Last week in City Council, we passed San Antonio’s first budget to use an “equity lens” in addressing the needs of our community. This is monumental because as opposed to all districts receiving the same amount of funding, districts were given money based on need. Equity aims to understand the needs of the community and fairly distribute resources.
This an exciting time for District 2! Below are some of the District 2 projects that are receiving funding through the 2018 Budget:
Street Improvements and Maintenance – District 2 has received a total of $22.4 million for Street Maintenance, which is $15.6 million more than the typical amount our district would receive. This is a key area where the equity lens focused in on the biggest needs of our district. For the 2018 fiscal year, there are roughly 240 street projects that are scheduled to be completed by this time next year. Many of these streets have needed attention for years, and we are glad to say that necessary infrastructure changes are coming.
Under 1 Roof Program - District 2 has received $650,000 for the Under 1 Roof Program, with $400,000 coming from the General Fund and $250,000 coming from the San Antonio Housing Trust. Our district has one of the highest concentrations of residents that are over 65 years old, disabled, or veterans. Because of that, there are many homeowners that will qualify for and benefit from the Under 1 Roof program. Replacing failing roofs with energy efficient roofs will not only help in lowering the cost on utility bills, but it will also assist in improving health outcomes for many of our community’s most vulnerable.
Supplemental STEM and STAAR Instruction – District 2 will partner with SAISD and the City’s Human Services Department to expand supplemental instruction for STEM courses and STAAR testing for our children at Davis Middle School. Investing in our children’s success is investing in our future leaders and we will always seek ways to uplift our children as a child’s zip code should never determine their success.
Improving outreach for small, minority owned businesses – Included in the 2018 budget is $25,000 to provide additional outreach efforts designed specifically to improve outreach to small, minority, and women-owned businesses regarding opportunities with the City of San Antonio. One of the major objectives of this program is to increase the utilization of local small, minority and women-owned businesses on City contracts, which is something I have fought for and remain committed to.
Utility Assistance Program - We are excited to give our community more access to the Utility Assistance Program. Our community will have an accessible point to learn more about the Utility Assistance Program and to apply right at the Claude Black Community Center, where our D2 Field Office is located.
Community Policing – District 2 will receive 2 more SAFFE officers to work with our community and to develop relationships with our citizens. SAPD’s new Community Engagement Program will proactively establish contact with our residents, connect high-risk group members and individuals with reentry services while working with partners to ensure accountability, conduct community events to build community cohesion and police-community relationships, identify criminal groups and individuals driving violence, and respond to victims of serious violence and their families. We are eager to see the committee that will oversee this community engagement program as well. This is a step in the right direction toward transparency and creating understanding between our police department and our citizens.
Animal Care Services Training Program- Animal Care Services will partner with our neighborhood associations and community leaders to implement a training program which will equip our community with the resources that will allow us to all work together to provide necessary animal care and control here in District 2.
50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. March – District 2 has received a one-time increase of $100,000 for our 50th anniversary of the MLK March in addition to the $100,000 the commission receives from the city every year. District 2 is home to the largest MLK March in the Nation and as we celebrate our city’s Tricentennial and 50 years of marching for justice, it’s important that we ensure this march is unforgettable.