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National LISC News

Announcements

LISC CSI to Support BCJI Grantees in 17 Additional Sites

LISC Community Safety Initiative (CSI) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to help turn communities of distress impacted by high levels of crime into safe communities of opportunity as part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program, an Obama Administration effort to address crime hotspots. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), announced that 17 communities across the country, from California to Connecticut are being awarded over $7 million in this third year of BCJI program. In addition to the communities selected in 2012 and 2013, LISC is now supporting BCJI work in 46 communities nationwide. Technical assistance services include helping the grantees use data and research to identify appropriate, multi-faceted responses to crime hot spots, and to effectively engage neighbors in planning and implementing BCJI projects on an ongoing basis. 

  • Learn more about the BCJI program

LISC/MetLife Foundation Awardees Profiled at National Vacant Properties Conference

Conference Presentations

Three winners of LISC's MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards shared their work at the 2013 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Philadelphia. A crowd of 25+ people joined their session to hear tips on how police and community developers can collaborate to solve problems related to vacancies on commercial corridors. Touching on topics ranging from merchant organizing to attracting artist investors to placemaking, the speakers from Paducah (KY), Brooklyn (NY) and Seattle (WA) reinforced that collaboration is the key to successful revitalization in high crime neighborhoods, no matter their size. The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is sponsored by the Center for Community Progress - a national organization dedicated to helping U.S. cities turn vacant and problem properties into vibrant places.

Session Title: Partnering With Police Departments in Commercial Corridors

Download the Paducah, KY PowerPoint presentation

  • Presenters:
         - Charlie Doherty, Community Development Planner, City of Paducah Planning
            Department
         - George Johnson, Sergeant, Paducah Police Department 

Download the Seattle, WA PowerPoint presentation

  • Presenter:
         -
    Nic Li, Economic Development Specialist, Seattle Chinatown International District
           Preservation and Development Authority (SCDIpda)

Download the Brooklyn, NY PowerPoint presentation

  • Presenter:
         -
    Phillip Kellogg. Executive Director, Fulton Avenue Business (FAB) Alliance

LISC CSI to Support 2013 BCJI Grantees

The U.S. Department of Justice has again tapped LISC Community Safety Initiative (CSI) to help troubled neighborhoods become safer places to live as part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program, an Obama Administration effort to address crime hotspots in persistently distressed areas. Denise O’Donnell, director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), announced in September that 14 communities from California to Rhode Island are being awarded $12.4 million in this second year of BCJI grants. Combined with the communities selected in 2012, LISC is now supporting BCJI work in 29 cities nationwide. Technical assistance services include helping the grantees use data and research to identify appropriate, multi-faceted responses to crime hot spots, and to effectively engage neighbors in planning and implementing BCJI projects on an ongoing basis.


BCJI Grantees Convene for Regional Meetings

LISC's Community Safety Initiative wrapped up three regional meetings with 15 grantees of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program funded by DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance. About 45 BCJI leaders met in small groups in Philadelphia, Seattle and Milwaukee where they exchanged information and resources, and heard from experts such as Susan Shah, director of the Vera Institute of Justice Center on Immigration and Policing, and Bill Traynor and Frankie Blackburn, community engagement experts with Trusted Space Partners. The meetings involved rich discussion about topics including what current and historical research says about the connections between crime and places, and how best to address police legitimacy issues in the context of comprehensive efforts like BCJI.  


Department of Justice Names LISC CSI to Guide Comprehensive Safety Strategies in 15 Cities

The U.S. Department of Justice has named LISC Community Safety Initiative (CSI)  to support programs that tackle crime hotspots in 15 cities as part of a sweeping effort to improve the quality of life in troubled  communities. LISC CSI was awarded $1 million to guide the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI), bringing law enforcement, civic and economic leaders to the table with the neighbors themselves with the goal of making communities safer.  LISC's grant was part of $11 million in BCJI funds awarded to help lift up cities from San Bernardino, CA, to Buffalo, NY. As the national training and technical assistance provider, LISC's role is to help local neighborhoods across the country implement the strategy.  

The BCJI Program is a part of the Obama Administration's larger Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which brings together the departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Treasury to align federal programs focused on neighborhood revitalization and to implement pilot programs between agencies.


Two LISC cities to receive DOJ Building Neighborhood Capacity Program support

Neighborhoods in Flint, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin will receive capacity-building support through the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) over the next two years per a recent announcement from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance on behalf of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. The BNCP model is closely aligned with LISC'sBuilding Sustainable Communities approach in its emphasis on helping distressed neighborhoods transform themselves into neighborhoods of opportunity by strengthening partnerships and activities around public safety, education, housing, human services and health. LISC supported the applications from both Milwaukee and Flint. Other neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee and Fresno, California will also receive support from DOJ and the BNCP technical assistance provider, the Center for the Study of Social Policy.