Joining Forces to End Gun Violence in Chicago
The philanthropic community is funding a comprehensive portfolio of strategies aimed at reducing gun violence in Chicago.
The Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities (PSPC) is a coalition of more than 50 foundations and funders, working together to identify and support community-led, evidence-based solutions that the public sector can scale as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing gun violence.
Since its founding in 2016, PSPC has committed nearly $90 million to anti-violence efforts in Chicago, and is continuing to help advance programs that show great promise.
Treating the Whole Person, the Whole Community
With support from PSPC, community groups in Chicago’s neighborhoods most affected by gun violence have room to try innovative interventions, reducing violence amongst individuals most at risk of shooting or being shot. For the first time, community organizations on the South and West Sides are sharing best practices, data, resources and training to stem violence and its traumatic effects. This collaboration among organizations — and in coordination with law enforcement — multiplies the effectiveness of their efforts.
Community groups de-escalate tensions between likely victims and likely shooters. They direct residents to mental health services, housing assistance, legal aid, post-incarceration help and GED and job-training programs. They know that the solutions to violence involve treating the whole person and the whole community.
A New Day — A New Way
Through PSPC, community groups in 22 Chicago neighborhoods concentrated on the South and West Sides are working together with support from foundations to reduce the shootings. A new day — a new way — is here. We are joining forces to make Chicago more safe and peaceful.