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Pandemic Challenges CAHOOTS' Resources

Brian Bull

Nearing its 31st anniversary, Eugene’s mobile intervention service, CAHOOTS – which stands for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets” – is busier than ever…and needing help.

Operations Coordinator Tim Black says since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down shelters and services back in March, their efforts to help people in need have become strained.

“We still need help with donations of masks and PPE for our first responders on CAHOOTS but also to support the health and safety of our patients," Black says. 

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A homeless man sleeps in downtown Eugene.

"With the weather changing for the warmer, summer clothing, sunscreen, toiletries...if it’s a basic human need, if it’s an essential item, that’s something that we could benefit from having to distribute to folks out on the street.”

Black adds CAHOOTS has worked with Community Supported Shelters to provide showers, and individual teams are doing what they can to provide some folks a daily hot meal.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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