Community Safety System Bridge Funding
On December 10 the City Council unanimously approved a one-time, 18-month funding strategy for $8.6 million. This “bridge” funding will support prevention efforts and services for youth and people experiencing homelessness, as well as police and emergency response services through June 2020.
Specific programs in the one-time, 18-month funding include:
- Youth Mental Health Services and Early Intervention Programs through Eugene’s Recreation Division
- 15th Night Opens a New Window. , a program to reduce youth homelessness by intervening before they spend 15 nights on the street
- Continuation of the Community Court program that connects non-violent offenders cited in downtown Eugene with social service providers
- Continuation of the Community Outreach Response Team (C.O.R.T), a partnership between the Eugene Police Department and White Bird Clinic Opens a New Window. that works with individuals who are frequent and repeated users of emergency and court services
- A year-round Dusk to Dawn safe-sleeping program
- A Day Resource Center that provides access to storage, bathrooms, and connections to services
- On-going support for programs serving people experiencing homelessness including the Lindholm Center, the Car Camping Program, and the Rest Stop Program
Public Safety Services
- Adding 10 Patrol Officers to create a city-wide Rapid Response Team
- Adding 5 Community Service Officers
- Adding 4 staff to the 911 Call Center
- Expanding jail services by 5 beds
- Funding for the Ambulance Transport gap coverage
- Funding Municipal Court and City Prosecutor services to meet growing needs
City Council is committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem. A Community Safety Revenue Team of community members and Councilors was established in November. This team is reviewing funding options that could provide on-going support for community prevention, response and resolution services. All of these services must work together to ensure efficient and effective use of these critical resources.
The Revenue Team will complete their work by February 2019 for Council Consideration.