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SAN ANTONIO (February 12, 2020) — Members from across the community packed the B Room in Municipal Plaza to attend the first meeting of the new Culture & Neighborhood Services Committee Monday morning. District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño was appointed chair of the five-member council committee tasked with overseeing San Antonio’s artistic, cultural, and historic heritage in addition to issues that serve to preserve the integrity of our city’s neighborhoods, libraries, and senior center facilities. One agenda item in particular elicited passionate public comments from neighborhood, social justice, and business groups – the creation of a Renters Commission.
“The Renters Commission is intended to be a platform to meaningfully engage a group that makes up almost half of our population,” said Treviño. “Statistically, renters earn less, spend a greater proportion of their income on housing, and have more barriers to civic engagement. Renters also have a unique view on issues like transportation, education, public safety, and housing which needs to be heard.”
During Monday’s meeting, the community presented recommendations and input for the committee to consider when designing the framework for the Renters Commission. The committee voted in favor of moving the Renters Commission forward to begin gathering feedback from the community. The District 1 Councilman is planning a Renters Commission Town Hall later this month before the item comes back to the Culture and Neighborhood Services Committee.
“I am grateful so many folks took time out of their schedules to attend and make their voices heard,” said Treviño. “I look forward to the community shaping the Renters Committee, which will truly be a committee of renters, for renters, created by renters.”
On June 25, 2019, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño filed a Council Consideration Request to initiate the creation of the San Antonio Renters Commission to represent diverse renter voices across the city. Under the proposed policy, each Councilmember and the Mayor would appoint a renter/commissioner, and the Commission would provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, San Antonio City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters.