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GOOD MORNING, GREG, I'M GOING TO JOIN YOU KIND OF OFF AND ON THIS MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

SUBORDINATE CHAIR.

HOPEFULLY YOU'LL BEAR WITH ME EVER UNDER THE WEATHER, BUT UP HERE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AND YOU'RE SICK.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

MY KIDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN UNLEASHED FOR LIKE BIG CHUNKS OF TIME.

OKAY.

I THINK I'M GOING TO GET US STARTED STUFF.

ARE WE READY TO GO? WE'RE READY WHEN YOU ARE,

[Call to Order]

RIGHT.

WELL THEN I'LL GET US GOING.

IT IS A TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 10:05 AM.

WE'RE MEETING VIRTUALLY, UH, I'M GREG CASAR, CHAIR OF THE HOUSING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE.

WE ARE, UM, WE'RE JOINED BY, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS, KITCHEN AND HARPER MADISON GIVING US A QUORUM.

AND THEN ALSO, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR IS HERE.

WE'LL GET STARTED.

UH, THE FIRST, UM, THING WE WOULD USUALLY DO IS APPROVE THE MINUTES, BUT IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING AREN'T AREN'T READY YET.

UM, AND SO WE WILL SKIP RIGHT OVER INTO THE ITEMS.

[3. Briefing on the City’s residential affordable housing development bonus program commonly referred to as “Affordability Unlocked”.]

WE HAVE GUESTS HERE FOR THE AFFORDABILITY ON LOCKED ITEMS. SO WE'LL TAKE THAT FIRST AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK INTO ORDER, UH, TAKING UP THE, UM, EMERGENCY HOUSING, LOCAL DISASTER, UH, ITEM SECONDS, AND THEN THE, UH, THE MAPPING TOOL SHOWING OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

WE'LL TAKE THAT A THIRD.

SO, UH, STAFF LET'S, LET'S GET STARTED WITH THE, UH, AFFORDABILITY OF MOCK PRESENTATION AND SHE'LL BE GREAT.

AND AS SHE COMES ON, SORRY, I, I, MY SCREEN FAILED TO SCROLL FOR ME.

I MISSED, WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE VICE-CHAIR ELLIS HERE.

UH, AND THEN I ALSO SEE COUNCIL MEMBER RENTERIA AND THE MAYOR ARE LOGGED IN AND LISTENING.

SO BACK TO YOU GUYS, GREAT COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THIS IS ALEX.

WE CAN WELCOME ALEX.

THANK YOU.

UM, HOPEFULLY YOU RECEIVED, UM, SOME SLIDES THAT I SENT IN.

UM, THOSE ARE, THAT'S GOING TO BE MY SORT OF PRESENTATION DOCUMENTS THAT'D BE GOING OFF OF TODAY.

UM, SO LIKE I SAID, MY NAME IS ALEX FOR PLANNER WITH NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY.

I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU GUYS AN UPDATE ON THE UNLOCKED PROGRAM.

JUST TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN GENERAL, WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE TO GO THROUGH AND THEN OUR CURRENT PROJECT PIPELINE.

IT'S ALSO MY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE HAVE A COUPLE OF SPEAKERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM WHO WILL BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT EXPERIENCE.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, SLIDE TWO, PLEASE.

SO I'M SURE MOST OF YOU'RE PRETTY FAMILIAR WITH AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED, BUT JUST AS A REMINDER, THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT BONUS PROGRAM THAT OFFERS SUBSTANTIAL WAIVERS OF DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS IN EXCHANGE FOR HIGH PERCENTAGES OF AFFORDABLE UNITS.

IT WAS MEANT TO ENABLE HOUSING PROVIDERS TO BUILD MORE UNITS IN THEIR DEVELOPMENTS AND OTHERWISE ENTITLED TO INTO BETTER LEVERAGE PUBLIC FUNDS IN PARTICULAR, IN LIGHT OF THE 2018 AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND DOLLARS.

IN ADDITION, IT WAS MEANT TO BE EASILY PAIRED WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOOLS, WHETHER THAT BE GET FINANCING OR OTHER DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS. JUST AS A REMINDER, IF WE'RE BUILDING UNLOCKED ORDINANCE WAS PASSED ON MAY 9TH LAST YEAR, YOU NEED A MISLEAD BY CITY COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, WE HAD OUR AFFORDABILITY APPLICATION PORTAL IN SUPPORTING PROGRAM DOCUMENTS UP ONLINE FOR THE PUBLIC.

UH, I WANT TO TAKE ONE MOMENT TO, UM, JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED AGREEMENT TEMPLATE.

THIS IS A SORT OF NEW TYPE OF DOCUMENT THAT WE, THAT THEN WHAT WE'VE DONE BEFORE FOR SOME OF OUR OTHER DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS, WE WORKED A LOT

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WITH LEGAL COUNSEL TO CRAFT A DOCUMENT THAT CREATES SOME STRONG PROTECTIONS FOR THOSE AFFORDABLE UNITS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THIS PROGRAM.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, UM, IS A DOCUMENT THAT IS RECORDED ON THE PROPERTY ITSELF, SO THAT IN THE EVENT OF CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP, THOSE AFFORDABLE UNITS ARE STILL SECURE.

SLIDE THREE, PLEASE.

HERE WE HAVE AN OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.

UM, I HAVE THIS ON HERE, JUST SO WHEN WE LATER TALK ABOUT TYPE ONE AND TYPE TWO PROJECTS, YOU GUYS KIND OF HAVE A FEELING FOR WHAT THAT MEANS.

UM, SO AN APPLICANT GETS TO CHOOSE WHETHER THEY WANT TO BE TYPE ONE OR TYPE TWO FOR TYPE ONE PROJECT.

THE REQUIREMENTS ARE GOING TO DIFFER A LITTLE BIT DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE PROJECT, AND THEN WHETHER IT'S A RENTAL OR OWNERSHIP PROJECT.

UM, JUST AS A QUICK SUMMARY, IF IT'S ONE TO TWO UNIT PROJECT THAN A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE UNITS WOULD NEED TO BE AFFORDABLE THREE OR MORE UNITS THAN 50% OF THE UNITS MUST BE AFFORDABLE FOR A RENTAL PROJECT.

THE AVERAGE AFFORDABLE UNIT MUST SERVE HOUSEHOLDS AT 60% MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW FOR 40 YEARS.

AND THEN 20% OF ALL UNITS MUST SERVE HOUSEHOLDS AT 50% OF MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW IF IT'S OWNERSHIP PROJECT, THEN THE AFFORDABLE UNITS SHOULD SERVE ON AVERAGE 80% MEDIAN, FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW, OR PERIOD OF 99 YEARS.

IN ADDITION TO THOSE REQUIREMENTS, THE PROJECT MUST HAVE 25% OF ITS UNIT AFFORDABLE UNITS, UM, FALLING ONE OF THE THREE OPTIONS, THESE OPTIONS, TWO OR MORE BEDROOMS SERVICE IN YOUR HOUSING OR SERVICE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.

AND THEN IF IT IS A RENTAL PROJECT, THE APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO INCLUDE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TENANT PROTECTIONS SUCH AS JUST CAUSE EVICTION TENANT, RACHEL ORGANIZED SOURCE OF INCOME PROTECTION.

UM, AND THE WAY WE DO THIS AS WE ACTUALLY INCLUDE, WE USE OUR RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE, LEASE A DENIM, UH, WHICH INCLUDES ALL OF THESE ITEMS, UM, AND INCLUDED IN AGREEMENT AS AN EXHIBIT WHEN YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT TYPE TWO TYPE TWO, SIMPLY BUILDS ON AND, AND, UM, REQUIRES GREATER COMMITMENT THAN TYPE ONE.

SO A TATTOO PROJECT, EXPLAIN TO ME ALL OF THOSE TYPE ONE REQUIREMENTS.

AND THEN IN ADDITION IS GOING TO MEET AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR OPTIONS.

SO THAT'S GOING TO BE AT LEAST 75% OF ALL THE UNITS ARE HORRIBLE.

AT LEAST 10% OF THE AFFORDABLE UNITS ARE DEEPLY AFFORDABLE.

AT 30% YOU GAIN FAMILY INCOME OR BELOW AT LEAST 50% OF THE AFFORDABLE UNITS HAVE TWO OR MORE BEDROOMS, OR THE PROJECT IS WITHIN A QUARTER MILE OF IMAGINE AUSTIN CORRIDOR WITH TRANSIT.

NOW I DON'T HAVE A SIDE TODAY ON THE, UM, BONUSES THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENT, UM, MODIFICATIONS THAT THEY, AN APPLICANT RECEIVES IN EXCHANGE FOR THESE AFFORDABILITY, UM, DEDICATIONS.

BUT I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT JUST BECAUSE I, I JUST TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE CLEAR ABOUT WHY YOU WOULD DO TYPE ONE OR TYPE TWO, THAT THE DIFFERENCES DEVELOP IN THE BONUS THAT YOU WOULD RECEIVE, UM, IS IN TWO DIFFERENT AREAS.

THE FIRST ONE BEING HEIGHT, IF YOU'RE A TYPE ONE PROJECT, THEN YOU'RE ABLE TO INCREASE YOUR HEIGHT BY A FACTOR OF 1.25 ABOVE YOUR BASE ZONING DISTRICT HEIGHT LIMIT.

AND IF YOU'RE A TYPE TWO PROJECT, THAT FACTOR IS GOING TO BE 1.5.

THE OTHER DIFFERENCE IF YOU'RE A TYPE ONE OR TYPE TWO, AS FAR AS THE ACTUAL BONUS IS GOING TO BE, IF YOUR BASE DISTRICT LIMITS THE NUMBER OF DRAWLING UNITS.

UM, AND THIS IS TYPICALLY TYPICALLY GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE SEE WITH A SINGLE FAMILY DISTRICT, THEN AS A TYPE ONE PROJECT, THAT LIMIT IS MODIFIED UP TO SIX UNITS PER SITE, AS A TYPE TWO UP TO EIGHT UNITS.

SO THAT'S KIND OF THE OVERALL VERY QUICK TYPE ONE TYPE TWO.

WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT, WHAT YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT.

SLIDE FOUR, PLEASE GIVE ME THE QUICK RUN THROUGH ON IT LOOKS LIKE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS FOR GETTING CERTIFIED AND DEVELOPING AND IT SORT OF PROJECT HER SHE'LL SUBMIT AN APPLICATION VIA THE ONLINE PORTAL.

WE REQUIRE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT, UH, DOCUMENTS AS BACKUP, INCLUDING A PROOF OF SITE CONTROL DOCUMENT.

SO AN APPLICANT DOES NEED TO SHOW THAT THEY EITHER OWN THE PROPERTY OR HAVE AN OPTION ON THE PROPERTY, UH, IN ORDER TO APPLY IF THE PROJECT MEETS REQUIREMENTS.

AT THAT POINT, WE'RE GOING TO USE THAT AGREEMENT TEMPLATE, UM, DRAFT UP THAT CREATE A DRAFT, UH, OUTLINING EXACTLY HOW THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO MEET THE PORTABILITY OF MATCH REQUIREMENTS THAT WILL THEN BE EXECUTED BY THE APPLICANT IN NACD.

AND A CERTIFICATION LETTER IS ISSUED.

THIS LETTER IS GOING TO ACCOMPANY ALL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS MOVING FORWARD SO THAT REVIEWERS CAN APPLY THE APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT BONUSES.

WE'VE WORKED REALLY CLOSELY WITH DSD ON THIS PROCESS.

UM, IT IS SOMEWHAT SIMILAR WITH THE LETTER FORMAT TO OUR SMART HOUSING, UH, PROCESS.

UH, AND SO, UH, WE'VE, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT COMPLETELY NEW.

UH, WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY ISSUES SO FAR WITH THIS.

UM, IT GOES THROUGH THAT REGULAR DEVELOPMENT

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PROCESS AT THE POINT THAT THE BUILDING PERMIT IS ISSUED AND HDD PLACES, AN ADMINISTRATIVE HOLD ON THAT PERMIT SO THAT THE CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY CAN NOT BE RELEASED IN ORDER TO LIFT THAT HOLD.

WE DO REQUIRE AN ARCHITECT OR ENGINEER STAMPED LETTER, ESSENTIALLY CERTIFYING THAT THE PROJECT WAS BUILT AS OUTLINED IN THE AGREEMENT NUMBER OF UNITS, A NUMBER OF DEDICATED, AFFORDABLE UNITS AND SO FORTH.

AND THEN THAT AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED AGREEMENT IS THAT RECORDED.

AT THAT POINT IN TIME, WE WOULD THEN RELEASE THE ADMINISTRATIVE HOLD.

THEIR CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY CAN BE ISSUED.

AND AT THAT POINT, THE PROJECT'S GOING TO ENTER THAT COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING STAGE SLIDE FIVE, PLEASE.

SO HERE WE HAVE A LOOK AT OUR PROJECT PIPELINE.

UM, I'M ACTUALLY GONNA START SERVING ON THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE SLIDE SINCE, UH, SEPTEMBER 3RD, WE HAVE RECEIVED 46 APPLICATIONS, 26 OF WHICH HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED BY THAT HAVE BEEN CANCELED, OR WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE AFTER THE INITIAL APPLICATION OF THE CERTIFIED PROJECTS, 10 WERE CERTIFIED AS TYPE ONE, 16 WERE CERTIFIED AS TYPE TWO, AS FAR AS TENURE BREAKDOWN, A 31% OF CERTIFIED PROJECTS HAVE BEEN AN OWNERSHIP PRODUCT AND 69% HAVE BEEN A RENTAL PRODUCT OVERALL.

UM, WE'VE CERTIFIED 2,721 UNITS OF WHICH 2,337 ARE AFFORDABLE.

AND 384 ARE MARKET RATE.

WE OF COURSE ARE TRACKING PROJECTS AS THEY MOVE THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

AS WE DO WITH ALL OF OUR PROJECTS THAT ARE IN DENSE, OUR CERTIFIED UNDER DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS. UM, AS OF OUR LAST REPORT UPDATE, WE HAD THREE PROJECTS THAT HAD RECEIVED A BUILDING PERMIT OR HAD A BUILDING PERMIT UNDER IS INCLUDE 4,500 LAMPPOSTS LANE, A CIVIL TUDE PROJECT, 1,103 CLAREMONT AVENUE, GUADALUPE NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PROJECT 300 EAST CROSSWIND STREET THAT JESSE REAL ESTATE PROJECT.

AND THEN WE HAVE THREE PROJECTS THAT HAVE A SITE PLAN UNDER REVIEW, THE MATADOR AND THE HENDERSON, BOTH WITH LDG DEVELOPMENT AND A GAVI EAST APARTMENTS WITH HERMAN AND KIDDLE PROPERTIES.

SLIDE SIX, PLEASE.

SO HERE WE HAVE A BREAKDOWN ON, OF, OF SORT OF THE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION THAT WE'VE SEEN FOR CERTIFIED PROJECTS SO FAR.

UM, AS YOU'LL NOTE DISTRICT THREE SO FAR HAS THE MOST CERTIFIED PROJECTS WITH SIX, BUT CLOSELY BEHIND THAT DISTRICT ONE AND FOUR EACH HAVE FIVE CERTIFIED PROJECTS.

SO FAR WE HAVE NOT CERTIFIED ANY PROJECTS IN DISTRICT SIX OR AN EIGHT.

I'VE ALSO PULLED OUT OVER TO THE SIDE, JUST A COUPLE OF INTERESTING, UH, STATISTICS THAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY, INCLUDING THAT 70% OF CERTIFIED PROJECT APPLICATIONS INDICATED PARTICIPATION IN THE LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT PROGRAM OR THE RENTAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE OR OWNERSHIP, HOUSING DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR FUNDING.

UM, AND THIS, I THINK JUST SPEAKS TO THE FACT THAT AGAIN, THIS PROGRAM REALLY WAS DESIGNED TO BE USED IN COMBINATION WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER AFFORDABLE HOUSING TOOLS.

UM, THIS IS FURTHER SOLIDIFIED BY THE FACT THAT 65% OF CERTIFIED PROJECTS HAVE ALSO CHOSEN TO BE SMART CERTIFIED, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO ACCESS A NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENT FEE WAIVERS.

AND THEN FINALLY, I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE AIDAN LAMPPOSTS BECAME THE FIRST CERTIFIED PROJECT TO BREAK GROUND ON JULY 22ND.

JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, SIDE SEVEN, PLEASE.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY.

PRETTY BRIEF.

I KNOW, BUT ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, ALEX.

UM, I'M GOING TO SAVE QUESTIONS FOR, FOR YOU AND THE STAFF, UH, PROBABLY FOR AFTER WE ALSO GET PRESENTATIONS FROM SOME OTHER FOLKS, UH, THAT ARE BUILDING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH, UM, EVERYBODY HERE ON THE DICE, UM, STAFF ARE, DO WE HAVE EVERYBODY IN, UH, OUR GUESTS HERE IN QUEUE TO GIVE US THE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES? IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE COMING ON.

SO, SO I'M GUESSING THE ANSWER IS YES.

UM, SO WE'LL, WE'LL TAKE, UM, WE WILL TAKE UP, UH, SOME TESTIMONY FROM PROJECT TRANSITIONS, UH, FROM, UH, QUITE A LOOPY NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

AND I THINK WE WILL ALSO LIKELY GET A FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

AND, UM, AND SO THOSE WHO TO ON, UH, BEFORE Y'ALL GET STARTED THOUGH, YOU KNOW, WE JUST GOT A LOT OF REALLY GOOD AND DENSE INFORMATION FROM THE, UH, FROM OUR CITY STAFF AND OUR TEAM, ALEX, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING ALL OF THOSE NUMBERS TOGETHER, BUT BASICALLY IN LESS THAN A YEAR, THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE YEAR CHECK-IN FOR AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED, BUT TECHNICALLY IT ONLY KICKED OFF IN NOVEMBER.

SO MAYBE IT'S 10 MONTHS.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, SOMEWHERE AROUND 2,500

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HOMES COMING THROUGH THE PROD THROUGH THE PROGRAM, 2000 OF WHICH ARE LOW COST.

AND THAT MIGHT BE APARTMENTS THAT ARE REALLY, REALLY LOW IN RENT, YOU KNOW, $500, $700, $800 RENT INCLUDES HOME HOMEOWNERSHIP, UH, PROJECTS THAT YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU COULD GET NEW HOMES GETTING BUILT AT LESS THAN $200,000.

UH, AND, AND AT SCALE OF OVER 2000 HOMES, APPLYING THROUGH THIS IN LESS THAN A YEAR IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE.

UH, BUT JUST SEEING THAT ON A SPREADSHEET MEANS ONE THING ACTUALLY HEARING FROM, UM, FROM THE NONPROFITS AND THE BUILDERS ON THE GROUND DOING THIS WORK IS, IS ANOTHER.

