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THIS MORNING,

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UM,

[Dallas Area Partnership Meeting]

TO THE DALLAS AREA PARTNERSHIP TO END UP PREVENT HOMELESSNESS, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION RETREAT.

WE'RE JUST GONNA SPEND A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN JUST A REGULAR MEETING TIME, TALKING ABOUT WHERE ARE WE GOING AND HOW ARE WE GONNA GET THERE, BASICALLY.

UM, LET'S DO A REAL QUICK ROUND, BECAUSE MANY OF US HAVE NOT SEEN EACH OTHER FACE TO FACE.

AND SO JUST QUICK INTRODUCTIONS.

DID YOU WANNA DO THE, THE ICEBREAKER WITH IT OR, SORRY.

I DO.

OH, HOW I DIDN'T WANNA DO THAT.

WELL, SO, OKAY.

SO THIS IS WHAT MY IDEA WAS AND YOU GUYS COULD VOTE IT DOWN.

MM-HMM.

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BUT THE IDEA IS THAT WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THE THREE TS, RIGHT.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, BUT IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT ON THE ICEBREAKER.

IT'S PERSONAL, PROFESSIONAL, AND PECULIAR.

MM-HMM.

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SO IF I WOULD INTRODUCE MYSELF, I WOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING PERSONAL, I'D TELL YOU SOMETHING PROFESSIONAL AND MAYBE SOMETHING PECULIAR.

YOU READY? OKAY.

FOR THIS ONE OF US ARE GETTING THIS.

YEAH.

BEFORE WE GET INTO PERSONAL , WHAT, ONE QUICK HOUSEKEEPING ANNOUNCEMENT.

WE ARE RECORDING THIS MEETING, SO NOT THAT PERSONALLY.

OKAY.

, FOCUS ON PECULIAR.

OKAY.

NOT THAT PECULIAR.

.

OKAY.

SO, HI, I'M KARA MENDELSON.

UM, I, THIS IS MY THIRD MEETING EVENT FOR THE, UM, FOR THE GAP.

AND, UM, SOMETHING PERSONAL IS I'M SOON TO HAVE MY 35TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, MY HUSBAND.

SO YOU CAN CALCULATE HOW OLD I AM.

UM, NUMBER TWO WOULD BE THE PROFESSIONAL.

UM, WHAT WAS I GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT? UM, I AM NOW IN MY THIRD CAREER, SO I STARTED OUT, UM, WITH HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, MOVED INTO NON-PROFIT MANAGEMENT, AND NOW, UM, IN THE CRAZIEST JOB EVER ELECTED OFFICIAL .

UM, AND THEN PECULIAR.

UM, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO LIVE IN TEXAS SINCE SAY THIS, BUT I REALLY NOT LIKE ANYTHING AVOCADO, THAT IT'S HARD TO FOLLOW.

.

IT'S REALLY WEIRD.

I, I'M GETTING OLDHAM.

UM, I'M AT THE APARTMENT ASSOCIATION CREATOR DALLAS.

UM, UM, PERSONAL LEVEL, UM, I WAS TELLING ABOUT EARLIER, I'VE BASICALLY BEEN, I'VE DONE SORT OF THE TEXAS THREE STEP IN MY CAREER FROM OIL AND GAS TO BANKING TO REAL ESTATE.

, ME TODAY, UM, UH, ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL.

UM, AGAIN, I OVERSEE THE, THE CONVERSATION HOUSE.

WE REPRESENT ABOUT 650,000 UNITS IN OUR 11 COUNTY AREA.

UM, SO WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR SHELTERING A LOT OF FAMILIES, UH, PECULIAR, UM, GOSH, I'M AN AVID HORSE RIDER, I GUESS DIFFERENT FOR THE CITY BOY.

BUT, UM, ANYWAY, THAT SORT OF HIT FOR ME.

COOL.

UH, I AM ROB HAYES.

UH, I'M THE PRESIDENT, C E O OF ASHER HOSPITALITY TRUST, WHICH IS A BIG, UH, HOTEL OWNER OPERATOR, UH, LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET.

AND SO I, THIS IS MY, UH, I'M THE, THE APPOINTEE FOR, UH, THE REAL ESTATE COUNSEL .

SO THIS IS MY SECOND MEETING, UM, ON THE PROFESSIONAL SIDE.

UH, I TOOK OVER AS THE C E O OF THE COMPANY IN APRIL OF 2020.

SO THAT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF COVID.

SO I GOT HANDED THE BIGGEST DUMPSTER FIRE YOU'VE EVER SEEN, .

UH, AND SO WORKING THROUGH THAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE CHALLENGE AND WELCOME TO THE HOTEL BUSINESS.

UM, ON A, UH, PERSONAL BASIS, I, UH, I'M MARRIED, COMING ON TO MY 18TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, AND I'VE GOT SIX CHILDREN, UH, SEVENTH ON THE WAY IN JANUARY.

SO WE'RE KICKING ONE OUTTA THE HOUSE.

I'VE GOT ONE GOING OFF TO NOTRE DAME, UH, AS A FRESHMAN NEXT YEAR, AND, UH, BRINGING ONE IN.

SO I GOT VERY BUSY IN MY HOUSEHOLD.

AND THEN, UH, ON A, I GUESS, PECULIAR LEVEL IS IN BETWEEN MY STINTS COMING OUTTA COLLEGE.

I WORKED ON WALL STREET, UH, AND THEN LATER CAME INTO THE HOTEL BUSINESS.

IN BETWEEN THERE, I ACTUALLY, IN THIS, I LIVED IN ROME, UH, ITALY FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THINKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY BECOMING A CATHOLIC PRIEST.

SO I STUDIED PHILOSOPHY OF THEOLOGY IN ROME FOR A FEW YEARS, AND, UM, GOT TO BE A TIME OF ROOM.

AND ACTUALLY, I LEAVE TOMORROW TO GO TAKE MY THREE-YEAR-OLD SONS TO ROME FOR A FEW WEEKS TO SHOW THEM DAD'S OLD TOMP GROUNDS.

THAT'S AWESOME.

NICE.

I'M CAROL LUCKY.

UM, PROFESSIONALLY, UM, I'M THE C E O OF NORTH TEXAS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, AND HAVE BEEN IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SECTOR FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS NOW.

MM-HMM.

WHICH IS MORE YEARS THAN I WANNA COUNT MM-HMM.

MM-HMM.

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BUT, UM, IT'S, UH, IT'S A, IT'S A REWARDING, UH, CAREER.

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AND I SUPPOSE THAT'S WHY I'VE STAYED SO LONG.

UM, UH, PERSONALLY, I'M, UM, A SINGLE MOM OF GROWN CHILDREN, A 23 YEAR OLD AND A 30 YEAR OLD, OR 31 YEAR OLD ALMOST.

UM, SO TWO GIRLS, UM, NO GRAND BABIES YET, BUT, UH, , WE CAN CONTINUE TO BEG.

UM, SO, UH, AND PECULIAR, UM, I DON'T KNOW.

I FEEL, I FEEL LIKE SO MUCH OF ME IS PECULIAR, BUT, UH, MAYBE PROB MAYBE ONE THING IS, UM, THAT I REALLY, REALLY HOLD SACRED IS A SUNDAY NAP.

UM, SO .

SO THAT'S, UH, PROBABLY ABOUT AS PECULIAR AS I GET.

OH, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS RENITA GRIGGS.

I'M THE CITY OF DALLAS REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE DALLAS AREA PARTNERSHIP AND THE CITIZENS HOMELESSNESS COMMISSION THAT'S PROFESSIONAL, UM, IN PERSONAL.

UM, I'VE BEEN MARRIED FOR 33 YEARS.

MY HUSBAND IS A PASTOR FOR ABOUT 35 YEARS.

I'VE ADOPTED TWO CHILDREN THAT ARE NOW ADULTS, AND I HAVE A 15 YEAR OLD THAT I LOVE, AND SHE IS A BALLER.

SHE'S ABOUT FOUR, FIVE FOOT, AND SHE'S A POINT GUARD.

SO SHE'S ALLOWING ME TO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES WITH HER TO TAKE HER TO ALL THE GAMES FOR THE W N B A.

I ENJOYED THIS, UM, WORK HERE WITH THE HOMELESSNESS BECAUSE I HAVE THIS STRONG COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE.

SO IT'S SUCH A DELIGHT, DELIGHTFULNESS FOR ME TO SERVE YOU ALL IN THE CAPACITY IN WHICH YOU ARE DOING TO AFFECT THE COMMUNITY AND THE CITY NATIONWIDE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UH, I'M ERIN MOORE.

I'M THE CHIEF OF STAFF PROFESSIONALLY FOR COMMISSIONER DANIEL, UM, AND HELP HER ON THE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS ISSUES FOR THE COUNTY, UH, IN THE CITY.

ENCLOSED THE CITY'S ENCLOSED.

UM, WHAT IS IT PER PROFESSIONAL, PERSONAL, I WAS ALLOWED TO MARRY IN 2015, BUT I'VE BEEN WITH MY WIFE SLASH PARTNER FOR 22 YEARS.

UM, AND THEN PECULIAR, I GOT TO MEET ELVIS.

WOO WOO.

SO THERE YOU GO.

.

UM, I'M SOLICITOR STICK GLOVER.

I AM A PROFESSIONAL WITH COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS.

I'VE BEEN THERE FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS, AND PRIOR TO THAT WAS WITH THE MEADOWS FOUNDATION FOR, UM, A FEW YEARS, AND, UH, CAME INTO THAT BEING A TEACHER.

SO IT WAS KIND OF A, UM, AN INTERESTING JUMP FROM THE CLASSROOM.

PERSONALLY, I AM MARRIED AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND WOULD LOVE ANY TIPS, ANY OF THE TIPS FOR WHEN THEY'RE TINY.

UM, TWO AND FOUR, UH, PARTICULARLY ON BEING ON TIME.

