In 2017, the Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) received $1,000,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. HCHN is partnering with the North Flint Neighborhood Action Council (NF-NAC), the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, to implement a Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Planning and Implementation Grant in Flint, MI. This project is named Illuminating Community Change (IC2).
The CBCR [formerly named Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI)] is a program of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) which partners with the national non-profit, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to implement selected projects. IC2 will work to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization around the northern-most neighborhoods that make up Wards 1 and 3 in Flint, Michigan.
IC2 takes a place-based, asset-based, community-driven (by residents and community-based organizations) approach to catalyzing partnerships built on trust to reduce and prevent crime. The project founders view public health and public safety as inextricably linked and community-based economic development as the path out of community and individual poverty. This project takes a collective approach to crime prevention and reduction by involving stakeholders, law enforcement and researchers as equals, bringing forth their knowledge, expertise, and resources to solve the issues that impact everyone. The ultimate goal of this project is to make a different life for the young people of North Flint, who deserve more than they have been born into, by taking a systemic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and prison.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with the Business community and the Residents on the Northside of Flint,” Clarence Pierce, Chief Executive Officer for Hamilton Community Health Network, said. “This grant will focus on a cross-sector partnership of community residents, city leaders, law enforcement agencies and service providers working together to prevent crime in targeted areas. I am delighted that Hamilton could take the lead in making this a safer community for the residents.”