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM BY OUR HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY OFFICE.

THEN THESE ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN UP AS A JOINT PRESENTATION FOLLOWING THE BRIEFINGS.

WE WILL, THE COMMITTEE WILL THEN MOVE INTO ITEM NUMBER TWO WITH POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING ONGOING AND FUTURE SUPPORTIVE, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND RAPID REHOUSING PROJECTS AND SERVICE FUNDING, INCLUDING COLLABORATION WITH TRAVIS COUNTY.

FINALLY, WE'LL THEN HEAD INTO ITEM NUMBER THREE, WHICH IS A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON THE STATUS AND TIMELINE OF THE AMENDMENTS TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY'S MEETING? NOPE.

SEEING NONE.

LET'S GET STARTED.

WE WILL

[Public Communication: General ]

WELCOME SPEAKERS FROM THE COMMUNITY.

MAY THE CLERK'S OFFICE PLEASE START US OFF WITH THE FIRST SPEAKER.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOUR QUORUM, UM, FOR CONSIDERATION TO, CAN TAKE UP ALL PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM BOTH, UM, LIST WE HAVE, THE PORTION WE HAVE, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO CONVENE THE HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING JUST YET 'CAUSE WE'VE NOT REACHED ON, ON HOUSING.

OKAY.

SO ARE WE ABLE TO, WE CAN DO YOUR, THE LIST THAT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP ON YOUR LIST ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH SIDE? YES.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO THE FIRST, UM, SPEAKER FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE WOULD BE SHARONDA ROBINSON.

IF YOU ARE HERE SPEAKERS, YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

UM, SHARONDA ROBINSON, IF YOU ARE HERE, THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE PAULETTE TI PAULETTE ALTI.

GIVE ME SOME THIS MEMO TO THEM.

OKAY, WE'LL, WE'LL GIVE IT TO HER.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS PAULETTE SULTANI AND I'M THE CO-DIRECTOR OF VOCAL TEXAS AND A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT NINE.

VOCAL TEXAS IS A GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION.

WE ORGANIZE TO END HOMELESSNESS, THE WAR ON DRUGS, MASS INCARCERATION, AND AIDS.

I'D LIKE TO START BY THANKING THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEES FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY AND THANKING CHAIR FUENTES FOR COORDINATING THIS IMPORTANT MEETING AS WELL AS CHAIR HARPER MADISON.

WE'RE SO GRATEFUL THAT THIS MEETING'S HAPPENING TODAY.

WE LAUNCHED OUR CAMPAIGN TO FIX RAPID REHOUSING AND WIN HOUSING FOR THE POOR IN APRIL.

OUR LEADERS LED A POWERFUL SURVEY PROJECT THAT YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT TODAY WHERE WE TALKED TO DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN THE RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES.

WE HELD A POWERFUL TOWN HALL WITH NEARLY A HUNDRED PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE, INCLUDING UNHOUSED, AUSTINITES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS ABOUT RAPID REHOUSING.

THANK YOU SAM CADRE FOR COMING.

AND, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTES AN ALTAR FOR, FOR JOINING US AS WELL.

WE KNEW THAT BRINGING SERVICE PROVIDERS INTO THIS CONVERSATION WAS A CRITICAL PIECE OF, OF FIGURING OUT WHAT THE CHALLENGES ARE AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT.

HERE IN AUSTIN, ABOUT HALF OF THE RAPID REHOUSING, UH, RECIPIENTS ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS UPON ENTRY OF INTO THE PROGRAM.

THAT MEANS THAT WE'RE PLACING PEOPLE INTO RAPID REHOUSING WHO ARE ON FIXED INCOMES, PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES, AND WHO MAY NEVER WORK AND BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER PRIVATE MARKET RENT.

THE PROGRAM ISN'T WORKING.

THE PROGRAM WAS INTENDED TO BE FOR PEOPLE WHO, WHO COULD WORK, WOULD, WOULD EVENTUALLY TAKE OVER THE, THEIR PRIVATE MARKET RENTS.

AND THAT'S JUST NOT HOW WE'RE U UTILIZING IT IN AUSTIN.

SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?

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IN 2021, AUSTIN APPROVED A PLAN TO INVEST OVER $40 MILLION OF ARPA FUNDS INTO THE PROGRAM.

WE FOLLOWED HUD GUIDELINE GUIDELINES THAT SAID THAT WE COULD PUT, WE, WE COULD USE RAPID REHOUSING AS A BRIDGE TO PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

HUD EMPHASIZED THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK, WE NEEDED TO HAVE ENOUGH PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

THAT'S NOT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN AUSTIN.

SO WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE NOW LANGUISHING IN RAPID REHOUSING WITHOUT AN EXIT PATH.

AND SO THAT'S ESSENTIALLY WHAT OUR CAMPAIGN IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT TODAY.

WE HAVE TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE, ARE IN SUPPORT OF TRYING TO FIX THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE, THERE ARE SO MANY PROBLEMS IN THE RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM, BUT SPECIFICALLY WE WANNA EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT PEOPLE HAVE IN THIS PROGRAM.

MOST PEOPLE ARE GETTING 12 MONTHS OF ASSISTANCE OR LESS.

WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING 24 MONTHS, UM, AT LEAST, UM, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICES SAY, AND THAT'S ALSO WHAT OUR HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE HAS, HAS ALSO SAID THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO ALIGN OUR PROGRAMS TO DO.

AND SO WE'RE CALLING FOR 24 MONTHS FOR PEOPLE IN THE PROGRAM.

WE'RE ALSO CALLING TO IDENTIFY THE FOLKS WHO QUALIFY FOR PSH AND OUR IN RAPID REHOUSING CURRENTLY TO BUILD KIND OF A, A BRIDGE AND ENSURE THAT THOSE FOLKS GET INTO THE HOUSING THAT THEY'RE QUALIFIED TO BE IN.

TODAY WE'RE GONNA, YOU'RE GONNA BE HEARING FROM RAPID REHOUSING RECIPIENTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN THE PROGRAM.

YOU'LL HEAR FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE WITH THE PROGRAM.

AND THE, THE LAST THING I'LL SAY IS THE MEMO THAT WE DELIVERED, UM, THAT YOU'LL HAVE, UH, DETAILS SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE'RE CALLING FOR IN MORE DETAIL.

BUT IT, THE, THAT MEMO IS SIGNED BY EIGHT SERVICE PROVIDERS.

UM, IT'S, WE'RE, WE'RE COLLECTING SIGN-ONS FOR IT ON A ROLLING BASIS, AND WE JUST STARTED TO COLLECT SIGN-ONS ON, ON MONDAY.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR THIS.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, UM, ALFREDO REYES.

ALFREDO REYES.

IF YOU'RE HERE, PLEASE COME TO THE MIC.

NEXT SPEAKER WOULD COME DOWN WOULD BE VERNON JARMAN.

HELLO, MY NAME IS ALFREDO REYES.

I'M A LEADER OF LOCAL TEXAS.

UM, MANY VOCAL TEXAS MEMBERS AND LEADERS HAD RAPID REHOUSING, INCLUDING MYSELF.

I WAS HOMELESS FOR SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS, SLEEPING UNDERNEATH A BRIDGE.

I ORIGINALLY GOT COORDINATED ASSESSMENT IN JAIL WHEN I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD QUALIFY FOR PERMANENT HOU UH, SUPPORTIVE HOUSING BECAUSE I HAVE BONE CANCER AND I'M ALSO A VETERAN.

ME AND MY PARTNER, UM, APPLIED SEPARATELY FOR HOUSING, BUT IT FEELS LIKE WE GOT PUT TOGETHER FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE.

WE WERE TOLD IT WAS A LOT LESS PAPERWORK.

MY PARTNER'S GOING TO SAY MORE ABOUT MY, OUR EXPERIENCE, BUT I WOULD JUST SAY IT WAS VERY CONFUSING PROCESS AND IT TOOK OVER A YEAR TO GET HOUSED.

I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH RAPID REHOUSING.

I'M HERE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE SURVEY PROJECT.

THE VOCAL TEXAS LEADERS COMPLETED IN MARCH FOR MONTHS.

WE WERE TAKING, UH, TALKING, UH, ABOUT THE CHALLENGES PEOPLE WERE FACING WITH RAPID REHOUSING.

SO WE DECIDED TO TAKE, TO DO SURVEYS, UH, WITH PEOPLE AND GATHER MORE DATA.

WE WERE SEARCHING FOR NUMBERS AND WE WANTED TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH RAPID REHOUSING IN THE POND PEOPLE WERE FACING, INCLUDING MYSELF.

SO FOR THREE WEEKS, VOCAL TEXAS LEADERS SPOKE TO DOZENS OF PEOPLE AND SERVICE PROVIDER LIBRARY ON THE STREETS AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

AND WE WENT TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND IT'S ALL THE SAME STORY.

DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH RAPID REHOUSING.

AND SO DID I.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACKS WE HEARD.

THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE WERE SURVEYED, UM, RECEIVED RAPID REHOUSING FOR LESS THAN A YEAR, AND THEN THEY WERE EXPECTED TO TAKE OVER THEIR FULL, UH, MARKET RATE, UH, OF THE RENT.

OFTEN 1,200, 1,500 WE WERE, UM, WHERE PEOPLE WERE EXPECTED TO TAKE OVER THE RENT AND OVER A, A PORTION OF THE RENT THAT LED TO PEOPLE BEING KICKED OUT OF THE PROGRAM AND BEING EVICTED.

MANY PEOPLE REPORTED BEING DENIED HOUSING AND STRUGGLING TO FIND HOUSING DUE TO CONVICTION HISTORIES.

MANY OTHER PEOPLE MENTIONED CHALLENGES DUE TO FAMILY NEEDS, CHILD SUPPORT, PAYMENTS, LACK OF ACCESS AND TRANSPORTATION, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH NEEDS, LACK OF SERVICES, AND CASE MANAGEMENT AND DISCRIMINATION.

WE PUBLISHED SOME OF THESE STORIES FROM OUR SURVEY PROJECT AND DROPPED THEM OFF AT YOUR OFFICES.

TODAY WE'RE ASKING YOU TO TAKE, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR TO FIX RAPID REHOUSING AND EXTEND 24 MONTHS WITH A BRIDGE OR AN EXTENSION FOR PERMANENT HOUSING.

NO ONE SHOULD BE UNHOUSED AND GOING THROUGH THE STRUGGLES WE HAVE.

AND, UM, AND FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE, I'M GONNA SAY ONE THING, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S VERY TOUGH OUT THERE.

UM, IT'S NOT EASY BEING HOMELESS AND NOT HAVING, NOT KNOWING WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT.

AND I JUST, I'M ASKING PLEASE, PLEASE PASS THIS.

THANK YOU.

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UH, HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS VERNON JARMAN.

I'M A LEADER WITH VOCAL TEXAS.

I'M HERE FIGHTING FOR HOUSES HOUSING JUSTICE IN 2023.

I GOT HOUSED WITH RAPID REHOUSING FOR ONE YEAR AFTER I WAS HOMELESS FOR MANY YEARS.

WHEN I FIRST MOVED INTO MY APARTMENT WITH RAPID REHOUSING, I HAD NO IDEA THE PROGRAM WAS TEMPORARILY.

I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET OFF THE STREET.

I WOULD'VE SIGNED ANYTHING.

I WOULD ALSO PUT INTO AN APARTMENT THAT HAD LOTS OF PROBLEMS. I HAD REPORT ISSUE WITH MY AC, PEST CONTROL, BROKEN WINDOW AND A LEAK IN MY BATHROOM.

BUT NONE OF THESE ISSUES WAS EVER RESOLVED.

I HAVE A DISABILITY.

I'M ON A FIXED INCOME AND I COULD NOT WORK.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW.

I WAS EXPECTED TO TAKE OVER THE RENT AFTER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME.

EVENTUALLY, WHEN MY PROGRAM ASSISTANT WAS ADJUSTED WITHOUT ME KNOWING, I WAS TOLD I HAD TO PAY BACK RENT.

EVEN THOUGH THE PROGRAM GAVE ME PAPERWORK SAYING MY RENT WAS COVERED.

I REMEMBER VOCAL TEXT BEFORE THIS AND ALL THIS HAPPENED.

SO WE ADVOCATED TOGETHER AND GOT MY PROVIDER TO AGREE TO COVER MY RENT THAT WAS OWED AS MY LEASE WAS ENDING AND MY RAPID REHOUSING WAS RUNNING OUT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO.

I WAS STRESSED OUT EVERY DAY.

THE DAY BEFORE MY LEASE ENDED AND THE PROGRAM RAN OUT, WE WERE STILL TRYING TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT MY HOUSING AND WHERE I WOULD END UP.

I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE TO PICK, PACK MY BAGS UP, PACK MY BAGS UP AND SLEEP BACK OUT THERE ON THE STREETS AGAIN.

I WAS LUCKY BECAUSE THE WEEK MY LEASE ENDED, I GOT A NOTICE THAT I HAD HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER AND WAS MOVING TO MY NEW APARTMENT.

BUT I DON'T HAVE, BUT I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS.

RIGHT, RIGHT NOW.

I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS RIGHT NOW IN RAPID REHOUSING AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING TO COME NEXT.

NO ONE SHOULD END UP BACK ON THE STREET IF THEY HAVE, IF THEY HAVE RAPID REHOUSING.

TOO MANY PROGRAMS AIN'T WORKING AND WE NEED THESE PROGRAMS, PROGRAMS TO WORK.

DON'T DO US LIKE CHARLIE BROWN.

LET US KICK THE FOOTBALL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SPEAKER.

THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, IS DJ CORTEZ.

HELLO DJ.

HELLO COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MY NAME IS DJ CORTEZ.

I AM A VOCAL, I'M A LEADER AT VOCAL TEXAS AND WORK AT TEXAS HARM REDUCTION ALLIANCE.

I HAVE SIX YEARS OF LIVED EXPERIENCE OF BEING HOMELESS.

AFTER THEY, AFTER TAKING THE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT, UM, AND WAITING FOR A YEAR AND A FEW MONTHS, I GOT A RAPID REH, A RAPID REHOUSING VOUCHER WITHIN DENVERS.

AS MY PARTNER STATED, WE APPLIED SEPARATELY FOR HOUSING, BUT IT FEELS LIKE WE GOT PUT TOGETHER FOR, UH, TOGETHER FOR, FOR THEIR INCONVENIENCE AFTER EXPERIENCE WITH THE VOUCHER.

IT WAS TOUGH.

WE MOVED IN IN FEBRUARY AND WE HAVE A YEAR WITH THE PROGRAM.

THE LOOPS AND DEAD ENDS.

I WENT THROUGH TO CAUSE CAUSE ME TO WANT TO JUST GIVE UP ON THE, SO-CALLED HELP THAT THE CITY WAS OFFERING US AND THE LACK OF RESOURCES THAT MY CASE MANAGER HAD WAS, UH, OUR CASE MANAGER HAD FOR US TO BE SUCCESSFUL WAS UPSETTING.

FOR EXAMPLE, THEY WANTED US TO RECOVER OUR IDS, SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES IN JUST TWO WEEKS, WHICH WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO ACCOMPLISH.

THEY GAVE US A LIST OF PLACES TO APPLY AND THEY ALL DENIED US.

FOR ONE, OUR CREDIT SCORE AND CRIMINAL HISTORY.

WE MANY PLACES WANTED PROOF OF INCOME AND WE DID NOT.

AND WHY DID OUR CASE MANAGER SEND US TO THESE PLACES? JUST FOR US TO GET DENIED.

IT WAS FRUSTRATING AND A DEPRESSING EXPERIENCE.

THEY HAD US APPLY FOR APARTMENTS THAT WE COULDN'T AFFORD ONCE THE VOUCHER ENDED.

OUR CURRENT RENT IS NINE, IS 1495 AND IS GOING UP $500 NEXT YEAR.

ONCE WE GOT THE APARTMENT, WE NOTICED THAT THERE WAS NO FRIDGE OR WASHER AND DRYER AS IT WAS SHOWN IN THE WEBSITE THAT WE HAD BEEN, UM, LOOKING AT.

THERE WAS A LEAK IN THE ROOF AND THERE WAS POUR INSTALLATION, WHICH CAUSES OUR AC TO BE CONSTANTLY RUNNING.

AND THEN, AND DENVER STILL HASN'T PAID OUR FIRST ELECTRIC BILL.

SO NOW THAT WE ARE HOUSED, I'M STILL STRESSED ON HOW I'LL BE AFFORDING THIS RENT.

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB, IT'S ALREADY MAY AND WE ONLY HAVE EIGHT MONTHS LEFT.

OUR EXPERIENCE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SO MANY OTHERS IS WHY WE ARE CALLING FOR THIS CHANGE IN RAPID REHOUSING.

EVERYONE SHOULD AT LEAST GET 24 MONTHS AND RENT FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

PEOPLE WHO NEED MORE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES SHOULD GET THEM.

WE NEED YOU, WE NEED YOU TO FUND MORE PERMANENT HOUSING.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR RECOMMENDATION AND PASS THE MOTION TODAY TO FIX RAPID REHOUSING AND INVEST IN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE ONE MORE SPEAKER FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

UM, AND THAT'S SHARONDA ROBERTSON.

IF YOU ARE HERE, PLEASE COME TO THE MIC.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO

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SUPPORTING, UM, OUR HOMELESS RESPONSE SYSTEM.

AND I'M HERE REPRESENTING FINDING HOME A TX.

UM, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF FOLKS AS WELL.

LYNN MEREDITH IS HERE.

ROBERT OCHOA.

AND THEN DAVID GRAY SUPPORTS THE WORK THAT WE DO AT FINDING HOME A TX.

UM, MY COMMENTS ARE MORE BROAD.

IT'S ABOUT THE SYSTEM AND RAPID REHOUSING IS A PART OF THAT SYSTEM.

UM, THE WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IS REALLY TO PUSH FORWARD ON THE GOALS THAT WE SET AS A COMMUNITY, UM, TO REHOUSE AND TO BUILD PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

SO THE ISSUE THAT'S IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THAT SYSTEM AND HOW WE ENSURE THAT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ARE MOVED FROM THAT EXPERIENCE OF HOMELESSNESS INTO SERVICES AND HOUSING MORE QUICKLY THAN THEY ARE TODAY.

WE'RE HEARING THE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING LONG WAITS, UM, AND LACK OF COORDINATED SERVICES.

AND SO AS A COMMUNITY, THE COLLABORATION IS IMPORTANT AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK IS REALLY CRITICAL AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE THE COMMUNITY'S PLAN FORWARD, IS THAT WE NEED TO SEE GREATER COLLABORATION FROM THIS SUBCOMMITTEE FROM, UM, CITY STAFF, FROM OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS TO REALLY MOVE THE SYSTEM FORWARD.

SO THE FUNDING IS, IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT.

AND THAT'S THE ISSUE THAT'S IN FRONT OF US TODAY, IS HOW DO WE FUND IN FULL, UH, RAPID, UH, REHOUSING AND AS WELL AS THE FUNDING, IT IS THE COLLABORATION IS THE SPIRIT OF HUMANKIND THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

AND THEN HOW WE APPLY THE RESOURCES.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO PUT THIS ON THE FOREFRONT OF THE AGENDA FOR WHAT MAKES OUR COMMUNITY BETTER, WHAT MAKES OUR COMMUNITY GREAT, AND ASK YOU TO CONTINUE TO LEAN IN WITH US AT FINDING HOME A TX TO ENSURE THAT OUR SYSTEM IS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, JUANITA.

I DO, UM, BELIEVE THAT WE'LL HAVE A MOTION.

SO SINCE I KNOW WE HAVE SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SIGNED TO TESTIFY FOR THE HOUSING COMMITTEE, WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS JUST MAKE A MOTION TO ALLOW THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO, AS, AS IF THEY WERE SIGNED UP FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE.

SO WHATEVER RULES WE NEED TO WAIVE TO LET THEM BE SIGNED UP FOR THAT.

THAT'S MY MOTION.

THANK YOU.

SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER CADRE.

NO OBJECTIONS.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL MOVE FORWARD.

THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR.

SO THE SPEAKERS FOR THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE, UM, ARE BARBARA ELMORE.

IF YOU ARE HERE, PLEASE COME TO THE MIC AND THEN WE'LL HAVE DARYL, UM, CAROL, UH, I'M SORRY, DAVID CARROLL.

AND THEN WALTER MORROW, IF YOU ARE HERE IN THE, IN THE AUDIENCE, PLEASE COME TO THE MIC.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, I'M CONFUSED.

ARE SOME OF YOU ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE OR I, YEAH.

YES.

OKAY.

UM, COUNCILMAN RYAN, ALTER COUNCILMAN CADRE ARE BOTH ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE.

OKAY.

UM, AND I'M SORRY FOR MY IGNORANCE, BUT DOES THE HOUSING COMMITTEE DEAL WITH RENTAL HOUSING AND THE HACKER OPERATION? THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

OKAY.

I HAVE A PROBLEM, BUT IT'S NOT JUST MY PROBLEM.

I THINK IT AFFECTS MAYBE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE EVERY MONTH AND IT'D BE A DIFFERENT GROUP OF PEOPLE EVERY MONTH.

UM, IMAGINE YOU FIND A APARTMENT IN AUSTIN THAT YOU LIKE, AND NORMALLY YOU SIGN THE LEASE AND YOU PAY THE FIRST RENT AND THE DEPOSIT, WHICH IS TO BE REFUNDED WHEN YOU MOVE OUT.

NOW IMAGINE THAT YOU PAY THE REQUIRED RENT UP FRONT, BUT YOU TELL THE LANDLORD, OH, I'LL JUST WAIT 30 DAYS OR 40 DAYS, OR 50 DAYS OR WHATEVER, HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES TO PAY YOU THE DEPOSIT.

YOU WOULD JUST, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE THEY WOULDN'T AGREE TO THAT.

BUT, UH, SO YOU GO AHEAD AND YOU PAY THE RENT AND YOU PAY THE REQUIRED DEPOSIT.

NOW, WHEN THE LEASE IS ALMOST UP, YOU GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE THAT YOU'RE MOVING OUT.

IN MY CASE, I GAVE TWO MONTHS NOTICE INSTEAD OF JUST ONE.

YOU LEAVE THE APARTMENT IN IMMACULATE CONDITION, NO DIRT, NO TRASH, NO FURNITURE OR OTHER BELONGINGS LEFT BEHIND YOU, LEAVE IT IN PERFECT MOVE IN CONDITION FOR THE NEXT TENANT.

AND THAT'S VERIFIED BY PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT THE WALKTHROUGH INSPECTION.

AND BY THE WAY, THE PERSON WHO DID THE WALKTHROUGH TOLD ME HOW GREAT THE APARTMENT LOOKED SEVERAL TIMES.

WHY THEN WOULD I HAVE TO WAIT AS OF TODAY, 53 DAYS AND WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH LONGER TO RECEIVE MY DEPOSIT REFUND,

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31 DAYS IN APRIL AND SO FAR, 22 DAYS IN MAY THAT I'VE WAITED AND I HAVE, I WAITED AFTER THE FIRST MONTH AND CALLED AND THEN I HAD TO VISIT AND I NEVER GOT THE REFUND.

SO MY QUESTION IS, WHY DOES THE CITY, THROUGH ITS, UM, HOUSING AUTHORITY, ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN? NOT JUST TO ME, BUT I'M SURE TO MANY OTHERS.

AND HOW CAN LANDLORDS KEEP THE DEPOSITS FOR SO LONG AFTER A PERSON MOVES OUT? UM, IF YOU JUST IMAGINE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT MOVE OUT EVERY MONTH, AND IF IT HAPPENS TO JUST A FEW HUNDRED A MONTH, THAT'S A WHOLE NEW SET OF PEOPLE EVERY MONTH WITH THIS PROBLEM.

UM, AND IF A TENANT HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE AND HAS CARED WELL FOR THE PROPERTY, SHOULDN'T THE DEPOSIT BE REFUNDED PROMPTLY? SO I'M JUST ASKING YOU WHETHER THIS IS A PRACTICE THAT'S JUSTIFIED AND IF IT HAPPENS REGULARLY.

UM, I, AS I SAID, I WAITED 30 DAYS, THEN I CALLED AND THEN I VISITED MY PREVIOUS LANDLORD AND STILL NO REFUND.

THANK YOU.

AND IF, UM, AMELIA WITH MY TEAM, WOULD YOU MIND FOLLOW? CAN I HAVE MY TEAM FOLLOW UP WITH YOU TO SEE IF WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO THE RIGHT? PLEASE DO.

THERE AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

I DIDN'T WANT TO NAME THIS COMPANY, BUT I THINK THEY'VE DONE THIS TO OTHER PEOPLE TOO.

THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY TO HEAR.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS DAVID CARROLL.

WONDERFUL.

AND AS MR. CARROLL IS MAKING HIS WAY, UM, TO THE MIC, WE ARE, THIS IS A SPECIAL CALLED JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING.

AND SO I'M VERY HONORED TO BE HERE ALONGSIDE MY, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSING COMMITTEE.

UH, THE VICE CHAIR RYAN ALT ALTER WILL BE CHAIRING THIS COMMITTEE.

AND WE HAVE THE, THE CHAIR, UH, COUNCILOR BE NATASHA HARPER MADISON JOINING US VIRTUALLY.

SO, UM, COUNCILOR RYAN ALT ALTER, IF YOU CAN CONVENE THE HOUSING.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT.

SO, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL TO ORDER THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE HERE AT 1 27.

WE ARE AT AUSTIN CITY HALL, AND WITH THAT WE CAN CONTINUE OUR TESTIMONY.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS DAVID CARROLL AND I'M HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF A I A AUSTIN AND AUSTIN HOUSING COALITION TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT THE CITY'S AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT PROCESS.

IN 2007, CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED THE AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT ORDINANCE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT CITY REGULATIONS HAVE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY.

UNFORTUNATELY, HOWEVER, FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS, THE CITY HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH THIS ORDINANCE.

THE ORDINANCE READS AS FOLLOWS, A CITY DEPARTMENT MAY NOT PROPOSE A CHANGE TO AN ORDINANCE, A RULE, OR A PROCESS THAT IMPACTS AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNLESS THE CITY'S NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS PREPARED AN AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT FOR THE PROPOSED REGULATION BEFORE THE INITIATION OF EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDER DISCUSSION.

MANY CASES, UH, THE AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT HAS NOT EVEN BEEN PREPARED.