THAT'S, THAT'D BE HELPFUL.

.

UM, UH, PARTICULAR, UH, PECULIAR.

THE ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF IN SUCH SHORT NOTICE IS I REALLY LOVE THE HEAT I DRIVE WITH MY WINDOWS DOWN.

I LOVE TAKING WALKS AT 3:00 PM I LOVE THIS HEAT.

IT FEELS SO GOOD.

AND I USUALLY, THAT'S NOT WHAT I LEAD WITH.

I, I DON'T LEAD WITH THAT.

I KEEP THAT UNDER WRAPS QUIETLY.

UM, BUT THAT'S, THAT'S ALL FOR ME.

NICE TO SEE YOU GUYS.

THAT'S AWESOME.

I AM ASHLEY BRENDA.

I'M WITH UNITED WAY METROPOLITAN DALLAS.

I'VE BEEN THERE FOR 16 YEARS.

UM, I, UM, I ALSO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF HOUSING FORWARD AND THE CONTINUUM OF CARE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

UM, PERSONALLY, I HAVE TWO CHILDREN.

ONE IS HEADING INTO HIGH SCHOOL, ONE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND IT'S A ROUGH TIME WITH THE HORMONES AT HOME, SO , UM, PECULIAR.

I WILL SAY I AM A LAKE RAT.

I LOVE BEING OUT ON THE, THE LAKE.

I WAS RAISED OUT ON THE LAKE, AND SO WE NOW HAVE, UH, OUR LITTLE RV TRAILER PARKED NEXT TO TEXO AND GO UP TO THE LAKE AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

.

HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS LAA TOWNSEND.

UM, I, UM, PROFESSIONALLY AM A BOTH REHAB COUNSELOR WITH THE DALLAS VA.

UM, I WORK IN THE HUD BADGE PROGRAM, WHICH IS A HOMELESS PROGRAM FOR VETERANS.

UM, I HAVE THREE GROWN CHILDREN, UM, AND TWO, WELL, ALMOST THREE GRANDCHILDREN.

UM, MY DAUGHTER IS HAVING THEM BACK TO BACK.

MM-HMM.

ONE JUST HAD A BIRTHDAY, TWO AND ONE.

ANOTHER ONE IS COMING WITH THE BIRTHDAY, BE ONE.

AND THEN SHE'S HAVING HER THIRD ONE BABY IN SEPTEMBER.

AND SO THEY'RE ALL BOYS.

, SO, SO, UM, I'M VERY BUSY AS A GRANDMA.

MM-HMM.

, UM, JULIA, I DO NOT LIKE THE TEXAS HEAT , BUT COMING FROM THE NORTH, I COME FROM

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MICHIGAN, SO I, I, I EMBRACE IT A LITTLE.

ALRIGHT.

UH, GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.

I'M MIKE.

UH, I'M AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYER AND ELLI, PRIOR TO THAT, I WOULD SAY I'M A MATHEMATICIAN AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.

AND, UH, SO I WORKED IN THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY AND THEN WENT TO LAW SCHOOL.

I STARTED BEING NOT TO SAVE THE WORLD OR ANY OF THAT.

UH, BEEN PRACTICING LAW FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS.

IP LITIGATION GROUP DIRECTOR AT MY FIRM.

UM, DO A LOT OF OTHER THINGS.

RUN A FOUNDATION IN TULSA RELATED TO THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE.

RUN AN EDUCATION FOUNDATION DOWN HERE WHERE WE GIVE OUT ABOUT $110,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS EVERY YEAR.

UM, LET'S SEE.

I TEACH AT A AND M AND SMU, A CLASS CALLED RACE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

UH, WELL, I WON'T BE TEACHING AT A AND M ANYMORE GIVEN THIS LATEST BILL SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR BECAUSE IT'S A, UH, A CRITICAL RACE THEORY BASED COURSE THAT EXAMINES, UH, THE IMPACT OF RACE ON THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

UM, BUT I WILL CONTINUE TO TEACH THAT SMU, UM, LET'S SEE.

UH, THAT'S, THAT'S, UH, I GUESS PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL.

I, I GOT A COUPLE KIDS OFF THE PAYROLL , SO, UH, THEY'RE LIVING NOW IN MICHIGAN AND, UH, IN NEW YORK.

UH, MY DAUGHTER WORKS AT THE MET, SHE'S A VIDEOGRAPHER FOR THEM.

AND MY SON, UH, DOES REFRIGERATION WORK FOR, UH, WHIRLPOOL.

SO HE'S A THIRD GENERATION MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, WHICH WE'RE KIND OF PROUD OF.

UH, PECULIAR.

I DON'T LIKE PIZZA AND NOR MEXICAN FOOD.

OOH, .

NEITHER ONE WORSE THAN NOT LIKING OTHER.

YEAH.

YOU'RE OFF THE HOOK NOW THAT IT'S AGGRESSIVE.

.

SO I, THE MEXICAN, IT'S LIKE A, LIKE A SALAD KIND OF THING? NO, BUT I DON'T LIKE THE FLAVOR THAT THEY PUT IN THE MEAT.

RIGHT.

LIKE, IT JUST, YEAH.

THE PIZZA SIDE.

I JUST DON'T, YOU KNOW, GREEN TEA.

EXACTLY.

THE SAUCE.

EXACTLY.

IT'S INTERESTING.

ALTHOUGH I WAS IN, I WAS IN, UH, MICHIGAN THIS PAST WEEKEND, MY SON MADE PIZZA.

MM-HMM.

AND HE MADE HIS OWN SAUCE AND I ATE THAT.

THAT WAS GOOD.

BUT TYPICALLY THAT'S HOW THEY DON'T ALLOW ME TO ORDER PIZZA AT WORK.

, I'VE DONE IT ONCE AND I HAD, UH, IT WAS LIKE A WHITE PIZZA.

OH.

WE HAD CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES ON IT.

LIKE, NO, THAT WAS ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO.

ABOUT 30.

YEAH.

AND, UH, OH, THERE YOU GO.

UM, I'M BRENT HURLEY AND I, UH, PROFESSIONALLY I HAVE BEEN WITH THE PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR A LITTLE OVER 24 YEARS.

WOW.

UM, I HAVE BEEN WITH CHIEF FOR THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS.

AND, UH, I WAS JUST TELLING SOMEBODY THIS MORNING THAT TALKING TO MY MENTOR LAST NIGHT, I APPRECIATED HIM FOR EVERYTHING THAT HE EVER TAUGHT ME, EXCEPT FOR HE FAILED ME IN NOT TALKING ME OUT OF TAKING THIS JOB, .

SO, UM, PERSONALLY, I, UH, I'VE BEEN MARRIED TO MY WIFE FOR 21 YEARS.

WE HAVE THREE TEENAGERS, UH, A SON WHO JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL.

AND THEN I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS THAT ARE 13 MONTHS APART.

MM-HMM.

OR 13 AND 14, AND ARE MAKING MY HAIR EACH AND EVERY DAY PECULIAR.

UH, THEN I'M A VERY LARGE GUY.

I AM TERRIFIED OF ANYTHING THAT FLIES.

IT STINKS.

LOST ME.

MM-HMM.

, I'LL SCREAM , I'M DAN RICH.

KAY.

AND, AND BY THE WAY, MY HAIR EVER STARTS TURNING GRAY.

I'M GOING TO DIE .

SO, AND I'M AN ATTORNEY BY CONFESSION.

I WAS AT MY PECULIAR, UH, FEATURE.

I WAS AT A GUM BEFORE, UH, 40 YEARS.

JUST, JUST RETIRED.

AND, UH, YOU'RE NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE STAY IN ONE PLACE.

UM, I'M ALSO ON THE DALLAS I C SCHOOL BOARD, AND SINCE I'M, UH, UP FOR REELECTION, I'M NOT GONNA MAKE ANY ADMISSIONS AGAINST TRANSCRIPTS ABOUT HOW PECULIAR I AM.

GOOD.

NITA IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE , SORRY.

NITA HELIC.

UM, I RUN THE DALLAS I S D EDUCATION

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FOUNDATION.

SO I'M CURIOUS, UH, WHICH FOUNDATION IS ON ONE OF.

SO I'VE BEEN THERE CLOSE TO FOUR YEARS.

UM, IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL SUPPORT.

UM, JUST, YOU KNOW, 11,000 TEACHERS, ONE EMPLOYEE, 2000 KIDS, UM, MOST OF WHOM ARE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED AND COME IN WITH A LOT OF INEQUITIES.

SO THAT'S, THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT WE TRY TO ADDRESS FROM THE RESOURCE AND PROGRAMMING PERSPECTIVE.

SO WE'RE A FUNDRAISING ORGANIZATION AND A GRANT MAKING ORGANIZATION AS WELL.

UM, SO ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, MARRIED FOR ALMOST 23 YEARS.

TWO KIDS, 17 AND 20 TEENAGE YEARS.

PASS.

THEY DO.

AND YOU LOVE HIM AGAIN, .

UM, I LOVE HIM NOW.

I JUST DON'T LIKE HIM.

HIM AGAIN.

YEAH.

UM, I'M ORIGINALLY FROM CHICAGO, WELL, ORIGINALLY FROM INDIA, BUT GREW UP INTO THE CHICAGO AREA AND THEN MARRIED TO TEXAN, WHICH IS HOW I ENDED UP HERE.

UM, SO PECULIAR, I GUESS TECHNICALLY I'M A FARMER, WHICH IS REALLY WEIRD CONSIDERING I'M SUCH A CITY GIRL.

BUT, UH, WE BOUGHT SOME PROPERTY IN ATHENS, TEXAS, AND WE GROW HAY.

AND SO MY HUSBAND MADE ME GET A TEXAS FARMER ASSOCIATION CARD , JUST SO HE COULD GO AROUND, HEY, I'M A DENVER TOO.

WELL, HE LIKES TO GO AROUND SAYING THAT THE TRANSFORMATION IS THAT COMPLETE .

