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Innovating Community Based Violence Intervention/Prevention: Establishing a Trauma-Informed Crisis Management System to Reduce Violence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,950,000)

To address high rates of violence in Baltimore City’s East Baltimore area, Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) will leverage its existing programs, partnerships, and services, and expand upon these to establish a trauma-informed Crisis Intervention Management System that will target underlying factors that contribute to violence in the East Baltimore Communities of McElderry Park and Belair-Edison. The Crisis Intervention Management System will address the immediate needs of those at highest risks of being either a victim of perpetrator of violence, including:  food, housing, employment, and mental health interventions.  This will be accomplished by innovating and strengthening LCF’s current Community-based Violence Intervention programming by expanding the organization’s workforce development interventions into a mobile workforce development team. This will include assessments of individual’s needs conducted by a Licensed Social Worker, providing intensive real-time case management by meeting the individuals where they are (i.e. conducting workshops and assessments in the community during non-traditional hours), and providing Navigators who will assist and connect these high-risk individuals to available resources.  Emerging evidence has shown that strengthening community outreach combined with intensive case management that meets the needs of high-risk individuals may reduce community violence. 


The program goal is to serve 150 individuals over three years and assemble a Crisis Management Team that will work with the two existing Baltimore City Safe Streets violence prevention sites located in the McElderry Park and Belair-Edison communities. The Crisis Management Team will identify individuals and families who are at risk of being affected by violence or who have already been a victim or perpetrator and build out a comprehensive crisis management plan and network of additional resources for them.  In doing so, LCF will enhance the existing Safe Streets model, asset/resource map the region, provide additional staff (Navigators) to connect individuals and families to resources throughout the target area, and draw upon evidence-based practices and successful models, all with the overarching goal of measurably reducing shootings and homicides in East Baltimore.

Date Created: September 29, 2022