Saint Louis, MO

Mayor Jones supports President's Biden CVI program

George Vandervalk

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ST. LOUIS, MO — On June 23, the Biden administration announced the convening of a Community Violence Intervention Collaborative of officials from 15 jurisdictions across the country, including St. Louis.

President Biden encouraged elected officials across the country to strengthen community violence intervention programs and improve public safety. Mayor Jones has appointed Public Safety Director Dan Isom to represent St. Louis, and she has planned to allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan in support of those programs.

“The American Rescue Plan is an opportunity to address the root causes of crime by investing directly in underserved neighborhoods and preventing violence before it occurs. This Community Violence Intervention Collaborative will help bring knowledge and more resources to St. Louis,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “I’m proud our city is being recognized by the Biden Administration for our efforts to reimagine public safety, and I urge the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to approve my $80 million relief proposal that devotes significant resources towards making our communities safer across our entire city.”

Community violence intervention programs have been proven to reduce violence by as much as 60 percent. These programs are effective because they leverage trusted messengers who work directly with individuals most likely to commit gun violence, intervene in conflicts, and connect people to social, health and wellness, and economic services to reduce the likelihood of violence as an answer to conflict.

The mayor will allocate $11.5 million of her $80 million direct relief proposal to address the root causes of crime and improve public safety through increased funding for violence intervention programs, youth programming and jobs.

The plan also builds critical public health infrastructure to boost vaccination rates and provides direct economic relief to struggling families. This initial infusion of funds — the essential first step towards an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis — will deliver urgent, direct relief to help stabilize neighborhoods across the city and lay the foundation for long-term growth and investment.

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