UM, BUT OFTEN WHAT WE SEE IS IT HAS BEEN PREPARED, BUT IT'S ONLY ISSUED, UH, AS BACKUP TO A PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING OR A COUNCIL MEETING, LEAVING NO OPPORTUNITY FOR STAKEHOLDERS TO HAVE THE DIALOGUE AS THE ORDINANCE, UH, REQUIRES.

UM, ADDITIONALLY, IT SAYS AN AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR COUNCIL ADOPTION OF ANNEXATIONS BUDGETS OR BUDGET AMENDMENTS, EXCEPT FOR THOSE THAT INCREASE DEVELOPMENT FEES THAT IMPACT HOUSING AFFORDABILITY THAT ARE NOT OTHERWISE WAIVED.

ONCE AGAIN, THE CITY HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THIS PART OF THE ORDINANCE.

THE AUSTIN ENERGY POWER POLL SETBACK RULE CHANGE, THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS FEE IN LIEU RECALIBRATION AND THE EXPEDITED PLAN REVIEW PROGRAM ARE JUST A FEW OF MANY EXAMPLES OF, OF CHANGES THAT HAVE VIOLATED THIS ORDINANCE.

SO I'M HERE TODAY TO RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THIS COMMITTEE AND CITY COUNCIL DIRECT THE CITY MANAGER AND CITY STAFF TO FOLLOW THIS ORDINANCE.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE RULES THAT WE'RE CHANGING FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THANK YOU.

I'M WALTER MORROW, THE DIRECTOR AT FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

UH, I HAD A HEALTH, UH, COMMITTEE UPDATE AND, UM, SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY DEVELOPED IN THE LAST 60 DAYS, UH, FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

WE DO

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INCOME TAXES FOR FAMILIES AND WE HELP PEOPLE GET HEALTH INSURANCE.

AND WE HAVE A FEDERAL GRANT TO BE A NAVIGATOR.

UM, DURING COVID, IF YOU HAD MEDICAID OR CHIP, UM, DEADLINES WERE EXTENDED, BUT THOSE HAVE STARTED TO COME TO AN END.

AND CMS, THE FEDERAL AGENCY HAS STARTED TO SEND TO US THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DISENROLLED IN JANUARY.

THAT WAS A HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND THEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, 5,000, 12,000.

OVER THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS, IT HAS GROWN TO 67,000 INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN DROPPED FROM MEDICAID AND CHIP.

OFTEN THEY DON'T FIND OUT THAT THEY DON'T HAVE COVERAGE TILL THEY GO TO THE DOCTOR AND THEY REALIZE AND THEY DON'T HAVE COVERAGE.

UM, WE ARE, WE'VE GOT 15 VOLUNTEERS WORKING A BOILER ROOM CALLING FOLKS.

WE'RE, WE'RE THE ONLY AGENCY IN TOWN THAT HAS, UH, THE, THE PERSONAL INFORMATION SHARED BY THE FEDERAL AGENCY.

UH, WE'VE GOTTEN THROUGH ABOUT 20% OF THE 67,000.

WE'VE ENROLLED ABOUT A THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE MARKETPLACE.

WE'VE GOT AN EIGHT MONTH DEADLINE AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

THIS, UM, OPPORTUNITY TO GET MARKETPLACE COVERAGE GOES AWAY.

I WANTED TO BRING THIS ESPECIALLY TO YOUR ATTENTION 'CAUSE IT'S BUDGET TIME.

UM, WE'RE COBBLING TOGETHER THE RESOURCES TO OVER THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS TO DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH THIS 67,000 NAME LIST.

UM, TAX HELP AND HEALTH INSURANCE HELP WAS NOT SPECIFICALLY IN THE BUDGET LAST YEAR, EVEN THOUGH IT'S SOMETHING WE'VE DEPENDED ON FOR 15 YEARS.

UH, THE CITY HAS MADE A PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN THIS WORK 'CAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPACT.

UH, WE, WE DO OVER $40 MILLION WORTH OF REFUNDS AND, AND HEALTH TAX CREDITS FOR LOWER INCOME FAMILIES.

UM, SO I WANTED TO UPDATE YOU ABOUT DIS-ENROLLMENT AND WHAT'S HAPPENING.

'CAUSE THAT'S A VERY QUIET SORT OF CRISIS IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO SPECIFICALLY ASK YOU TO FIND FUNDING.

WE'VE BEEN DEPENDING ON ABOUT $300,000 A YEAR AS AN INVESTMENT FROM THE CITY IN TAX HELP AND HEALTH INSURANCE, UH, SOMETHING THAT EVERY MAJOR CITY IN TEXAS INVESTS IN.

SO I'M, I'M HOPEFUL THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DIRECT CITY MANAGER AND FIND THAT, UM, FUNDING IN THE BUDGET TO RENEW THAT SUPPORT.

THANK YOU.

THAT IS, THAT IS ALL YOUR SPEAKERS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FOR BOTH THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE AND HOUSING AND PLANNING.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, COLLEAGUES.

WE'LL NOW

[1. Approve the minutes of the Public Health Committee meeting on April 3, 2024. ]

MOVE ON TO APPROVAL OF THE MEETING MINUTES FOR ITEM NUMBER ONE.

CAN I GET A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE APRIL 3RD MEETING, MINUTES AS PRESENTED.

MOTIONED BY VICE CHAIR VELASQUEZ, SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR BER CADRE, IS THERE ANY OBJECTION TO APPROVING THE APRIL MEETING MINUTES FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE? SEEING NONE, THOSE STAND APPROVED.

DO WE HAVE ANY FOR YES, THAT'D BE GREAT.

AND I'D LIKE TO DO THE SAME.

SO, UH, I'D LIKE, UH,

[1. Approve the minutes of the April 23, 2024, Housing and Planning Committee meeting. ]

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 23RD, 2024 HOUSING PLANNING COMMITTEE.

I HAVE, UH, MOTION BY COUNCIL MEMBER CODRE, SECONDED BY CHAIR HARPER MADISON.

UH, ANYONE OPPOSED? ALRIGHT, THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL NOW MOVE ON

[Items 4 & 5 ]

TO RECEIVE A BRIEFING ON PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING CAPACITY IN THE TRAVIS COUNTY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE PIPELINE AND ON THE CITY'S RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM BY THE HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY OFFICE.

THESE ARE ITEMS NUMBER FOUR AND FIVE.

UH, WE'D LIKE TO WELCOME DAVID GRAY, OUR CHIEF HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY OFFICER, AND JAMIE MAY WITH OUR HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT, BOTH REPRESENTING THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND THEN WE'LL ALSO HAVE JOINING US TODAY PILAR SANCHEZ, THE HEAD OF THE TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DIVISION, AND NATHAN FERNANDEZ FOR THIS JOINT BRIEFING.

AND, UM, AND I JUST WANNA WELCOME, I THINK WE HAVE SEVERAL, UH, PROVIDER REPRESENTATIVES IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY, AS WELL AS MANY COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS, INCLUDING VOCAL TEXAS.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TODAY FOR THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION.

GREAT.

THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR.

AND THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR INVITING US TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TODAY ON THE WORK THAT THE CITY AND THE COUNTY ARE DOING IN COLLABORATION TO ENHANCE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR COMMUNITY, UH, ESPECIALLY OUR RESIDENTS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

UH, AS THE PRESENTATION COMES UP ON THE SCREEN, UH, I JUST WANNA REINTRODUCE THE PANEL THAT WE HAVE THAT WILL BE FACILITATING TODAY'S PRESENTATION.

UH, I'M DAVID GRAY, THE HOLMAN STRATEGY OFFICER FOR THE CITY.

I'M JOINED BY TO MY RIGHT, JAMIE MAY, WHO IS OUR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER.

TO HIS RIGHT IS PILAR SANCHEZ FROM THE COUNTY.

SHE'S THE TRAVIS COUNTY EXECUTIVE FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

AND SO RIGHT IS NATHAN FERNANDEZ, THE SENIOR PLANNER, UH, WITH THE TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

UH, AND I THINK IT'S, IT'S EXCITING THAT WE'RE ALL DOING THIS PRESENTATION TOGETHER BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A DEMONSTRATION OF HOW THE CITY AND THE COUNTY ARE WORKING ACROSS OUR JURISDICTIONS TO DELIVER THESE PROJECTS AND THESE SERVICES, UH, FOR OUR, OUR RESIDENTS.

UH, IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, JUST A QUICK AGENDA FOR TODAY.

UM, SEVERAL OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAD REQUESTED JUST AN UPDATE ON THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT.

AND SO I'LL PROVIDE A BRIEF UPDATE

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ON JUST WHERE WE'RE AT ON THE CITY SIDE WITH ARPA INVESTMENTS.

UH, WE'LL THEN TALK ABOUT THE CITY'S RAPID REHOUSING INVESTMENTS, UH, THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THROUGH ARPA DOLLARS AS WELL AS THE ROAD AHEAD.

