By Alexandra Alvarado, Rain Chamberlin and Hannah Ellsworth—Aug. 3, 2021 Earlier this year, Fresnoland revealed…
Our leaders and community partners successfully advocated for the city of Stockton to invest $4.75 million of American Rescue Plan funds over three years toward community well-being and violence intervention.
The resources will establish hotlines and warmlines for crisis disruption, outreach and intervention support through community-based nonprofits, and evidence-based community violence interventions.
Lecia Harrison, a licensed clinical social worker and leader with Faith in the Valley said: “We need this investment because Stockton has multiple crises—gun violence, homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. All are interconnected. Formerly incarcerated folks are impacted too. Gun violence is a public health crisis. Mental health resources are necessary to prevent and treat the trauma experienced by victims directly impacted by gun violence. There is a ripple effect and the trauma doesn’t just impact them, but also family, friends, and the community at large.”
Our leaders are continuing to advocate at the federal level for a longterm commitment to violence prevention through the Break the Cycle of Violence Act, a proposed $5 billion fund over eight years to invest in evidence-based violence reduction initiatives.
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