YEAH.

BUT IT'S GREAT.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.

AND WE'RE, WE'RE FORTUNATE.

AND I CAN JUGGLE AND YOU CAN JUGGLE.

THAT'S SOMETHING .

UM, I'M TERESA DANIEL AND I'M THE DALLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER FOR DISTRICT ONE, WHICH IS MOSTLY EASTERN PART OF DALLAS COUNTY.

UH, I WAS LIKE, OVER 10 YEARS AGO.

IM TOO A ELECTED REELECTION.

SO IT'S ALWAYS AN INTERESTING TIME LIVES, UM, PROFESSIONALLY THAT, WHAT THAT MEANS IS, UM, I'VE DONE ALL KINDS OF THINGS.

I'VE BEEN A, AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR FOR DOZEN YEARS.

UM, WORKED FOR LEGAL SERVICES FOR A COUPLE YEARS, PARALEGAL, AND NOBODY KNEW WHAT A PARALEGAL WAS.

UM, UH, DID SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS.

AND THERE ISN'T A, YOU KNOW, A SET OF NUMBERS THAT I WOULD LOVE TO LOOK AT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, , UM, PERSONALLY, UM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE DEAL IS IN THIS ROOM.

I THINK WE HAD AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE WHOSE KIDS ARE LIKE 13 MONTHS APART.

THE GOOD NEWS IS WE GOT, WE GOT OVER WITH DIAPERS PRETTY QUICKLY, SO THAT'S GOOD.

AND THEN ONE OF THOSE KIDS NOW HAS THREE BOYS.

SO, UH, SEEING WHAT THAT IS LIKE, 'CAUSE I AVOID A GIRL THAT KIND OF TEMPERED THINGS A LITTLE BIT, BUT THREE BOYS IS, THAT MEANS THAT SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BEING THOUGHT OF BY ONE OF THOSE, THOSE BOARDS.

AND THEY'RE CLIMBING, JUMPING THROAT AND SCREAMING, WHATEVER IT IS, THEY, SOMEBODY'S WHEEL.

BUT IT'S, BUT IT'S, IT'S ALWAYS KIND OF INTERESTING, PECULIAR, UM, I'M A REAL STICKLER FOR COMMUNICATION.

AND IF I WOULD'VE HAD, MY BROTHERS WOULD'VE GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IN LINGUISTICS MM-HMM.

.

UH, BECAUSE TO ME COMMUNICATION IS, IS KEY TO, YOU KNOW, HOW DO I PUT SOMETHING FROM MY HEAD INTO YOUR HEAD? AND IT LOOKED KIND OF SIMILAR TO WHAT WE STARTED OUT WITH.

AND SO THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS IN THAT, UM, I HAVE ALWAYS INSISTED THAT THIS WOULD CALL DEPARTMENT CARE, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S SO MUCH MORE DESCRIPTIVE OF WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO HERE.

UM, ACRONYMS ARE GOOD, I UNDERSTAND ALL THAT, BUT WE GLAD TO DO WAY TOO MANY AHEAD.

SO I PROBABLY SAY YES, THE PARTNERSHIP, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM THAT WE ONLY CAN DO IT THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP.

THERE ARE TWO RULES IN OUR LIVES, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED.

ONE IS WE NOTHING BY OURSELVES.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE PARTNERSHIP COMES FROM.

RULE NUMBER TWO, WE ARE NOT DONE YET.

SO IF YOU'RE IN MY DISTRICT, I'M ASKING VOTE .

WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND NOW THAT WE HAVE NICE, I'M SO SORRY.

WE GOT A COUPLE MORE OF YOU.

YES.

UM, HI GUYS.

I'M JAMILA HARING.

UM, PROFESSIONALLY, I'M A STAR WELCOME HOUSE.

UM, PERSONALLY, I AM UNDERGRAD AT UT, UM, IN DENTON.

UH, PECULIAR MY SECOND TO LAST SEMESTER, SO NOT THIS SEMESTER, AND THEN JUST PASSED.

BUT THE ONE BEFORE THAT, IN LIKE THE FALL TIME, I TOOK 10 CLASSES AND I HAD TWO JOBS, .

OH, WOW.

AND THAT'S CRAZY.

UM, I WASN'T RIGHT.

WOW.

NOW, WOW.

I, YOU SHOULD OH, A MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY AND A MINOR IN LINGUISTICS.

OH, COOL.

THERE YOU AWESOME.

UM, SOMETHING ELSE PECULIAR ABOUT ME.

THIS ONE IN HERE? SURE.

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WELL, GOOD MORNING.

I'M STEVE MCAD AND I'M ONE OF THE FAR TOO MANY ATTORNEYS THAT ARE IN THE SPRING WORKING NOW.

I THINK I COUNT FIVE, BUT, UH, I'VE BEEN WORKING FOR THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE FOR LAST YEAR.

I BEEN, I'VE BEEN ASSIGNED TO THIS THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, DO THE INCREDIBLE WORK.

AND NO ONE IS COMPLETELY UNAPPRECIATED.

NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO IT AT ALL.

MM-HMM.

UNTIL THERE WAS A PROBLEM.

MOST PECULIAR THING ABOUT ME IS I CAN WATCH A BASEBALL GAME ON TV AT HOME AND NOT CHANGE THE CHANNEL.

.

I PLAYED, UH, I'M FROM KENTUCKY ORIGINALLY.

I PLAYED, UH, COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY.

I WAS ACTUALLY OUTTA A HIGH SCHOOL BY CHICAGO WHITE SIDE.

OH, GREAT JOB.

I'M SORRY.

I, OH KNOW, CHICAGO IS ONE OF THE PLACES I, I THANK YOU.

AND THEN TOUCHDOWN.

JESUS .

THAT WAS GREAT.

YEAH.

HE'S GOTTA KEEP GOING TO I DID.

I GRADUATED .

THAT'S GREAT.

I MOVED HIM IN IN TWO MONTHS.

SO THE BUBBLE IS ON CALL.

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.

GOOD MORNING.

I AM THE COUNCIL SYSTEM FOR COUNCIL HERE, DISTRICT 12.

I THINK DISTRICT 12 IS A COUPLE BLOCKS NORTH.

SO THIS IS OUR AREA.

UM, PERSONALLY, I'M STUDYING TO BE A CIVIL ENGINEER THIS WAY IN, UH, AND I HAVE A VERY TWO HOUR BOOK.

THE ONLY, I THINK THE FUEL GO AGAINST ANY FIFTH .

SHE DOES NOT.

THAT'S RIGHT.

UM, AND THE LAST ONE I USED TO WORK AT THE LIBRARY, SO I KNOW THE DE DECAL SYSTEM BY FAR.

.

NICE.

WOW.

THAT'S SKILL SKILLS.

MADAM CHAIR, YOU HAVE A QUORUM.

.

YES.

LET US NOW MOVE INTO YEAH, HE, THAT'S ALL IT DOES.

.

OH, YEAH.

UM, AND FROM WHAT I COUNT, WE ARE ONLY A SINGLE ONE MEMBER.

IS THAT TRUE? YES.

DR.

S MM-HMM.

.

UM, SORRY ABOUT, UM, BUT ALL THE LEGAL NOTICES HAVE BEEN POSTED, AND SO THIS MEETING IS DOING CALL TO ORDER.

UM, THERE ARE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS, I'M GUESSING.

MM-HMM.

UM, BUT WE ARE BEING RECORDED.

SO EVEN THOUGH YEAH, WE HAVE TO BEHAVE, WE STILL HAVE TO BEHAVE.

UM, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF, OF, UH, NEW MEMBERS ON HERE.

COVID HAS REALLY DONE ITS NUMBER, I THINK, ON THE REST OF US TOO, IN THE RESPECT THAT IT JUST SEEMED LIKE, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT, YOU KNOW, SO MANY OF THE PROJECTS THAT I WAS WORKING ON IN 2020, I'M NOW HAVING TO GO BACK AND ABSOLUTELY RESTART, REGROUP, BRING PEOPLE BACK TOGETHER AND REEVALUATE AND ALL THOSE THINGS.

UM, AND SO IT SEEMED LIKE A VERY, JUST A PERFECT TIME FOR US TO HAVE THIS KIND OF A MEETING TO REVIEW WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP IS, UM, AND TO SEE WHAT KIND OF A ROLE THAT YOU WANNA PLAY.

AND I HOPE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN SOME TIME, HAD SOME TIME TO REVIEW A LOT OF THE DOCUMENTS THAT ARE HERE WITH SOME OF 'EM BEING, UH, JUST REVIEWING PAST, UH, MINUTES FROM MEETINGS, UH, BECAUSE IT KIND OF TOLD A LITTLE BIT OF A STORY OF, UM, THE TOPICS THAT WE CAN COVER.

UH, IT ALSO TOLD, UM, THE DIFFICULTIES THAT IT TAKES IN STARTING A NEW ORGANIZATION AND IN GETTING A FORUM TOGETHER, THEN COVID HITS.

AND IT MADE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND, AND, AND, UH, MAKE THE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION.

UM, ALSO, AND I KNOW WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT, UH, HERE BEFORE IN THAT I'M NOT SURE THAT I'VE BEEN IN A, IN AN ARENA THAT HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND LOOKING AT HOUSING, LOOKING AT, UH, HOMELESSNESS, THE NUMBER OF THE GROUPS THAT ARE IN THE SPACE, UM, WHAT THEY'RE DOING, UM, UH, ENTITIES TAKING ON ROLES THAT THEY HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE.

I MEAN, PROBABLY WILL NEVER SEE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO THE CARES ACT AND ARE FUNDS THAT WE SAW FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,

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UH, OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

UM, AND, AND IN FACT, PROBABLY THAT SINGLE, UM, DETAIL HAS, IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT DRASTICALLY CHANGED WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO HAS SITTINGS AND AS COUNTIES, AS NON-PROFITS, AS PUBLIC ENTITIES IN TEXAS TO ADDRESS A PARTICULAR TOPIC.

