PHMDC to fund organizations working to stop violence

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MADISON, Wis. — Public Health Madison and Dane County is investing in efforts to keep the community safe.

PHMDC will give a total of $300,000 to five local groups working to prevent violence. The move is part of PHMDC’s Roadmap to Reducing Violence in Madison and Dane County.

The goal is to create more chances for children and families to connect with resources that promote good health, bring neighborhoods together and help those who have been affected by violence heal.

“We’re so happy to be giving this money to these organizations who know our community best,” said PHMDC’s Aurielle Smith. “The work of reducing violence cannot be done alone.”

The funds come from money given to Madison and Dane County by the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

“We’re investing in violence prevention efforts across our community to make our city safer,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said. “I’m excited that our ARPA funding will help increase opportunities for our youth, foster stronger neighborhoods, and help our community heal from violence.”

The organizations receiving money include:

  • Dane County District Attorney’s Office
    • The DA’s Office will give Bluetooth panic buttons to victims of violent crimes who are still at risk of further violence. The buttons notify 911 of the victim’s location without the need of a phone call
  • Dane County Multi-Agency Center
    • The center will create a website and app for survivors of sexual violence to connect with local support services
  • Meadowood Neighborhood Association
    • The Association will use the funds to strengthen services for people in need of immediate housing, food and other emergencies, and refer those people to health and social services in order to prevent violence
  • Operation Fresh Start
    • Operation Fresh Start will work to help people ages 17-24 find career options, prepare for employment, and take steps towards achieving career goals
  • Urban Triage
    • Urban Triage will begin a new initiative to serve people ages 14-24, specifically those who are aging out of foster care or leaving incarceration. The program will help people develop job skills, recover from trauma, navigate systems and will provide rental assistance

Each project will be funded for at least one year beginning on August 1.