UH, AND, AND I THINK WE HAVE SOME, SOME QUESTIONS, UH, THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO WRESTLE WITH AS WE THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RAPID REHOUSING AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

UM, AND THEN I'LL TURN IT OVER TO MY COLLEAGUES TO TALK ABOUT THE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROJECT PIPELINE.

ON THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, THIS IS, AGAIN, I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS SLIDE ALREADY.

THIS IS JUST AN OVERVIEW OF THE ARPA SPENDING FRAMEWORK, UH, THE $93.5 MILLION THAT THE CITY COUNCIL ALLOCATED TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, THE, THE TWO CATEGORIES THAT ARE PARTICULARLY RELEVANT FOR TODAY ARE THE TOP CATEGORY, WHICH IS THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

THAT WAS A $11.1 MILLION INVESTMENT FROM THE CITY TO HELP ESSENTIALLY BUILD NEW THINGS.

UH, AND SO A LOT OF THE PROJECTS THAT JAMIE WILL TALK ABOUT ARE PROJECTS THAT WERE FUNDED IN PART THROUGH THAT SECTION OF THE ARPA SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

THE OTHER SECTION THAT'S RELEVANT IS THE RAPID REHOUSING SECTION, UH, WHICH IS 42 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS THAT COUNCIL HAD ALLOCATED TO RAPID REHOUSING INVESTMENTS, UH, IN THE CITY AND ON THE CITY SIDE.

THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS WHERE WE'RE AT IN TERMS OF THE SPENDING STATUS FOR ARPA FUNDS.

UH, AS OF TODAY, 99% OF THE FEDERAL DOLLARS THAT WERE ALLOCATED IN THIS SPENDING FRAMEWORK HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO PROJECTS.

UH, AND YOU COULD SEE THE, THE BREAKDOWN HERE, I WON'T WALK THROUGH IT IN DETAIL.

UH, WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT 1.2 MILLION THAT'S LISTED AS BALANCE TO COMMIT, THOSE ARE DOLLARS THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO A CATEGORY IN THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

UH, AND MY STAFF DO INTEND TO PUT FORTH RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO UTILIZE THOSE FUNDS.

UH, BUT WE CURRENTLY HAVE ABOUT $5 MILLION, UH, THAT IS IN A, A CONTRACT DEVELOPMENT PHASE THAT WE NEED TO WORK THROUGH.

UH, BUT REST ASSURED, WE DO WHOLLY INTEND TO SPEND ALL OF OUR ARPA DOLLARS AND HAVE THOSE FUNDS COMMITTED.

UH, WE, OUR GOAL IS TO RETURN NO ARPA DOLLARS BACK TO THE, TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

SORRY, MR. BIDEN.

UH, IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, THE NEXT SLIDE WILL KICK OFF OUR DISCUSSION AROUND RAPID REHOUSING.

AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE KIND OF HAVE A COMMON UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT RAPID REHOUSING IS.

SOMETIMES THESE PROGRAMS, UH, PEOPLE HEAR ABOUT THEM AND THEY COULD DEVELOP THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING OR THEIR OWN MEANING OF WHAT THESE ARE.

AND SO, JUST TO GROUND TODAY'S CONVERSATION, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RAPID REHOUSING, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS A PROGRAM THAT'S DESIGNED TO CONNECT INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS TO HOUSING THROUGH A TIME-LIMITED TAILORED PACKAGE OF ASSISTANCE.

UH, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE TIME-LIMITED COMPONENT, WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS, UH, HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR FOLKS THAT ALLOWS THEM TO EXIT HOMELESSNESS AND STABILIZE THEIR HOUSING NEED.

AND THAT FOR THE CITY CONTRACTS, THAT ASSISTANCE IS DELIVERED OVER A PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS.

THE ADDITIONAL TAILORED PACKARD OF ASSISTANCE INCLUDES CONNECTION TO A CASE MANAGER WHO IS THERE TO HELP INDIVIDUALS OVERCOME THEIR BARRIERS TO MAINTAIN THEIR HOUSING.

UM, SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE, THE 24 MONTHS, I DO WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT FOR OUR CONTRACTS, WHEN WE'RE ENTERING INTO OUR CONTRACTS WITH OUR VENDORS, WE ARE BUDGETING FOR FULL SUPPORT FOR 24 MONTHS.

HOWEVER, THE WAY RAPID REHOUSING WORKS IS OVER THE COURSE OF THE 24 MONTHS, IT'S EXPECTED THAT THE CLIENT IS GIVEN THE TOOLS AND THE RESOURCES TO WEAN THEMSELVES OFF OF THE NEED FOR THE CITY ASSISTANCE.

SO BY MONTH 25, THAT CLIENT IS WHOLE AND THEY'RE ABLE TO, TO LIVE AND TO THRIVE ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE.

AND SO THAT, THAT'S THE WHOLE PHILOSOPHY AROUND THIS TYPE OF INVESTMENT WITHIN THE LOCAL, UH, HOMELESS RESPONSE NETWORK.

SO, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE THE, THE CITY, UH, HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE, WE OVERSEE 13 RAPID REHOUSING CONTRACTS.

UH, THE BULK OF THESE CONTRACTS RECENTLY CAME OVER TO OUR STAFF WHEN WE WERE ESTABLISHED AS AN OFFICE IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR.

UH, BUT NOW WE HAVE FULL CAPACITY TO OVERSEE ALL THESE CONTRACTS.

THESE CONTRACTS ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE UP TO 24 MONTHS OF SUPPORT.

UH, IN TERMS OF PEOPLE WHO WE'VE SUPPORTED LAST YEAR, UH, I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT WE SUPPORTED 2,226 PEOPLE THROUGH THIS INVESTMENT LAST YEAR.

UH, 74% OF OUR RAPID REHOUSING EXITS HAVE BEEN, UH, POSITIVE EXITS THAT REPRESENTS 510 HOUSEHOLDS.

UH, 26% OF THE EXITS HAVE BEEN NEGATIVE, UH, THAT REPRESENTS 177 HOUSEHOLDS.

THE NEXT SLIDE TAKES A, A LITTLE BIT OF A DEEPER DIVE INTO OUR RAPID REHOUSING SERVICE CONTRACTS.

UH, AND I'M, I'M NOT GONNA WALK THROUGH ALL THE DETAILS ON THIS SLIDE, ALTHOUGH I'M HAPPY TO REVISIT IT DURING THE QUESTION AND ANSWER IF YOU'D LIKE, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR OFFICE IS TRANSPARENT WITH YOU AND WITH THE PUBLIC AROUND WHO WE CONTRACT

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WITH TO DO THIS WORK.

WHAT IS THE DOLLAR VALUE OF EACH OF THOSE CONTRACTS? WHAT ARE ANNUAL CLIENT GOALS ARE FOR EACH OF OUR VENDORS AND THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WE ARE SERVING? UH, AND SO IN TOTAL, WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS ANNUALLY, OUR CONTRACT AMOUNTS ARE IN THE BALLPARK OF ABOUT $23 MILLION.

THE SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF THAT IS ARPA INVESTMENTS.

UH, ARPA MAKES UP MORE THAN $18 MILLION OF THAT $23 MILLION TOTAL.

THE GENERAL FUND PICKS UP THE THE REST.

AND SO AS WE TALK ABOUT ARPA AND ARPA BEING ONE TIME FUNDING, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE BEING COGNIZANT OF BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE PROOF IS IN IS, IS IN THE DATA.

UH, OUR GOAL WITH THIS INVESTMENT, THIS WHOLE INVESTMENT, WAS TO SERVE, UH, 1800 INDIVIDUALS.

THROUGH THE WORK OF ALL OF OUR PARTNERS, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SERVE 2200 INDIVIDUALS.

AND SO WE ARE SURPASSING OUR GOALS.

UH, AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE PREPARING FOR OUR SYSTEM TO SOMEWHAT RIGHT SIZE ONCE THOSE ARPA DOLLARS EVENTUALLY FADE AWAY.

I DO SPECIFICALLY WANT TO NOTE HERE ALSO, UM, WHEN IT COMES TO LIFEWORK, YOU'LL SEE THAT, UH, LIFEWORKS CLIENT GOAL IS 1 45, BUT THEIR CLIENTS SERVE AS 55.

UH, WE ACTUALLY RECENTLY INCREASED THE GOAL FOR LIFEWORKS.

AND SO THIS 1 45 REPRESENTS THEIR NEW GOAL.

UH, BUT I DO WANNA GIVE LIFEWORKS THE CREDIT FOR BOTH THEIR RAPID REHOUSING ARPA AS WELL AS THEIR GENERAL FUND CONTRACT.

THEY, THEY HAVE EXCEEDED THEIR GOALS AS WELL.

UH, WE JUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO INCREASE THEIR GOALS.

BUT EVEN WITH THOSE INCREASED GOAL NUMBERS, WE'RE, WE'RE STILL PERFORMING, UH, ABOVE WHERE WE EXPECT IT TO BE.