UM, I GUESS WITH, YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF JUST SETTING, YOU KNOW, WHERE ARE WE GOING? UM, WHERE WAS OUR FRAMEWORK HERE? I I THINK IT PROBABLY JUST MAKES SENSE TO, TO JUST TO START WORKING THROUGH THIS AND TO, UM, TALK ABOUT HOW, HOW IT WAS SET UP, HOW THE PARTNERSHIP WAS SET UP AND WHAT THAT MEANT.

AND I THINK, UM, HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE BEGINNING? PRETTY MUCH.

YEAH.

YEAH.

SO I MEAN, A FEW PEOPLE, UM, SO WE KNOW THAT KIND OF, THEY SAY THE, UM, THE, THE, THE JOY OF, OF VICTORY AND THE AGONY OF DISAPPOINTMENT OF THINGS THAT DIDN'T QUITE WORK OUT EXACTLY AS WE WOULD'VE WANTED THEM TO.

UM, BUT ALL THAT BEING SAID, WHY DON'T WE JUST, I MEAN, JUST, IS THAT OKAY TO KIND OF JUST GO THROUGH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE BEGINNING DOCUMENT, SEE IF THERE WAS QUESTIONS, OBSERVATIONS THERE MM-HMM.

.

AND THEN THE, THE NEXT PART OF IT IS IN PREPARATION FOR THE, UM, FOR THE, THE SECOND PART OF THE, THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVE IS TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE THE CONTINUING, UM, DETAILS THAT REALLY STRIKE YOU AS, UM, WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY ACTIVITIES THAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON AT THIS TIME? WHAT IS THE PRIMARY GOAL? WHAT IS THE PRIMARY GOAL? WHAT IS THE, UM, WHAT IS THE, A RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE CAN TAKE AS A SMOOTH YEAR? AND I LEARNED THAT YOU DID THE, THE, UM, ICE BREAKER, BECAUSE I THINK IT REFRESHED ALL OF OUR MEMORIES AS COMING.

AND WHAT ARE A VARIETY OF SKILLS AND TALENTS AND INTERESTS THAT EVERYONE ? UH, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT HOUSING, UM, IS, IS A, IS A, A SPECTRUM OF PEOPLE OF, UM, ACTIVITIES.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, THEY KIND OF JOKE, IF YOU WANT MONEY, WE GO TO A BANK.

BUT IF YOU WANT HOUSING, YOU GO GET HOUSING.

RIGHT? BUT IT'S NOT SO EASILY DONE BECAUSE YOU'VE GOTTA FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF HOUSING, WHERE IS IT LOCATED, UM, WHAT CAN YOU AFFORD, UM, WHAT YOU MEAN, HOW DOES IT FIT IN? WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY, UM, IS IT LOCATED? AND THERE'S JUST A LOT OF FACTORS THAT GO INTO THAT BECAUSE IT'S VERY PERSONAL.

UM, WELL, CAN BE THE PERSONAL, UM, DALLAS COUNTY IS ALSO, YOU KNOW, IS PROBABLY THE LARGEST, UH, NUMBER OF APARTMENT WELLERS.

UM, I, I FORGET WHAT THE LATEST NUMBERS ARE.

I KNOW THAT, THAT, THAT MY DISTRICT, IN FACT HAS THE, IN DALLAS COUNTY HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF APARTMENTS, UM, WHICH GIVES IT A CERTAIN MOBILITY, WHICH ARE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT.

SO LET'S JUST TAKE WRITING.

UM, THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THIS POST TOGETHER.

WE HAD, IT MEANT THAT WE HAD EVERYTHING IN THE SAME SPOT.

YEAH.

UM, AND WE'RE ALL KIND OF STARTING ON THE SAME PAGE KIND.

IT DOESN'T ALWAYS GET TO HAPPEN.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE HOLDING SOMETHING THERE.

SO I'M, I'M HOLDING THE BYLAWS AND OKAY.

I WAS JUST GONNA MAYBE SUGGEST THAT WE COULD JUST KIND OF GO THROUGH THE BYLAWS TOGETHER.

AND, YOU KNOW, I WILL SAY THAT CAMILA SAYS SHE HAS NICE HANDWRITINGS AND DESCRIBED, SHE HAS OFFERED WITH ENCOURAGEMENT.

YOU MIGHT HAVE TO BE A LITTLE CAREFUL.

UM, IF YOU WOULD WANT TO BE DESCRIBED, THEN WE'D BE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU DO THAT.

UM, IF YOU FEEL LIKE WE COULD MAYBE IDENTIFY THINGS IN HERE THAT WE WANT PULL OUT TO ASK ABOUT.

RIGHT.

AND MY HOPE WAS REALLY THAT WE COULD JUST TAKE THE ITEMS BOTH FROM THE BYLAWS AND THE ARTICLES INCORPORATION, AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE ALIGNED WITH WHAT WE'RE ACTUALLY WORKING ON FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, OUR GOALS AND ACTIVITIES.

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER, IF I MAY SUGGEST THE BYLAWS, REFER OFTEN TO THE ARTICLES.

SO IT MAY BE WISE TO GO THROUGH THE ARTICLES FIRST.

AND, AND I WAS WANT,

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I MEAN, I'VE GOT BOTH RIGHT HERE.

YEAH.

THE BYLAWS ARE WRITTEN IN MORE, UM, IN SIMPLER LANGUAGE.

YEAH.

AND OF COURSE, WE HAVE A LOT OF ATTORNEYS HERE, SO MAYBE Y'ALL WOULD LIKE THE ARTICLE OF CORPORATION LETTER .

SO, UM, EITHER WAY IS GREAT.

BUT THE POINT OF IT BEING IS TO START WITH THIS, WELL, YOU KNOW, WHICHEVER ONE WE START WITH.

BUT TO JUST KEEP IN MIND, WHAT ARE THE MAJOR POINTS THAT YOU SEE PRESENTED AS FAR AS THE, THE GOAL OF WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, WHICH IS TO ARRIVE AT WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PARTNERSHIP IN THE HOUSING ARENA, IN THE HOMELESS ARENA IN THE DOCTOR.

OKAY.

WHO WANTS TO, ANYONE YOU GONNA TAKE A FIRST STAB AT? WE'RE STARTING WITH THE, UH, FINALS OR THE ARTICLES.

SO START CLARIFY, CLOSING SCREEN.

SO MAYBE ON THE FIRST PAGE ARE THE THINGS PEOPLE WANNA CALL OUT.

WELL, I KNOW THE THING THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL, AT LEAST FOR ME, IS, I MEAN, IT SEEMS LIKE THE MEET GOING THROUGH ALL THIS STUFF, THE MEET IS, LOOKS LIKE ARTICLE FOUR, RIGHT? ARTICLE FOUR IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

AND GIVEN ALSO KIND OF THE INSTITUTIONAL KIND OF BACKGROUND THAT EVERYONE HAS HERE, UM, LEAST MANY MEMBERS HERE.

I, I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF JUST WALK THROUGH EACH OF THESE AND JUST HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON WHAT'S THE, LIKE, HAS THIS BEEN DONE? HAS THIS BEEN THE FOCUS? HAS THIS NOT BEEN THE FOCUS? WHY OR WHY NOT? JUST, YOU KNOW, MAYBE SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE OBSOLETE.

NO, MAYBE THEY'RE NEED, I JUST HAVE NO BACKGROUND WHY.

OKAY.

UM, SO LIKE THIS FIRST ONE MM-HMM.

, LIKE, REVIEW FEDERAL AND LOCAL PLANS RELATED TO HOMELESSNESS.

DEVELOP CLEAR POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS AND OBJECTIVE PROCESSES TO MEASURE QUICKNESS OF NEW EXISTING POLICIES.

, UH, LET'S, IT'S WRITTEN THAT OUT.

YOU NEED TO YEAH, I'M TAKING NOTES TOO.

SO, SO LIKE, IS THAT BEEN, WHAT, WHAT'S BEEN DONE ON THAT FRONT, OR HOW HAS THAT BEEN FOCUSED ON SINCE THE ORGANIZATION STARTED? FROM WHAT, WHAT I SEE, UM, THERE ARE PROBABLY FOUR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS TODAY.

I HAVE SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN THIS AREA WITH M D H A, UM, HOUSING FORWARD, PROBABLY HOW FORWARD, UM, IT HAS DONE, I, I THINK PROBABLY THE LIONS SHARE, BUT THEN VARIETY, UNITED WAY HAS DONE A LOT, THE CITY OF DALLAS IN ITS CREATION OF, BECAUSE IN THIS TIMEFRAME ALSO THE CITY OF DALLAS HAS, UM, GREATLY INCREASED.

UM, ITS, UH, UH, COMMITMENT TO HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS AND THE OFFICE OF HOME SOLUTIONS AND JUST CHANGING FOCUS IN THE HOUSING PROGRAMMING.

UM, BUT WE HAVEN'T REVIEWED FEDERAL PLANS.

SO, UM, I DO THINK HOUSING FORWARD HAS DONE A PRETTY GOOD ANALYSIS OF IT AS, UM, ADMINISTRATION SAID ADVANCE DIFFERENT PLANS.

UM, BUT IN TERMS OF THIS GROUP, LOOKING AT THAT, AND I DON'T THINK THERE IS CURRENTLY A LOCAL PLAN.

THERE HAVE BEEN VARIOUS PLANS OVER THE YEARS, BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT THERE'S CURRENTLY A PLAN.

THERE'S A, THE C O C HAS A STRATEGIC PLAN SOMEWHAT, I GUESS, LAID OUT WHERE WE PLAN TO END DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF HOMELESSNESS BY CERTAIN TIME PERIODS.

AND THEN HOUSING FORWARD IS CHARGED WITH PUTTING THE STRATEGIES BEHIND HOW WE REACH THOSE GOALS.

