Central Austin Edition - September 2021

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Joseph Chacon nominated as newpolice chief

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Travis County commissioners voted to allocate $110 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to combat homelessness. The federal plan is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its eect on the U.S. economy.

BY BEN THOMPSON

Brian Manley’s retirement. He has been with APD for over 20 years. “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped us reach this important

AUSTIN Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon will become the chief of police, pending council approval, the city announced Sept. 22. City Manager Spencer Cronk selected Chacon for the role. Council is set to vote on the nomination Sept. 30. Chacon was one of three nalists for the job. The other candidates came from outside the department: Avery L. Moore, assistant chief at the Dallas Police Department, and Emada E. Tingirides, deputy chief at the Los Angeles Police Department. “I am extremely excited and humbled by this amazing opportunity,” Chacon said in a press release. “Austin PD is at a critical juncture, and I am honored that the city manager is showing the trust in me to lead this amazing organization. I will be engaging our department employees and our community to make sure we are moving forward in the best way possible.” In March, Chacon took on the interim role following former Chief

$110M IN AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDS

$6.5M for Juniper Creek Apartments

$50M for Burleson Village

$3M for Camp Esperanza

$500K TBD

$50M for Travis County Supportive Housing Collaborative

Joseph Chacon

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County commits $110million to housing

decision for our community,” Cronk said. “After hearing from so many of you, and following an extensive and rigorous recruitment process, I’m condent interim Chief Joseph Chacon is the right person to lead our city’s police department to achieve results, build trust and transparency, and accomplish equitable public safety outcomes for all Austin residents and visitors.” Ahead of his potential conrmation as Austin’s next police chief, interim Chief Joseph Chacon said he is looking to take on the top cop job with a focus on improving community relationships, internal stability and recruitment.

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

Care, LifeWorks and SAFE Alliance. The collaborative will build housing across Travis County, for around 1,000 people who were formerly homeless or earn less than the area median income. Another $50 million will go to Burleson Village to house around 700 residents. Burleson Village is a project from Foundation Communities, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Community First Village. The remaining funding will go toward the state-funded encampment Camp Esperanza and other projects.

TRAVIS COUNTY Commissioners voted Sept. 14 to allocate $110 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to fund about 2,000 area aordable housing units. The $110 million is around 44% of Travis County’s more than $247 million from the ARPA. Of this, the county will earmark $50 million for the Travis County Supportive Housing Collaborative, a partnership between the Austin Area Urban League, A New Entry, Caritas, Family Eldercare, Integral

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