Community Safety System Bridge Funding

Stabilize the System

The City Council dedicated $8.6 million starting January 2019 for 18-months of funding to increase staff and resources. The goal is to stabilize prevention, homeless services, public safety and emergency response. The effort is often referred to as Bridge funding. 

Funded Programs

Specific programs in the one-time, 18-month funding include:

Public Safety Services

  • Adding 10 Patrol Officers to create a city-wide Street Crimes Unit
  • 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

Prevention Services

  • Youth Mental Health Services and Early Intervention Programs through Eugene’s Recreation Division
  • 15th Night, 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 that works with individuals who are frequent and repeated users of emergency and court services

Homeless 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

What’s Next?

Council also committed to finding a long-term solution to this problem. A Revenue Team of community members and Councilors was established in November 2018. After reviewing funding options, the team recommended a payroll tax to support $23.6 million in community safety services on an annual basis. 

Read frequently asked questions about the proposed community safety payroll tax

Public Hearing on Community Safety Payroll Tax Set for May 28

At their May 8 Work Session, City Council voted to send the payroll tax ordinance to public hearing on Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Eugene Downtown Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room, 100 West 10th Ave. 

Community members who are unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments to councilors.

Bridge Funding Impacts

Check back frequently to learn which changes have been rolled out, and see specific examples of programs that are helping to strengthen our Community Safety System. 

  1. New Street Crimes Unit
  2. Additional Community Service Officers
  3. New Basic Life Support Techs
  4. First Two Months