Outside of City Hall

City Manager Initiatives

Strategic Direction 2023

The Austin City Council adopted a strategic direction on March 8, 2018, guiding the City for the next three to five years. Austin Strategic Direction 2023 outlines a shared vision and six priority strategic outcomes: 

  • Economic Opportunity & Affordability
  • Mobility
  • Safety
  • Health & Environment
  • Culture & Lifelong Learning
  • Government That Works For All

COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 pandemic became a serious global concern in early 2020, Austin deployed a citywide response. Visit our COVID-19 response pages to find everything from testing information to interactive dashboards, help for residents and businesses to resources for the homeless.

Reimagining Public Safety

In August 2020, the City Council passed a historic budget to redefine public safety. Furthermore, the City Manager charged his Executive Leadership Team with creating a City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to consider new ways to help and support the community in times of crisis. The City of Austin is committed to implementing policy and cultural changes to address the disproportionate impact of police violence on people of color and other affected communities. Learn more at http://austintexas.gov/publicsafety.

Austin’s Homeless Strategy

Homelessness is a complex issue that is a priority for the City of Austin. Visit the Austin Homeless Strategy webpages to find out more about:

  • Resources for the homeless during COVID-19
  • Ways to get involved
  • Dashboards and data about the City’s homeless population
  • Information about initiatives 

Rent Assistance During COVID-19

Austin is providing rent assistance for Austinites who can’t pay their rent due to the economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about eligibility and the RENT (Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants) program here.