Austin continuously ranks among the safest big cities in the nation. But because any amount of crime is a concern, it is absolutely imperative that our residents, workers and visitors feel safe at all times and in all parts of downtown. Working with local law enforcement agencies and other partners to mitigate crime is our highest priority.
The Downtown Austin Alliance’s Board and staff work with elected officials, city and county management teams, local social service and housing providers, and residents to address homelessness and the safe, effective delivery of social services. The DAA is directly involved in efforts to provide increased Permanent Supportive Housing to help the city’s chronically homeless get off the streets and into safe, permanent housing with necessary support services.
- Partnership Housing Program: DAA has committed direct funding for case management services for this housing partnership between the Downtown Community Court and Caritas of Austin. The program provides Permanent Supportive Housing to Community Court’s most frequent, chronically homeless offenders.
- Permanent Supportive Housing: DAA strongly advocated for and participated in the development of the City of Austin’s Permanent Supportive Housing strategy. Community leaders worked together to develop a plan to create and operate 350 units of permanent supportive housing for the city’s chronically homeless. Since the March 2010 kick-off, 113 units are occupied and another 156 are in the development pipeline. As part of this strategy, the DAA advocated for $78 million in affordable housing bonds for the November 2012 bond election.
cameras & technology
DAA provided funding for the Austin Police Department (APD) to purchase and implement a downtown crime-safety camera system. The system currently includes 27 cameras strategically placed around downtown, which are monitored 24/7 by APD. The cameras are a key step in APD’s efforts to implement state-of-the-art technology in downtown policing. The cameras are an essential tool that helps APD quickly and effectively identify and respond to crimes, apprehend offenders, and capture critical evidence used in prosecution.
Austin Police Department: The Downtown Public Improvement District is managed under APD’s Region I Command. The district is overseen by Assistant Chief Raul Munguia and directly managed by Patrol Commander, Troy Gay, Support Commander, John Romoser, and their staffs.
Downtown Austin Community Court: Downtown Austin Community Court provides creative and individualized sentencing for Class C misdemeanor offenders to reduce recidivism and modify offending behavior. DAA works directly with the Court to build community partnerships and to focus attention and resources, including Permanent Supportive Housing, on the frequent offender population.
Security & Maintenance Forum
This monthly forum brings together stakeholders to address issues related safety and cleanliness in the Downtown Public Improvement District.
- Monitoring and addressing crime trends
- Policing and public order strategies
- Community policing initiatives
- Alcoholic beverage issues
- Public order issues
Chair: Stephen Roberts, Strasburger & Price LLP
DAA Staff Liaison: Bill Brice, Vice President of Operations
Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m.
St. David's Episcopal Church – Crail Hall, 301 E.8th Street
who should i call?
- Emergencies or all crimes/public order problems in-progress: 911
- Crimes/public order problems after they have occurred: 311
- Graffiti on private property or any litter or sidewalk-cleaning issues: (512) 479-8927 (Downtown Maintenance Crew)
- Graffiti on public right-of-way: 311
- All other maintenance, repairs or other issues: 311