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. View MagazineView April's Magazine

Social Determinants of Health: The Community Impact of Hospitals

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Publisher: Texas Hospitals MagazineHospitals see value in addressing social determinants of health to improve the well-being of their communities. A concept known as social determinants of health, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play [that] affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes,” is becoming a vital part of mainstream health care. But to achieve sustainable success in addressing Social determinants of health, experts say ... Read More

Bringing Healthcare Home.. Even During a Pandemic

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Publisher: The Austin CommonThe Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) has partnered with Dell Medical School to provide holistic health care opportunities to its residents, even during the pandemic. “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). Read More

Meet Our Matching Funds Donor: Rex Jones

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Thank you Rex Jones & AMP Management for supporting the vision HACA staff have to send first generation scholars to school on an Austin Pathways scholarship! It's hump day & HACA Amplify Austin Pathways employee fundraisers get a surprise! "It's easy to make a donation. What you do, being on the front lines is the hard part." Thank you Rex Jones & AMP Management for supporting the vision HACA staff have to send first generation scholars to school on an … Read More

Book: Smart Cities in Application

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Publisher: SpringerSmart 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’s Digital Inclusion Program

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Publisher: Texas ComptrollerAustin considers itself the tech hub of Texas — so much so that it has embraced the nickname “Silicon Hills.” U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked it as one of the nation’s best places to live. So it would be logical to assume its residents lead the nation in digital inclusion. But that assumption would be incorrect. Much work remains to be done to ensure digital inclusion for the city’s population, with the opportunity to access the internet ... 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

Broadband for America’s Future

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Publisher: Benton Institute for Broadband & SocietyConnecting our entire nation through High-Performance Broadband will bring remarkable economic, social, cultural, and personal benefits. Open, affordable, robust broadband is the key to all of us reaching for - and achieving - the American Dream. Read More

Disrupting Food Insecurity

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Publisher: Urban Institute Tapping data for strategies that tackle the root causes: A report of the Urban Institute was informed in part by a focus group at Gaston Place October 22, 2019 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 ... Read More

Smart Cities and Digital Equity

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Publisher: Media Democracy Fund and Robert W Deutsch Foundation. Some Cities Have Found Ways to Pursue Both, but Federal Policy May Hinder Progress John B. Horrigan, PhD Overview Cities across the United States are trying to become “smart cities,” as they invest in digital technologies to help monitor the environment, enhance mobility, and improve the delivery of municipal services. Some of the technologies enabling the smart city, such as 5G wireless networks and autonomous vehicles, occupy the “inflated expectations” portion ... 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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Publisher: Center for Applied Research, Johns Hopkins University By Libby Solomon 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 ... 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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Publisher: SCHED Catherine Crago: Housing Authority of the City of Austin Head of Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development Austin, Texas 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 ... Read More