THE NEXT SLIDE, WE WILL, UM, JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT NEXT STEPS WHEN IT COMES TO CITY FUNDED RAPID REHOUSING CONTRACTS.

AND THIS IS THE CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE BEEN HAVING WITH ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS, OUR PROVIDERS AND OUR VENDORS, ALL THE WAY TO THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, MANY OF WHOM ARE HERE TODAY.

UH, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARPA DOLLARS RUN OUT.

AND SO WE ARE ARE NOT BLIND TO THAT.

WE WANT TO BE VERY TRANSPARENT THAT WE ARE FORECASTING THIS AS A CHALLENGE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN THE, WHEN THE ARPA DOLLARS WERE ALLOCATED TO RAPID REHOUSING, IT WAS SPECIFICALLY INTENDED TO ADDRESS A BACKLOG THAT EXISTED AT THE TIME.

UH, AND AS YOU SAW IN THE PREVIOUS SLIDE, I THINK IN MANY WAYS WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK THROUGH THAT BACKLOG.

WE'RE NOW PLANNING FOR ARPA RAPID REHOUSING CONTRACTS TO REACH THEIR CAPACITY.

UM, AND WE'RE HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS NOW WITH ALL OF OUR PROVIDERS.

AS PART OF OUR MID-YEAR SPENDING PLAN CONVERSATIONS, WE'RE ENSURING THAT EACH ONE OF OUR PROVIDERS HAS ENOUGH FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE CLIENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THEIR CARE.

UH, AND WE'RE ALSO SEEING WHAT PROVIDERS HAVE RE ADDITIONAL CAPACITY TO TAKE ON NEW CLIENTS.

UH, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE SETTING CLEAR TARGETS FOR HOW MANY NEW CLIENTS WE CAN SERVE SO WE'RE NOT OVER ENROLLING.

AND THEN UNDER DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE, BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES ALL ARPA DOLLARS TO BE SPENT BY DECEMBER, 2026, UH, OUR ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE ARPA RAPID REHOUSING CONTRACTS WILL HAVE TO CEASE ACCEPTING NEW ENROLLMENTS DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

UH, AND IT'S DESIGNED THAT WAY TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE ENROLLEES RECEIVE THE 24 MONTHS OF ASSISTANCE THAT WE'RE PROMISING THEM.

IF WE ENROLL SOMEBODY JUNE OF NEXT YEAR, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE 24 MONTHS OF ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GUIDELINES DO NOT ALLOW US TO SPEND THE DOLLARS BEYOND DECEMBER, 2026.

WE ALSO ANTICIPATE THAT ONGOING FUNDING IS GONNA BE NEEDED IN FY 2026 IF IT IS COUNCIL'S DESIRE TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING, UH, SYSTEM CAPACITY.

UH, I DO WANT TO NOTE THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SOME OF OUR OTHER INVESTMENTS LIKE HEAL, WHICH IS OUR COMPASSIONATE ENCAMPMENT CLOSURE PROGRAM, MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT THE, THE, THE BEAUTY OF HEAL IS NOT JUST COMPASSIONATELY CLOSING THE ENCAMPMENT AND MOVING EVERYBODY INTO SHELTER, BUT IT'S ALSO ONCE THEY'RE IN SHELTER, THEY'RE FAST TRACKED INTO A RAPID REHOUSING OPPORTUNITY.

WHILE THOSE RAPID REHOUSING OPPORTUNITIES ARE ARPA FUNDED OPPORTUNITIES, AND SO A FUNDING LACK HERE COULD HAVE SOME, SOME NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES ON OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO MAKE HEAL, UM, OCCUR AT THE RATE AT WHICH WE'RE ABLE TO CURRENTLY DO IT.

THERE ARE SOME NEAR TERM ACTIONS THAT ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, AND THESE ARE ACTIONS THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING AND GETTING AHEAD OF SOME OF THESE FORECASTS.

NOBODY WANTS TO DRIVE THE CAR TO THE CLIFF AND THEN JUST FALL OFF THE CLIFF.

AND SO WE ARE DOING THINGS NOW TO MAKE SURE THAT AS THE ARPA DOLLARS FADE OUT, UH, WE ARE ABLE TO ALSO MAYBE PHASE OUT SOME OF THAT WORK.

AND SO THE VERY FIRST THING THAT WE'RE DOING IS MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR ARPA RAPID REHOUSING CONTRACTS ARE EXTENDED SO THAT THEY

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DO NOT END UNTIL DECEMBER, 2026.

UH, THIS WILL ENSURE THAT ALL OF OUR PROVIDERS HAVE THE TIME THAT THEY NEED TO PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE THAT WE'RE PROMISING TO THE COMMUNITY.

AS I MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO, WE ARE CONDUCTING OUR MID-YEAR SPENDING PLAN REVIEWS WITH ALL OF OUR VENDORS.

UH, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO ESTABLISH SOME VERY CLEAR ENROLLMENT TARGETS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2024.

SO IF WE ARE ENROLLING CLIENTS BETWEEN NOW IN DECEMBER, UH, WE CAN GUARANTEE THAT THOSE CLIENTS WILL RECEIVE THE 24 MONTHS OF ASSISTANCE THAT WE ARE PROMISING.

WE ALSO RECENTLY RELEASED A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR HOMELESS DIVERSION SERVICES.

AND DIVERSION IS NOT RAPID REHOUSING.

HOWEVER, WHAT DIVERSION DOES IS IT ALLOWS US TO GET UPSTREAM OF THE NEED OF RAPID REHOUSING.

IF WE'RE ABLE TO KEEP PEOPLE HOUSED, THEY DON'T NEED THIS INTERVENTION.

AND SO THE BEAUTY OF THIS STRATEGY IS THAT IT ALLOWS US TO MITIGATE THE NEED FOR ONGOING RAPID REHOUSING AND, AND HOPEFULLY ALSO PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING BY TRYING TO RESOLVE INDIVIDUALS, UH, CRISES QUICKLY AND RESOLVE THOSE UPSTREAM.

UM, THE NEXT PORTION OF THE PRESENTATION WILL BEGIN TO TALK THROUGH OUR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INVENTORY.

AND SO I, I WILL TRANSITION TO MIKE OVER TO JAMIE MAY, BUT OF COURSE, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER IN YOUR QUESTIONS AT THE CONCLUSION OF OUR COLLECTIVE PRESENTATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU DAVID.

UH, JAMIE MAY, UH, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO THIS KIND OF SHOWS OUR, UH, PIPELINE OF INVENTORY FOR PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.

AS YOU CAN SEE AT THE BEGINNING, IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, UH, IT'S A SLOW CLIMB.

MOST OF THAT IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT, UH, WE, UH, NEEDED DEVELOPERS.

WE NEEDED MONEY AND, UH, WE NEEDED TO, UH, HAVE CASH IN HAND, UH, THROUGH THE 2022 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, AS WELL AS THROUGH OTHER FUNDING SOURCES SUCH AS THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS AND PROJECT CONNECT.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INVEST IN, UH, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

AS YOU CAN SEE IN 2024 THIS YEAR.

UH, WE DO EXPECT TO SEE AN ADDITIONAL 600 UNITS COMING ONLINE, AND WE'LL GO THROUGH THOSE DEVELOPMENTS, UH, SHORTLY AFTER THAT.

UM, I ALSO WANNA POINT OUT IN 2026, WE'RE GOING TO, WE EXPECT TO SEE ANOTHER, UH, ADDITIONAL CHUNK, UH, LARGE, UH, NUMBER OF UNITS COMING ONLINE.

UH, THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GROW AS WE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN DEVELOPMENTS IN, UH, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

UH, WE DO EXPECT TO SEE MORE DEVELOPMENTS, AND IN FACT, UH, WE CAN PROJECT OUT TO 2027, UH, THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION TODAY.

I WOULD ALSO, UH, POINT OUT BELOW, UH, THE NATIONAL PSH PRODUCTION UP THROUGH 2023.

UM, IF THAT NUMBER STAYS CONSISTENT, AND THIS IS NOT A NUMBER THAT WE HAVE CONTROL OVER, IT'S FROM HUD.

UH, BUT IF THAT NUMBER STAYS CONSISTENT, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE ARE FAR SURPASSING, UH, THE AVERAGE, UH, INVESTMENT AND THE GROWTH RATE IN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, UH, THROUGHOUT, UH, THE COUNTRY.

UH, SO WE ARE DOING THE WORK, WE'RE INVESTING THE DOLLARS AND TRYING TO GET AS MANY UNITS ON THE GROUND AS POSSIBLE.

I DO WANNA POINT OUT THAT IT TAKES TIME AND CAPITAL.

UM, SO WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THESE, THIS IS OUR EXISTING INVENTORY TODAY.

UM, MOST OF THESE HAVE COME ON IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

UH, WATERLOO TERRACE CAPITAL STUDIOS, THESE ARE FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENTS, CHALMERS WEST WITH HAKA, UH, PROVIDING, UH, EIGHT PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS FOR VETERANS.

