As the COVID-19 crisis continues, cities are beginning to face yet another challenge: how to continue essential operations without the tax revenue to fund them. With no definitive end in sight for the social distancing measures that are keeping communities safe, many municipalities are considering drastic measures to stay afloat, including furloughing police officers and other vital public safety personnel.
We’re also highlighting this week how local governments can help bring awareness to the rights of crime victims in their communities, which, as contributor Megan Wells explains, are disproportionately likely to be homeless.
— The EfficientGov Team
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Local governments providing hazard pay, stipends for first responders
By Laura French
Several local governments have implemented hazard pay and stipends for first responders and other front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
‘We are in trouble and we need help:’ Wisconsin fire, EMS leaders unite in plea for funding
By Rob Lawrence
Wisconsin EMS and fire leaders join forces to provide an overview of EMS legislative and regulatory requests to support front line response to the COVID-19 pandemic
CARES Act: Are first responders eligible for a stimulus check?
By Sue Jackson and Erin Robles
Breaking down the tax benefits and eligibility cutoffs for stimulus payments outlined by the CARES Act
Rates of violence against the homeless are worse than you think
By Megan Wells
But there are several actions your community can take to minimize the risk and help get homeless citizens the protection they need
NCVRW 2020: How municipalities can nurture crime victims’ services
By Andrea Fox
Partnerships and outreach efforts that focus on training and sharing impactful stories of victims and their advocates are essential