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Solutions to homelessness exist – they require scaling up social services and housing programs, including the pathways from shelter to housing. To date, Austin has not identified adequate funding to address this challenge. How would you work to identify the funding needed?

Bobby Levinski

City Council, District 8

Where there is a will, there’s a way. The City Council just recently approved a TIF-extension to the Waller Creek Project that shaves off tens of millions of dollars for downtown parks. This is not free money–it’s general fund revenue that would have otherwise been available to serve our basic needs. There are a lot of great qualities of the project, and I don’t mean to pick on it. Instead, I raise this as an example of how quickly we are to invest millions into what is essentially a beautification project while we have urgent needs within our community. Establishing a PID could have been a better way to pursue the project, which would have provided a way for the landowners benefiting from the improvements to pay for them while still preserving our general fund revenue. I am supportive of Prop A, and there are opportunities for us to leverage those funds to maximize the housing and services that are provided. I support using our City-owned lands to build public-owned housing, and I would like to partner with our area jurisdictions to find similar opportunities throughout the city.