AND SO I'M REALLY GLAD THAT WE HAVE, Y'ALL HERE TO COME TELL US ABOUT YOUR, ABOUT YOUR WORK, SO THAT WE CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THE PROGRAM IS WORKING ON THE INDIVIDUAL SCALE.

AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBERS CAN ASK OUR GUESTS QUESTION QUESTIONS OR THE STOCK QUESTIONS.

SO, UH, MS SAID, WHY DON'T YOU GET US STARTED AND TELL US, REMIND US ALL ABOUT THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU'VE BEEN USING IT FOR ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU, GREG.

AND THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

MY NAME IS CYNTHIA .

I COULD HAVE DIRECTOR PROJECT CONDITION AND I'M HERE TODAY JUST TO SHARE HOW AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE PROJECT TRANSITIONS TO MORE THAN TRIPLE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING STOCK AVAILABLE TO AND RESERVED FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AIDS RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN.

SO ROOSEVELT PROJECT TRANSITIONS HAS OWNED FOR, UM, OVER 25 YEARS.

SINCE THE NINETIES, WE ARE NEARLY DOUBLING OUR CAPACITY THERE FROM 22 TO 40 DEEPLY SUPPORTIVE APARTMENT HOMES.

ALL 40 UNITS WILL BE AFFORDABLE WITH 21 UNITS AT 30% MFI 19 UNITS AT 50% MFI PLUS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE 5,468 SQUARE FEET OF COMMUNITY SPACE AND PUTTING A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN AND A DINING HALL WITH A LARGE FOOD PANTRY, COMMUNITY ROOMS AND CLASSROOM.

UM, AND THE COMMUNITY WILL BE CENTERED AROUND A GREEN OPEN AIRPORT YARD FOR THE RESIDENTS TO ENJOY, YOU KNOW, THIS IS REALLY INCREDIBLE.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT REALLY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT AFFORDABILITY ON LOCKED.

IN FACT, OUR TEAM DETERMINED EARLY ON THAT WITHOUT IT, WE REALLY WOULDN'T HAVE THEM PERMITTED TO BUILD EVEN THE 22 UNITS THAT ALREADY EXIST.

THEY'RE AT ROOSEVELT GARDEN AND AS WE SPEAK, THOSE OF GARDENS IS UNDERWAY.

SO EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE PAUSE TO CONSIDER THE IMPACT THAT COVID MIGHT HAVE ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS, BUT WITH THE COORDINATED EFFORT OF OUR TEAM, WE ARE PUSHING THROUGH BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW VITAL THIS HOUSING IS FOR OUR COMMUNITY, BOTH FOR INDIVIDUAL QUALITY OF LIFE AND HEALTH AND FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH AT LARGE, AND THIS EXPANSION AGAIN, LITERALLY OUT OF IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT REAL AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

WE HAVE IS GOING TO BE RIGHT ON FURNACE ZERO ZERO SEVEN BURNET ROAD, UM, IS SLATED TO BREAK GROUND IN SPRING OF 2021.

AND IT WILL CREATE 61 BRAND NEW DEEPLY SUPPORTIVE AND ALL AFFORDABLE APARTMENT HOMES IN NORTHWEST AUSTIN, RIGHT THERE ON BURNETT ROAD.

UM, THIS IS WHAT ACTUALLY HAS SOMEWHERE NEAR 11,000 SQUARE FEET OF COMMUNITY SPACE WITH IT WILL BE A REAL HUB FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING WHERE RESIDENTS CAN RECEIVE, UM, TELEHEALTH SERVICES RIGHT ON SITE, AND ALSO BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT WE'LL HAVE THERE.

SO AGAIN, ANOTHER DESPERATELY NEEDED INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT PORTABILITY.

AND, UM, THE CITY HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE WITH Y'ALL LEADERSHIP, STEPPING UP AND SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS.

UM, FUNDING STILL SEEMS TO BE THE PRIMARY BARRIER TO MAXIMIZING POTENTIAL OF AFFORDABILITY ON LOT.

I'LL SAY THAT, UH, WE ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO BUILD 84 UNITS AT THAT SITE.

UH, WE'VE HAD TO SCALE THAT BACK TO THE 61 UNITS STILL SO INCREDIBLE TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THESE 61 UNITS SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS SPECIAL POPULATION.

WE KNOW THAT THOUSANDS OF FOLKS RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN ARE LIVING WITH HIV AND STRUGGLING WITH HOMELESSNESS OR HOUSING INSTABILITY.

WE FEAR COVID IS ONLY GOING TO INCREASE THOSE NUMBERS.

SO WE CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT SPECIFICALLY FOR THESE PROJECTS.

NOW WE KNOW THAT HOUSING IS HEALTHCARE BECAUSE WE SEE IT EVERY DAY.

AND WITH THESE EXPANSIONS MADE POSSIBLE BY AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED, WE KNOW THAT WE WILL TRANSFORM THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND BRING OUR COMMUNITY THAT MUCH CLOSER TO AN AIDS FREE AUSTIN.

SO FOR THAT IN EVERYTHING Y'ALL HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN AUSTIN, WE THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THAT, MR. TO THAT.

AND ARE YOU ABLE TO STICK AROUND IN CASE FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS? OKAY, GREAT.

WELL, WE'LL GET PRESENTATIONS FROM THE OTHER THREE GROUPS REALLY QUICK AND GET AND GET BACK TO YOU, BUT THANKS FOR THAT WORK.

AND THAT SOUNDS LIKE AT ROOSEVELT GARDENS, THAT'S AN OVER 80% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF UNITS YOU HAVE THERE WITH US, WHICH IS, WHICH IS GREAT.

UH, NEXT WE'LL TAKE A WILD LOOP NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

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CORPORATION.

YOU RACHEL.

HI.

HI, THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON RACHEL STONE, A ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH GLOBE GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE BRIEFLY ABOUT OUR PROJECT AT, UH, EIGHT OH NINE EAST NINTH STREET.

THAT'S THE, UH, THE LOPEZ TOWER AS WE'VE BEEN CALLING IT, IT'LL BE CALLED BUBBA, SAID A LOPEZ.

UM, GMDC OWNED THE LAND, OWNS THE LAND AT THAT SITE.

IT'S CURRENTLY A HISTORIC HOUSE THAT WE HAD BEEN INTERESTED IN PRESERVING, AND WE INITIALLY WERE GOING TO BUILD, UM, AS MUCH AS WE COULD ON THAT SITE, A SIX STORY, 24 UNITS, 70 FOOT BUILDING.

WE WANTED IT TO BE SENIOR HOUSING.

IT'S CLOSE TO A BUS STOP.

UH, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF SENIOR HOUSING RIGHT IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, AND WE, WE DO WANT TO DEDICATE SOME SPACE.

WE HAVEN'T BUILT SENIOR HOUSING BEFORE.

UM, AND THIS WOULD BE OUR THIRD MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY.

UM, AND WE WERE HAVING SOME DIFFICULTIES WITH PARKING.

WE KNEW A LOT OF OUR SENIORS WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE CARS, BUT UNDER THE, UH, ZONING OR UNDER THE NACD.

UH, THE, I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE ACRONYM IS, BUT YEAH, UM, CONGREGATE LIVING WAS NOT, UH, USE.

AND SO WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO SEEK A VARIANCE FOR PARKING.

UH, WE HAD SOME OTHER SITE COMPLICATIONS AND ALSO THE PROJECT AT SIX STORIES WAS VERY COSTLY, UH, PER SQUARE FOOT BECAUSE OF THE NEEDING TO BUILD A TOWER THAT WAS ONLY GOING TO HAVE FOUR UNITS PER FLOOR.

UM, AND WITH AFFORDABILITY ON LOCKED, WE WERE ABLE TO GO UP TO NINE STORIES, UH, THAT MADE IT SO THAT WE COULD HAVE 34 UNITS.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE BY 10 UNITS, UM, THAT ALSO ALLOWED US TO ADD, UM, SIX UNITS THAT WOULD BE DEEPLY AFFORDABLE, WHICH HELPED US THEN APPLY FOR HUD TO, UH, TO FUNDING, UH, BECAUSE, UH, TO, TO FUNDING IS ONLY FOUR UNITS THAT ARE AT 50% AND BELOW.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF UNITS SO MUCH, UH, THAT WOULD BE 50% AND BELOW BY ADDING THOSE 10 UNITS THAT WE, UM, APPLIED FOR 26 DEEPLY AFFORDABLE UNITS FOR PRAC, UH, TO, UH, TO FUNDING, UM, WHICH WE WERE AWARDED.

SO THAT'S $4 MILLION THAT WILL GO TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PROJECT THAT WE WILL BASICALLY FILLED A LARGE GAP BECAUSE OF HOW COMPLICATED THE PROJECT IT IS.

UM, AND AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED HELPED US TAKE CARE OF OUR PARKING ISSUE.

SO WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE NUMBER OF SPOTS WE THINK WILL ACTUALLY BE USED IN THE BUILDING.

UH, WE'VE SEEN SOME SENIOR HOUSING PROJECTS AROUND TOWN THAT HAVE A LOT OF EMPTY SPACES ALL THE TIME BECAUSE SENIORS SIMPLY ARE NOT BRINGING CARS INTO THAT, UH, THAT KIND OF HOUSING.

SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED.

UM, OUR NUMBERS LOOK GOOD NOW.

IT WAS A VERY TOUGH PROJECT BEFORE, AND WE'RE ABLE TO SERVE, UH, SIGNIFICANTLY MORE SENIORS AT THE SITE.