BY 2025 IS LIKE THE LAST YEAR OF, UM, ALL OF THE GOALS.

SO THE C O C IS REALLY PLANNED OR REALLY CHARGED BY HUD WITH DEVELOPING THAT COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN.

SO THEY DO THAT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS.

UM, AND IT'S DONE THROUGH LIKE SETTING PRIORITIES.

IT'S NOT LIKE A TACTICAL PLAN, BUT PRIORITIES.

AND THEN HOUSING FORWARD IS CHARGED WITH IMPLEMENTING THAT.

'CAUSE THEY ARE THE STAFF OF THE C O C BOARD.

SO IF YOU LOOK ON THE, ON HOUSING FORWARDS WEBSITE, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT THAT THE NEW ANNUAL PRIORITIES ARE FOR THIS.

AND SO I THINK THIS IS WHERE THE IMPETUS FOR THIS GROUP, MY RECOLLECTION FROM WHEN THE, UM, DALLAS AREA PARTNERSHIP, UNENDING HOMELESSNESS TASK FORCE WAS ENACTED, WHICH BIRTHED THIS GROUP AND THE CITIZENS HOMELESS COMMISSION, WHICH IS FROM THE CITY THAT THE C O C IS MOSTLY COMPRISED OF PROVIDERS.

NO, WELL, IT WAS AT THE TIME.

AT THE TIME, YEAH.

SO AT, AT THE TIME IT WAS FORMED, UM, IT WAS METRO DALLAS WOMEN ALLIANCE, METRO DALLAS WOMEN ALLIANCE HAD ONE BOARD THAT WAS ACTING AS THE BOARD FOR M D H A AND

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THE C O C BOARD.

AND IT WAS MOSTLY PROVIDERS AND A COUPLE OTHER, UM, FOLKS.

I WAS ON IT, YOU HAD BEEN ON IT AT ONE POINT IN TIME, BUT I WAS REPRESENTING THE ON COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION.

RIGHT.

UM, CITY HAD SOME, I REPRESENTED ON IT COMING AND GOING.

SOMETIMES IT WAS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, SOMETIMES IT WAS THE OFFICE OF HOMELESS SOLUTIONS.

IT KIND OF VARIED WHO IT WAS.

WHAT HAPPENED IN EARLY 2020 IS A GROUP OF FUNDERS CREATED A COLLABORATIVE FOR HOMELESSNESS.

UM, THEY PAID, UH, CLUTCH CONSULTING TO COME TO TOWN TO HELP THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE TO REALLY STRENGTHEN THEIR REHOUSING SYSTEM.

UH, WE, UM, UH, ENDED THE M D H A BOARD AS IT EXISTED AT THAT MOMENT, TOWARDS THE END OF 2020, AND THEN RECONSTITUTED A NEW N D H A BOARD AND A SEPARATE C O C BOARD.

SO WHAT YOU SEE NOW IS YOU'VE GOT STRONG COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT ARE LEADING AN ORGANIZATION ON A NONPROFIT BOARD FOR HOUSING FORWARD, WHICH IS HOW THAT SHOULD BE DONE.

AND THE C O C BOARD NOW EXISTS SEPARATELY WITH SYSTEMS LEADERS AT THE TABLE.

UM, AND THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT REPRESENT COLLIN COUNTY, DALLAS COUNTY, THE CITY OF DALLAS, SOME OF OUR SMALLER CITIES IN THE CITY OF DALLAS AND OR IN THE COUNTY OF DALLAS AND COLLIN COUNTY.

YOU'VE GOT HEALTHCARE REPRESENTATIVES.

CAROL SITS THERE AT THE TABLE WITH US, AND THEN WE'VE GOT, UM, HER KIND OF EQUAL FROM COLLIN COUNTY.

CORRECT.

UM, YOU'VE GOT HOUSING FOLKS FROM THE CITIES THAT SIT AT THE TABLE, THE DA'S OFFICE FROM DOWS COUNTY'S REPRESENTED.

YOU'VE GOT A COUPLE PROVIDERS AT THE TABLE, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, IT'S THE SYSTEMS LEADERS THAT ARE ALL TOUCHING THE REHOUSING SYSTEM.

UM, SO SINCE THIS WAS FORMED IN 2017, THERE'S BEEN A HUGE SHIFT IN HOW HOMELESSNESS HAS BEEN BEING ADDRESSED ACROSS DALLAS AND COLLIN COUNTY.

SO THE, THE ISSUE FOR THIS IS THAT A LOT OF THE FUNDING FOR HOUSING FORWARD COMES FROM HUD, AND THAT'S, UM, THE PURVIEW OF THEIR DOLLARS, BUT ALSO IN THE SYSTEM, OF COURSE, EACH OF THE NON-PROFITS DO THEIR OWN PRIVATE FUNDRAISING.

AND THEN THE OTHER BULK OF MONEY COMES FROM THE COUNTY AND THE CITY.

AND SO I THINK THE INTENT WHEN RAWLINGS AND, AND JASON WERE SETTING THIS UP WAS HOW ARE WE PARTNERSHIP WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THERE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE WANNA SUPPORT AND FIND IN ADVANCE? AND THAT WAS MY RECOLLECTION OF HOW THIS WAS REALLY, UM, FORMED.

AND ALSO TO GIVE SOME OTHER VOICES TO THESE EFFORTS BEYOND WHAT WAS HAPPENING, HAPPENING WITH HOUSING FORWARD, WHICH WAS METROPOLITAN ON THOSE LINES AT TIME.

SO THE, THE REVIEW OUTSIDE OF WHAT WE WOULD CONSIDER THE SYSTEM TO SAY, BUT IS THIS ACTUALLY WHAT WE NEED? IS THIS ACTUALLY PENDING ALL OF THE AREAS THAT, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT THE PROVIDERS.

SO, YOU KNOW, VERY SPECIFICALLY IN THE ARKANSAS CORPORATION, IT TALKS ABOUT WHO SHOULD BE ON THIS AND NOBODY'S A PROVIDER.

AND I THINK THAT WAS INTENTIONAL SO THAT IT WAS A DIFFERENT FORCE.

IT'S, YOU KNOW, WE'RE THE HOUSING INDUSTRY, WE'RE IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.

WE'RE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE, YOU'RE ON THE LINE THERE.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE WE HAVE SO MANY KIDS WHO ARE HOMELESS BUT DON'T NEED A HIGH DEFINITION.

RIGHT.

THE, OR A DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEFINITION.

AND, YOU KNOW, LOOK, WE'VE GOT, YOU KNOW, THE VA AGAIN, YOU'RE SORT OF STRADDLING THAT MIND AS WELL, BECAUSE YOU ARE A PROVIDER OF SERVICES ON ONE SENSE, BUT YOU'RE SEEING THE WHOLE VETERAN SYSTEM.

AND SO I THINK THE IDEA WAS TO HAVE THESE OUTSIDE FORCES SAYING, THESE ARE THE EXPERTS AT HOUSING FORWARD.

LIKE THIS IS, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE ON GROUND DOING THAT WORK.

UM, AND, YOU KNOW, NON-PROFIT BOARDS, WHICH, YOU KNOW, I'VE DONE A LOT OF, HAVE A, HAVE A SPECIFIC ROLE IN ADVANCING THAT MISSION.

BUT THIS WAS MEANT TO BE A HIGHER LEVEL, NOT INTO THE WEEDS DIRECTION OF ARE ALL THE AREAS ACTUALLY BEING ADDRESSED.

AND SO I THINK IT, IT'S, IT'S, UM, IMPORTANT THAT THIS WAS THE FIRST ITEM THAT SAID FEDERAL POLICY, LOCAL POLICY.

HOW DO THESE MATCH? AND ARE WE ACTUALLY HITTING, YOU KNOW, OBJECTIVE PROCESSES AND MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXISTING POLICIES? SO YOU COULD IMAGINE THE SCENARIO WHERE HOUSING FORWARD IS VERY FOCUSED

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ON SOMETHING, BUT MAYBE THE INDUSTRY, WHETHER THAT'S REAL ESTATE OR OR POLICING, SAYS, LOOK, WE'RE SEEING SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT NOW.

YOU KNOW, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAS CHANGED MORE THAN HOMELESSNESS.

WELL, IT'S POSSIBLY POLICING .

I MEAN, THE SHIFT OF, IN OUR NATION THAT'S HAPPENED, YOU MAY HAVE SOME THINGS THAT YOU'RE LIKE, WELL, HEY, NOBODY'S REALLY ADDRESSING THIS STANDPOINT.

LIKE, MAYBE POLICE OFFICERS TODAY, UNLIKE IN 2017, SAY, WE, WE REALLY DON'T WANNA BE PART OF THE HOMELESS SOLUTION.

OR WE WANT THIS SLICE OF IT, BUT THEN WE NEED OTHERS TO COME ALONG THIS WAY.

RIGHT? LIKE, WE DIDN'T SIGN UP TO BE SOCIAL WORKERS, WHICH KIND OF, UM, UM, OR HOUSING, YOU KNOW, YOU SAY, YOU KNOW, WE CAN ACTUALLY HELP IN A WHOLE NOTHER WAY THAT'S NOT BEING ADDRESSED, AND HERE'S WHAT WE CAN OFFER.

SO I THINK THAT'S WHY THIS IS, YOU KNOW, REALLY KEY TO THIS WHOLE THING, IS BEING ABLE TO LOOK ON THAT VERY HIGH LEVEL FOR OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THERE'S HOUSING POLICY, UM, OR HOMELESS POLICY THAT'S ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

AND WHAT ARE WE DOING ON THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND ARE WE MISSING ANYTHING? ARE, ARE THERE OTHER, OTHER OPPORTUNITIES? CAN I ASK A, A QUESTION ABOUT THAT, KARA? WHERE I'M THINKING OF, UM, THE OFFICE OF HOMELESS SOLUTIONS BEING ONE OF THE NEWER, UH, CITY, UH, BUILT, UH, OR SORRY, ONE OF THE NEWER ORGANIZATIONS TO THIS SPACE THAT, UM, COMMISSIONER DANIELS WAS MENTIONING THE SHIFT.

