SITE OVERVIEW ♦ BALTIMORE | MARYLAND
Penn North and Upton/Druid Heights, two of Baltimore’s premier historic African-American neighborhoods, garnered national public attention in 2015 when protestors showed their outrage after the tragic death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody. The communities have faced decades of pervasive and oppressive disparities, marginalization and community violence. Groups working with residents in the targeted CBCR area have secured Promise Neighborhood and Choice Neighborhood planning grants to organize strategies around education and housing, and the CBCR grant now supports comprehensive planning for safety.
Ninety-three percent of Penn North and Upton/Druid Heights’ population is African American, and median household income is just $13,388. Nearly three of five children live in poverty and 85 percent of households are comprised of single parents. Homicides remain the leading cause of death among Baltimore City residents 15-24 years old, and 76 percent of youth victims had a criminal record with an adult arrest. Baltimore high schoolers reported carrying guns and weapons on schools grounds at nearly twice the national rate in a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the Baltimore City Police Department (BCPD), the targeted neighborhoods have the fourth highest juvenile arrest rate in the city and the second highest drug-related arrest rate.
The CBCR work in Baltimore involves collection of local data and information, an assessment of assets and problems, and production of a logic model that documents the expected inputs, outputs and outcomes of proposed safety strategies. Local participation is a priority, so leaders of the CBCR Collaborative are meeting with residents to discuss and better understand research findings. The goal is to identify the optimal mix of broad supports for the whole community (universal), direct services for youth (targeted), and specific youth interventions around trauma and disconnection (intensive). The Collaborative is focused on four categories:
Other Key Partners
Promise Heights, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Health Department, Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Penn North Community Association, Communities United and Catholic Charities
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