Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,000,000)
The Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR) supports local and tribal communities to effectively target and address violent crime issues in distressed, high-crime neighborhoods through coordinated cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The goal of CBCR is to reduce crime, increase trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, CBCR grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.
The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency's (MDHA) goal is to build upon existing neighborhood assets to create a cohesive, connected, safe, and diverse community of choice and improve residents quality of life. It identified four primary crime and safety goals, based on existing resident needs, and matched them to the following four effective evidence-based strategies proven to effectively reduce violent crime: (1) reduce substance use and behavior problems in youth using improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents; (2) empower young adults with work-based learning opportunities and skills to improve economic self-sufficiency; (3) reduce the prevalence and incidence of crime by improving street lighting; and (4) increase the police presence in hot spots to deter criminal activity. With partners, MDHA will use research and local data to drive a community-oriented crime strategy to reduce chronic violent crime, increase mutual trust, and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to redevelop the neighborhood and spur economic revitalization.