DO THEY DO ANY OF THAT KIND OF OUTSIDE OF JUST HOUSING FORWARD? ARE, IS THEIR ROLE, ONE OF THEIR ROLES TO KIND OF SEE THAT OVERVIEW, UM, OF WHAT ARE BEST PRACTICES, WHAT'S BEING MISSED IN OUR LOCAL SYSTEM THAT WE WOULD BE DUPLICATING? UM, BECAUSE IT'S SO NEW, I WOULD SAY ABSOLUTELY.

IT'S NOT HAPPENING.

WHETHER IT SHOULD HAPPEN OR NOT IS ANOTHER STORY.

RIGHT NOW, IT'S VERY RESPONSIVE TO URGENT NEEDS MM-HMM.

.

AND WE HAVE A LOT OF URGENT NEEDS.

AND SO WE'RE, WE'RE REALLY RESPONSIVE TO, HEY, WE'VE GOT PROBLEM DOWN THERE, DOWNTOWN LIBRARY.

HOW ARE WE GONNA ADDRESS THIS? AND COMING UP WITH A DETAILED PLAN, I MEAN, IT'S COMPLICATED.

EVERYTHING WITH HOMELESSNESS IS COMPLICATED.

MM-HMM.

, AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S ONLY A CERTAIN NUMBER OF STAFF MEMBERS OR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DOLLARS.

AND SO THEY'RE VERY, VERY FOCUSED ON THAT.

THEY'RE NOT REALLY LOOKING AT BIG STRATEGY, AND THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE A CAPACITY AT THIS TIME TO DO THAT.

AND I DO THINK THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THIS GROUP WAS CHARGED WITH.

NOW, THERE'S ONE ELEMENT WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT, WHICH YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN IN THE NEWS, IS WE'RE ABOUT TO HAVE A BIG RELEASE OF MAYORS TASK FORCE ON, I DON'T, I'M SORRY, I DON'T KNOW THE ACTUAL IS YOU'RE ON THE, AREN'T.

NO, NO.

UM, ELLEN.

ELLEN.

ELLEN MAGNUS.

ELLEN IS, YES.

SO, UM, I TALKED TO THE MAYOR'S OFFICE THIS MORNING.

OKAY.

THEY WILL HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT PROBABLY THIS WEEK OF WHEN THE DATE IS FOR THE REPORT RELEASE AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, THEY THINK IT'LL BE SOONER THAN LATER, BUT I'M HAPPY TO EMAIL YOU GUYS AS SOON AS I KNOW, WHICH THEY THOUGHT WOULD PROBABLY EVEN BE LATER TODAY, POSSIBLY TOMORROW.

SO WITH THAT, I'M HOPING THAT WE WILL ALIGN, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, THIS WOULD BE A LOCAL PLAN THAT WE COULD ALIGN.

LIKE LET'S SUPPORT THE SUCCESS OF THE CONTINUUM OF CARESS PLAN.

LET'S SUPPORT THE SUCCESS OF, I, I THINK THEY'VE DONE A REALLY DEEP DIVE, UM, AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALL ALIGNED, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO EVALUATE IT WITH FEDERAL GOALS AND WITH OUR LOCAL NEEDS TO SAY, HEY, LET'S SET UP SOME, SOME, SOME ACTUAL RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT WHAT WE THINK KIND OF JUMP OFF OF THAT.

AND THEN SOME OF THE QUESTIONS TOO WOULD BE, UM, BECAUSE WHEN I WAS REREADING ALL THIS STUFF, WHAT REALLY STRUCK ME IS THAT IT IS SO, UM, SERVICE ORIENTED, SO PROVIDER SERVICE PROVIDER ORIENTED, THAT IT WAS VERY DETAILED OF HOW MANY UNITS OF HOUSING, HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN WE IMPACT, HOW MANY KIDS ARE AFFECTED, AND, AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

AND IT REALLY DID NOT ADDRESS THE OVERALL, UM, COORDINATING OF POLICY ACROSS THE BOARD.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT, UH, TO REVIEW THE C O C POLICY FOR THAT LOCAL PIECE, BUT THEN ALSO SEE HOW IT IS SETTING IN WITH BOTH, UH, STATE AND FEDERAL, UM, POLICIES.

ARE THERE, ARE THERE LOCAL POLICIES AT THE COUNTY LEVEL? I MEAN, I'M JUST NOT FAMILIAR.

UM, THAT'S WHERE COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND CITY GOVERNMENT ARE, ARE VERY DIFFERENT IN THAT, UM, WE DO PUBLIC HEALTH, PUBLIC SAFETY IS THE TWO PRIMARY ONES.

AND WE DO HAVE A HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND IT, BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS ACTUALLY, WHERE

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WE WERE JUST, UH, HANDLING VOUCHERS.

SO AS FAR AS, I MEAN, SO IT IT'S JUST DIFFERENT ROLES FOR DIFFERENT ENTITIES.

UM, THAT'S ALSO CHANGED QUITE A BIT.

COULD WE ADD, WHAT IS THAT NUMBER ONE THAT REVIEW ALL FEDERAL AND LOCAL PLANS, JUST THIS, AND TO, TO HAVE AN OUR HOT HANDS, THE POLICY OF THE C O C? BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE'VE HAD REVIEWS FROM THE, THE PLAN OR THE PLAN, UH, THE, THE STRATEGIC PLAN, UM, BECAUSE WE'VE HAD THE PRESENTATIONS FROM THE RAPID REHOUSING MM-HMM.

, UM, CONTINGENT.

AND STILL THAT THE FOCUS ON THAT IS HOW MANY UNITS, HOW MANY PEOPLE, HOW MANY, YOU KNOW, ALL THAT PIECE OF IT, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY BIG, YOU KNOW, BIG PART OF IT, BIG GOAL IS THAT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO.

BUT HOW ABOUT THIS GROUP? SO YEAH, THIS, OH, OKAY.

ASHLEY, I THINK DAN HAS, OH, DAN, WELL, I, I, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT IN LOOKING AT THE ARTICLES, AND YOU LOOK AT C AND D AND IT SEEMS TO BE A BROAD STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES THAT, UM, THAT THIS PARTICULAR INTERVIEW IS GOING TO COORDINATE ALL OF THE OTHER'S, ALMOST ACTIVE.

ONE READING OF THIS IS THAT THEY ALL REPORT TO US, OR THAT WE SOMEHOW GIVE DIRECTION TO, TO ALL OF THEM.

THEY SAY, IT WAS NOT MY ORIGINAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE.

IT, IT MAY BE THAT YOU READ THIS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY TO BE SORT OF LIKE A, A CONSULTANT OR ADVISOR TO LIKE LOOKING FOR THE GAPS AND, YOU KNOW, UH, AND THEN ASKING THE DIFFERENT ENTITIES TO COORDINATE.

BUT WHEN YOU, UM, WHEN YOU READ ONE C, IT SAYS COORDINATE HOMELESS EFFORTS AMONG THE ENTITIES REPRESENTED ON THE CORPORATION'S BOARD TO INCREASE SUFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS.

HOLD ACCOUNTABLE.

THIS IS D HOLD ACCOUNTABLE ENTITIES REPRESENTED ON THE BOARD THAT HISTORICALLY, HOW DO YOU HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE? RIGHT? I MEAN, IT'S, IT'S, IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY REPORT TO US, BUT WE KNOW THAT'S NOT, I THINK IT'S THIS BOARD THOUGH, THE CORPORATIONS BOARD, RIGHT? HOLD ACCOUNTABLE ENTITIES REPRESENTED ON THE CORPORATION.

IT WAS WRITTEN VERY BROADLY.

BUT THEN THERE'S ALSO A REALITY I THINK EVERYBODY'S SITTING AROUND THIS TABLE OF, AND I THINK IT WAS PERCEIVED, YOU KNOW, YOU MAY HAVE SOME IDEAS BECAUSE, AND, AND CAROL BEING TWO OF THE PEOPLE WHO HERE VERY EARLY ON, UM, THERE IS NO WAY THAT THERE IS GONNA BE ONE GROUP THAT IS GONNA TELL ANY OF THE GROUPS INVOLVED, YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS AND YOU'RE DOING THIS WRONG.

I MEAN, THAT'S, IT'S, WELL, WHAT, WHAT I, THAT'S WHY I, I SAY THAT'S MUCH WRITTEN DOWN.

IS IT, IT HAS, IT HAS THE LANGUAGE THAT IS PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE WOULD READ THAT TO, TO IMPLY THAT EVERYBODY REPORTS TO THIS ORGANIZATION.

AND WE KNOW IN REALITY THAT IS NOT THE WAY IT WORKS, AND IT'S NOT THE WAY IT'S GOING TO WORK.

SO, SO THE OTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT, I THINK, IS TO KIND OF HAVE US ASSESS THE UNIVERSE OF WHAT'S GOING, GOING ON IN THE, IN THE DALLAS AREA WITH RESPECT TO HOMELESSNESS, AND THEN TRY TO SUGGEST WAYS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER BETTER.

BUT I, BUT I, IT DOESN'T, DESPITE WHAT'S IN HERE, IT DOESN'T SOUND TO ME LIKE WE GET TO ORDER PEOPLE AROUND AND HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

SO, SO, UM, SO I, SO I, I THINK THE ARTICLES NEED TO BE VIEWED IN A, YOU KNOW, IN A, IN A MORE, IN A SOFTER WAY THAT WE, WE NEED TO FIND, FIND WAYS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER, MAKE SUGGESTIONS, LOOK FOR THE GAPS.

