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FY2011 Boston Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Project

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2011-PB-FX-K003
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Total funding (to date)
$2,881,173

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,199,999)

The Boston demonstration project will implement the following three-part evidence-based strategy: 1) a neighborhood-based social norms campaign of non-tolerance toward violence, coupled with a saturated consequences campaign targeting youth "shooters"; 2) a comprehensive public health intervention addressing the "shooters" and their families in one of Boston's most violent "hot spot" neighborhoods (the Norfolk area of Mattapan) through case management, job development, transitional employment and other opportunities; and 3) a strengthening of Bostons PACT/ Ceasefire model to ensure that its current enforcement and accountability strategies, and opportunity services match the ever-changing gang culture in Boston.
The proposed project is a combination of the best practices of the Boston and Chicago Ceasefire models and the Richmond Homicide Unit's social norms model. It is comprehensive in nature, consisting of collaboration among multiple agencies using both place-based and people-based strategies. The overarching goal is to reduce youth homicides and shootings in Mattapan by increasing enforcement and accountability; providing violence interruption, conflict resolution, and opportunities to our "shooters" and their families; and mobilizing the community through a saturated social norms and consequences campaign. By leading their partners through this comprehensive strategy, they will positively impact violent crime trends both in the short and long term. CA / NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Invited Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The City of Boston will use FY14 State and Community Development Invited funds to continue the Boston Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration project, which outlined a three-part, evidence-based strategy: 1) a neighborhood-based social norms campaign of non-tolerance toward violence, coupled with a saturated consequences campaign targeting youth shooters; 2) a comprehensive public health intervention addressing the shooters and their families in one of Boston's most violent hot spot neighborhoods (the Norfolk area of Mattapan) through case management, job development, transitional employment and other opportunities; and 3) a strengthening of Boston's PACT/Ceasefire (Group Violence Reduction Program) model to ensure that its current enforcement, accountability strategies, and opportunity services match the ever-changing gang culture in Boston. This comprehensive strategy involves collaboration among multiple agencies using both place-based and people-based strategies, with the overarching goal to reduce youth homicides and shootings in Mattapan.
NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice. The City of Boston will utilize the supplemental funding to strengthen efforts to engage faith-based leadership and institutions to work in concert with the Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Project staff and stakeholders to prevent and reduce youth gun and gang violence and victimization in Mattapan, MA. This work would be accomplished through our partnership with the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA). The BMA will organize and coordinate a faith-based community leadership council comprised of representatives of the various faith institutions in Mattapan. The Council will collaborate with BPD and local initiatives to help coordinate a local response to the violence in the Mattapan area. The BMA will also organize and facility a Youth Council, consisting of members from the churches and local communities. This Youth Council will be given specialized leadership and advocacy training and will help design, develop, and implement faith-based and community-based youth programming and work collaboratively with ongoing organizations and initiatives in Mattapan, to leverage existing opportunities for greater violence reduction impact. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 21, 2011