The White House Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC)
President Biden announced CVIC on June 23, 2021 as part of his administration's comprehensive strategy to address gun crime. Through this initiative, White House and administration officials brought together mayors, community experts, philanthropic leaders, and other key stakeholders for joint learning on lessons, best practices, and innovations.
CVIC focused on the following jurisdictions: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; King County, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN; Miami-Dade, FL; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Rapid City, SD; St. Louis, MO; and Washington, DC.
Piloted during an 18-month period ( July 1, 2021 through December 2022), CVIC sought to scale evidence-based, community-led strategies to reduce gun violence and enhance public safety for children, families, and communities. Incubated and led by Hyphen, CVIC strengthened the ability of national community violence intervention (CVI) organizations to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) and established the first-ever national TTA program for the CVI field. In 2023, Hyphen transitioned CVIC to the four national TTA organizations, which received $22.5 million in multi-year support from the Ballmer Group and Schusterman Family Philanthropies to launch the Coalition to Advance Public Safety (CAPS). Over an 18-month pilot period, CVIC’s work:
Strengthened the organizational and programmatic capacity of––and increased public and private funding for––51 CVI groups in 17 diverse cities and counties across the country.
Supported jurisdictions to adopt CVI as part of their public safety strategy. The June 26, 2023 New York Times article, “Murder, on the Decline,” cites the expansion of CVI as one of three reasons for this decline: "The third explanation for the murder drop is government policy: Many places have recently invested more in policing and other anti-violence programs. Cities used Covid relief money to bolster their law enforcement ranks, and some have received federal dollars for community-led efforts to break up violence. In Baltimore, a new strategy of focusing policing and other resources on people with a history of violence seems to be paying off, as The Baltimore Banner reported." Baltimore was one of the jurisdictions that was part of CVIC.
A key part of Hyphen’s strategy was to draw attention to effective CVI strategies and CVIC leaders who are reimagining public safety in the U.S., and CVIC received significant media attention. Please visit our Media & Resources page for links to recent articles.
Thank you to CVIC's funders: Arnold Ventures, Ballmer Group, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Annie E Casey Foundation, Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundations, Joyce Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Open Society Foundations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.