Feds to fund San Francisco Violence Prevention
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
April 12, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Federal funding has been earmarked
for the establishment of a second Community Response Network (CRN),
a violence prevention program, in San Francisco's Bayview district,
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Nancy
Pelosi announced today.
The U.S. Department of Justice has dedicated nearly $500,000
for use by the San Francisco district attorney's office, community
organizations, and public agencies to help fight violent crime
in the Bayview neighborhood.
Community Response Networks seek to mitigate youth and gang violence
through such measures as: crisis intervention in the aftermath
of violent crimes; the delivery of therapeutic services to address
post-traumatic stress disorder among youth in violent neighborhoods;
night and weekend street outreach in parks and on street corners;
and the provision of case management for high-risk youth and their
The Bayview CRN will provide crisis management to 40 youths and
families in the neighborhood, and will provide intensive case
management services to 20 high-risk youths and their families.
"We know one of the most important ways to be smart on crime
is to prevent crime from happening in the first place," San
Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said. "This program
takes a new approach to confronting crime in these neighborhoods;
it gives youth in these communities the peer support and services
they need in the aftermath of crime to help them de-escalate potentially
San Francisco's first CRN began in the Mission district in 2003,
according to the district attorney's office. The Mission CRN has
educated more than 700 youth per year about the availability of
violence prevention services, and has counseled about 15 families
who have lost loved ones to violent crimes.
The district attorney's office reported that the CRN program
will most likely be expanded to additional San Francisco communities,
including the Western Addition, Visitacion Valley, Outer Mission,
Ingleside and Excelsior neighborhoods.
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