© 2021 KLCC

KLCC
136 W 8th Ave
Eugene OR 97401
541-463-6000
klcc@klcc.org

Contact Us

FCC Applications
Oregon's Willamette Valley seen from Eugene
NPR for Oregonians
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics & Government

Eugene City Councilors Hear Results From Community Safety Initiatives Surveys

CAHOOTSvan01.jpg
Brian Bull
/
KLCC

The Eugene City Council Monday heard the results of a community engagement effort on public safety priorities.

The council is working to prioritize allocation of a new payroll tax for public safety. A majority of survey respondents wanted alternative responses to people in mental health crises. Councilor Claire Syrett said more funds could go to CAHOOTS. But the follow through is missing.

worksession_0510.jpg
Credit Rachael McDonald/ screenshot
Councilors reviewed results of Eugene's Community Safety Initiative at their work session Monday, May 10, 2021.

“We are sorely lacking in places that people can get respite, where they can get temporary protective response while they are having an acute mental health crisis,” Syrett said. “It doesn’t exist in our community.”

Emergency shelter and stable housing for people who are homeless was the highest priority for survey respondents. Councilors wanted more time to review the information. They’re facing pressure from some community members to defund the police.

Copyright 2021 KLCC. 

Related Content