The White House Has A $5 Billion Plan To Prevent Violence In Black and Brown Communities

By WBOK Staff

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
As part of the ‘Build Back Better’ plan, the Biden Administration is hoping to build programs that help the community prevent violence by disrupting it.

The Biden Administration’s $100 billion American Rescue Plan includes funds for a variety of initiatives in its framework from addressing climate change to free preschool for children. But one of its components, violence intervention, is something the White House has been strategically targeting in an effort to reduce violent crime, which disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities.  

The “Build Back Better” plan has called for $5 billion for violence prevention, promising more than eight years of funding for community violence-prevention programs. In October, the White House announced its Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Collaborative strategy which brings together multiple cities to use the funding for its goals.

“It's a cohort of 16 jurisdictions, from Miami to Baltimore to Chicago. It really demonstrates how wide and broad the desire for support and the commitment to invest in prevention is,” said Chiraag Baines, White House Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity. “We know that Black and brown communities bear the most significant share of this issue.  Black boys and young men ages 15 to 34 are just 2% of the population but are 37% of homicide victims.”

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