Proposed Budget Riders

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Ann Kitchen
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Proposed Budget Riders

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http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 100403.pdf

Colleagues:

Attached is a budget rider I intend to bring with my cosponsors - Mayor Adler and CMs Tovo, Fuentes, and Vela

The purpose is to continue the successful HEAL Initiative at the same level and avoid a drop in services when the Northbridge Shelter is converted to PSH later in the year. The rider is funded with a combination of already dedicated ARPA Funds, General Funds, and CIP funding.

The City Manager is directed to continue the HEAL Initiative, serving at least 200 additional individuals by the end of FY 2022-23, drawing from a total of $3 million in ARPA funds currently dedicated for HEAL Rapid Rehousing through FY2025.

The Rider also adds acquisition and operational funding to maintain bridge sheltering capacity for the HEAL initiative at or above current levels as the 60 rooms at the Northbridge property are converted to permanent supportive housing (PSH) units.

As you all are aware - the HEAL Initiative is intended to compassionately close the most unsafe encampments in our city by offering people experiencing homelessness a direct pathway to crisis shelter and opportunities to attain stable housing, sustainably reducing public camping in unsafe areas.

The program was created by City Council in February of 2021, and the first encampment relocation occurred in June of that year. Since that time, 9 encampments have been addressed, with a tenth currently in process. Approximately 90% of individuals offered transfer to the City's two bridge shelters have accepted; this has resulted in 327 persons moving into the Northbridge and Southbridge shelters. To date, 94 people have exited to permanent housing, primarily through dedicated Rapid Rehousing programs run by community service providers such as Family Eldercare.

Thank you so much for your consideration of this Rider. The Council has been a strong supporter of services for our unhoused neighbors, including the HEAL Initiative in previous years.

Best
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
Ann Kitchen
Council Member District 5
Ann Kitchen
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Joined: Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:04 pm

Re: Proposed Budget Riders

Post by Ann Kitchen »

Colleagues

Attached is my proposed budget rider with CMs Pool, Fuentes, and Kelly to implement the District Level Planning resolution we all passed in June.

http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincou ... 165452.pdf

Funding provides for implementation of District Level Planning for the second half of FY 2022-23. Establishment of a district level planning team will further the implementation of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Growth Concept Map and better address citywide planning needs.

Resolution 20220609-069 requires the City Manager to "identify and include appropriate resources in the 2022-23 City Budget to initiate the district level planning process". The resolution also directs the City Manager to establish guidelines for prioritizing planning areas throughout the city to include the Del Valle area, and with emphasis on Project Connect commuter, light rail, and MetroRapid corridors in coordination with eTOD planning process, to proaactively address growth so that opportunities to plan for affordable housing, parks, transportation, and transit are not lost due to planning that occurs after areas are fully developed.

Without the 5 new FTEs, the Housing and Planning Department would be able to complete only one new plan per year. An additional 5 FTEs would allow staff to complete 2-3 plans per year and provide a consistent capacity for planning efforts year over year. The amount in the rider would cover staff costs for 1/2 a year along with related costs. The full-year cost for these FTEs would be $538,187. Housing and Planning Department envisions the 5 FTEs to be one Principal Planner, two Senior Planners, one Planner III, and one Planner II.

Best Regards
Ann Kitchen
City Council D5
Ann Kitchen
Council Member District 5
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