"Goodwill Central Texas was awarded $1,084,693.78 in grant funds for the Careers in Technology (CiT) program (...) aiming to specifically recruit underrepresented groups in the technology field, including women, African-Americans and Latinos," announced the nonprofit in a press release.
"June has been a busy month filled with important votes about housing affordability and transportation, informed Council Member Gregorio Casar in his last newsletter.
Fair Housing Initiative Passes at Council
I’m proud to say that the Fair Housing Initiative mentioned in our last newsletter passed at City Council! This initiative included a package of ten policy directives aimed at combating community displacement and promoting inclusivity in the face of Austin’s growing economic segregation. With the help of Council Member Renteria, we passed this package of policies as an “all of the above” approach toward getting Austin off the list of most economically-segregated cities in the country. (...)
Council Discusses Potential Mobility Bond
For the past several weeks, the City Council has been discussing a potential November 2016 mobility bond. I have strongly advocated for a robust bond package that reflects the transportation and safety needs of neighborhoods like those in North Austin. For District 4, I've pushed for $85 million in improvements to North Lamar, $75 million in funding for improvements to Airport Blvd, and between $100-$200 million dollars for missing sidewalks and bike trails throughout Austin to make our neighborhoods safer and more connected.
Last Thursday, City Council voted in favor of a $720 million bond package. If approved by voters in November, this will be the largest transportation bond ever passed. To achieve a general consensus, we had to stay up into the early hours of the morning and make several compromises, but I believe that the final Council decision will ultimately improve public transportation, safety, mobility, and livability across our city. In August we’ll be refining the package one last time before putting it before the voters.
Sobriety Center Moving Forward
After more than a decade of work across the community, City Council approved a proposal to bring Austin's first sobriety center to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office near 12th Street. (...) The Sobriety Center will greatly enhance the efficiency of our police officers, who will no longer have to spend many hours (that they could spend in our neighborhoods) going through the process of booking publicly intoxicated individuals at the county jail. (...)"
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Council of Austin opened a Family Center and Thrift Store on Braker Lane
"The Vincentian Family Center and Thrift Store is now open in north Austin," announces the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Council of Austin on the homepage of its website.
"Located at 901 W. Braker Lane in Austin, the Vincentian Family Center and Thrift Store provides much-needed furniture, household goods, and clothing to families in need," details the Family Center's page.
"Thrift operations are just one part of our commitment to serving families in need at our one-stop-shop," continues the presentation. "Our new home also houses a food pantry, prayer room, computer lab and training classroom, 2-N-1 Salad Bar and Grill offering nutritious meals at a low cost, and offices for partnering nonprofits (including Drive a Senior North Central Austin and Pollyanna Theatre Company).
More details, hours of operation and volunteering opportunities at SSVDP.org.
"The Samaritan Center (...) recently revised its strategic plan to focus efforts on serving patients who live in the area but cannot afford the full cost of care," and "in July, Cross Creek Hospital (opened in Northeast Austin in March 2015) will open its inpatient detox treatment wing," after "launching a mobile assessment program," informed Community Impact.
An Improving Access to Food presentation to Austin City Council by the Office of Sustainability says that food insecurity touches a quarter of Austinites.
Some ideas to improve availability, affordability, awareness, and of food contained in the presentation:
Studies show that children and teens with at least one positive role model in their life, have better well-being and outlook on life. At The Settlement Home, there are many ways to connect and volunteer. Some of our volunteers work with a whole cottage; some offer activities for the whole campus. Others provide one-on-one mentorship to some of our kiddos. Meet Ron and Doreen, who are mentors to one of our kids. We caught up with them recently to learn a little more about them. Read their interview.
Titled "Rundberg Reblend: Groups remake North Austin neighborhood one bridge at a time", it ran in the June 2nd, 2016 edition of the Austin Chronicle.
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"A serial predator suspected of attacking eight women in North Austin also has been connected to several other cases in Southeast and East Austin, according to Austin police," reported the Statesman.
"With the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act approaching, it’s important for our City and our Council to come together to fight back against our increasing economic segregation.
Yesterday at the Planning & Neighborhoods Committee meeting, I proposed a package of about ten policy priorities to kick off a comprehensive Fair Housing Initiative alongside Council Member Renteria," announced Austin City Council Member Greg Casar in his latest newsletter.
"The package includes:
"We will continue the discussion at the Housing & Community Development Committee on June 6th and the Council Meeting on June 9th," added the elected official representing District 4, and stating that he "hoped, through these meetings, that we can focus on big, proactive policy solutions that can help get us off the list of most economically-segregated areas in the country."
Addressing transportation safety concerns
"Two children were killed by cars this month when trying to cross the street in North Austin (including a hit and run case). These horrible incidents have reemphasized the urgency for our City to invest in Austin’s transportation infrastructure to improve mobility and safety in our community," also estimated Council Member Casar, reminding that "District 4 is home to some of the most dangerous intersections in Austin", that "we have made some important improvements during last year’s budget cycle, in which City Council allocated funding to the five of Austin’s most dangerous intersections—several of those were in District 4 or nearby our District", and announcing that "we’ll be looking to continue investing in those areas in the upcoming City Budget, and our office will support putting a bond on the ballot in November to improve our City’s pedestrian infrastructure."
"We’ll also be meeting with neighbors and community members to address the safety concerns in this and other areas across District 4," added Council Member Casar, inviting to "help improve our City’s transportation infrastructure" and "help finding the driver who hit and killed Ethan Hernandez Maldonado."
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