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Project PEACE

Project PEACE (People Engaged and Advocating for Community Empowerment) is a 3-year, $1 million grant initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. 

Project Peace

Project goals are to:

  • Amplify community safety through the reduction of violent crime activity, including crimes committed by youth;
  • Enhance community awareness of crime issues and crime-based services, including crime prevention; and
  • Improve coordination and delivery of crime-based services within the targeted project area: Miami-Dade Northside District (MDND).

These goals are to be actualized by developing and implementing a coordinated and holistic community crime-based strategic action plan offering a continuum of approaches for addressing crime problems and leveraging broader revitalization activities and services through cross sector community partnerships.

The grant is administered by the Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination Division, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department (Lead Law Enforcement Agency), Justice and Security Strategies, Inc. (Research Partner) and a Cross-Sector Partnership also known as the Task Force. 

Miami-Dade Northside District (MDND)

The Miami-Dade Northside District (MDND) is situated amidst five municipalities in north Miami-Dade County (MDC) and comprise of unincorporated neighborhoods continually plagued by violent criminal activity. Although the area only comprises 15.5 square miles, it accounts for 31.5% of the FBI Part I crimes occurring within unincorporated MDC.

The MDND is bounded geographically by NW 135th Street to the North, NW 7th Avenue to the East, NW 20th Street to the South, and by NW 37th Avenue to the West.

The MDND ranks first in unincorporated MDC in the number of homicides, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, larcenies and auto-thefts committed. It also ranks second in the number of burglaries reported to police. Forty-two homicides, 127 forcible rapes, and 1,224 aggravated assaults occurred in this area alone in 2013.

The total estimated population within the 15.5 square miles that comprise the MDND is 90,186, of which an estimated 25% are children (under 18 years of age), 12.7% are persons over 65 years; 38.70% are persons of Hispanic or Latino origin; 57.8% are African Americans; and 2.3% are White persons not of Hispanic origin. The area’s poverty rate is 30.5%, which is almost two times more than the State (15.6%) and National (14.9%) rates, and are significantly higher than the county as a whole (19.10%). The median household income of $29,034 is less than the county ($43,464), State ($47,309) and U.S. ($53,046) median household incomes. The countywide unemployment rate is 11.2%. In the MDND, this rate is 18.8%.

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