Between March 8th and April 4th, 2020, the Eureka Police Department’s Community Safety and Engagement Team (CSET) and Eureka Community Service’s UPLIFT Eureka conducted a comprehensive survey of Eureka’s homeless community. Over the four-week period, 211 individual surveys were completed. Each survey consisted of 35 questions including demographics, drug/alcohol abuse, mental and physical health, resource usages, life satisfaction, and living situations.
Chief Watson said, “The data from this survey, perhaps the most comprehensive ever completed of unsheltered homeless in the City of Eureka, provides crucial information needed to help guide EPD and our partners in our collaborative efforts to support, engage, and outreach to those experiencing homelessness. We understand enforcement will not solve the homeless crisis. Compassionate outreach services are key components in our response.”
The 2020 Homeless Survey Presentation and survey data can be found on our Transparency Portal, under the Topics of Community Interest section. https://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/depts/police/transparency_portal__sb_978/default.asp.
The results of the survey were presented to Eureka City Council on June 2nd, 2020. The full presentation can be viewed here: https://eureka.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1088