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I'M GOING TO CONVENE

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THE HFC AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION MEETING HERE ON MAY 21ST, 2020.

IT'S A REMOTE MEETING.

WE HAVE A QUORUM OF THE DIRECTORS PRESENT.

[Items 1 - 8]

WE'RE GOING TO CONVENE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALLING A SPEAKER THAT HAS A OKAY.

UH, SIGNED UP TO, UH, TO, TO SPEAK.

DO WE STILL HAVE THE SPEAKER ON THE PHONE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK OKAY.

ON HFC ITEM? YEAH.

OKAY.

YEAH.

ME, WHY DON'T YOU, WHY DON'T YOU GO AHEAD.

YOU HAVE THEM THREE MINUTES FRIENDS.

GIVE ME ONE SECOND HERE.

I'VE BEEN WAITING ON HOLD SO LONG.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

ALRIGHT, THAT'S A LOT TO MAKE IT TO THE DIRE STOP.

APPRECIATE YOU TAKING SOME KIND OF ACTION AND AFTER MY EMAIL, BUT I WANT TO BE QUICK IN REGARDS TO AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION NUMBER EIGHT, RATIFYING AN EMERGENCY CONTRACT IN THE AMOUNT OF ALMOST 1,000,005 BUT ALSO, UM, ITEM 75 THAT WAS DISCUSSED EARLIER.

I BELIEVE IT'S STILL ON THE, ON THE NOTES.

IT'S PULLED BY SOME GAUZE A BIT.

UM, I KIND OF WANT TO CORRELATE BOTH, BOTH ITEMS TOGETHER.

THEY'RE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ME.

AS I NOTED IN MY EMAIL TO YOU ALL, I'M WORKING CONSTRUCTION GIGS.

I DON'T QUALIFY FOR STIMULUS PACKAGES AND OTHER RELIEF FUNDS THAT ARE CURRENTLY EXISTING, BUT I KNOW THAT, THAT, THAT IT TASTES ACTIVISTS AND ADVOCATES LIKE US TO COME TO YOU ALL TO REQUEST THAT THOSE FUNDS BE USED APPROPRIATELY.

UM, I DO THINK IT WAS IN RECENT MONTHS THAT UM, MR THEY FILED A CIVIC ACTION AGAINST YOU ALL FOR FAILING TO OBSERVE THE GOVERNMENT CODES CORRECTLY AS IT PERTAINS TO THE LBC.

AND I WANTED THAT TO BE TOP OF MIND TO YOU.

UM, W WE SPECIFICALLY NEED YOU TO PRIORITIZE ANY AND ALL ITEMS REGARDING FUNDING FROM THE DIRECT DEPOSITS AND PREPAID CAUSE FOR AUSTIN'S MOST VULNERABLE, ONE OF HER FAMILIES, EVEN IF THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE ME SPECIFICALLY FAMILIES LIKE THOSE THAT, UM, THAT I INTERACT WITH THAT I REPRESENT AND STAND FOR.

UM, ABSOLUTELY.

FAMILY VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, ABSOLUTELY LOW INCOME FAMILIES THAT HAVE TO DEAL WITH FOOD INSECURITY HERE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN, FORMALLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS, TRAVIS COUNTY AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY HAVE HAD TO LET HUNDREDS GO IN RECENT MONTHS THAT COME BACK HOME AND THAT'S ANOTHER MOUTH TO FEED AT THE TABLE.

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO OPEN UP THE ECONOMY, WHICH WILL INCREASE THE NUMBER OF, I'M ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THE ECONOMY WITH THE FUNDS THAT WERE GAINED SINCE THE GOVERNOR WANTED TO OPEN UP THE ECONOMY THAT AS WE'VE SEEN INCREASES THE NUMBER OF COLBY CASES.

I THINK SOMEONE ASKED FOR 70 MILLION OF THOSE DOLLARS TO BE ALLOCATED FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES EARLIER AND I WOULD, I WOULD ECHO THE SAME.

I HAVE TO CATCH UP ON QUITE A BIT THAT I'VE MISSED OVER THE LAST YEAR, BUT NOTHING HAS EVER CHANGED WITH ME BELIEVING THE DIET DOESN'T INTENTIONALLY KEEP TOP OF MIND.

