Tag Archives: Austin City Council Health and Human Services Committee

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

ARCH prepares to improve results by serving fewer clients

As of April 1, the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless is moving forward with a renewed 18-month contract with Front Steps Inc. to redesign its services to have better focus on individual clients and improve efficiency.Vella Karman, manager of…

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

‘Speed cushions’ hit Health and Human Services Committee

Though the program that brings new speed cushions to Austin is currently in a holding pattern, the City Council Health and Human Services Committee received an update regarding traffic calming devices at its meeting last Wednesday afternoon.Chair Ora Houston said…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

City contemplates restaurant inspection changes

Austin may change how it inspects restaurants in the city, and City Council members are taking a look at how the change could impact the bottom line for some local businesses.Don Hastings, who is the assistant director of the Environmental…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Nonprofits ready to assist with open enrollment

Today is the first day of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Two Austin nonprofits are ready to help anyone needing assistance with the sometimes confusing process of getting health insurance. This year participants will have…

Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Spay and neuter proposal continues to simmer

The City Council Health and Human Services Committee took a look at the results of a survey on Tuesday that asked whether a spay/neuter initiative could help reduce animal intake for local shelters, but it is holding off on a…

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Tough choices ahead on human services spending

After hearing from the Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday about the community’s many needs, several City Council members had questions, but only Council Member Delia Garza said she would like to add to the upcoming budget the $8.3…

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

No big changes to mosquito protocol, says city

Despite two confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus Zika in Travis County, the city of Austin says it will not make any big changes to its mosquito-control strategy as the warm season begins – a time ripe for insect breeding.“We…

Monday, January 25, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Committee pushes for regular HHS budget increase

City Council’s Health and Human Services Committee is asking City Manager Marc Ott to consider an annual increase of at least 3 percent for the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s budget.The move comes after Council increased the department’s…

Friday, January 15, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Council to soon consider public restrooms downtown

Everyone has to use the restroom, but sometimes it can be frustrating to find somewhere to go, especially if you are in downtown Austin.To help alleviate this problem, the City Council’s Health and Human Services Committee has directed the Office…

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Mandatory pet sterilization not recommended to help reduce number of animals in shelters

Austin animal owners should not be forced to spay or neuter their animals, said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond in a briefing before the City Council Health and Human Services Committee.The presentation, which comes just as Austin is about to…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Health committee discusses new spending plans

Before adopting the city’s proposed budget in September, City Council added more than $6.5 million in spending for health, human services, social services and quality of life programs. With the new fiscal year in full swing, Shannon Jones, director of…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Two groups disclaim anti-fluoride email

David Foster, state director of the environmental nonprofit group Clean Water Action, was surprised and somewhat concerned Tuesday when he received two emails from friends asking whether his organization was suddenly opposed to fluoridated drinking water.The Public Utilities Committee of…

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Barbecue smoke debate takes new shape

While it did not take action on a set of proposed barbecue smoke regulations Monday, the City Council Health and Human Services Committee made it clear that it hopes to find a way to help residents impacted by smoke without…

Monday, December 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

HHS panel studies how HB2 affects Austinites

Last week, the Council Public Health and Human Services Committee took a closer look at the local impacts of Texas House Bill 2. After local outcry and international attention last year, the bill passed during a special session of the…

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Central Health board reappointment stirs passions

The reappointment of Katrina Daniel to the Central Health board of managers turned unexpectedly heated at last week’s Council Public Health and Human Services Committee meeting.Ultimately, committee members unanimously recommended Daniel’s reappointment. The full City Council will consider the nomination…

Monday, November 3, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Groups call city social service contracts inadequate

Organizations that provide crucial community needs will walk away from Austin’s newly altered competitive process for assigning next year’s social services contracts without the funding they want, members of the City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee said Friday.Members…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel

Council to finally get controversial coyote plan

A new coyote management policy will be brought to the Austin City Council in November, following a nine-month-long and somewhat controversial process. The policy was most recently before City Council’s Public Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday.In 2013, some…

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Panel narrows social services funding to 4 options

The difficult decisions continued Monday for the Council Public Health and Human Services Committee, which is in the process of dividing a very limited amount of money among numerous social service agencies seeking funding from the city for FY 2016.The…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Mark Richardson

HHS panel wants more information from agencies

Members of the Council Health and Human Services committee heard from more than a dozen representatives of social service agencies Monday during a called meeting that was a continuation of the panel’s regular meeting last week.A number of social service…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Social service contract process causes ruckus

Once again, the awarding of social service contracts by the city is shaping up to be a contentious issue. Though the scoring of contracts has been modified, the changes have not kept some big names from being left out.“We realize…

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