Austin, City Council, Kay Xia discussed on Todd and Don


The asphalt gets up to 150 degrees in the summer. It's flat, and there's no drainage, so it flash floods. So these units gonna go up in about half an hour each on be sheltering people the same day that we arrive on site to get people up out of these tents and into something that is safe and also dignified. Yeah, they spoke with Kay I CBS Austin Patrick dealer. He's the pallet business manager. He says. Each pop up shelter has heat A C. Electricity. It could be built in a matter of minutes and very cool. The units go up in about a half hour each sheltering people, though the very same day they arrived on the site. I love this. Now. They say the fund raising to build 200 portable homes, which will service traditional homes, and it's going to be privately funded $2 million Capital campaign. They're trying to fill that out. And the only reason that this group is able to do this. The only reason that this group is able to put so many people into Ah, tiny home shelter it there at the Esperanza community is because the city of Austin has nothing to do with this. The city of Austin couldn't do this. If they were even part of it. It would never even get off the ground. And again. This is a $2 Million Capital campaign. What is it? What we paid for that first hotel, which I think we pay seven million? Yeah, we paid seven million. I think it was us Four people staying there. Yeah, yeah. This is very cool. They offer two of these little structures. One is 64 square feet, the other one's 100 square feet. It's enough for someone to, you know, be able to stretch out at night and sleep and then I guess, you know, put their cod or sleeping bag up during the day, and they've got bad in there, man. It's like I saw the inside of it's nice, and it's Zagreb play. They could lock the doors when they keep so their stuff is not stolen. Give a little dignity so little cottage it is and air conditioned, heated. Very, very efficient. They're designed to last about 10 years. Esperanza, by the way, Translation means hope I am I right about that. Hope, hope so. There you go. That's kind of cool. But you're right was that is that the same location that was camp rat there for a while that you know the space that Governor Greg Abbott provided. I think it is the very same location. And think about that they're doing there. This group has done more for the homeless in Austin, Texas, then this city council has done in decades. It's his example What Alan Graham's been able to do with with his facility over there, and, yeah, it's much more efficient. It's gonna happen a lot faster. This is great and a hell of a lot cheaper. It's great. Yeah, it really is not the most ideal situation for any human being. But it sure is a whole lot safer and healthier than you. No living under a bridge. We had another tent fire. Yesterday morning under I 35 I think it was at 35 2 90 or something like that. Another fire. You know, someone probably had a fire lit in their tent trying to stay warm or whatever the deal, Wasps. Yeah, you know, come on that that is far from ideal. Is this ideal for a permanent situation? No, no, but it's It's about 99%. They're good God, it takes some safe and warm and dry and and healthy, clean. It's called the other one's fun. Look that up real quick, the other one's foundation and has been you know, they've been on site since August, providing services for those living there on the kind of help do some community building activities. You know the folks, they're out there, The people that are living there the folks that live there are actually helping us, you know, set these homes up and what's their goal? I mean, Well, the goal was to get people out of the elements. They say, sometimes the temperature out there on that asphalt where they have tents set up on pallets. You know, get to be about 150 degrees is terrible. The other one's foundation. I would assume there's a donation button on their Web site, right? Yeah, and yeah, it is. Let's see, it's two found. Dot or g'kar that zoo strange, but but anyway, yeah, If you just Google the other one's foundation, they are a non profit that provides extremely low bearer barrier employment case management and humanitarian aid to people experiencing homelessness in Austin, Texas, you go, so check it out. Yeah. I mean, I love this concept. Uh, I don't know what the city thinks they're doing buying these hotels that the net Now they're having to retrofit to make work with millions and millions and millions of dollars were $2 million for this project is gonna house and your people. I think the City Council's looking ahead. You know, they keep on restricting businesses. They wanted to go to 25% capacity of these restaurants. We may have. We may have a lot more homeless people in our kill homeless community very soon, as result of the City Council's action, See, this is gonna be a lot of We're appealing to the homeless as well, because they can have their own little space versus you know it. I assume at those homeless hotels, they might have to double up with somebody else. And you know this is this would be a lot more appealing to me. That's for sure. I got you, man. Listen a little place. It is 6 24. You could jump in here at 51283605 90. Yeah, the state run homeless camp there in Southeast Austin. It's getting ah, Syria's of new tiny homes. The other one's teaming up with the Seattle based company to get him all built and Donald Montgomery lives in the camp. He tells Kay Xia the tiny homes they're huge upgrade from just, you know, a flimsy tent. It preserves human dignity. It helps keep the mess down. It's just a very much a win win. I believe the plan is to construct 202 100 of these tiny homes for the camps. Residents. It's estimated about 150. People currently live at that state camp. Yeah, that's Esperanza. I think that's great man. How do you to you? And once again Mayor Adler Gracchus are stay the hell away from this man. You guys would just screw it up. Seems everything you touch. You just screw up. We already gave you $80 million to deal with the homeless. But yet the problem just seems to get worse and get bigger. Yeah, it's the fund. What are we going to see a return on our investment in saving lives and giving them some dignity on our streets? I don't know It's hard. It's hard to think it's gonna happen when all we see is a problem that's getting worse. But This would change. This would change something for somebody overnight. Very fast and again. They get these things up in about a half hour. I think they must be kind of prefab to preach constructed in a warehouse somewhere, and then you know, it's easier to set up right. But, yeah, they're actually using the folks that live there to set him up. I think that is also very nice. You were listening to the best of Todd and don on news, radio, K O B. J. Commercial from, isn't it? About time you got back to favorite pastimes. Two main streets lined with charming shops and cafes get back to historic downtown's.

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