SO I AM HERE STANDING FOR THE EAST OF 35 COMMUNITIES LIKE SEVEN, EIGHT, SEVEN, OH TWO COLONY PARK, WINDSOR HILLS, DOVE SPRINGS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW EXIST INDIVIDUALS IN GASOLINE'S PLACE IN SHAUN WAS PLACE IN SANTA RITA BUT ALSO THAT LIVE OFF OF WILLIAM CANNON AND STAFF NEED THAT NEED RENT ASSISTANCE THAT NEED UM, DIRECT DEPOSIT, UM, THAT WERE DEPOSITED PHONES FOR GROCERIES FOR UM, MAYBE CALL THE PAGE MIDDLE SUSTAINABILITY AS AS WE PROGRESS IN IN MONTHS, YOU ALL WILL HAVE TO BRING BACK UP THESE EBC CONFERENCE PROJECT CONNECT TAX WAIT REFERENDUM IN AUGUST.

THE FAMILIES THAT ARE UM, NICE, UH, CAPABLE OF EMERGING THROUGH THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.

I NEED YOU TO KEEP THEM TOP OF MIND AND MAKE SURE THAT ALL FUNDS, AT LEAST THE MAJORITY OF THE FUNDS ARE DIRECTED THEIR WAY.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK.

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THANK YOU.

WHILE WE'RE IN THE HFC, UH, UH, MATTERS STAFF HERE.

YEAH, THAT WAS GREAT.

GIVE STAFF A CHANCE TO TAKE US THROUGH THE CONSENT AGENDA HERE REAL FAST WHERE WE DON'T COME BACK.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ITEMS ON THE HFC AGENDA TODAY AND I CAN OFFER THEM ALL ON CONSENT.

THEY CAN'T HEAR YOU.

YOU NEED TO SPEAK.

OH, I'M SORRY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW, MA'AM? NOT WELL.

MANDY, ARE YOU ON THE LINE? ARE YOU ABLE TO CALL HIM? SO HOW MANY ITEMS ARE THERE ON THAT? SHE WAS OFFERING CONSENT? YES.

ALL EIGHT ITEMS ARE OFFERED ON CONSENT ON HFC.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THESE ITEMS ON CONSENT POOL MAKES THE MOTIONS OR SECOND TO THAT MOTION.

HI, MR ARTHRITIS.

I CAN TELL YOU DISCUSSION, REMEMBER TOTAL THERE AT THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE, WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE FUNDING THAT CAME OUT OF THE AUSTIN HOUSING TRUST FUND FOR RENT RELIEF.

AND I'M SUPER GRATEFUL TO OUR STAFF FOR MAKING, MAKING THAT ALLOCATION SO QUICKLY SO THAT THAT MONEY COULD BE OUT IN CIRCULATING AMONG PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEEDED IT RIGHT AWAY.

I WOULD JUST ADD THE ADDITIONAL DIRECTION TO NUMBER EIGHT THAT OUR STAFF, I'M ASSUMING THOSE WERE ELIGIBLE REIMBURSABLE COSTS UNDER CARES, WHICH IT SOUNDS AS IF THEY CERTAINLY ARE, UM, THAT OUR STAFF SEEK TO, UH, TO REIMBURSE, TO SEEK REIMBURSEMENT FOR THOSE COSTS AND THAT THEY REPLENISH THE AUSTIN HOUSING, TRYING TO FIND IT THAT THEY REPLENISH THE AUSTIN HOUSING TRUST FUND.

UM, SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO KEEP THAT AUSTIN HOUSING TRUST FUND AS FULL AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT OFFERS US SOME FLEXIBILITIES THAT SOME OF THEIR CARE'S FUNDING MAY NOT.

UM, IN PARTICULAR AT THE HOUSING COMMITTEE, THERE WAS A CONVERSATION ABOUT, UM, EXTENDED INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY BE STAYING IN EXTENDED STAY HOTELS AND SOME OTHER ENDS OF LIVING ARRANGEMENTS WHERE WE WOULD WANT TO MAYBE HAVE SOME OF THOSE MORE FLEXIBLE FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

SO IF THE, IF MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT ME, I WOULD MAKE THAT AS FORMAL DIRECTION AGAIN, THAT OUR STAFF SEEK REIMBURSEMENT FOR THOSE FUNDS AND THAT THEY MOVE TOWARD REIMBURSING AND REPLENISHING THE AUSTIN HOUSING TRUST FUND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

OKAY.

UM, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS TO THAT, THAT INSTRUCTION THERE? JUST CLARITY REAL QUICK? YES.

HOW'S THE MEMBER TOLD ME YOU SAY TO REPLENISH IT, BUT TO REPLENISH IT FROM WHICHEVER SOURCES MOST PRUDENT.

ALRIGHT.