UM, WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE IS THAT NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THE 237 UNITS ON THE GROUND, UM, BUT HAKA HAS ALSO, UH, PARTNERED WITH US TO PROVIDE THE VOUCHERS.

THOSE ARE, UH, MAINSTREAM VOUCHERS FOR INDIVIDUALS EXITING HOMELESSNESS AS WELL AS VASH VOUCHERS, UM, FOR VETERANS.

UH, IN CONCERT WITH THAT, THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS DEDICATED HOUSING TRUST FUND DOLLARS TO A LOCAL HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM.

OUR FIRST DEPLOYMENT WAS TO SPARROW AT RUTLAND, WHICH IS A, UH, AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION PARTNERSHIP WITH CARITAS.

UH, THROUGH THAT PROGRAM, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO, UH, PROVIDE 101, UH, PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS IN THAT DEVELOPMENT.

THE 70 UNITS, UH, REMAINING AT ASPERA RELAND ARE OCCUPIED BY CLIENTS OF CARITAS.

UH, SO THEY MAY ALSO BE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, UM, BUT THEY ARE, UH, DEFINED BY CARITAS AS OPPOSED TO, UH, DEFINED BY THE VOUCHER.

WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE IN THIS YEAR, IN THE CALENDAR YEAR 2024, UH, THESE ARE THE DEVELOPMENTS THAT WE EXPECT TO SEE COMING ONLINE, UH, IN THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, SIX MONTHS OR SO.

UH, PECAN GARDENS, BELCON TERRACE, WE EXPECT TO SEE THOSE IN, UH, THIS SUMMER.

UM, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU ALL OUT TO THE GRAND OPENING AS SOON AS THAT IS SCHEDULED.

UH, KENSINGTON APARTMENTS, BUNGALOWS, AND LIBERT TOT THOSE ARE GONNA TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME.

UM, BUT THEY ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY.

UH, AND AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT OF THE 293 PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS YOU SEE HERE, 255 HAVE SUPPORT FROM HAKA.

UH, IN ADDITION TO THE 28

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LOCAL HOUSING VOUCHERS, THAT DOES LEAVE A GAP OF ABOUT 10, UH, UNITS WITHOUT VOUCHERS.

UH, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN BE HANDLED.

UH, HOWEVER, ONCE THAT GAP GETS TOO LARGE, UH, THEN YOU RISK HAVING THE DEVELOPMENT RUN INTO OPERATING CHALLENGES.

UM, OPERATING FUNDING CHALLENGES, PARTICULARLY WITH, UH, INVESTMENTS INTO THE FACILITY, REPAIRS, PUTTING A NEW ROOF ON, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THE FINAL COLUMN ON THIS END IS A SERVICE FUNDING.

UM, AND I WOULD NOTE THAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN IS A, A PRIMARY FUNDER FOR A MAJORITY OF THESE.

THESE COME THROUGH AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH AND THROUGH THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE.

UH, BUT AS WE GET FURTHER DOWN INTO THE NEXT SLIDE, YOU'LL SEE THAT WE HAVE SOME QUESTION MARKS, UH, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN MORE LATER.

WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE HERE.

WE'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT, UH, THIS IS CALENDAR YEAR 2025.

UH, AGAIN, ANOTHER 288 UNITS COMING ONLINE IN 2025 WITH ANOTHER 213, UH, UH, 213 VOUCHERS FROM HAKA.

AND THE 75 VOUCHERS FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE RED HIGHLIGHTED ENTRY.

KAREN POINT AT CAMERON IS A PROPERTY, UH, THAT IS SUPPORTED BY THE STRATEGIC, I'M SORRY, THE TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, UH, SHIP SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE INITIATIVE PIPELINE.

TOO MANY ACRONYMS. UM, WE ARE, UH, SO WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE, UH, THAT ONE COMING ONLINE NEXT YEAR.

AND THAT IS THE FIRST OF SEVERAL THAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT.

WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THESE ARE THE, THE OTHER, UH, SHIP PROPERTIES.

UH, AS YOU CAN SEE, UH, WE HAVE 410 UNITS LINED UP TO COME ONLINE IN 2026.

THAT'S 260 VOUCHERS WITH 120 LOCAL VOUCHERS.

SO DOING SOME QUICK MATH IN YOUR HEAD, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE'VE GOT ABOUT A 30 VOUCHER GAP.

UM, AND THERE ARE SOME SERVICE GAPS.

UH, HOWEVER, WITH THE, THESE INVESTMENTS COMING ONLINE, I WOULD POINT OUT THAT SEABROOK SQUARE IS A PARTNERSHIP OR A GROUND LEASE, UH, FROM THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, UH, TO INTEGRAL CARE.

UM, AND WE ARE INVESTING IN ALL OF THESE PROPERTIES ALONG WITH, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND THE NEXT SLIDE, I BELIEVE LEADS, GETS US INTO 2027.

FOR 2027.

WE CAN SEE AN ADDITIONAL 117 UNITS COMING ONLINE.

UH, THESE, UH, LAST TWO PROPERTIES, BAILEY AT BERKMAN AND BAILEY AT STANE, ARE BOTH APPLIED FOR THE LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT, THE NINE PERCENTS, UH, WHICH WILL BE AWARDED IN JULY.

UM, ONE OR BOTH MAY BE AWARDED OR NEITHER.

UM, SO THAT'S, UH, JUST ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE IS FINDING THE FUNDING, UH, SECURING THE FUNDING AND BEING COMPETITIVE FOR THE FUNDING.

UH, THE 9% TAX CREDITS ARE EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE, UH, BUT THEY, IF THESE DO NOT WIN, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO BUILD THESE UNITS, UM, AND TO FIND THE CAPITAL NECESSARY.

OVERALL, I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT OUR TOTAL EXISTING, UH, UNITS AND PIPELINE, WE'VE GOT 1,345 UNITS AT THE END OF 2027.

WE SHOULD SEE APPROXIMATELY 1300 UNITS WITH OVER A THOUSAND VOUCHERS BEING DEPLOYED BY HAKA, AND MORE THAN 250 VOUCHERS BEING DEPLOYED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE TOP BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE INVESTMENTS ARE BEING MADE.

IT DOES TAKE TIME TO BUILD, UM, BUT WE ARE APPROACHING, UH, SOLUTIONS IN A COLLABORATIVE AND THOUGHTFUL MANNER.

AND WITH THAT, I'D LIKE TO GO INTO SOME MORE DETAIL ON THE SHIP PROJECTS WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM TRAVIS COUNTY.

GOOD AFTERNOON, UH, PILAR SANES FROM TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHAT IS THE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE PIPELINE? WE LIKE TO CALL IT SHIP.

UM, IT IS, UM, $115 MILLION OF INVESTMENT THROUGH TRAVIS COUNTY OUT OF $247 MILLION THAT WAS RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY AND ARPA FUNDING, THE 115 ARE ALLOCATED TO 11 PROJECTS THAT ARE, UM, MOSTLY MADE UP OF, UM, OVER 2000 SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS.

THE FUNDING WAS, UH, PRESENTED TO THE COMMUNITY AS A ONE-TIME FUNDING OPPORTUNITY.

IT WAS A PARTNERSHIP WITH, UH, SEVERAL NONPROFITS, 10 NONPROFITS, AND IT WAS A RESULT OF A LARGER COMMUNITY GOAL THAT CAME FROM A COUNTYWIDE HOUSING SUMMIT.

UH, TOGETHER, A LARGER GROUP, A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE PARTNERED PEOPLE FROM THE CITY, FROM THE COUNTY, AND THE NONPROFIT COMMUNITY ALONG WITH PHILANTHROPISTS.

UM, AND, UH, THE PHILANTHROPY SIDE BEING, UM, HUGELY SUPPORTED BY PRIOR,

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UM, MAYOR ADLER.

AND, UM, WE'RE, WE'VE, WE'VE WORKED VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER TO TRY AND CATALYZE THE, THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE 2000 UNITS.

IT WAS, UM, IT WAS AGREED THAT THE COUNTY'S, UM, ROLE WOULD BE TO FUND THE CONSTRUCTION AND THE NONPROFIT'S ROLE TO FUND THE SUPPORT OF HOUSING THROUGH EITHER FUNDRAISING OR FINDING OTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THE SHIP INCLUDES SEVERAL TYPES OF HOUSING IT THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CONTINUUM OF HOUSING.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, WE SERVE, UH, THE, WE HAVE SHELTERS AS PART OF THE, THE PROJECT, UH, THROUGH THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION, ESPERANZA.

UM, WE HAVE TINY HOMES THROUGH MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES.

AND THEN WE HAVE COMMUNITY LIVING, UH, THROUGH A NEW ENTRY RECOVERY LIVING, UH, AND MULTI-FAMILY UNITS AND SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY THROUGH SEVERAL NONPROFITS.

A LOT OF THOSE HAD EXPERIENCE BUILDING AND OPERATING SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, BUT WE WERE ALSO VERY INTERESTED IN HELPING ORGANIZATIONS THAT DID NOT HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE.

