HISTORY: Origins of the Safe and Healthy Communities Program
The Safe and Healthy Communities Program had its roots in Benning Terrace when in January, 1997, CNE and a grassroots partner stopped a cycle of murderous violence between warring youth factions. After a truce was negotiated, a program of employment, life skills, counselling, and other activities was instituted. The effect on the community was immediate and profound. As a consequence of this success, CNE exported and helped effective community organizations in other cities adapt this approach. Now, CNE would like to bring this model of effective change back to Washington, DC, focusing on the program’s point of origin, the Benning Terrace community.