KATHIE TOVO has a proven record of making sure the city is serving all of our residents, especially vulnerable communities such those experiencing homelessness.
District 9 is home to more residents experiencing homelessness than any other Council district in Austin. As a Council Member, Kathie Tovo has stood up for these residents and the communities in which they live to ensure they have access to services that can help stabilize and improve their lives.
- Leading the effort to finally complete and open the Sobering Center after it had stalled for years, which diverts publicly intoxicated individuals from the criminal justice system and helps connect them to the services they may need.
- Chairing the Membership Council for the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), the lead agency coordinating Austin and Travis County's homelessness strategies.
- Developing and adopting ECHO's "Action Plan for Ending Homelessness."
- Developing and expanding the Homelessness Outreach Street Team (HOST), a multi-disciplinary team of police, social workers, paramedics, and behavioral specialists focused on helping individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Establishing a "Pay for Success" program through which the city will be able to partner with the private sector to fund needs such as a homelessness services, with the private sector only being reimbursed after demonstrating progress on key metrics.
- Identifying emergency shelters that can address capacity issues at downtown shelters.
- Working to redefine the scope of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) in order to improve the services it provides.
- Supporting permanent supportive housing for residents experiencing homelessness by allocating funds from the Downtown Density Bonus Program to low-barrier permanent supportive housing opportunities as well as by waiving city fees for the Community First! Village.
- Providing childcare services for participants in the Salvation Army's "Passages Program."
- Establishing a downtown public restroom.
Kathie has worked hard to represent all of her constituents, especially our most vulnerable communities. She has made real progress on moving us closer to ending homelessness in Austin – and looks forward to continue to lead the City Council on these efforts going forward.