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Austin has experienced growth but some constituencies have been left behind. What is your vision for the City’s role in funding/supporting the nonprofit network that provide much needed social services? What is your plan for addressing disparities and inequities in our community?

Danielle Skidmore

City Council, District 9

The city should continue to provide direct support to non-profits as appropriate through the competitive grants process. We, as a community, should continue to nurture our community culture of citizen philanthropy through such programs as “I live here, I give here”. Disparities and inequities in Austin must be addressed better than they have been. Internally, the City’s Equity Assessment tool is a good step towards identifying issues and strategies within the city departments. I am excited to see this tool be applied beyond the initial pilot program. We must actively engage the community to work to develop strategies to reduce the displacement and gentrification pressures that exist throughout Austin. It is clear that our current system of development is not working. So, we have no choice but to look for new ideas and approaches. Here in District 9, this starts with working together to create more housing, of all types, including Affordable housing. Finally, representation matters. Having a voice on council for historically marginalized communities, such as the disability community and LGBTQIA will bring a new perspective and approach to solving our problems.