Baltimore City Invests $17.6M in ARPA Funds to Support Violence Prevention

The Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Distributed $17.6M to Community-Based Organizations Targeting Gun Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence.

“This is a historic investment for Baltimore as these dollars will support approaches that confront and prevent the violence occurring on the streets today,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “With the launch of our Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) and the future expansion of our evidence-based community violence intervention (CVI) programming, we remain intentional and steadfast in our commitment to make Baltimore a safer city for all. It is critically important that we build public safety with, not for, our residents.”

According to an Office of Mayor Scott press release:

The funds will also support a dramatic expansion of Baltimore’s Community Violence Intervention ecosystem, from 10 to at least 30 contracts with community-based organizations engaged in outreach, mediation, violence intervention, hospital-based violence intervention, life coaching, victim services, and mental health support. In June, the Biden-Harris administration asked Baltimore to join a collaborative, along with 15 other jurisdictions, to expand evidence-based community violence interventions.

In the fall, Mayor Scott announced $50 million in ARPA funding over the next three years to the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) to fund violence prevention efforts, including community violence intervention, victim services, youth justice, re-entry, and community healing. This investment will support essential components of the Group Violence Reduction Strategy, expand Baltimore’s community violence intervention ecosystem and victim services, and fund re-entry programs and trauma-informed practices.

Read the full press release, and view the list of organizations awarded grants.

Read more Conduit Street blog coverage:
Baltimore City Launches ARPA Reporting Center – Conduit Street (mdcounties.org)
Mayor Scott Establishes New Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement – Conduit Street (mdcounties.org)
Baltimore City Invests ARPA Funds into Trauma Informed Care – Conduit Street (mdcounties.org)
Mayor Scott Establishes Office to Manage Historic ARPA Investment – Conduit Street (mdcounties.org)

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