SO THAT'S BEEN REALLY HELPFUL.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, MS. DOT.

YEAH.

UM, W W WE'LL GET BACK TO YOU IN CASE FOLKS HAVE FOLLOWUPS.

DID WE HAVE SOMEONE HERE FROM FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES? I DON'T, I DON'T THINK SO.

OKAY.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD.

AND I THINK, UM, BAEZ WAS GONNA HOP ON AT 10 30 POTENTIALLY.

UM, AND SO WE'LL, WE'LL PULL HIM UP, UH, WHEN HE GETS HERE.

UH, ARE THERE QUESTIONS FROM THE, FROM THE, FROM THE DAYAS FOR OUR STAFF, FOR GMDC OR FOR PROJECT TRANSITIONS, VICE-CHAIR ALICE AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER I'LL ALTER THIS PRESENTATION.

GOOD TO SEE ALL THE AFFORDABLE MINUTES THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BRING ONLINE BECAUSE OF THIS, UM, IN THE CHART THAT SHOWED THAT THERE WERE TWO DISTRICTS THAT WERE NOT ABLE TO UTILIZE THIS PROGRAM YET.

UM, ARE THERE ANY OTHER, UM, THINGS THAT MAKE IT PROHIBITIVE OTHER THAN COSTS? UM, IS IT A MATTER OF HOW TO, WHERE THINGS ARE ALLOWED TO BE BUILT, OR IS IT REALLY A MATTER OF FUNDING AND, AND DEMAND FOR THESE TYPES OF UNITS? DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THAT ONE? IF NOT, I CAN START.

SORRY.

WAS THAT SORRY? I JUST WANT MY MUTE BUTTON, HONESTLY.

I DO THINK IT IS CERTAINLY A BIT OF FUNDING.

UM, A LOT OF AVAILABILITY, OF COURSE, AS WELL.

UM, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FACTORS.

I'D ALSO SAY SINCE IT'S SUCH A NEW PROGRAM, I FEEL LIKE IT'S SAFE TO SAY, I THINK THESE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO BE CHANGING A LITTLE BIT, UM, PROBABLY IN THIS NEXT YEAR, AS PEOPLE CATCH ON MORE.

UM, IT'S BEEN GREAT.

GDC HAS USED THIS QUITE A BIT, UM, BUT I HOPE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND EVEN, YOU KNOW, DEVELOPERS

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MARKET RATE DEVELOPERS, UM, THAT ALSO START TO LEARN ABOUT THIS.

SO I THINK THESE NUMBERS COULD CHANGE.

AND IT'S HARD TO SAY RIGHT NOW WHERE THAT'S REALLY GOING TO GO AND COUNCIL MEMBER, THE ONLY THING I WOULD ADD IS THAT I THINK THE AVAILABILITY OF TRIGGERS THAT'S HELPFUL.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHERE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND THIS IN THE FUTURE.

I THINK THERE WERE A COUPLE THAT MAY HAVE ONLY HAD ONE, ONE PROJECT AS WELL.

AND SO I KNOW THERE ARE ALL PARTS OF TOWN THAT THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM VISITING THIS PROGRAM.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER ALTAR, AND THEN COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

UM, AGAIN, I CAN'T TALK TOO WELL, BUT, UM, I'M GOING TO TRY, UM, I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS PRESENTATION AND IT'S EXCITING TO SEE, UM, THE PROGRESS THAT'S MADE ON AFFORDABILITY THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

UM, I DID WANT TO ASK A QUESTION.

SO AS I'M UNDERSTANDING AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED, IT'S KIND OF A, A DENSITY THAT HAPPENS BASED ON YOUR BASE ZONING.

UM, AND I THINK IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE'RE SEEING ALL HERE, UM, MY IMPRESSION AT LEAST THAT ALL OF THESE ARE CASES WHERE THEY STARTED WITH THEIR BASE ZONING.

THEY DIDN'T CHANGE THEIR BASE ZONING AND THEN ADDED AFFORDABILITY AND LOCK.

UM, WE NOW HAVE A DIFFERENT SITUATION, WHICH I DON'T KNOW IF WE FULLY ANTICIPATED, UM, BEFORE US FOR A ZONING CASE WHERE WE ARE BEING ASKED TO CHANGE THE ZONING.

AND THEY'RE, THEY'RE, THEY'RE SAYING THAT THEY WANT TO USE AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED.

UM, BUT IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING JUST AS IN OTHER SITUATIONS THAT THEY COULD GET THEIR NEW ZONING, BUT NOT USE IT AND WE'D HAVE NO WAY UNDER THE CURRENT PROGRAM TO GUARANTEE THAT, UM, AND IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT I'M STRUGGLING WITH.

UM, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S, UH, IT'S PROBLEMATIC IF WE'RE GIVING ZONING BASED ON AN EXPECTATION OF ADDITIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT THEN THERE'S NO MECHANISM TO ENSURE THAT THAT HAPPENS.

UM, AND I, AND I'M CURIOUS OF STAFF HAS ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT OR MY COLLEAGUES ON THAT, UM, BECAUSE IT, IT DOESN'T SEEM TO HELP EASE THE PROCESS.

IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE ALL THESE PRIVATE COVENANTS, THEN YOU HAVE TO BRING IN ALL THESE OTHER FOLKS IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO USE IT, UM, WITH THE NEW ZONING AS THE WORKAROUND.

AND SO I'M JUST WONDERING WHAT OPTIONS WE HAVE, OR WE MIGHT CONSIDER, OR THAT IN THE FUTURE, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S NOT GOING TO ADDRESS THINGS IN THE PARTICULAR CASE THAT'S BEFORE US.

UM, BUT IF THIS IS IN FACT WORKING WELL, AND IT IS GETTING US THE AFFORDABILITY TO ACCOMPANY THE DENSITY, UM, THAT THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SEEING IF WE COULD ADDRESS NOT ON THE SPOT, BUT OUT OF ALL OF THE AFFORDABILITY PIECES, WE HAVE SEEN ANY CHANGE.

SO, SO FAR I HAVE HAD ONE OR TWO DEVELOPERS REACH OUT, UM, AND MAKE AN ASK AMOUNT OF 40 LOTS EXPLAINING THAT THEY ARE PLANNING AND GOING THROUGH A ZONING CHANGE AND THEN WE'LL PLAN ON APPLYING.

AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE PROGRAM IN ADVANCE OF GOING INTO THAT CHANGE.

I HAVE YET TO ACTUALLY RECEIVE AN APPLICATION THOUGH, FOR EITHER OF THOSE PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS I'VE RECEIVED SO FAR HAVE THOSE CONDITIONS.

AND SO COUNCIL MEMBER QUESTION, WE DON'T HAVE A MECHANISM IN PLACE MORE EASILY WHERE THE AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED CERTIFICATION.

I THINK THAT'S THE HEART OF YOUR QUESTION.

YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I'M, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE GIVING THEM, IF, IF THE, IF THE REASON, IF WE WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN THEM THE ZONING, ABSENT AFFORDABILITY ON LOCK AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED,

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YOU KNOW, WE'RE KIND OF, WE'RE POTENTIALLY STUCK AND THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE OF THE PARTICULAR EXAMPLE.

IT JUST RAISES A REGULATORY CONCERN THAT I WOULD HAVE IN THE FUTURE, UM, BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BUILDING, UM, THE AFFORDABLE UNITS AND COUNCIL MEMBER.

I'D LIKE TO SPEAK BRIEFLY TO THIS, BUT IS YOUR QUESTION ON THE SAME POINT, THERE CAN BE HOLD TIGHT ON THIS FOR A MINUTE.

IT'S THE SAME POINT, BUT ALSO IMPLIED IN WHAT IS ASKING IS WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO, WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO, UM, OBTAIN THAT, UM, OBTAINED? YEAH, SURE.

IN OTHER WORDS, HOW CAN WE CONNECT DESIGN AS IN CHANGE TO REQUIREMENT TO PURSUE AFFORDABILITY? AND LET ME STEP IN HERE THEN ON THIS FRONT, JUST CAUSE I'VE ASKED SOME SIMILAR QUESTIONS, UM, IN MY MIND, UM, AND THEN STAFF, YOU CAN LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY IN PART, THIS IS WHAT AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED ALREADY DOES ON MANY OF THESE PROJECTS WHERE THE REASON WE'RE SEEING VERY FEW ZONING CHANGES RELATED TO THEM, I THINK THEY'RE WIDE HAVE BEEN, HAS ONLY CHANGED FOR THE LAMPPOST PROJECT.

AND I KNOW I ASKED THIS HERE AND HE CAN SPEAK TO THAT, BUT GENERALLY THERE'S NOT AS MANY ZONING CHANGES, WHICH IS PARTLY THE POINT, WHICH IS SO THAT IF SOMEBODY IS ALREADY GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY, THEY DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE REZONING PROCESS.

AND FRANKLY CREATES AFFORDABILITY THAT THEY COULDN'T EVEN GET OR CREATES DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS.

THEY COULDN'T EVEN GET THROUGH THE REZONING PROCESS AS GMDC MENTIONED.

SO I THINK THE MAIN SOLUTION MIGHT BE TO LOOK AT WHICH FOLKS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR ZONING CHANGES AND WHICH CHANGES AND ENHANCEMENTS WE COULD MAKE TO AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED SO THAT THEY DIDN'T COME AND ASK FOR A ZONING CHANGE, BUT THEY JUST IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED, WHICH IMMEDIATELY TRIGGERS THOSE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

SO I THINK THE ZONING CHANGES COULD BE REALLY INFORMATIVE AS TO WHAT THINGS WE NEED TO ADD INTO AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED TO LOCK IN THAT PERMANENCE.

THE OTHER ISSUE THOUGH, IS AS YOU DESCRIBED, THE COUNCIL NUMBER ALTAR IS BECAUSE WE ARE BANNED FROM INCLUSIONARY ZONING.

THIS IS A CHALLENGE WE FACE NOT JUST ON AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED PROJECTS, BUT ALL DENSITY BONUS PROJECTS.

WHEN SOMEBODY COMES AND PROMISES, IF YOU GIVE ME VMU, I'M GOING TO USE THE BONUS.

IF YOU GET ME, I'M A FIVE, I'M GOING TO DO THE X ON AFFORDABILITY, YOU AND, AND VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY, WE COULD MAKE THAT A REQUIREMENT, BUT WITH OUR BAN ON INCLUSIONARY ZONING, THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE TO GO DO THE PRIVATE CONTRACTS.

SO IN MY, IN MY VIEW, THE TWO WAYS TO SOLVE IT ARE, YOU KNOW, TO HAVE A MORE UPFRONT AND CLEANER PROCESS IN THE PRIVATE WORLD ON RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS, FIX THE INCLUSIONARY ZONING STATE LAW, IF WE EVER COULD.

AND THEN FINALLY THOUGH, I THINK THE ONE THAT'S MOST IN OUR CONTROL IS, IS MAKING IT SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO COME FOR THE ZONING CHANGE BY MAKING SURE THAT WHATEVER THEY'RE NOT GETTING OUT OF AFFORDABILITY ON LOCK THAT THEY NEED TO BE ASKING FOR A ZONING CHANGE FOR.

WE CAN ENHANCE AFFORDABILITY A LOT TO DO THAT SO THAT YOU DON'T GET PUT IN THAT SITUATION, BUT THOSE ARE DRIVING, HEARD YOUR QUESTION LAST WEEK.

SO I'VE HAD COUNCIL NUMBER, UH, UH, ALTERNATIVES.

SO, UM, I APPRECIATE THAT AND, YOU KNOW, I NEED TO STILL THINK IT THROUGH, UM, BUT I, BUT IT IS, UM, YOU KNOW, IT MAY BE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE SOME SORT OF TEMPLATE RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS OR SOMETHING THAT ARE READY FOR AFFORDABILITY, A LOCKED, UM, DEVELOPED OVER TIME SO THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, THE WHOEVER'S DOING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR WHO'S THE CONTACT TEAM HAS SOME KIND OF, UM, YOU KNOW, TEMPLATE IN PLACE OR SOMETHING THAT MEANS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR THE LAWYERS EVERY TIME.

UM, I, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE SOLUTIONS ARE.

UM, BUT I, BUT I DO THINK THAT IT IS, UM, PARTICULARLY WITH CERTAIN BUILDERS, UM, THAT IT IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION THAT THEY WOULD COME IN FOR THAT ZONING AND THEN NOT DO IT NOW, IT WILL DEPEND ON WHO THEY BROUGHT IN FOR THEIR PARTNER.

UM, AND, AND I, AND I JUST, YOU KNOW, THE BENEFIT OF THIS PROGRAM IS THAT YOU GET SIGNIFICANT AFFORDABILITY WITH THE ADDITIONAL DENSITY, EVEN IF THIS IS HAPPENING IN, IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

AND SO I JUST, I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP BRAINSTORMING ON THAT.

AND IT LOOKS LIKE A COUPLE OF THE FOLKS WHO WERE ONLINE, UM, AS WELL AS COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN, MIGHT'VE HAD SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS.

I LOVE THAT.

IT'S JUST, UM,

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I, YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT I'D LIKE TO DRILL DOWN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT KIND OF ZONING CHANGES ARE BEING IN A REQUEST OR SO, SO, UM, THE SUGGESTION IS PERHAPS YOU BUILT INTO THE PROGRAM, SOMETHING THAT MEANS YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET ZONING CHANGES, BUT I'M NOT SURE A BETTER OUT MIGHT BE A, THE CEO'S THAT, UM, THAT ALISON IS TALKING ABOUT.

BUT I WOULD, I WOULD WANT TO UNDERSTAND BETTER EXACTLY WHAT AS ZONING CHANGES ARE, ARE NEEDED.

IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT IS THE BARRIER TO USING A PORTABILITY? ONE OTHER QUESTION REALLY IS KIND OF RELATED, BUT, UM, I'M JUST WONDERING TO WHAT I AGREE.

UM, WELL, WELL ACTUALLY YOU ALREADY ANSWERED IT.

I MEAN, THAT HAS TO DO WITH MARKET FORCES AND, UM, WHAT DEGREE THAT THIS PROGRAM WORKS FROM A FINANCIAL STANDPOINT, IN SOME PARTS OF TOWN, OR MAYBE NOT OTHER PARTS OF TOWN.

SO REMEMBER THIS IS MY EMAIL AND I DID WANT TO, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S REALLY CLOSING LOOP ON THE QUESTIONS.

UM, I DO NOT HAVE SAY THAT STAFF WILL GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE'VE SEEN THUS FAR AND DO A DEEP DIVE INTO WHETHER OR NOT WE BELIEVE, UM, PREDICATED ON THE AFFORDABILITY.

AND WE'LL ALSO TALK TO OUR LEGAL STAFF.

UM, I THINK WILL BE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT ON THIS.

AS I MENTIONED, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF CONSTRAINTS, UM, INCLUSIONARY ZONING THAT REALLY CAN TIE OFF HANDS, UM, IN TERMS OF ZONING EIGHT HOMES.

AND THIS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE WILL LOOK AT.

UH, SO WHILE I LIKE TO CALL IT PAEZ TO TALK JUST ABOUT A PROJECT THAT HAS BROKEN GROUND, AND THEN IF ALSO IT SPEAK TO ANY OF THE ZONING STUFF, THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

AND THEN I KNOW RACHEL AT, UM, GMDC CAN SPEAK TO THIS AS WELL, IF WE COULD UNMUTE MR. CAUSEY, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

LET ME SEE IF I, I THINK I CAN TOO, RIGHT.

YOUR LIFE.

THANK YOU.

UH, GREG, UM, UH, I JUST WANT TO QUICKLY GO OVER A FEW THINGS BEFORE I GET INTO THE REASONS I'LL JUST SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT ITSELF.

UH, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

UM, EXCUSE ME.

UM, SO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AI.

LAMPPOSTS IS LOCATED AT 12 500 LAMPPOSTS LANE.

UH, IT'S IN DISTRICT SEVEN AND IT CONTAINS 17 MULTI BEDROOM FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOWNHOUSE, TOWNHOUSE STYLE HOMES, UM, FOR OWNERSHIP BY FAMILIES THAT ARE 80% OR LESS, THE AUSTIN MFI.

AND THAT WORKS OUT TO BE ABOUT 78,000 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR.

UH, THE AVERAGE VALUE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD OF HOMES IS WELL OVER 360,000 AND ESCALATING.

UH, BUT THESE BRAND NEW HOMES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR JUST OVER 200,000.

UH, IT'S THE FIRST DEVELOPMENT THAT'S UTILIZING UNLOCKED.

UH, IT'S THE FIRST ONE TO BREAK GROUND.

AND WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A VIRTUAL GROUNDBREAKING THAT MANDY AND, AND COUNCIL MEMBERS CASAR AND POOL, AND THE MAYOR WERE ABLE TO ATTEND.

SO THAT WAS GREAT, UM, THAT THIS DEVELOPMENT QUALIFIED FOR THE TIER ONE ORDINANCE PROVISIONS, WHICH, UH, WAIVE OR RELAX, UH, THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PARKING AND SETBACKS AND DENSITY LEVELS.

UH, AS LONG AS AT LEAST 50% OF THE UNITS ARE INCOME RESTRICTED, WE WERE ALSO ABLE TO USE, UM, FUNDS FROM THE 2018 AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOND THROUGH THE AUSTIN HOUSING FINANCE CORPORATION, UM, ABOUT $1.4 MILLION.

UH, AND WE'RE ABLE TO USE THAT TO LEVERAGE OTHER, UH, FINANCING AS WELL.

UM, HOW A FULLY UNLOCKED HELPED WAS THAT, UM, THIS PARTICULAR SIDE, WHICH IS 1.2, FIVE ACRES WAS, UH, EVALUATED AND WAS ABLE TO PUT IN SEVEN UNITS.

UM, AND, AND THAT, AND THAT WAS BECAUSE THERE WAS THE SF SIX SETBACKS AND PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

AND WITH THE SETBACKS REMOVED, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT 10 WITH THE PARKING REQUIREMENTS REMOVED.

WE WERE ABLE TO PUT 17.

SO THAT'S A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN THE SEVEN WE WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN ABLE TO PUT ON THAT LOT.

UM, I HEARD,

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UM, SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REZONING.

THIS WAS ONE SITE THAT WAS REZONED FROM SF THREE AND SF SIX WAS CRITICAL BECAUSE IT WAS KIND OF AN ODD SHAPE LOT, AND IT ALLOWED THE UNITS TO BE CLUSTERED, UH, EFFICIENTLY AND, AND AROUND AROUND TREES AND OTHER CONSTRAINTS.

THERE WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, A CREEK THROUGH THE SITE THAT A CHANNEL THROUGH THE SITE THAT WE HAD TO WORK AROUND.

UM, AND IF WE WERE TO LEAVE IT AT SF THREE, YOU KNOW, FORMERLY UNLOCKED ALLOWS US, UH, SIX OR EIGHT UNITS AT THE MOST.

AND LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE WERE ABLE TO GET 17 IN HERE, UH, COMBINING ALL OF THESE, UM, RELAXED REGULATIONS IN THE FOREPLAY UNLOCKED AND THE FUNDING FROM HFC, UM, AND THE SF SIX ALSO ALLOWED, UM, THE ADDITIONAL IMPERVIOUS COVER THAT WE NEEDED, UM, ON THESE, ON THIS LOT, THE REZONING TOOK ABOUT FOUR MONTHS AND I WANT TO DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE ORIGINAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION, WHICH SPECIFICALLY CALLED OUT.

UM, AND I QUOTE, WHEREAS THE REZONING PROCESS MAY BE COSTLY TIME CONSUMING AND MAY ULTIMATELY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE UNITS, THE LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY AND THE NUMBER OF FAMILY-FRIENDLY UNITS IN AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND ALLOWING AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO BE BUILT BY, RIGHT WITHOUT REZONING MAY BENEFIT THE CITY'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING STOCK.

AND THEN I WANT TO QUICKLY TOUCH ON SITE PLAN REVIEW AS WELL, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT COUNCIL MEMBER CASARA ALLUDED TO, WHETHER IT'S STILL SOME, SOME THAT CAN BE MADE, UM, TO, TO IMPROVE, UH, AND, AND HAVE SOME OF THESE, UH, PROJECTS GO THROUGH, UH, FASTER THROUGH THE PROCESS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT TOOK 10 MONTHS TO DO THIS FULL SITE PLAN REVIEW.

AND AGAIN, I WANT TO DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE ORIGINAL RESOLUTION, WHICH SPECIFICALLY CALLED FOR, AND I QUOTE A MODIFIED SITE PLAN PROCESS THAT MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLES RESIDENTIAL SITES WHILE STILL ADDRESSING HEALTH AND SAFETY AND ADDRESSING DREAMS IN THE SAME WAY THAT GRANTED HIS ADDRESS FOR NON-MOBILE THE FAMILY STRUCTURES WITH THE SAME IMPERVIOUS COVER, INCLUDING ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO FEE SCHEDULE AS NECESSARY FOR DEVELOPMENTS WITH 16 OR FEWER UNITS.

UM, THERE'S STILL, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, THERE'S PROMISE IN, IN THE ELA DRAFT, UH, CODE REWRITE, UH, BUT IT STILL NEEDS MORE WORK.

UM, THE 10 MONTHS AND THE FOUR MONTHS, UH, YOU KNOW, TOGETHER HAVE COST US QUITE A BIT IN INCREASING MATERIAL COSTS.

UH, EVERY MONTH I WOULD SAY THAT EVERY MONTH THAT IS SPENT IN THE REZONING OR SITE PLANNING PROCESS IS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING THE PRICING.

AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS FIRSTHAND, JUST FROM THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT.

UM, SO WE DO HAVE A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS IN MIND THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH STAFF ON.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF CONNOR IS ON THE LINE, BUT, UH, HE WAS GONNA HELP ME KIND OF WORK THROUGH THE LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE HAD COME UP WITH.

IF, IF A COUNCIL MEMBER COULD, SORRY, IF THEY'D LIKE TO HEAR THAT WE MIGHT WIND UP HAVING SOME TIME, I DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR FROM JEN DC.

AND I THINK THAT WELL TOMORROW HAS NOW JOINED US.

UM, AND SO CERTAINLY EMAIL US THAT LIST AND THEN WE'LL SEE HOW MUCH MORE QUESTIONS IT IS THAT WE HAVE TO, THAT WE HAVE TO COVER IT.

BUT THAT IS, UM, REALLY HELPFUL TO KNOW THAT WE STILL HAVE PIECES OF THIS TO GO, BUT ALSO GREAT TO HEAR THAT ON THIS PROJECT, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE GOING TO DO SEVEN.

NOW YOU'RE ABLE TO DO 17 BY MY MATH.

THAT'S NEARLY A 150% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOMES YOU'RE ABLE TO DO THERE.

SO THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

I WAS ACTUALLY, UH, DRIVING THROUGH GRACIE WOODS THE OTHER DAY AND SAW A 1970S HOUSE ON THE MARKET FOR I THINK, $500,000.

SO PUTTING BRAND NEW HOUSES ON THE MARKET, THEY'RE AT 200,000 WHEN THE OLD ONES ARE GOING UP INTO THE HALF MILLION RANGE, UM, IS REALLY POWERFUL.

SO THANK YOU FOR, FOR WHAT Y'ALL ARE DOING THERE.

IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THE ZONING ISSUE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE HAD EFFECTED.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, JUST AN EXAMPLE, WE WERE APPROACHED BY A FAMILY WHO WANTED TO SELL US THEIR LAND IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WE WORK IN, THE ZONING IS CURRENTLY ONLY TWO UNITS COULD GO ON IT.

THEY WANTED A MILLION DOLLARS THAT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT AFFORDABLE WITH AFFORDABILITY ON LOTS.

WE COULD PUT EIGHT UP TO EIGHT UNITS ON IT, WHICH SOUNDED LIKE A LOT TO US IN THE BEGINNING.

UM, BUT LOT IS EVEN THOUGH ITS OWN SINGLE FAMILY, IT'S OVER 10,000 SQUARE FEET.

SO IT'S A VERY, VERY LARGE LOT.

AND WHEN WE LOOKED AT IT, IT WAS ACTUALLY FEE, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE AND WOULD FEEL MORE LIKE A COMMUNITY TO PUT 14 UNITS ON IT.

SO THAT'S A CASE WHERE WE WOULD NEED A ZONING CHANGE AND THEN AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED, BUT IT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, THIS GIANT DENSITY PROJECT, IT'S A, IT'S A LOT OF AREA AND A LOT, YOU KNOW, OTHER, SO THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF CASES WHERE IT'S THE SIZE OF THE

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LOT AND THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE PROPERTIES OF A LOT THAT MAKE IT IT'S, THE ZONING JUST DOESN'T REALLY SUIT THE LOT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO OFFER AN EXAMPLE OF A TIME WHERE WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED CAUSE OBVIOUSLY 72,000 PER UNIT FOR, UM, HOME OWNERSHIP IS A LOT BETTER THAN 125,000 JUST FOR THE COST OF THE LAND.

SO, UM, JUST A SMALL EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING WE'RE LOOKING AT, EVEN JUST FOR SINGLE FAMILY, IT WOULD STILL BE SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES ON THE LOT.

IT JUST, YOU KNOW, ALLOWS US THAT KIND OF FLEXIBILITY.

SO A ZONING CHANGE WOULD STILL BE NEEDED REALLY USEFUL.

THANK YOU, RACHEL, DO WE HAVE WALTER ON THE LINE? YEAH, I'M HERE.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU.

WHY DON'T YOU GIVE US TWO QUICK MINUTES? UM, YEAH, EXCUSE ME.

THIS IS THE BIGGEST THING FOR US.

THAT'S BEEN AT ZILKER STUDIOS, UH, WHICH WE'RE GOING TO BREAK GROUND IN THE SPRING.

UH, IT'LL BE 110 SUPPORTIVE HOUSING UNITS ON A HALF ACRE ON SOUTH LAMAR AND WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT, UH, THE BENEFITS OF THE AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED, ESSENTIALLY HEIGHT AND PARKING.

UM, INSTEAD OF BEING CAPPED AT 60 FEET, WE CAN GO UP TO 84, 85 FEET AND THAT GETS US THAT EXTRA STORY.

UM, WE, WE MIGHT'VE BEEN OKAY WITH A COUPLE DOZEN PARKING SPACES, BUT THAT DIDN'T BECOME A, UM, SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT REQUIRED EXTRA APPROVALS.

UM, REMARKABLY, A COUPLE OF THE OTHER PROJECTS WE HAVE ON OUR DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE DIDN'T NEED THE BENEFIT OF AFFORDABILITY, UNLOCK THAT.

THEN WE KEEP LOOKING AT NEW SITES AND COMPATIBILITY AND THERE'LL BE OTHER ISSUES.

AND, UH, THE ORDINANCE HAS REALLY HELPED.

SO I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T HAVE MUCH MORE TO ADD OTHER THAN TO SAY THANK YOU.

AND IT'S WORKING ON, ON ZILKER.

HOW MANY FEWER UNITS WOULD YOU HAVE HAD? UH, IF, IF, IF WITHOUT IT, HOW MUCH LESS THAN ONE 10, YOU KNOW, IT'S SIX STORIES.

SO IT'D BE ESSENTIALLY WE'D LOSE A STORY.

UM, AT LEAST A DOZEN UNITS, MAYBE 18 UNITS TOTAL.

GOT IT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU, WALTER AND WALTER MORALES ON FOUNDATION COMMUNITIES.

UM, OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND PLEASE STICK AROUND IN CASE FOLKS HAS QUESTIONS.

I'M GOING TO TRY TO GET US DONE WITH ITEM BY 11.

SO WE STILL HAVE A FEW MINUTES, UH, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR OUR GUESTS OR FOR THE STAFF? OKAY.

WELL THEN IN THIS MOMENT THAT IT MIGHT BE SMALL TO HEAR, UM, UH, FROM, FROM MR. KENNEY OR MR. KELSEY ABOUT RECOMMENDATIONS Y'ALL MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE WHAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING WELL EVEN BETTER.

