The spike in violent crimes across this country has impacted many of the communities in which we serve. Our network continues to stand firm in our commitment to "helping people help themselves," and that extends into violence prevention.
According to Mapps' office, citing data from Portland's Police Bureau, between June 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, more than 1 in every 1,000 Black residents in Portland died of homicide. In response to the most recent wave of tragedy, the Portland OIC launched their Public Safety Village initiative this summer to have a "direct" and "immediate" impact on the community. The village is a group of 11 grassroots, Black-led organizations guided by individuals who have been involved or impacted by violence in the streets of Portland in the past.
Please take a look at the CNN story released on the work being done by Portland OIC to reduce violence by bringing our services to the streets.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH the CNN News report.
To learn more about Portland OIC's work to reduce violence in Multnomah County, click HERE.