Biden-Harris Administration Announces Investments in Community Violence Interventions

Cities across the U.S. are experiencing an increase in gun violence and homicides, especially in segregated, high-poverty neighborhoods. Black men and women, Latinos, and Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by this violence.

To address this, on April 7, 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration announced historic investments in community violence intervention (CVI) to combat the gun violence epidemic. The multidisciplinary plan includes information on the various government investments, including the American Jobs Plan, Medicaid funding, and leveraging existing grant programs. It also outlines involvement from the following U.S. agencies: Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Labor.

With the help of these agencies and programs, proven CVI strategies can help reduce gun violence through various means outside of incarceration.

As part of DOJ’s CVI efforts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) will highlight CVI on its website. BJA NTTAC also supports jurisdictions looking to implement CVI strategies through training and technical assistance (TTA). Jurisdictions can request TTA on BJA NTTAC’s website.

Learn more: White House FACT SHEET: More Details on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investments in Community Violence Interventions