Fund Strategies That Focus on the People and Places Most Vulnerable to Community Violence

  • The most effective and widely known community violence intervention programs engage directly with the people, groups, and situations at highest risk for being involved with gun violence.
    • 80% of Minnesota support these initiatives.
  • These programs can be based in government, in hospitals, or in community organizations, and evidence shows they can reduce violence substantially with consistent funding.
  • Community violence intervention strategies can also include efforts to focus on the physical spaces most vulnerable to violence.*
  • In Philadelphia, for example, the restoration of vacant lots led to a 39% reduction in firearm assaults.** While Minneapolis and St. Paul have programs like these, the State of Minnesota can do more to promote these programs statewide.
  • The American Rescue Plan sets aside $350 billion in state and local funding for these critical programs. So far, Minnesota has barely touched its share.***



*Cure Violence Global: The Evidence of Effectiveness. (2021).

Matthay, E. C., Farkas,K., Rudolph, K. E., Zimmerman, S., Barragan, M., Goin, D. E., Ahern, J. (2016). Firearm and Non-firearm Violence After Operation Peacemaker Fellowship in Richmond, California, 1996–2016. American Journal of Public Health.

John Jay College’s Research and Evaluation Center. (2020, November 9). Reducing Violence Without Police: A Review of Research Evidence.

Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence. (2015). Annual Reviews.

Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence. (2015). Annual Reviews.

**Kondo, M. C., Keene, D., Hohl, B. C., MacDonald, J. M., & Branas, C. C. (2015). A Difference-In-Differences Study of the Effects of a New Abandoned Building Remediation Strategy on Safety. PLOS ONE, 10(7), e0129582.

Urban Blight Remediation as a Cost-Beneficial Solution to Firearm Violence. (2016). American Journal of Public Health.
***The White House. (2021, June 23). Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety.

Department of Public Safety – Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. (2022). 2022 American Rescue Plan Act Violence Intervention Grants.



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