Join us for a Special March General Meeting and Training Workshop by White Bird!

Protecting One Another: When to Engage Public Safety

>>>>>>Please note we are starting earlier than usual, 6:00 pm, to accommodate the trainers.

Due to the length of the training and other constraints, this will be the only activity for the March Meeting.

We are paying White Bird for the workshop, so JWN members only please.

We will send out a Zoom link to everyone on the eNews list or contact us at for a link and access code.

“Protecting One Another: When to Engage Public Safety” is an hour and a half interactive and skill-based workshop. It gives context for the current conversation about policing, goes over community caregiver basics, how to access scene safety, and how to determine whether to call for emergency services, non-emergency services/ CAHOOTS, or de-escalate and address the situation directly. There’s an overview of how CAHOOTS is dispatched, a teaser for the de-escalation training (we had this training at a general meeting last year), and small group time with scenario assessment. It ends with a discussion of community responses and initiatives to address Eugene’s housing and homelessness crisis.

The JWN members who attended the February 2021 General meeting voted overwhelming for the resolution below.

Want to get involved?  First keep up to date on our Homelessness, Supportive and Affordable Housing Page. Contact us.

Next Steps:

  • The Board will create a plan in the form of a charter document that will include a process with deliverables and identify an implementation team, who will be responsible for implementing the process.
  • The Board will invite JWN members to help create the plan.
  • The Board and neighbors who help create the plan/charter/process will then recruit the implementation team.
  • That implementation team (not the JWN board) will implement the process to draft and carry forward proposed amendments to the  Jefferson/Far West Refinement Plan
  • The proposed amendments will finally be brought to the membership for discussion and a vote.

Jefferson Westside Neighbors


Adopted 26-1 at the February 9, 2021 JWN General Meeting

Whereas the highest and best use of the old Naval Reserve site (the “Site”) on W. 13th Ave. (Tax Map-Lot: 17043642-10400), consistent with the Envision Eugene “Affordable Housing,” “Climate & Resiliency,” and “Neighborhood Livability” Pillars, would be for housing that is affordable, safe, and appealing to lower-income families and seniors.

Be it therefore resolved:

The Jefferson Westside Neighbors (the “JWN”) Executive Board (the “Board”) is directed to do the following:

  1. The Chair shall immediately provide the Mayor, City Council and City Manager a copy of this resolution; and
  2. The Board shall engage JWN members to develop a recommended Process and Charter for amending the Jefferson/Far West Refinement Plan to designate the Site for the purpose of partially or fully subsidized, permanent housing that embodies the following characteristics:
    1. At least 50% of the dwellings are “family-friendly” (aka “child-friendly”), incorporating features specific to the safety, comfort, and healthy development of children; and
    2. At least 10% of the dwellings support “intergenerational” housing, incorporating features specific to the safety and comfort of individuals, particularly seniors, who volunteer to participate in activities to support families in the housing community; and
    3. Is designed to facilitate safe conditions for:
      1. occupancy by the residents of the multi-household development, and
      2. on-site services by social and medical providers, and
  • activities by members of the housing community,

particularly under conditions such as those created by Covid-19; and

  1. Supports sustainable practices in the construction and operation of the facility and by the daily practices of the residents.
  1. The Board shall produce and present to the JWN members an initial draft of the Process and Charter no later than the April 13, 2021.
  2. The Board shall advocate in favor of this proposed use of the Site to City officials and community organizations.