A strong sense of safety among residents is essential for a city to thrive. Crime has long been a barrier to quality of life in Detroit neighborhoods, and too often our criminal justice system’s response to crime has further destabilized families and communities. The Foundation operates with the belief that the most effective and enduring ways to achieve safe neighborhoods is to address the root causes of crime and build positive relationships between residents and law enforcement. The Foundation invests in innovative, racially equitable strategies that reduce crime and victimization and that improve community well-being. The Foundation is particularly focused on deterring crime and reducing recidivism through diversion and re-entry interventions and by strengthening relationships between law enforcement and residents that enable the co-production of public safety.

Grant Highlights

Jefferson East Inc. was awarded a $125,000 grant to support community-driven crime-reduction programs, with an emphasis on reducing domestic violence.

Detroit Justice Center was awarded a $125,000 program grant, to develop a non-profit legal services practice that assists Detroiters with justice system contact overcome barriers to opportunity while engaging the community in redesigning a more equitable justice system.

Council of State Government was awarded a $15,000 grant to provide technical assistance to Community Legal Services (CLS), on the Michigan campaign to bring Clean Slate automatic record sealing to the state.

Detroit Public Safety Foundation was awarded $50,000 to support the expansion of the Ceasefire violence prevention program to additional precincts.