Pandemic Challenges CAHOOTS' Resources

Jun 8, 2020

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.

In this February 2018 photo, a CAHOOTS medic walks a homeless woman into a Eugene church.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

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. 

A homeless man sleeps in downtown Eugene.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

"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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