SCCO Meeting – July 2, 7PM – Zoom

The July meeting of the SCCO will be held via Zoom.

Thursday, July 2
7:00 PM

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July 2 2020 Meeting announcement
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Lane County Covid-19 Update

From Lane County:

A sharp increase in housing instability as a result of COVID-19-related economic challenges is affecting people in Lane County. Legislators at the national and state levels are working to create funding programs to help ease the burden on renters. Last Friday, Lane County was notified that it will receive $900,000 per month until December 2020 to expand the rent assistance program. There is more detail regarding that funding in the Rent Assistance update below, along with business-related recovery updates.

Rent Assistance

To date, 1,295 eligibility applications have been completed. An additional 507 were either incomplete or ineligible.

Lane County is unable to accept additional eligibility applications for rent assistance at this time. Lane County and its agency partners are working with eligible applicants to complete the full application and disburse the current funds as quickly as possible. Those who have applied for and do not receive assistance from the first funding round will be placed on a waitlist for the next round of funding.

As announced by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature on Friday, Lane County will receive approximately $900,000 per month through December 2020 for rent assistance beginning in June. The new funding, which comes from the federally-funded State of Oregon Coronavirus Relief Fund, will be used for the current waitlist and for new applicants when the eligibility application re-opens (likely with some adjustments given federal funding requirements).

Please continue to check www.LaneCountyOR.gov/rent for updates.

Energy Assistance

To date, more than 522 applications for energy assistance have been submitted online or with community partner agencies. A total of $575,000 is available for Lane County residents affected by COVID-19 through LP20 CARES, which is federally funded. 

The program provides qualifying households with a one-time payment toward their energy bill. It may be applied to electricity, natural gas, home heating oil, propane, wood pellets and wood. 

Households may find out more about eligibility requirements and place themselves on the waiting list for funding by visiting www.lanecounty.org/LIHEAPCares. The waitlist remains open, but households are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Community agencies assisting with the program will begin to close the waitlist as their agency receives the maximum number of applications that it can accept.

Business Assistance

Business Oregon Grant Update

Business Oregon has approved our request to combine our Round 1 award of $100,000 with any award received from Round 2 of the Emergency Business Assistance Match Fund. We expect to learn the results of Round 2 from Business Oregon this week, which was applied for by Community LendingWorks on behalf of Lane County. If fully awarded in Round 2, an additional $700,000 will be made available to eligible Lane County small businesses as grants. This funding will be focused on rural businesses, sole proprietors, and historically disadvantaged businesses.

The application process will be designed to incorporate equity at every stage of the program in order to address many of the issues with the “first come, first served” model. There will be a substantial marketing period to notify eligible businesses across the county of the program and how to apply, followed by a week-long application period. A lottery of eligible applicants will be conducted to select grant awardees. We look forward to sharing more information on the program and how to apply soon.

Lane County businesses looking for assistance are encouraged to contact Lane County’s Community and Economic Development team at lcbusconcerns@lanecountyor.gov. We have a team of staff available to answer reopening questions, provide the latest business resources, or to connect you with our business support partners in the region.

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Eugene Library Free to ALL Eugene Area residents thru Sept 14

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There is a lot of good news from the Eugene library. Most importantly, the library has extended services for people living in the Eugene area but outside the city limits until Sept 14.

Additionally, all library cards that would have expired in March through September have been extended to September 14 to allow continued use of online resources. Many services and materials are available free with your library card at the library’s website, including hundreds of thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and shows, music, magazines, and more for all ages. Find links to these services at https://www.eugene-or.gov/1006/eBooks-and-Streaming.

If you have questions about your library card account, our online services, or anything else, our staff is available to help by phone. Please call us at 541-682-5450 (seven days a week, 10am-6pm). We are also available by email at libraryaskus@ci.eugene.or.us or live chat.

For more information about the library’s COVID-19 updates please visit this Eugene Library Page.

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The Story of Plastics: FREE Screening from Association of Oregon Recyclers

You are invited to attend: AOR Free Screening: The Story of Plastic
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The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on people and planet.

Produced by the Story of Stuff Project, The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe; fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies chocked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. The Story of Plastic features interviews with experts and activists on the frontlines of the fight, revealing the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothers ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world, and the global movement that is rising up in response. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

Attendees will receive a link to stream the film which will be available to view beginning Friday June 5th through Monday June 8th. The link will be delivered to you at the email address you use to RSVP here.

We will reconvene on June 9th at 3:30pm via zoom webinar for a live discussion with Charlie Plybon of Surfrider, Megan Ponder, producer of the Story of Plastic, and Pete Chism-Winfield, past chair of AOR and Program Coordinator at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. You will receive a separate link for that event alongside the streaming link.

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FYI: Eugene Police Department Use of Force Policy

I encourage all citizen’s to become aware of their local police law enforcement policies, and their rights regarding police use of force, among other policies.

In Eugene, Oregon, this is described in Chapter 08 of the Police Policies manual.

The Eugene Police, Policy 800 – Use of Force, can be viewed directly here…

Policy 801 – Use of Force Reporting can be found here…

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