Community Empowerment Project

Community Empowerment Project

The Richardson Dwellings/Lincoln Heights Community Empowerment Project provides three-year federal funding from the U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance to support the collaboration of local agencies, community organizations, residents, researchers, and law enforcement in developing and implementing a strategic plan to reduce and prevent violent crime in the Richardson Dwellings/Lincoln Heights community.

Powered by the DC Trust, and with support from the Urban Institute, the Richardson Dwellings/Lincoln Heights Community Empowerment Project will build upon previous and current research to identify crime drivers, resources, and service gaps and prioritize community needs. Urban Institute will engage the community at every level, including hosting data walks and training residents to aid in research.

In the first year, the collaborative Community Empowerment Project team will use the research, explore existing initiatives, and engage the community to develop a strategic plan. Planning will include visiting other sites, providing training for residents and organizations from training partners available to the grant, and hosting community events.

In years two and three, the Community Empowerment Project collaborative team will coordinate the implementation of strategies in the Richardson Dwellings/Lincoln Heights community. Implementation will include building the capacity of local service providers and helping leverage additional funding so the partnerships and strategies are sustained beyond the three-year grant.