Census Magazine 2020

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This is the March and April Haca Census Magazine Covers which we send out to over 1,000 residents via Facebook and Constant Contact. This type of engagement does not just contact our direct housing residents but also engages residents in the entire census tract. The covers and the contents are created by the Volunteer residents who mostly had no experience creating magazines or engaging residents via online or social media platforms.

Bringing Healthcare Home.. Even During a Pandemic

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“I don’t want to end this conversation pretending that our work is race neutral, because it’s not,” said Rodolfo Rodríguez, director of the health & wellness ecosystem at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).

Book: Smart Cities in Application

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Smart Cities in Application, explores categories of applications and driving factors surrounding the Smart City phenomenon. The contributing authors provide perspective on the Smart Cities, covering numerous applications and classes of applications. The book uses a top-down exploration of the driving factors in Smart Cities, by including focal areas including “Smart Healthcare,” “Public Safety & Policy Issues,” and “Science, Technology, & Innovation.”  Contributors have direct and substantive experience with important aspects of Smart Cities and discuss issues with technologies & … Read More

Austin Forum Program Helps Level the Playing Field for Expectant Mothers

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“Giving birth five times naturally in the hospital, I saw a wide range of care. Some good, some not so good.” Chante Wright-Haywood is determined to ensure new mothers understand all their options so they can make the right choices for their children – from pain medication to nutrition – for families who don’t have basic medical information. “I’ve seen a nurse’s personal and cultural preferences prevent new mothers from making their own choices,” she says. To become a midwife, … Read More

Disrupting Food Insecurity

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An estimated 40 million Americans—including 12.5 million children—struggle with food insecurity, meaning they can’t afford an adequate diet. Federal nutrition programs and charitable meals make up the first line of defense, but solving this challenge will require communities to go beyond food to disrupt the root causes of economic distress.This dashboard equips counties with data about their food insecurity levels and related risk factors, identifies cross-cutting opportunities for intervention, and groups counties by shared challenges. Dive into your county’s data and explore … Read More

Mobility Ambassadors

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Mobility Ambassadors are public and subsidized housing residents paid a stipend or hourly rate to teach low-income residents to navigate digitally-powered transportation, engage City officials on our community’s most pressing transportation issues and advocate for partnerships with impact. In 2018-19, Mobility Ambassadors learned to use multiple smart transportation tools and to conduct digital transit adventures, surveyed 240 public housing families about more than 1,000 trips, and hosted 15 events to reach 5,200 Austin residents with safe roads and life-saving transit … Read More

Connecting Economic Mobility Practitioners in Online Community

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The Center for Applied Public Research, has launched a pilot program connecting public sector employees across the country around the topic of economic mobility. The Economic Mobility Policy Forum, the first of its kind, kicked off this month with two webinars led by Policy Fellows, competitively chosen public sector leaders who have demonstrated in-the-field success. Topics discussed included gentrification, food systems, housing, education, and attempts to leverage technology and data to help low-income people. “It’s great to have so many … Read More

Smart Work Learn Play – Participatory Smart City Innovation and Digital Inclusion in Public and Subsidized Housing

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Publisher: Global City Teams ChallengeSmart Work Learn Play, initiated by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA), with support from Next Century Cities, the Transit Empowerment Fund and the City of Austin’s Digital Inclusion and Transportation departments, aims to ensure that the design, deployment and use of smart cities technologies are inclusive and equitable. The program hires HACA-resident Smart City Ambassadors to work local government and corporate partners to: 1) teach HACA residents how to use digitally-enabled education, ... Read More

Code for America Annual Summit: Keynote

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Let’s talk about public-private partnerships, sustainability, metrics, smart cities and funding! Eager to hear about your most successful digital inclusion programming – from branding, promoting, monitoring and measuring results. Catherine began her career in the semiconductor industry, focused on public private research partnerships aimed at giving the U.S. a global competitive advantage. She’s played an active role in building the Unlocking the Connection program, a first-of-its-kind initiative to bring Internet connectivity and know how to every public housing authority resident … Read More

Got Extra Devices? Donate Them to Austin Pathways

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Publisher: The Austin Forum“Technology is now fundamental to most every aspect of society, enabling almost everything we do…” — Jay Boisseau, Austin Forum Founder and Director How smart can a city be if some of its residents aren’t connected? Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) residents aspire to participate in Austin’s smart city — but lack of access to devices and digital literacy can keep families from achieving their dreams of education, gig economy and other jobs, and ... Read More

Lyft Unleashes Its Own Fleet Of Scooters To The Austin Mix

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Because, as you might (or might not) agree, Austin needs more dockless electric scooters on city roads and sidewalks, ride share firm Lyft added to the wheeled fleet with its own version of the contraptions, company officials announced Tuesday.For further details on Lyft’s Scooters in Austin, including how to get started, how and where to ride, Austin’s traffic laws, and where to park your scooter, Lyft’s blog post is accessible HERE. Potential riders also are encouraged to check out Lyft … Read More

Lyft expands its scooter service to Austin

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Lyft continues to expand its scooter service, announcing today that it’s now available in Austin, Texas. This is the the fifth region where Lyft has deployed its scooters and its first launch in Texas. While the company struck out earlier this year when it tried to get a permit to operate in San Francisco, it has since launched its scooter service in Denver, Santa Monica, Washington, DC and, as of yesterday, Arlington. Lyft said that it has teamed up with multiple Austin organizations

Digital Inclusion Program Helps Older And Low-Income Austinites Catch Up With Technology

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Jan Morgan used to think smartphones were for young people. “I didn’t want a phone smarter than me,” she joked. She refused to get one. Instead the 66-year-old bought flip phones and pre-paid phone cards. Thirty-three phones later, a store clerk pointed out that she didn’t have to buy a new phone to get more minutes. That was around the time she signed up for a computer class at her Lakeside apartment building. The classes are offered by the Austin Housing … Read More

Comcast offers low-cost internet program to veterans

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Publisher: SMARTCITIESDIVEDive Brief: Comcast has expanded its Internet Essentials broadband adoption program to the more than 1 million low-income veterans who live in its service area, the company announced Monday. The Internet Essentials program is in its seventh year of providing broadband access to low-income families. According to a progress report released Monday, the company has connected more than 6 million Americans — 2 million in the last year alone — through Internet Essentials, which provides low-cost internet and digital literacy training. The company cites figures ... Read More