Solution: A coordinated, strategic mobile ecosystem serving Austin's Eastern Crescent neighborhood.
- Lack of access to basic/critical services in many Eastern Crescent (EC)neighborhoods.
- Mobility challenges for many EC residents.
- Timeline to build brick and mortar service centers puts current residents at risk re health, literacy, nutrition, and financial agility.
- Short-term, temporary and cost efficient solutions are available to bridge the timeline.
The What? Mobile Ecosystem
- Mobile Grocery Store (Converted Cap Metro bus) (comprehensive grocery supplies+, e.g., fruits, veggies, meats, poultry, dairy, dry goods, diapers, hygiene products, recipes, cooking demonstrations)
- Mobile Health Clinic (whole-body health services, e.g., physical and mental health; and pediatrics )
- Mobile Dental Clinic
- Mobile Breast Cancer Screening
- Mobile Health and Human Services Center
- Mobile Library
- Mobile Financial Literacy Center
- Mobile Workforce Development
The How? The When?
- Coordinated, connected, regular
- Strategic services depending on unique needs of neighborhood.
- Frequency --depending on unique needs of neighborhood; but envision weekly for many services.
- Simultaneously scheduled 3-hour time blocks.
- Strategic locations throughout EC, e.g., Colony Park, Dove Springs, Del Valle, Creedmoor and Rundberg.
Payment Options for Mobile Grocery Store
- Sliding scale based on income
- WIC / SNAP
- Double Dollars for fruits and veggies
Strategic Partners (including interested service providers to date)
- Cap Metro
- Central Texas Food Bank
- Farmshare Austin
- Urban Roots
- City of Austin – Office of Sustainability
- Texas Capital Bank
- Central Health
- Integral Care
- Austin Public Health
- Travis County Health and Human Services
- UT Dell Medical School
- St. David’s Foundation
- Austin Public Library (Austin Bookmobile)
- Colony Park Neighborhood Association
- Colony Park/Lakeside Community Development Corporation
- AISD / DVISD / MISD
- Greater Austin Coalition of Community Schools
- Gensler Architects
- United Way of Central Texas
- Kitchen Sync
- The 412,000 residents of the EC. Please see response to the question "Describe who will use your solution" for further description of the potential recipients.
Additional Benefits, Information and Opportunities
- Providers will be able to refer to each other. For example, a pediatrician in the mobile clinic may refer parents to the mobile library to get supplemental information about their child's asthma. Likewise, a physician may write a prescription for fruits and vegetables and tasty recipes for a patient fighting diabetes. The patient can go next door to the mobile grocery store to fill the prescription.
- Job opportunities for neighborhood youth and adults. We will proactively pursue jobs and internships for the residents with the various service providers, e.g., cashier or clerk on mobile grocery store, assistant on the mobile library, mechanic or maintenance intern for the mobile grocery store.
- The mobile grocery store will be in the possession and control of the Central Texas Food Bank, which will also oversee the conversion of the bus from a Cap Metro into a mobile grocery store.
- Enhanced learning opportunities for neighborhood youth via tutors and story tellers on the mobile library.
In summary, this solution involves basic needs providers serving in the same place, at the same time in a synergistic manner-- leveraging each other's areas of expertise and resources. This collective model will allow providers to increase their impact without an equal amount of expenditure; the 1 + 1 = 3 concept. Greater effectiveness and greater efficiencies.
Please see the attached PowerPoint on Equidad Express for visuals about the ecosystem, as well as information about Austin's 1928 Master Plan which forced Blacks and Hispanics (Latinx) to move east of now IH-35 and its impact on the formation of food, financial services, health, and retail services deserts in the EC.