AND SO, SO CAN I JUST SAY, I THINK THE WHOLE DEC ACCOUNT WASN'T, UM, TO PENALIZE THEM OR WHATEVER, BUT IT WAS WHEN AN ORGANIZATION MIGHT SAY, WE WILL, AND, AND I'LL JUST SAY, YOU ALL KNOW THIS, THAT MANY TIMES, THE FORMER METRO DALLAS HOMELESS LINES WOULD SAY, WE ARE GONNA END HOMELESSNESS BY 2010.

WE'RE GONNA END HOMELESSNESS BY 2015.

WE'RE GONNA, AND THEY WOULD KEEP MAKING THESE BROAD STATEMENTS, BUT THEN THEY WOULDN'T DO IT.

OR, I MEAN, I STOOD AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN 2019 SAYING WE WERE GONNA END HOMELESSNESS FOR VETERANS BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

WE DIDN'T.

SO I THINK THAT'S THE KIND OF HOLD ACCOUNTABLE.

AND THE ITEM OF I HAVE PREPARE AN ANNUAL WRITTEN REPORT WOULD PROBABLY BE HOW YOU HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

IF YOU SAY, THIS WAS THE GOAL, THIS IS WHAT WAS SAID WOULD HAPPEN, THIS IS WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

AND THERE MIGHT BE A VERY GOOD REASON WHY IT HAPPENED.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE, I BELIEVE, WAS IN FEBRUARY 29, UH, 20, SORRY, I THINK IT WAS IN 2020.

IT WAS IN FEBRUARY, 2020.

MARCH, 2019.

2019.

SO THAT, THAT'S, I WOULD, I WOULD READ IT.

I, I MEAN, GIVEN THE PRACTICALITIES OF THE SITUATION,

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I WOULD INTERPRET IT THE WAY YOU ARE INTERPRETING IT.

BUT IT, IT DOES HAVE THIS, THIS BROADER SENSE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE, WE NEED TO SORT OF ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'RE NOT LITERALLY, WELL, WE'RE NOT COORDINATING EVERYBODY, RIGHT? WE'RE NOT, UM, WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER WITH EVERYBODY, BUT WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT GIVING OUT ORDERS.

YOU HAVE A COMMENT? I, SO I THINK WHAT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO ME, BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT DOES THIS COMMISSION DO? I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS.

AND SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT.

I DON'T KNOW.

YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA NOW, IF THEY'RE GONNA READ ALL I, THIS, ACTUALLY, THIS CONVERSATION HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY HELPFUL BECAUSE WHAT LANE AND WHICH LANE DO WE DO WE SERVE, RIGHT? BECAUSE HOMELESSNESS IS HUGE.

IT'S COMPLEX.

IT'S NOT SOLVED BY ONE AGENCY OR ONE COMMISSIONER OR ONE GROUP, RIGHT? SO HOW ARE WE ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S SLIGHT OVERLAP SO THAT THERE'S COORDINATION, BUT NOT DUPLICATION OF EFFORT.

RIGHT.

SO WHAT WOULD BE REALLY HELPFUL TO ME IS TO UNDERSTAND THIS, THE MISSION OF THIS PARTNERSHIP AND WHAT IS THE LANE IN WHICH WE PLAY.

AND I MAYBE FOR THE NEW MEMBER, AND EVEN KEN, YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT.

YES.

I THINK THAT WOULD HELP US MM-HMM.

OVER ARTICLE OF PROBATION.

COULD YOU WRITE, WHAT DOES THIS GROUP DO? MAYBE ALICE, BEFORE WE END, WE CAN ANSWER THAT.

READ THE FIRST SENTENCE.

CORPORATION IS ORGANIZED FOR THE PURPOSE OF AIDING, ASSISTING AND ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE CITY AND THE COUNTY TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOVERNMENTAL PURPOSE AND TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES, POLICIES, PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS AND TO ADVISE THE ENTITIES REPRESENTED BY THE BOARD MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE TEXAS 600, DALLAS CITY AND COUNTY IRVING CONTINUED CARE.

THAT'S A LONG SENTENCE.

AND THE LEAD AGENCY, C O C, BECAUSE I THINK THAT OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LOT OF DEFINITIONAL THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, PROVIDES THE, THE, THE MEAT TO THE BONES.

DOES THAT, DOES THAT HELP IN ANY WAY? I JUST PERSONALLY, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DID WHEN WE RECONSTITUTE OUR ORGANIZATION WAS TO COME UP WITH A MISSION STATEMENT THAT THAT DOESN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF'S NOT ENTITLED MISSION STATEMENT.

RIGHT.

I THINK THIS IS WHY, WHY ARE WE, SHOULD WE PUT THAT UP THERE? MISSION STATEMENT.

UH, I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF RESPOND BACK TO, AGAIN, WITH THE CREATION OF THIS.

SO KARA, WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LIKE THESE FOLKS BEING SYSTEMS LEADERS SITTING AROUND THIS TABLE, THAT DOESN'T EXIST.

SO THAT'S NOT ENTIRELY TRUE ANYMORE.

IT WAS TRUE IN 2017.

THE C O C BOARD DID NOT EXIST.

THE C O C BOARD DOES EXIST NOW, AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE ENTITIES HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE AT THAT TABLE.

PLUS SOME, WE HAVE 32 DESIGNATED SEATS TO REPRESENT ALL THE DALLAS AND COLLIN COUNTY SYSTEM LEADERS AT THE C O C BOARD.

THE C O C BOARD IS CHARGED BY HUD, IT'S FEDERAL LAW THAT THE C O C BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING THE POLICIES AND PRIORITIES FOR ENDING HOMELESSNESS AND DRIVING STRATEGIES TO DO THAT.

SO I THINK WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION, THEY SAY WHAT THE C O C BOARD DOES THAT WE REALLY NEED TO ASK OURSELVES, LIKE, HOW DO WE NOT DUPLICATE WHAT THE C O C BOARD IS DOING? AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT LIKE REVISING ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OR REVISING THE BYLAWS, BUT TO ME IT SOUNDS LIKE THAT'S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN HERE.

AND WE NEED TO DETERMINE TODAY WHAT OUR MISSION IS GONNA BE SO THAT WE AREN'T DUPLICATING WHAT'S ALREADY HAPPENING.

RIGHT.

THIS BOARD IS NEVER GONNA HOLD THE C O C AND, AND HOUSING FORWARD, AND THE CITY AND THE COUNTY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT, BECAUSE THAT'S THE C O C BOARD'S JOB FEDERALLY DESIGNATED.

AND THAT'S WHY IS I, I CAN'T READ, IT'S TOO FAR AWAY, BUT IS THERE, UM, A REVIEW OF THE C C STRATEGIC PLAN? IS THAT OKAY, REVIEW FEDERAL AND PUBLIC AND THE C O C BOARD AND HOUSE BOARD ARE REVIEWING ALL OF THOSE FEDERAL PLANS, RIGHT? THAT EXIST TO INCORPORATE INTO SETTING PRIORITIES ANNUALLY ONGOING PROCESS.

BECAUSE THOSE WOULD BE THE, THE MARCHING ORDERS FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS SPACE, RIGHT? THE FEDERAL, LIKE THE FEDERAL ENTITY'S USAGE, AND HUD SET THE PRIORITIES AT A FEDERAL LEVEL.

THE C O C IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEN SETTING THE PRIORITIES AT A LOCAL LEVEL.

AND HOUSING FORWARD IS RESPONSIBLE THEN FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN ACROSS THE CONTINUUM.

SO THEY HELP IN LIKE COLLECTIVE IMPACT STYLE, PULL EVERYBODY TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ALL MARCHING IN THE SAME DIRECTION TO END HOMELESSNESS.

SO THOSE ARE FEDERALLY MANDATED FOR HUD FUNDING.

BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT HUD FUNDING, THIS IS ABOUT OUR REGION.

RIGHT.

AND ABOUT SOLVING IT.

AND I KNOW YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN, IN REDOING THE BYLAWS IN OUR LEGAL CORPORATION, BUT WE'RE NOT EVEN FOLLOWING WHAT IT IS TODAY.

AND I WAS HOPING OUR GOAL WOULD BE TO TAKE WHAT'S IN HERE AND MAP IT OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW AND ARE FOLLOWING THIS.

AND THEN IF WE WANNA SET UP A COMMITTEE THAT CAN START LOOKING AT

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REVISIONS TO THE BYLAWS OR CORPORATION, WE CAN DO THAT.

THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER PROCESS.

AND I KNOW I'VE DONE THAT WITH ORGANIZATIONS.

IT'S GENERALLY A YEAR LONG PROCESS.

IT'S LIKE THE REVIEW IS THAT FIRST STEP, BUT FIRST MAKING SURE WE'RE ACTUALLY DOING WHAT'S IN HERE.

AND THAT MAKES SENSE.

AND SO, LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE JUMPED AHEAD TO A COUPLE THINGS, BUT LIKE RAISING CAPITAL, THIS GROUP DOESN'T RAISE ANY MONEY YET.

RIGHT.

BUT THE C O C DOESN'T JUST COORDINATE HUD DOLLARS.

THAT'S WHAT, LIKE, YOU'RE, YOU'RE FOCUSED ON THE HUD DOLLARS.

AND C O C DOESN'T JUST HELP COORDINATE HUD DOLLARS.

THEY COORDINATE ALL THE DOLLARS THAT ARE GOING INTO THE HOME SYSTEM.

THEY WORK WITH THE CITIES ON EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS, GRANTS HOMES, GRANTS, THOSE GRANTS, BUT THEY'RE ALSO WORKING WITH ALL THE ENTITIES ON PRIVATE DOLLARS.

AND THEY BRING IN MILLION DOLLAR GRANTS FROM THE BASALS FOUNDATION AND HELP THE COMMUNITY.

THE C M C PUT TOGETHER A DIVERSION PROCESS THAT USES THOSE DOLLARS TO HELP MEET OUR GOALS.