ARE YOU THERE TO DO THEIR STUFF AND I MIGHT HAVE DONE YOU, YOU, OH, I SEE CONNOR.

AND UH, LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET HIM OFF MUTE.

YES.

GREAT.

WE CAN HEAR YOU.

GREAT.

UM, GREAT, UM, LARGE SITES WITH, UH, HIGHER DENSITY ZONING OR COMMERCIAL ZONING ARE REALLY JUST A DIFFERENT BEAST THAN AS A THREE ZONING.

AND PARTICULARLY LIKE IF WE'RE LOOKING AT THE ANTI-DISPLACEMENT FUNDING AND THE PROJECT CONNECT TAX RATE ELECTION, UH, I THINK A LOT OF THESE KIND OF, UH, INTERIOR NEIGHBORHOODS SITES WHERE WE MIGHT BE SEEING SOME DISPLACEMENT AND THEN EVEN THE SITES WHERE WE'RE SEEING OUT IN THE TOP OF THIS THAT ARE REALLY HAVING A LOT OF HEARTACHE FOR A LOT OF US AND TRYING TO SORT THROUGH THOSE ISSUES, UM, COULD REALLY BE SERVED BY, UH, LOOKING SPECIFICALLY AT THE KIND OF SF THREE SF TO, UH, UH, ADJUSTMENTS THAT ARE MADE THAT WE HAVE THESE VERY LARGE SITES ARE KIND OF ODD SHAPED SITES WOULD NOT BRING MUCH STREET FRONTAGE IF WE WERE ABLE TO GET SOME SORT OF FLEXIBILITY OR SCALABLE UNIT BONUS.

UM, LIKE YOU HAVE LIKE THE WAY THE SF THREE SS, TEXAS CONFIGURED, WHICH IS A UNITS PER ACRE RATHER THAN SF THREE, WHICH IS JUST TWO YEARS PER LOT, UH, THAT WOULD HELP TREMENDOUSLY.

AND THE OTHER INTERESTING THING ABOUT IT IS IS THAT THE HEIGHT AND AFFORDABILITY FOR THESE SMALLER, FOR THESE SMALLER SITES.

SO I THINK THERE'S POTENTIALLY SOME TRADE OFFS AND COMPROMISES HERE WHERE WE COULD JUST LOOK FOR SOME, FOR SOME FLEXIBILITY TO GET THOSE 50% AFFORDABLE UNITS, WHICH WERE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO GET ON SOME OF THESE MEN TOPPLE THIS LOTS AND, AND SOME OF THESE OTHER LOTS THAT ARE NEAR PROJECT CONNECT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT PUTTING UP BIG OLD BUILDINGS.

UM, AND THEN AS WELL, UH, THE SITE REVIEW PROCESS, UM, IT'S KINDA THE, THE, UH, UNDONE ACTION ITEM ON AFFORDABILITY AND LOCKED IN.

AND, UH, WE ARE, UH, REALLY EXCITED AND INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING WITH STAFF AND OFFERING SOME OF OUR LOTS AS KIND OF TEST CASES TO HELP WORK THROUGH THESE, UH, WORK THROUGH THESE ISSUES AND HELP DESIGN A GOOD POLICY.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, ARE THERE ANY, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOLKS HAVE COME UP WITH HERE? SHOULD WE GET MOVING

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ON? OKAY, WELL THEN MY QUICK MATH, YOU KNOW, ON THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT THAT Y'ALL MENTIONED TO ABOUT A 42% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE UNITS AND DEEPER AFFORDABILITY, UM, IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THAT FOR PROJECT TRANSITIONS, WHICH IS PROVIDING HOUSING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV AIDS TO 80% INCREASE ON ROOSEVELT GARDENS PLUS ANOTHER ONE ON BURNET ROAD.

SO I KNOW IT'S, WE'RE, WE'RE MORE THAN DOUBLING, UM, THE AMOUNT OF HOUSING THAT YOU'LL HAVE ACROSS THOSE TWO SITES USING THIS.

IT LOOKS LIKE, UM, SIMILITUDE HAD THE BIGGEST BUMP, UH, FIGHT AS DESCRIBED 50% INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF UNITS YOU COULD DO THERE.

UH, AND, AND THEN WALTER AT ZILKER STUDIOS REALLY NEEDED, UM, REALLY LOW COST HOUSING THERE.

UM, ACTUALLY, WALTER, CAN YOU REMIND ME WHAT THE RENT IS NOWADAYS ON A, ON A 30% MFI UNIT SINCE IT GENERALLY THE RENT? UH, WELL, THE RENTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AFFORDABILITY ARE LOCKED ARE 30% TO 50% MFI OR STAFF, EITHER A STAFFER, WHOEVER ON THE LINE WANTS TO REMIND ME WHAT THE LATEST NUMBER IS ON, ON PER MONTH COST MANDY, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WERE ON IT.

YEAH.

UM, SO THE 30%, OR LESS THAN 500, LESS THAN 500 FOR RENT AND UTILITIES.

OH, WOW.

500 FOR RENT ALONE.

RIGHT.

AND SO OBVIOUSLY CREATING DOZENS MORE AT $500 IN A BRAND NEW APARTMENT BUILDING ALSO, ALSO.

GREAT.

WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR, FOR THIS.

UH, I SAID IT WAS ONCE A MONTH CHECK IN, BUT ACTUALLY IT LOOKS LIKE APPLICATIONS.

THEY START COMING IN IN AUGUST.

SO WE ARE RIGHT AT A ONE YEAR CHECK-IN AND OVER 2000 AFFORDABLE HOMES COMING IN THROUGH THE PRO THIS YEAR.

[2. Briefing and discussion on emergency housing resources and policies for residents impacted by the COVID-19 local disaster and the City’s housing strategy related to the COVID-19 disaster.]

UM, NEXT WE WILL MOVE ON TO, UM, THE ITEM THAT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FIRST, WHICH IS A PRESENTATION ON OUR HOUSING STRATEGY RELATED TO THE COVID-19 DISASTER.

YEAH.

AND PULLING UP THAT PRESENTATION, WE HAVE NEFERTITI JACK AND SHE IS GOING TO BE PROVIDING THE PROGRAM.

GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.

UM, YES.

THIS WILL BE A BRIEF UPDATE TO LET YOU KNOW WHERE WE ARE SINCE SAM APPLICATIONS BEGAN COMING IN LAST MONTH IN AUGUST.

IF YOU COULD MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE FOR ME.

THANK YOU.

UM, THIS MORNING I'LL BRIEFLY PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE BUDGET, UH, OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND ELIGIBILITY, AS WELL AS HIGHLIGHT THE TENANTS STABILIZATION SERVICES, OUR MARKETING AND OUTREACH STRATEGY OF THE APPLICANT DATA, AS WELL AS, UH, GO OVER SOME OF THE PROGRAM IN HEAD ENHANCEMENTS.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO THE RENT BUDGET IS PRIMARILY FUNDED WITH CARES ACT FUNDING OVER $12.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS, ALONG WITH A $2.6 MILLION OF FUNDING FROM THE CDBG CV DOLLARS, AS WELL AS A $2.5 MILLION IN GENERAL FUNDS.

SO WE HAVE NEARLY 500,000 FOR TARGETED COMMUNITY OUTREACH, WHICH I'LL ALSO GO OVER IN A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE STRUCTURE, SOME OF THIS WAS SHARED AT THE JULY MEETING.

UM, JUST WANT TO JUST REEMPHASIZE AN UPDATE OF A FEW POINTS ON HERE.

UH, OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE HAKA, CVR AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP WITH, UH, GETTING THE WORD OUT, HELPING PEOPLE, UH, APPLY FOR THE ASSISTANCE AND HELPING THEM WITH THE DOCUMENTATION UPLOADING ALL OF THOSE FORMS TO, UM, THE APPLICATION PORTAL.

THE GOAL THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM PERIOD IS TO PAY APPROXIMATELY 2000 RENTS MONTHLY FROM AUGUST.

UM, WELL FOR SEPTEMBER THROUGH JANUARY, 2021, AND IT IS THROUGH A RANDOMIZED SELECTION PROCESS AND IT WAS DECIDED THIS MORNING, WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, WE WILL HAVE OUR NEXT

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RANDOMIZED SELECTION AT, TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 14TH AT NOON.

AND SO WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT BECAUSE WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MORE PEOPLE, UH, BEGIN.

UH, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO STAY HIGH FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE APPLYING FOR THE FUNDING.

THE PROGRAM DOES SERVE HOUSEHOLDS AT 80% MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME AND BELOW.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO DESIGN A PROGRAM THAT, UM, FUNDS PEOPLE WITH TRADITIONAL, AS WELL AS NON TRADITIONAL LEASE AGREEMENTS.

THEY CAN'T HAVE, UM, DUPLICATION OF BENEFITS AND THEY MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY HOUSEHOLD HAS BEEN FINANCIALLY IMPACTED BY COVID AND THEY MUST RESIDE WITHIN AUSTIN'S FULL PURPOSE JURISDICTION AT THE BENEFIT FOR THIS PROGRAM IS A FULL CONTRACT RENT PAYMENT, WHICH IS PAID DIRECTLY TO THE LANDLORD HOUSEHOLDS THAT ARE BE LOW, 30% MEDIUM FAMILY INCOME ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THREE MONTHS OF RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

MMM.

