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Request for Committee Action

A briefing memo explaining the purpose, background, and impact of the requested action.
Contracts for violence prevention (RCA-2021-00538)

To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Public Health & Safety Committee May 6, 2021
Lead Staff:
Josh Schaffer - Manager, Health Administration x2088
Presented By:
Josh Peterson - Manager, Office of Violence Prevention
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Action Contract/Agreement

Authorizing contracts with the following organizations for a total amount not to exceed amount $350,000 for violence prevention in Minneapolis: Somali Community Resettlement Services: $43,750; Sewa-AIFW: $43,750; Worldwide Outreach for Christ: $43,750; Northside Residents Redevelopment: $43,750; Hennepin Theatre Trust: $20,833; Webber Camden Neighborhood: $20,833; The Sanctuary Covenant Church: $20,833; Art Is My Weapon: $20,833; HIRED: $20,833; Phumulani MN African Women: $20,833; Lutheran Social Services of MN: $10,000; Restorative Justice Community Action: $10,000; Dynamic Family Solutions: $10,000; Lateshia Carter: $10,000; and Kente Circle Training Institute: $10,000.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

In late 2018, the Minneapolis City Council approved creation of an Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) within the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD). The OVP coordinates violence prevention work across the City enterprise, convenes and coordinates jurisdictional partners, and supports partner efforts. To coincide with the creation of the OVP, the 2019 City budget called for establishment of a Violence Prevention Fund intended to invest in community-led strategies that address violence in the City. In 2019 and 2020, the Health Department issued competitive solicitations for Violence Prevention Fund projects and awarded funds to agencies to conduct violence prevention activities. The 2021 budget included funding to continue to support this work again.To accomplish that, in March 2021 the Office of Violence Prevention undertook a competitive solicitation process and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP was used to identify qualified agencies to support community-driven approaches that serve Minneapolis residents and that promote safety, resilience, connectedness, and healing in the City as a whole. The RFP allowed for organizations to apply for funding to provide projects/services that take place over several months (Categories A or B) or for smaller-scale projects that will address violence over more focused implementation periods (Category C).

Following that competitive process, the following applicants were selected for this opportunity with funding at the amounts provided:

Category A ($43,750 each)

• Somali Community Resettlement Services will implement a mentoring program and provide employment services for East African youth. 

• Sewa-AIFW will offer healing workshops, storytelling circles, and two community events focused on South Asian immigrants. 

• Worldwide Outreach for Christ will pair youth with adult mentors in South Minneapolis to work on a community project. 

• Northside Residents Redevelopment Council will provide block patrols in the Willard Hay & Near North neighborhoods. 

Category B ($20,833 each) 

• Hennepin Theatre Trust will host a series of community events called 5 to 10 on Hennepin (partnering with Youthprise/Kulture Klub Collaborative and Streetworks)

• Webber Camden Neighborhood will hire neighborhood youth to lead a community engagement project, host a police dialog session with the 4th precinct, and hold a safety resource fair. 

• The Sanctuary Covenant Church will host a series of events over the summer in their parking lot in North Minenapolis. They will also commission a local artist to create a community mural. 

• Art is my Weapon will hire youth to create and produce public service announcements focused on solutions that creatively address violence prevention.

• HIRED will offer career counseling services as well as providing support services funding (housing, food, technology, transportation, fines and fees, etc.)

• Phumulani MN African Women will host monthly healing circles for African immigrant and refugee families living in Minneapolis.

Category C ($10,000 each) 

• Lutheran Social Services of MN will implement the Imhotep Freedom School, an affiliate of the Children’s Defense Fund, to be held in the heart of North Minneapolis.

• Restorative Justice Community action will hire a part-time staff member to set-up a database, social media plan, and roll out the community bulletin board platform for the Minnesota TRUST Network. 

• Dynamic Family Solutions will offer coaching, classes & will provide home and child care resources for African American parents. 

• Lateshia Carter will hold ten healing circle gathering sessions for African American women healing from the intersectional impact of community violence, children affected by gun and gang/group violence, and their own experience of intimate partner violence.

• Kente Circle Training Institute will host a conference designed to provide space and support for BIPOC professionals working in mental health, education, social work, juvenile justice and the corrections systems to engage with community, nonprofit, and faith leaders in professional development and thoughtful community building.