Historic Preservation Month – May
The Office of Historic Preservation is preparing for a series of Preservation Month events during May. This year’s theme is focused on connecting people with the places that are special to them. The planned events are designed to engage the community and encourage participation. Key events include the Kickoff/State of Preservation Press Event on May 1, Paseo por el Westside on May 2, the Amazing Preservation Race on May 8, the Amazing Preservation Race for Kids on May 16, Preservation Block Party (in conjunction with OPEN) on May 19 and a tax credit workshop on May 29, 2015.
Central Library partnership with American GI Forum
The Central Library, through a group of front line staff called “Central Library is for Everyone”, has been partnering with the American GI Forum since March 2014 to provide homeless veterans at the library an opportunity to connect with Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF). SSVF has found housing and/or employment for 80 veterans through the outreach partnership that began a year ago.
2015 Ambassador Program
The application period for the 2015 Ambassador Summer Internship Program closed on March 31. Department of Human Services received 207 applications from students in every City Council District for 120 internship positions. A review committee, which includes staff from DHS, Parks, Library and Café College, is in the process of screening the applications making recommendations. The selected applicants will be notified the week of April 20 and program orientation will be held on May 22, 2015. Ambassadors will begin their 11 week internship on May 26. Employers include business organizations, non-profit agencies, and governmental agencies.
Morgan’s Safe House
Gordon Hartman through Sports, Outdoor and Recreation (SOAR) has agreed to construct an approximate 2,000 square foot structure and other amenities such as a bathroom and covered meeting space to serve as a facility to provide fire education to the children of our community. “Morgan’s Safe House” will provide education on fire safe practices in the home as well as demonstrate how to evacuate a smoke filled room. The facility will be located on the site of the existing San Antonio Fire Academy. The Safe House will be constructed through donations from the community.
Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Funding
In FY 2013, Congress passed appropriation language that added more UASI funds with recommendations to fund the top 100 urban areas at the discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Homeland Security funded the top 25 urban areas. San Antonio ranked 32nd and did not receive funding. In FY 2014, the Homeland Security Secretary funded the top 39 and San Antonio received $1 million in funding. Homeland Security is being forced to fund fewer cities so the top 5 urban areas receive more funding. As an example, in FY 2010, New York received $158 million; today then now receive $180 million. The City’s Office of Emergency Management is working with the State of Texas to determine if the City can receive a direct allocation of $1.25 million form the State’s $21 million State Homeland Security 2015 award. The only opportunity for the City to receive UASI funding again is for our Congressional leadership to request Homeland Security to modify their risk formula or to request Homeland Security to fund the top 40 urban areas.
University Health System (UHS) Interlocal Agreement
Under the interlocal agreement, Metro Health agrees to have available to residents of unincorporated Bexar County certain emergency preparedness and population-based public health services. Metro Health proposed a three year extension, April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2018. UHS has indicated the agreement is scheduled for the UHS Board of Managers meeting on Tuesday, April 28. The item is scheduled to go to IGR City Council Subcommittee on Tuesday, April 28. The item is scheduled for City Council consideration on Thursday, April 30.
2015 Department of Transportation – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant
The US Department of Transportation released the 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant notice. TIGER is making $500 million available for surface transportation projects. The grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, and community revitalization. The minimum grant request is $10 M with a 20% match. Pre-application is May 4 and final application is due June 5, 2015. Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) is reviewing the Notice of Funding Availability and is coordinating with TCI for possible submission. IGR is also discussing with community partners to coordinate efforts for one regional application.