KATHIE TOVO has a proven record of working with Austin students to make real progress on issues that matter to the student community, and on empowering them to participate in city policymaking.
District 9 is home to many of Austin's students, stretching from the University of Texas and West Campus down to the St. Edward's University area. As a Council Member, Kathie has worked with and for students by making sure they have a seat at the table and by enacting key campus safety and tenant protection policies, among other initiatives.
- Establishing the College Student Commission, an official advisory commission made up of students from Austin colleges and universities that advises Council on issues relevant to students.
- Providing city support for high school and college students' events, such as waiving fees for Gun-Free UT's "March for Gun-Free Campus" and We the Students' "ATX Student Walkout."
- Working with student leaders at the University of Texas on an initiative that will help students count financial aid as a source of income on their leases, improving the ability of students from more vulnerable backgrounds to find housing.
- Engaging with University of Texas students to create a tenants' rights and education awareness campaign.
- Expanding the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) to the University of Texas campus area in order to meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness and the campus community.
- Supervising a student team focused on West Campus safety efforts.
- Establishing a program to educate renters about their rights and provide support and representation to them during eviction proceedings.
- Providing "good cause" eviction protections to residents who live in rent-controlled units and developments that participate in city incentive programs.
- Establishing an "emergency tenant displacement response plan" to address the needs of tenants who are displaced from their home for safety reasons.
- Requiring any properties registered in the city's "Repeat Offender Program" for a history of code violations to adopt tenant protections.
- Creating financial mechanisms to help form affordable residential cooperatives.
Kathie has worked closely with student leaders to make real progress on things like student participation in city government, campus safety, and renter protections – and she looks forward to continued collaboration with the student community.