Update: Nomination and election of our representative will take place Thursday, August 13, at 6:30pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. All residents 18 and up are eligible to be nominated and to vote.
June 26 Approved by City Council!
May 30 Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association unanimously supports a North Lamar/Rundberg seat, filled through a resident election.
May 29 Mockingbird Hill Neighborhood Association supports a North Austin seat.
May 18 Thurmond Heights Resident Council unanimously supports a seat for North Austin.
May 15 Georgian Manor Resident Council unanimously supports a seat for North Austin.
May 13 Highland Neighborhood Association executive committee supports North Lamar/Rundberg seat.
May 12 Community Development Commission votes unanimously to recommend a North Austin seat.
April 21 North Lamar/Georgian Acres Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team votes to support: That the Community Development Commission include at least one member nominated by the North Lamar/Rundberg area, effective July 1, 2015.
The Community Development Commission (CDC) is an appointed body that advises city council “in the development and implementation of programs designed to serve the poor and the community at large with emphasis on federally funded programs.” These include tens of millions of dollars in affordable housing bonds, community block grant spending, and programs such as municipal ID, rental registration, and flood buyouts.
The CDC currently includes seven seats filled by someone nominated by each of Austin’s traditional high-poverty areas (Colony Park, Dove Springs, East Austin, Montopolis, Rosewood-Zaragoza Blackland, South Austin, and St. John).
However, in recent years the demographics have shifted, so that there is now a concentration of poverty in the North Lamar/Rundberg area. Our area is unique in the number of immigrants and the variety of our countries of origin. Our area is also unique in the number of children living in poverty, as many as 10,000.