The National Network has begun to frame a new "support and outreach" structure carefully tailored to the core street population, its situation, and its needs.
A key principle of the National Network for Safe Communities is to offer help to the core population of high-risk people on the street. The National Network has typically framed this component of its strategies as “social services.” However, despite the best efforts of all concerned, it has shown little impact on violence reduction or improving the lives of group members. Working with its national partners, the National Network has begun to frame a new “support and outreach” structure carefully tailored to the core street population, its situation, and its needs. The core street population the National Network engages is both the most active and the most vulnerable to be found. Addressing homicide and serious violence means addressing them, but existing social service practices simply do not work for this population.
The National Network and its partners have developed and begun to implement a new support and outreach structure with the following characteristics:
This new direction was built to assist those social service partners who do this work most intensively and to support the core population that they aim to serve. Dropping a still-active gang member into a job training program is a prescription for failure, but wrapping him up in the web of offerings and relationships envisioned in this structure holds great promise.
With support from the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the National Network is now working with cities to implement this new structure within the greater strategic framework.Click below to learn more about this new framework through the work of our Langeloth partner cities:
This white paper outlines a new "support and outreach" structure carefully tailored to the core street population, it's situation, and its needs.
The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) has become a model for implementing our innovative support and outreach framework.
Project Longevity and our partners in New Haven are playing a substantial role in crime reduction.
"The neighborhood of Englewood on Chicago's South Side is among the most dangerous in the country...This is about a group of mothers who are standing up to the violence with the type of stern love only moms can provide."
Trauma may be a top public health priority and developing new solutions to help people cope may reduce violent crime.
"New thinking about policing instead uses an approach which focuses resources on the small number of people who drive street violence. Michael Sierra-Arevalo and researchers at Yale University analyze one such initiative – Project Longevity – in New Haven, Connecticut. They find that the program can be linked to a significant reduction in the monthly number of group member shootings and homicides."
" Some advice from communities that really are facing violent crime."
"Every Wednesday for six weeks, self-proclaimed community leader Zoyla Moreno attended the Stockton Police Department’s “first of its kind” Spanish-language citizens police academy." ALMENDRA CARPIZO/THE RECORD
"The Tree of Hope organized an event for children who lost parents to violence to help the children grow up with a positive relationship with the police."
"On July 13, 2015, President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders. Here’s what their lives are like now."
"Community involvement and acting on issues is the mission of the group ISAAC in Kalamazoo. It recently held its 15th anniversary banquet to celebrate several projects and look ahead to the future."