Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $7,400,000)
UPI will implement the LA Peacemakers Coalition to reduce violent crime for over 50,000 Los Angeles County residents who are disproportionately impacted by gun and gang violence. UPI will bolster community-based public safety efforts and expand the capacity of the region’s violence intervention agencies. As a results of these efforts, the LA Peacemakers Coalition will reduce violent crime and save the lives of underserved Los Angeles residents. UPI expects this initiative will reduce violent crime by at least 10% in five Los Angeles neighborhoods over a two-year period and increase the capacity of five Los Angeles Violence Intervention Coalition (LAVIC) member agencies by at least 20%.
UPI will bolster the capacity of 18 violence intervention agencies through subrecipient awards from a to be determined grant administration contractor. These agencies will then be able to hire at least 13 new community intervention workers and 18 community peace ambassadors. UPI will then train and support these agencies to implement best practices to create community safety. UPI will provide professional development trainings, including an 80-hour Community Violence Intervention course, to prepare these new peacemakers to effectively interrupt the transmission of violence. Following UPI’s trainings, these professionally trained peacemakers will provide enhanced violence intervention services in underserved communities disproportionately impacted by violence in Los Angeles for a two year period. These services will include working on-the-ground to reduce violent crime and homicides by responding 24/7 to shootings, preventing violent retaliations, conducting rumor control, as well as providing youth mentoring programs and community events.
To effectively implement the LA Peacemakers Coalition initiation, UPI will initiate several procurement contracts with to be determined consultants including: 1) Three to be determined Assessment Consultants who will assess intervention agency capacities; 2) Grant Administration consultant who will administer subrecipient awards to violence intervention agencies; 3) Program Evaluation consultant who will perform a program evaluation services to determine the efficacy of the initiative; 4) Training Instructor who will provide training services through the implementation of the 80-hour Community Violence Intervention course for new hires of the subrecipient violence intervention agencies; 5) Data Mapping and Analysis consultant who will perform violent crime data hotpot analysis to effectively target violence intervention services; 6) Wellness and Community Building contractor who will implement two annual wellness events for violence intervention agencies; and 7) Auditor who will perform a single program audit as required for fiscal compliance.