$2.5 Million Violence Prevention Grant Awarded to Pasadena – Pasadena Now

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The City of Pasadena, through the Pasadena Public Health Department, will receive just over $2.5 million in grants from the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program.

While several other California cities receiving grant money have already outlined specific uses for the funds, Pasadena has not yet allocated the grant funding, intended to be used to reduce violence in the city.

The city said it would issue requests for proposals to community organizations before figuring out how to use the money.

The PPHD grant proposal released by the California Board of State Community Corrections said funding was being sought to implement a new violence intervention project called Project Safe Pasadena, which aims to target youth ages 11 to 24. years, who are most at risk of becoming involved. in gang life and the perpetuation of violence.

The project would be based on the Cure Violence model, which is a public health approach to reducing gun violence.

By comparison, the City of Long Beach will use the $3.9 million in grants it received to expand its Activating Safe Communities program citywide. Efforts will be focused on 13 neighborhoods disproportionately affected by gun violence in north and central Long Beach.

The city of Salinas, which received a $3.13 million grant, allocated the money to various nonprofit organizations and departments such as the Natividad Medical Foundation and Partners for Peace, as well as the Department of Salinas police, who should receive $1.2. million, for use in intervention programs for at-risk youth exhibiting delinquent behavior and creating a new community outreach team to reduce violence, support intervention activities, services and build community confidence.

Meanwhile, the City of San Francisco will use its $6 million grant to expand the San Francisco Violence Reduction Initiative.

While the Board of State Community Corrections requires that at least 50% of grant funds be transferred to external non-law enforcement agencies, the PPHD proposes to allocate 61% of grant funds to the work of Violence Prevention by Pasadena Nonprofit Organizations, which will be determined through a citywide bidding process.

In July, the PPHD plans to issue a number of RFPs for contract opportunities “to provide prevention, response and system development components of the program.”

A citywide bidding process will be issued to local nonprofits, asking them to propose specific use projects for the program.

Meanwhile, in a statement, PPHD said the violence reduction strategies that will be implemented under the program will be anchored on three components: prevention, intervention and system development.

The Safe Pasadena Project will provide youth and young adults with access to Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) and support a youth-focused gang outreach worker to focus on building relationships and trust with youth in the community through direct outreach to promote MDFT.

The program also aims to establish a consortium of community partners to create, enhance, and sustain collaborative community capacity to provide prevention services needed to reduce youth gang and gun violence in Pasadena.

“Violence does not happen in a vacuum and many factors influence the likelihood that a young person will engage in activities that lead to violence. Through the CalVIP grant, the Department of Public Health is focusing its resources on prevention to improve protective factors that reduce the risk of engaging in violence. This program alone will not end community violence, so we intend to coordinate and support the efforts of community partners who have worked for years, if not decades, to address community violence.

“The CalVIP grant provides essential resources to enhance these partnerships to coordinate activities, create a shared vision, and provide the support needed to pursue collective impact to meet the needs of young people before they become involved in activities that may lead to violence,” PPHD said. in a report.

A new position of PPHD II Program Coordinator will be created to manage the program, according to PPHD.

The position will be responsible for managing contracts and monitoring and reporting program results, among other duties. PPHD is required to submit progress reports regarding the program to the BSCC on a quarterly basis.

For more information about the program, visit https://www.bscc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/pasadena_eval_rpt.pdf

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