Community Safety System Bridge Funding
On September 26, 2018, the Eugene City Council unanimously recommended a one-time, 18-month funding strategy to support prevention efforts and services for youth and people experiencing homelessness, as well as police and emergency response services (watch webcast of the September 26 Council Work Session). The proposal includes expanding prevention programs that help move at-risk youth and chronic offenders toward stable lives and away from the jail and the courtroom, and adding police officers, 911 dispatchers and jail beds.
The Council moved to dedicate $8.6 million in the December supplemental budget toward these community safety efforts and committed to working toward finding a long-term funding solution.
Specific programs in the 18-month funding that will bridge from January 2019 until more permanent funding is identified include:
- 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
- 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
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the “bridge funding” as part of the supplemental budget at their December 10 meeting.
The City Council also approved the formation of a Community Safety Revenue Team that would evaluate long-term funding strategies that could sustainably fund community safety needs beyond the bridge funding. The team will consist of at least three Councilors as well as present and past Budget Committee members and would complete their work by February of 2019 for Council consideration.