Community Safety

Increase the livability, affordability and safety of Greater Boston neighborhoods

Vibrant neighborhood  photo Background

Researchers from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government published stunning statistics which showed that from 2006 to 2009, 39 percent of all of Boston’s homicides and 52 percent of all fatal shootings took place within a small (3.42 square mile) area—neighborhoods that also have high rates of poverty and disinvestment.  In response, the Boston Foundation created StreetSafe Boston, a five-year, $18 million special initiative focusing on the geographical area identified by the study.

Approach

StreetSafe Boston represents a unique model approach to curbing youth violence and helping young people—a model that is being studied by cities across the United States and around the world.  StreetSafe trains and deploys streetworkers who are committed to developing direct, constant connections with proven-risk young people.  Once a streetworker gains a youth’s trust, he connects him or her with other StreetSafe staff members who can help to provide everything from education to housing to health care and job training.

Desired Outcomes

StreetSafe Boston’s goals are specific and measurable.  The initiative seeks to decrease gang-involved shootings by 60% in the five neighborhoods where most shootings take place—and decrease youth homicides by 30% in those neighborhoods.  In addition, the goal is to build relationships with youth on the street and link them to life-supporting services.

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Latest News

Boston Foundation announces $2.2 million in grants to Greater Boston organizations
Date: March 28, 2014

The Boston Foundation Board approved $1,309,000 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in April 2014. 

Boston Foundation report finds uneven progress on CORI Reform Implementation
Date: May 24, 2012
Massachusetts’ groundbreaking 2010 law to reform the state’s criminal background information system has met with mixed success in the first phase of its implementation, according to a new report commissioned by the Boston Foundation.

Funds

The Permanent Fund for Boston Longley-Elisio-photo The Boston Foundation partners with our donors and a wide range of other philanthropists to establish legacy gifts for the future betterment of Greater Boston.  Together, these gifts contribute to the strength of the Permanent Fund for Boston. These resources allow the Foundation to deepen our capacity to practice innovative philanthropy today and in the years to come.

The Civic Leadership Fund Female student portrait photo The Civic Leadership Fund supports the Foundation’s role as a civic hub where information, knowledge, resources and influence come together for the greater good of our region.  This crucial fund helps us tackle some of our region’s most serious challenges through a wide range of activities.