SO THEY'RE BRINGING TOGETHER ALL OF THE FUNDING STREAMS. THEY'RE NOT APPLYING FOR ALL OF THE FUNDING STREAMS, BUT THEY'RE BRINGING TOGETHER ALL OF THE FUNDING STREAMS BY WORKING WITH THE ENTITIES TO MAKE SURE THIS CONVERSATION IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF OUR GOALS.

THE NEED TO REVIEW WHAT THAT STRATEGIC PLAN IS SO THAT ALL OF US HAVE A BETTER IDEA ON SPECIFICALLY, YOU KNOW, IF SAY HERE WHAT I DO HERE.

YEAH.

MM-HMM.

.

SO AGAIN, SOMEBODY COMING UP FROM THE, THE OUTSIDE MM-HMM.

IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT REALM.

UM, AND LOOKING AT THIS VERY SIMPLY, THE, OUR JOB IS TO ADVISE.

AND THE REASON WE ARE ASKED ADVISE IS BECAUSE THE CITY OF DALLAS AND DALLAS COUNTY PUT MONEY INTO A SYSTEM, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ADVISING ON.

SO THAT'S WHAT THIS BOARD IS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR.

AND THAT'S A, THAT'S A VERY BROAD SYSTEM.

CORRECT.

PUTTING MONEY IN THE SYSTEM.

IT'S NOT JUST THE UM, UH, UH, UH, UH, HOUSING FRAUD.

C C O C.

YEAH.

NO, THE UH, UH, THE $72 MILLION.

YEAH.

AND I'M TRYING, I'M TRYING TO NARROW THAT DOWN TO, TO THAT, BUT THAT'S KIND OF THE WHOLE PURPOSE IS DALLAS, CITY OF DALLAS AND DALLAS COUNTY PUT MONEY INTO IT AND THEY WANTED A BOARD TO ADVISE THE PEOPLE THAT WERE GIVEN MONEY TO.

CORRECT.

WELL, THERE WERE ALSO A NUMBER OF ENTITIES THAT WISH TO, UM, PARTICIPATE IN A SOLUTION FOR HOMELESSNESS, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A SOLUTION.

SO, UM, THERE'S A LARGE CORPORATION IN TOWN THAT HAS SAID TO ME, HEY, WE'D BE WILLING TO GIVE PROPERTY, MAYBE A BUILDING, DO WHATEVER.

WE DON'T HAVE A NONPROFIT PARTICULARLY WE WANNA GIVE IT TO, BUT WE MIGHT DO IT TO THIS ORGANIZATION.

THE C O C I DON'T BELIEVE CAN HOLD PROPERTY.

I DON'T BELIEVE THEY CAN.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEIR CHARGE ISN'T TO GO OUT AND FUNDRAISE, THINK HOUSING FORWARD DOES GO OUT AND FUNDRAISE, ALTHOUGH MM-HMM.

MM-HMM.

ORIGINALLY WHEN IT WAS SET UP, IT'S THAT IT WOULD NEVER COME RAISED AGAINST ALL THE NONPROFITS THAT WAS PART OF THE M D A DEAL.

I DON'T KNOW WHEN IT CAME OUT BEFORE THAT CHANGE, BUT, UM, BUT THIS GROUP WAS SPECIFICALLY MEANT TO ADD DOLLARS INTO THE SYSTEM BECAUSE THE NONPROFITS ARE ALL SEEKING THE SAME WEALTHY EVENT DONORS.

I MEAN IT'S, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE BIT OF A HUNDRED GAMES GONE.

AND THIS WAS MEANT TO SAY, WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT THIS IN A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT WAY.

WE CAN ISSUE DEBT.

I DON'T THINK ANY OTHER GROUP HAS THAT ABILITY TO DO THAT AND FRANKLY CAN TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE POLITICAL PROBLEMS THAT COME WITH HOMELESS SOLUTIONS.

SO I WAS TELLING SOME OF THE FOLKS YESTERDAY THAT THERE'S A COUNCIL MEMBER WHO TOLD ME THAT THIS PERSON WOULD BE WILLING TO HAVE, UM, A HOMELESS SHELTER IN THE DISTRICT, BUT FEELS LIKE THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF POLITICAL BACKLASH.

AND WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR THIS GROUP TO BRING IT FORWARD SO THAT PERSON DOESN'T HAVE TO VOTE ON IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE INVOLVED.

RIGHT.

SO IT SORT OF TAKES THE POLITICAL SIDE.

AND I SAID, WELL, WE'D STILL HAVE TO COME TO YOU 'CAUSE THE DEBT, THE CITY OF THE COUNTY HAVE TO APPROVE.

DOESN'T MEAN WE'D SAY WHAT THE PROGRAM IS.

I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW, THIS IS WHERE STEVE'S GONNA GET INVOLVED.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD HAVE TO NOTIFY THE CITY AND COUNTY WITH THE DEBT ISSUANCE.

AND HOW THAT WORKED IS NOT PARTICULARLY SPELLED OUT HERE.

BUT LET'S JUST SAY WE WERE GONNA DO A PROGRAM OF, YOU KNOW, TINY HOUSES OR, I MEAN, I'M NOT, I'M NOT ADVOCATING FOR ANY PROGRAM, BUT LET'S JUST SAY IT WAS THAT.

THEN WE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE TO SPECIFY WHERE IT IS.

THE CITY WOULD SAY, YEAH, WE'RE INTERESTED IN THAT PROGRAM.

THE COUNTY SAY, YEAH, WE'RE INTERESTED IN THAT PROGRAM.

YOU CAN ISSUE THIS DEBT.

AND THEN WHAT? WELL, YOU MIGHT NEED A CONTRACT STAFF PERSON, WHICH WE'RE ALLOWED TO HAVE, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME YOU GUYS HAVE, BUT PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH.

BUT THIS COUNCIL MEMBER NOW COULD GET SOMETHING THAT THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN AND SUPPORT, BUT DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE POLITICAL REPERCUSSIONS.

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AND I'M SORRY, YOU'RE DEALING WITH CITY AND COUNTY.

THERE ARE POLITICAL DYNAMICS INVOLVED.

THE ONE, THE ONE, UH, THE ONE KIND OF QUESTION, 'CAUSE I THINK A, ASHLEY AND I HAVE TALKED BEFORE, YOU KNOW, A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT THIS KIND OF GETTING UP TO SPEED ON HOW EVERYTHING WAS WORKING.

'CAUSE I DO THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE DYNAMIC TODAY IS NOT THE DYNAMIC THAT CREATED THESE STOCKS.

AND, AND THERE ARE NEW ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT EXIST.

THE, THE, THE GAP, AT LEAST I SEE FROM A, A STRATEGIC SIDE IS THAT THE C O C, THE, THE C O C BOARD, WHICH IS MOSTLY, NOT ENTIRELY, BUT MOSTLY THE SERVICE PROVIDERS.

NO, THAT'S NOT MOSTLY.

SO WHAT ELSE ARE, THERE'S ONLY TWO SERVICE PROVIDERS ON THE BOARD.

THERE'S NO SERVICE PROVIDERS.

TWO, THERE'S TWO.

SO THE OTHER ONES ARE WHO? THE SYSTEMS LEADERS.

ALL THE SYSTEMS LEADERS.

SO THE QUESTION I HAVE, I GUESS IS, ARE THE, IS THE C O C BOARD THOUGH, UM, IS THERE ANY SORT OF, CONFLICT IS NOT THE RIGHT TERM, BUT IS THERE A SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE WHERE THE C O C BOARD IS GOING, IF THINGS AREN'T GOING WELL, IS ARE PEOPLE ON THAT BOARD INDEPENDENT ENOUGH OR NON-POLITICAL ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO SAY LIKE, THIS IS NOT WORKING.

AND IT'S, I'M JUST WONDERING IS, IS THIS BOARD ABLE TO AT LEAST LOOK AT THESE THINGS IN A WAY THAT THE C O C BOARD THEMSELVES CANNOT LOOK AT IT AND I DON'T KNOW.

YEAH, I WOULD SAY YES.

THEY'RE INDEPENDENT ENOUGH TO DO THAT.

THAT'S THEIR ROLE.

I MEAN, THEY, THE, THE CONTRACTS BETWEEN THE C O C BOARD AND HOUSING FORWARD IS SIMPLY THAT.

IT'S A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.

SO IT IS THE C'S ROLE TO HOLD HOUSING FORWARD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

AND CAROL CAROL'S OUR NEW CHAIR OF THE C O C BOARD, SO SHE, YOU CAN CHIME IN TOO.

BUT I WOULD SAY THAT'S THE, THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE BOARD IS TO HOLD EVERYBODY ACCOUNTABLE AND TO STOP THINGS WHEN THEY'RE GOING AWRY AND CHANGE STRATEGIES IF NEEDED.

AND I THINK THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE THE INDEPENDENCE COMES FROM, IS OUR EXPECTATION IS THINGS ARE GOING TO RUN WELL.

SO THE EXPECTATION, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S NOT, THEN IT'S ON US TO SAY THIS ISN'T GOING WELL, THIS ISN'T GOING RIGHT.

SO THAT'S HOW, HOW TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ALIGNED WITH THAT.

COULD I MAKE A COMMENT THEN OF JUST WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SO FAR AND LOOKING AT THE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE WHOLE LONG LIST OF, OF ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE ARTICLE FOUR, BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THERE ARE THREE PIECES THAT ARE COMING FORWARD AS FIRST STEPS.

THE ONE WOULD BE THE REVIEWING POLICIES, INCLUDING THE C O C, UM, STRATEGIC PLAN.

THE SECOND ONE MIGHT BE TO, UM, REVIEW FUNDING SOURCES.

BECAUSE ONE OF THE REASONS I'M POSSIBLE FAR ENTITY IS THAT OUR ABILITY TO RAISE MONEY, AND MOST ENTITIES DO NOT HAVE THAT.

UM, AND