WE SHARED, UH, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE INCLUDED WITH THE, THIS, THIS NEXT ITERATION OF THE RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, UH, WE PROVIDED SERVICES IN ADDITION TO DIRECT RENTAL ASSISTANCE, WHICH INCLUDES THE EVICTION DEFENSE SERVICES AS WELL AS TENANT AND LANDLORD MEDIATION SERVICES, UM, ACROSS THE NATION.

UH, THERE WAS AN ANTICIPATION THAT WE WOULD SEE A LARGE NUMBER OF EVICTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE UNABLE TO PAY RENT.

SO WE REALLY WANTED TO BE PROACTIVE WITH COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE OVER $400,000 IN EVICTION DEFENSE SERVICES AND TENANT LANDLORD MEDIATION SERVICES.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, UH, WE HAVE ALLOCATED APPROXIMATELY $600,000 FOR PERSONS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM TO PAY THEIR LANDLORDS IN THE EVENT THAT THERE ARE FEES THAT ARE IN ADDITION TO THE RENT THAT THEY OWE.

UM, IF WE'RE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE SOME TYPE OF SETTLEMENT OR AGREEMENT, THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO, UH, PAY THE LANDLORD TO MAKE THE LANDLORD HOLE IN THE, WHICH WE HOPE WILL BE RARE INSTANCES IN THE RARE INSTANCE THAT MMM, PERSONS ARE GOING TO FACE EVICTION.

WE HAVE ALLOCATED $280,000 IN MOVING FOR MOVING AND STORAGE FEES AND ALSO TO HELP HOUSEHOLDS TO HELP OUT WHO NEED TO BE MOVED OR FIND A NEW LOCATION BECAUSE WE DO UNDERSTAND, AND NOT EVERY SITUATION, YOU KNOW, A TENANT WILL BE PREVENTED FROM BEING EVICTED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SUCCESS WITH THE FIRST PROGRAM WAS, UM, THE OUTREACH STRATEGY IN WHICH WE PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO GET THE WORD OUT.

UH, WE WILL CONTINUE TO, OR WE WANT TO BUILD UPON THAT SUCCESS AND REACH PEOPLE WHERE THEY WORK AND LIVE.

I HAVE A VERY STRATEGIC FOCUS REACHING COMMUNITIES OF COLORS, COLOR AS CENTRAL WORKERS.

AND THEN WE WILL PARTNER WITH COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO REALLY TAP INTO THEIR NETWORKS, THEIR EXPERTISE, AND HELP REACH SOME OF THE VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

THIS OUTREACH STRATEGY WILL INCLUDE, UH, INCLUDE DIRECT MAIL, UH, AISD PROGRAMS, PART REC CENTERS, AND GETTING FLYERS, UH, TO THESE VARIOUS RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS.

WE HAVE ALSO HELD A NUMBER OF GRANT WEBINARS FOR COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS, AND WE HAD, UH, WEBINARS FOR LANDLORDS AND WE RECEIVE FEEDBACK THAT THOSE, UM, WERE VERY HELPFUL, HELPFUL FOR THE LANDLORDS WHO ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED AND RECEIVED INFORMATION REGARDING THE RENT PROGRAM.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ARE, WE ARE WORKING WITH, UM, COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE OVER $400,000 IN FUNDING, UM, TO PARTNERS EXPERIENCE SO THAT WE CAN REALLY MAXIMIZE OUR IMPACT IN GETTING THE WORD OUT.

UH, WE NEED ASSISTANCE, UH, INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT RENT THROUGH PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, HOSTING THEIR OWN WEBINARS, AND THEN POSTING THE INFORMATION THROUGH THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA.

UH, WE ALSO COULD USE

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ASSISTANCE, UH, HELPING PEOPLE REALLY UNDERSTAND THEIR ELIGIBILITY, HELPING INDIVIDUALS, UH, CREATE EMAIL ADDRESSES, UM, AND AS WELL AS UPLOADING DOCUMENTATION AND MAKING SURE THEY'RE PULLING THE RIGHT OF PROOFS OF FORM, WHICH I WILL SHARE THAT THAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE DELAYS THAT OUR PARTNERS HAVE EXPERIENCED, UM, PROCESSING THE APPLICATION IS BASICALLY JUST THE INFORMATION THAT, UM, APPLICANTS ARE PROVIDING AND MAKING SURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT DOCUMENTATION COULD REALLY SPEED UP THE PROCESS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

I JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT THIS INFORMATION, WE GET UPDATES ON A DAILY BASIS, EVEN THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

UH, THE DATA THAT I'M SHARING WITH YOU THIS MORNING IS CURRENT.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 3RD, AS A BACK DATE, WE HAD OVER 7,800 APPLICATIONS THAT WERE STARTED AND THESE WERE NOT ACTUALLY SUBMITTED, BUT WE HAD OVER 7,800 APPLICATIONS THAT WERE STARTED OVER 1500 THAT WERE DENIED BASED UPON THE INFORMATION THAT WAS PROVIDED.

AND WE HAD A TOTAL OF 3,900 APPLICATIONS THAT WERE SUBMITTED TO DATE THIS MORNING, THAT IS OVER THINK 4,400 APPLICATIONS.

AND I ALSO SUBMITTED 2,400 WILL RECEIVE REMINDER NOTIFICATIONS.

BASICALLY, THAT'S THE REMAINING NUMBER OF THOSE APPLICATIONS THAT ARE INCOMPLETE.

WE WANT TO REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COMPLETE THEIR APPLICATIONS IF THEY NEED ASSISTANCE.

SOME OF THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT WE'VE SEEN ABOUT THE APPLICANTS WHO ARE APPLYING A PRE COVID INCOME WAS ABOUT A $27,000 OF ALMOST 28, $28,000 IN THEIR REPORTED CURRENT INCOME IS ABOUT $14,833, WHICH IS ABOUT A 50% DECLINE IN THEIR INCOME.

SO WE REALLY SEE WHY THIS, UM, ASSISTANCE IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND.

THE ASTERISKS INDICATE THAT THIS IS ONLY FOUR.

THIS IS A COMBINED AVERAGE.

SO THIS IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS 30% AND BELOW AS WELL AS 80% AND BELOW.

SO IT'S ALL OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS.

77% OF THE APPLICANTS, UM, ARE 30% AND 30% MFI AND 62% ARE FEMALE HEADED HOUSEHOLDS.

AND SO WE ARE SEEING A NUMBER OF INDICATIONS THAT, UM, PEOPLE APPLYING FOR THIS ASSISTANCE ARE FALLING IN LINE WITH THE CHARACTERISTICS OF, UH, WHAT WOULD DESCRIBE HOUSEHOLDS THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO JUST PLACEMENT 21% HAVE REPORTED HEAD OF HOUSEHOLDS AS BEING AFRICAN AMERICAN OR BLACK AND 36 HAVE REPORTED THE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD AS HISPANIC.

SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES THAT WE HAVE OUTLINED ON THE PORTAL THAT PEOPLE ARE STATING THAT THEY NEED HELP WITH INCLUDE UTILITY ASSISTANCE.

WE'VE SEEN 42% REQUESTING A SUPPORT FOR UTILITIES, 11% HAVE REPORTED NEEDING EVICTION PREVENTION SERVICES, AND 4% HAVE REPORTED THAT THEY NEED ASSISTANCE WITH TENANT RELOCATION SERVICES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

YES.

AS A RESULT OF THAT, AND AS A RESULT OF FEEDBACK THAT WE'VE HEARD FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS, AS WELL AS A DATA THAT WE RECEIVE ON A REGULAR BASIS, WE, OUR GOAL IS TO DESIGN A PROGRAM THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO COMMUNITY NEEDS.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAM IS, UH, SENSITIVE TO THOSE NEEDS OF, UH, OUR CITY.

UH, THE APPLICANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.

AND, UH, WE SEE THAT APPROXIMATELY 93% OF PERSONS APPLYING, UM, DID NOT HAVE, ARE, DID SUBMIT A, UM, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, BUT THAT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.

UM, APPLICANTS CAN BE IN A CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP FOR RENT OUTSIDE OF A TRADITIONAL LEASE AGREEMENT.

AND THEN WE ARE ALSO, UH, EXAMINING HOW WE CAN IMPROVE THE PROGRAM SO THAT IT'S DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A WARM HANDOFF FOR PERSONS WHO NEED ADDITIONAL SERVICES.

SO WE ARE WORKING ON THAT AND, UH, BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ELIMINATE AS MANY BARRIERS AS POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE NEEDING THIS ASSISTANCE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

YES, BASICALLY, THIS IS JUST A TIMELINE OF WHERE WE ARE.

UM, THE PROGRAM

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LAUNCHED IN AUGUST FOR RIGHT NOW IN THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF FINALIZING OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH CONTRACTS, UH, WHICH WILL BE AWARDED THIS MONTH, AS WELL AS THE TENANTS STABILIZATION STABILIZATION SERVICES CONTRACT.

SO, UM, THE FINAL PROGRAM APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED IN DECEMBER.

UH, EVEN THOUGH THE PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JANUARY, WE WILL, UH, STOP TAKING THE APPLICATIONS IN DECEMBER OR WHEN FOLKS, UH, PROGRAM FUNDS HAVE BEEN COMMITTED.

AND NEXT SIDE HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION, UM, TO THE RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

IT'S AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV BACKSLASH MAN.

UH, PERSONS CAN ALSO EMAIL AUSTIN REN@CDRASSOCIATES.COM.

AND THE CALL CENTER IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM EIGHT UNTIL 6:00 PM.

AND THE NUMBERS LISTED THERE (512) 488-1397.

AND THAT'S BASICALLY ALL I HAVE