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File #: 19-1466   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Comprehensive Plan Committee
On agenda: 1/16/2019
Posting Language: Briefing on the initial developing concepts of the staff draft for the Risk Mitigation Policy that is intended to guide the utilization of the $1,000,000 Risk Mitigation Fund included within the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. [Peter Zanoni, Deputy City Manager; Verónica R. Soto, Director, Neighborhood and Housing Services]
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DEPARTMENT: Neighborhood and Housing Services




Briefing of the Risk Mitigation Policy and its four components


The purpose of a Risk Mitigation Policy is to establish a comprehensive policy for mitigating displacement across the City of San Antonio (the City). The policy would govern the requirements and procedures for relocation assistance as well as preemptive approaches to displacement including emergency rental and utility assistance.
Staff coordinated various outreach activities to receive input on the direction of the plan during the months of September 2018 through January 2019. A completed draft is anticipated to go before City Council late February or March 2019.


The policy priority for preventing and mitigating displacement outlined in the Mayor's housing policy taskforce recommended staff explore the following solutions in conjunction with the creation of the risk mitigation fund: the City should offer financial assistance to households facing emergency situations; and the City should provide relocation assistance for households being displaced due to redevelopment.
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department (NHSD) of the City of San Antonio conducted community outreach and stakeholder focus groups:
* Four public meetings held in September, October, November (2018), January (2019)
* Three technical focus groups held between November (2018) and January (2019)
* Online survey for understanding causes and consequences of displacement
* Print survey located at various resource areas, including City council field offices


The Risk Mitigation working elements has four components:
* Resident Relocation Assistance Program (RRAP): mitigate the harms of development-induced displacement.
* Relocation for Rapid Neighborhood Change: mitigate the harms of rapid increases in housing costs (15% or more in a year)

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