AND SO WE, UM, WE SOUGHT OUT A NEW ENTRY IN AUSTIN AREA URBAN LEAGUE TO, TO BRING INTO THE FOLD AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I REALLY LIKED THE WAY THAT SHARONDA PUT THAT, UH, THE, THE SPIRIT OF HUMAN COLLABORATION IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING THROUGH, THROUGH THIS.

WE'VE COLLABORATED VERY CLOSELY WITH YOUR CITY DEPARTMENTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

AND, UH, BUT IT'S BEEN FEDERAL FUNDING THAT'S COME IN FOR THESE 11 PROJECTS, STATE FUNDING, CITY AND COUNTY FUNDING, ALONG WITH, UM, AT HOME A TX PHILANTHROPY FUNDING.

AND IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAVIS COUNTY TO ENDEAVOR INTO THIS TYPE OF, UM, INITIATIVE, OUR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, TO NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AND HAD NEVER FUNDED, UH, HOUSING IN THIS MANNER BEFORE.

SO WE ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR HOUSING DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY'VE LOANED US BEST PRACTICES.

THEY'VE MET WITH US CONTINUOUSLY.

THEY'VE SHARED DOCUMENTS WITH US THAT WE CAN REPLICATE THAT WE DIDN'T START FROM SCRATCH.

UM, WE MEET ON AN ONGOING BASIS WITH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, AND WE'RE MAKING SURE YOUR CITY HOUSING DEPARTMENT, WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE LOCK AND STEP WITH EACH OTHER TO ENSURE THAT THESE, UH, PROJECTS ARE REALLY GOING TO BE VIABLE AND THAT WE ARE ON THE SAME TIMEFRAME.

WE'VE ALIGNED CLOSINGS TO CLOSE TOGETHER.

WE'VE ALIGNED, UM, WHEN, YOU KNOW, WHO'S GONNA FUND WHAT AND TIMING ON, UH, WHO FUNDS FIRST, WHO FUNDS LAST.

JUST SEVERAL DETAILS THAT HAVE REALLY HELPED US PUT THIS, UM, REALLY FORWARD.

THIS INITIATIVE.

WE'RE ALSO AT THE COUNTY WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH, UM, UH, ECHO, UH, THROUGH THEIR LATEST HEALTHCARE COLLABORATIVE, WHICH IS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO FUND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

AND, UM, THE CITY AND CENTRAL HEALTH HAVE BEEN A PART OF THAT, AND IT'S BEING LED BY DOLL MEDICAL SCHOOL.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'RE A PART OF ANOTHER PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND CENTRAL HEALTH, UH, WHICH IS CALLED AT HOME.

THAT, UH, WAS, UH, SOMETHING THAT CAME OUT OF THE PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE.

AND THE HOUSE, UH, THE TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS CONTRIBUTING $3 MILLION TOWARDS THAT AT HOME, UM, INITIATIVE, WHICH IS GONNA FUND PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AT A COUPLE OF, UM, SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROPERTIES.

SO TRAVIS COUNTY HASN'T REALLY DONE THIS BEFORE.

THERE'S A, THERE'S A, THERE'S A DIFFERENCE IN MANDATES FOR A CITY AND FOR A COUNTY.

UM, THE CITY'S, THE CITY'S BUDGET IS FIVE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE COUNTY'S BUDGET.

THE CITY'S STAFF, UH, LABOR FORCE IS THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN THE COUNTY.

AND SO WE HADN'T DONE THIS BEFORE, AND SO WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THIS NOW.

AND, UH, TO CONTINUE TO COL COLLABORATE.

COMMISSIONER HOWARD HAS BEEN LEADING THE, A EFFORT IN COLLABORATION.

AND, UM, SO WE'RE REALLY HOPING TO CONTINUE THIS NEXT SLIDE.

I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO NATHAN FERNANDEZ, OUR SENIOR PLANNER AT HHS AT TRAVIS COUNTY.

I

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APPRECIATE IT.

ALRIGHT, UM, I'M GONNA RUN THROUGH A FEW OF THE PSH UH, PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENTS THAT THE CITY, UH, THROUGH THE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE ROTA AND THE COUNTY THROUGH OUR ARPA FUNDS HAVE, UH, CO-FUNDED AND COLLABORATED, UH, FOR CAPITAL UH, FINANCING.

UM, SO THE FIRST ONE IS THE URBAN EMPOWERMENT ZONE.

THIS ONE WILL BE OPERATED BY THE AUSTIN AREA URBAN LEAGUE, AS MENTIONED ABOVE.

UH, THEY WILL HAVE 80 UNITS THAT ARE NOW FULLY VOUCHERED, UM, AND THE COUNTY IS CONTRIBUTING ARPA DOLLARS, UH, TOWARDS THIS ONE.

AND THE CITY IS CONTRIBUTING, UM, FUNDS THROUGH THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THE NEXT PROJECT, UH, IS KAREN POINT AT CAMERON.

THIS IS A PROJECT THAT'S CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT, UM, SLATED TO COME ONLINE NEXT YEAR.

IT, IT'S GONNA BE OPERATED BY CARITAS OF AUSTIN FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS, UM, AND, AND PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS THAT ARE AGED 55 AND OLDER.

THIS ONE WILL HAVE 150 EFFICIENCIES, STUDIO APARTMENTS.

UM, AS OF NOW, I BELIEVE TWO THIRDS OF THEM HAVE VOUCHERS AND THE COUNTY AND CITY CONTRIBUTED A SIMILAR AMOUNT OF DOLLARS, UH, FOR CAPITAL ON THIS PROJECT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS PROJECT IS CALLED REAL GARDENS.

IT WILL BE OPERATED BY FAMILY ELDER CARE, UH, FOR SENIORS AGE 62 AND OVER EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

THIS WILL BE A 60 STUDIO APARTMENT UNIT COMPLEX, UM, COMPLETELY VOUCHERED AND COMING OFF THE COORDINATED ENTRY LIST, THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE BOTH CONTRIBUTING, UH, SIMILAR AMOUNTS OF DOLLARS THROUGH ARPA AND GO BONDS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, JAMIE MENTIONED SEABROOK SQUARE ONE EARLIER, UH, JUST RECENTLY.

WE ARE, UH, SEABROOK SQUARE TWO HAS BROKE GROUND THROUGH INTEGRAL CARE WHO WILL OPERATE A 60 UNIT FACILITY FOR ADULTS EXPERIENCING, UH, MENTAL ILLNESS AND OR, UM, LIVING WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL EXPERIENCES.

THIS WILL ALSO BE A 60 PSH, UH, APARTMENT COMPLEX.

UH, FULLY VOUCHERED AS WELL.

UH, TRAVIS COUNTY AND THE CITY'S HOUSING DEPARTMENT WORKED VERY CLOSELY ON THIS ONE IN ORDER TO, UH, COMPLETE FUNDING GAPS THAT AROSE.

THERE'S ALWAYS VERY INTERESTING DEVELOPMENTS THAT COME UP ON EVERY PROJECT, UH, THAT WE HAVE TO HELP WORK TOGETHER.

AND IT'S BEEN VERY, UM, INTEGRAL THERE.

UH, EXCUSE MY PUN, UH, TO WORK TOGETHER, UM, ON THIS FUNDING.

NEXT PROJECT, PLEASE.

UH, THE LAST OF THE PSH PROJECTS I'LL GO OVER IS, UH, THE WORKS THREE.

UH, THIS IS THROUGH LIFEWORKS, UH, FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

THERE WILL BE 120 UNITS IN THIS COMPLEX, UH, AND TRAVIS COUNTY AND THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORP ARE WORKING ON CLOSING ON FINANCING LATER THIS YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OH, ONE MORE.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, THE LANCASTER, OH, SORRY.

GO BACK.

THANK YOU.

UM, THE LANCASTER IS A PROJECT THAT IS BREAKING GROUND HERE IN JUST A FEW WEEKS THROUGH THE SAFE ALLIANCE.

THIS WILL BE, UH, DESIGNED FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE THAT ARE ALSO EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

THIS WILL BE ALSO A 60 UNIT PROPERTY WITH A MIX OF UNIT BREAKDOWNS.

UM, AND THAT WILL ALSO BE FULLY PSH AND VOUCHERED.

AND TRAVIS COUNTY AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN FUNDED A SIMILAR $7.2 MILLION FIGURE ON THIS ONE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER PROJECTS IN OUR SHIP PORTFOLIO, UM, SOME OF WHICH ARE, ARE COLLABORATIONS WITH THE CITY, SOME ARE NOT.

UM, AS PILAR MENTIONED EARLIER, WE HELPED A NEW ENTRY WITH THEIR WEBABLE TRANSFORMATION CENTER.

IT'S CURRENTLY AN IN, UH, INPATIENT RECOVERY HOUSING FOR, UH, FOLKS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES.

THE COUNTY, UH, PROVIDED FUNDS IN ORDER TO EXPAND THAT, UH, DEVELOPMENT SO THEY CAN PROVIDE