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Incorporate urban rooftop gardens, mini-farms, and greenery as a means to improve community collaboration, farm-to-market produce, air quality, and energy conservation.


Hello there! My name is Rana Ghana and I am a team member at The Challenger Newspaper, a local street paper here in Austin,Texas for over a decade. Our paper was featured on the cover page of the AustinTexas.gov website until recently when it was re-updated. The Challenger Newspaper provides a valuable resource for homeless, underemployed, veterans, and disaster victims seeking refuge in our city by having an extensive two-page list of resources, health care programs, employment services, and other emergency services available to those suffering on the street or from poverty issues. The city was nice enough to go through with a previous request I had to change the link from saying "The Austin Advocate" which is what the paper was previously named to an updated link saying "Street Paper". I am kindly asking for whoever can see it through to consider featuring a link to The Challenger Newspaper again under the section named Connect With The City. Thank you for your consideration and here is a link to the paper's main page: www.challengernewspaper.org

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Les do this

3 Votes Referred

Idea: Soda TAX!!

Vanessa Castro over 1 year ago

Let our city be a true leader in health initiatives. Other cities that have started taxing soda saw a decrease by 6% in soda consumption and the money gained could be used for more public health initiatives.

I work for the state, so my income is modest, to say the least. Day care should not be more than my mortgage. And the daycare that is affordable, shouldn't be like stepping into a third world country, nor have a wait list months long.


Have you clicked on the FOLLOW button to be notified on updates and comments on an idea here?

Guess what? It doesn't email you when anyone comments. It does nothing. Maybe that's why the city is unresponsive on some of the issues here -- they are probably not getting any updates either...!

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Land use and zoning codes only play one part in the food system, but the correct use can impact how communities produce and access food. Austin has entered a vicious cycle when it comes to the the local food system. Austin has lost over 3,00 acres of farmland due to urbanization and the privileging of auto- centric zoning which then leads to less reliable access to fresh produce in those urban areas. 18 % of the population in Austin are food insecure. Some suggestions have been made to the CodeNEXT development board by the Sustainable Food Policy Board: • that encourages density appropriate farming activities • develop food production districts where farms that produce food are preserved • require all new multi family housing developments to create a food access plan • institutionalize community garden property

These additions to the Code’s revision would help to build a more sustainable food culture, help to eliminate food deserts, and increase health disparities by increasing access to healthy, fresh, and affordable foods.

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they can keep each other company , go on walks together . And maybe even with a kindergarten attached

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Many wonderful organizations like Front Steps, Caritas of Austin, The Salvation Army, etc. serve the homeless so that they can spring back into self-sufficiency with dignity. They provide a multitude of important services like shelter, food, cleaning, healthcare, case management, housing, employment search, phone and mail facilities, transit passes, computer and internet access, and much more.

But there is one very basic and important need that is not getting fulfilled completely - Hygiene. These organizations hand-out hygiene items for free to the homeless but are not able to meet all the needs. These include items like razors, deodorants, tooth brushes, tooth pastes, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) alone provides hundreds of showers every single day to men and women so the need is huge!

Hygiene is very important for many reasons, like: - Reducing risks of diseases and other health issues - Making people feel clean and good about themselves - Helping them be more presentable so that they have better chances at jobs and relationships which are key for bringing them out of this vicious state of homelessness

This is such an important human need and its so unfortunate its not getting fully served. The homeless are some of the most deprived people in the society so please help them in ways that can make a real impact in the quality of their lives!

You may extend your support here: http://www.youcaring.com/a-very-important-need-of-the-homeless

I will utilize each and every dollar of your generous donation to buy hygiene items at low cost in bulk from wholesale stores and bring them to the various organizations in Austin that hand them out to the homeless.

Thank you so much for making a real difference! Please also share this within your circles. Larger the reach, better the chances of us making a significant difference!