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Since 1994, LISC’s Community Safety Initiative has supported teams of community developers and law enforcement working to improve safety in neighborhoods nationwide.

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Welcome to the Community Safety Initiative Resource Center

In neighborhoods around the country, residents and community organizations are stepping up to tackle persistent crime problems in concert with progressive law enforcement agencies. These leaders know that enforcement alone rarely yields sustained reductions in crime. Safety partnerships which have aligned organizing, enforcement and physical revitalization have achieved double digit reductions in crime, replacing trouble spots with quality housing, active businesses and safe playspaces. In this Resource Center, LISC's Community Safety Initiative shares lessons and tools from hundreds of such partnerships to guide and inform efforts in other communities. Join us in this exchange of strategies for building safe and healthy neighborhoods.

"Residents and businesses often have conflicting interests and in diverse communities, there are always cultural and perception issues that have to be addressed. We are fortunate to have a very receptive police department on the ground but often times there are also real or perception issues between the community and the police."  

- Tony To, Executive Director, HomeSight, Chartered Member of NeighborWorks America (Seattle, WA)


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