MY BASIC INTENT HERE IS THAT THAT IS PRETTY FLEXIBLE FUNDING AND SOME OF THE KARA'S FUNDING IS LESS FLEXIBLE BUT IS CAN BE USED AS I UNDERSTAND IT FOR RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND SO I WANT TO REPLACE, I WANT TO REPLENISH TO THE EXTENT THAT STAFF CAN, I WANT THEM TO REPLENISH THE AUSTIN HOUSING TRUST FUND.

IS THAT I WOULDN'T WANT TO REPLENISH.

YEAH I THINK WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE.

BUT IF IF FOR EXAMPLE, THE CARES MONEY IS BEST, I I THINK THAT THE MANAGER HAS, HAS EXPRESSED A LITTLE SO ALSO IN CITY AND BY CITY LEGAL AND TIMES OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS THAT WE ARE STILL SORT OF SORTING OUT WHICH DOLLARS ARE BEST FOR CARERS GIVEN REQUIREMENTS IN FEDERAL AUDITS.

AND SO I DON'T KNOW IF I'M COMFORTABLE SAYING EXACTLY WHICH FUNDS REPLENISH IT WITH, BUT I THINK A GENERAL INTENT TO TRY TO REPLENISH IT WHEN WE CAN I THINK MAKES OKAY.

YEAH.

THANKS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

CAUSE IT MIGHT BE BETTER UNDER FEMALE RATHER THAN KEROS AND SO, SO YES.

LET ME, LET ME, UM, ABSOLUTELY.

UH, MAN, MY DIRECTION TO BE OKAY TO BE REFLECTIVE OF THAT CONVERSATION.

OKAY.

AND WITH THAT COUNSELOR WERE ALTAR.

THANK YOU.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO WHAT COUNCIL MEMBER CASARA SAID BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S ALSO VARIOUS MONEY THAT CAME OUT OF THE CARES ACT THAT'S GOING DIRECTLY INTO LIKE CDBG, ET CETERA.

WE HAD AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA ON IT DEPENDING ON HOW THINGS SHAKE OUT, THAT MAY ALSO BE OKAY AND APPROPRIATE SOURCE RATHER THAN THE 170 MILLION WHICH WE'VE BEEN REFERRING TO AS THE CARE'S MONEY.

SO I LIKE THIS DIRECTION, YOU KNOW, FROM THE MOST SUITABLE FUNDS I WILL BE UNDERSTANDING IT COMES FROM THE MOST SUITABLE FINDS, ANY OBJECTION MAPPING ADDED, UPENDED AS A DIRECTION HEARING, THEN THAT'S ADDED.

OKAY.

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MAYOR, CAN YOU NOT SEE ME OKAY AND GO AHEAD.

YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

I WOULD JUST UM, UH, SHARE WHAT COUNCIL MEMBER CUSSER AND COUNCIL MEMBER OFFICER SAID AND I AGREE THAT OUR GOAL IS TO REPLENISH AS COUNCIL MEMBER TOBO IS ASKING.

BUT I WOULD ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT THAT DIRECTION IS SUBJECT TO WHAT WE ULTIMATELY DECIDE WITH REGARD TO OUR SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

WE HAVE NOT YET FINISHED THAT PROCESS OF DISCUSSING OUR SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

SO I DON'T WANT TO BE, UH, I DON'T WANT STAFF TO THINK THAT ANY DIRECTION WE'RE GIVING RIGHT NOW IS OVER WOULD OVERRIDE ANYTHING THAT WE MIGHT ULTIMATELY DECIDE AS WE LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE AS PART OF OUR SPENDING SPENDING FRAMEWORK.

SO WHILE I CERTAINLY WANT TO REPLENISH THE TRUST FUND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, UM, SUPPORTING THAT DIRECTION NOW DOES NOT MEAN THAT I MIGHT, I MEAN THAT'S GOT TO BE SUBJECT TO WHAT WE DECIDE AS PART OF OUR OVERALL SPENDING FRAMEWORK, NOT AS GENDER.

I THINK IT WOULD BE THE SPECIFIC SCAR CONTROL OVER THE GENERAL.

OKAY.

OKAY.

JUST WANTED TO MAKE PUT THAT ON THE RECORD.

OKAY.

ANY OBJECTION THAT THEN IS INCLUDED? WE HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA IN FRONT OF US.

IN DISCUSSION.

THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND.

THOSE OPPOSED IF LIKE ALL THE HANDS WERE RAISED PASSES UNANIMOUSLY OR THAT CONCLUDES THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION AGENDA.

IT'S THREE 42 AND THAT MEETING IS ADJOURNED.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.