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Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative

The Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative was launched by OVC at six pilot sites: Bronx, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Kansas; Los Angeles, California; Shelby County, Tennessee; and St. Paul, Minnesota. These jurisdictions are developing a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of victims in targeted neighborhoods. During the first year, all of the sites conducted a needs assessment to identify gaps in services and began developing a strategic plan to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration to improve services. Through broad, multidisciplinary coalitions established in the first year, the sites will develop and begin implementing plans to address the service gaps in the second year. These plans will use existing community resources and additional resources developed through the initiative. The grantees also will develop formal protocols for making referrals, plans for evaluating their initiatives, plans for sustainability, and public awareness campaigns. To support the pilot sites, the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center has developed needs assessment surveys and protocols for stakeholder discussion groups, and will deliver ongoing technical assistance.

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