Beautiful, safe and prosperous communities are places where families can grow strong and build legacies for the future.
Corridors are vital to the health of Charlotte’s communities, serving as links that connect people to the resources and businesses they need to live and thrive. With a $24.5 million investment, the City of Charlotte is renewing its commitment to
six key corridors.
To develop safer communities, the city will implement the SAFE Charlotte initiative which includes violence interruption, hospital-based violence intervention and $1 million in grants to local organizations. The initiative also includes pathways to employment and affordable housing. Violence interruption is an evidence-based program that utilizes a public-health approach to address violent crime. In partnership with Cure Violence Global, and Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), the city and Mecklenburg County will launch Alternatives to Violence (ATV) in the Beatties Ford area.
For more information about the Corridors of Opportunity or the Alternatives to Violence program, contact Cherie Smith at
Cherie.Smith@charlottenc.gov. The city and partner agencies will host a virtual ATV Summit on June 10 as part of the program launch. Interested residents should register online to attend the summit.
Alternatives to Violence Community Summit
Thursday June 10, 2021; 6 p.m.
Register to attend the summit
About the Cure Violence Model
Cure Violence Global is a non-profit, public health organization that has developed a successful methodology that works to interrupt violence in the place and during the time it happens. Cure Violence’s methodology includes resourcing community members to work with people who are at the most risk for perpetrating violence.
The methodology is specific, based in public health principles, and uses data to target areas and individuals that are most likely affected by violence. Interrupters are community members and trusted messengers who use their credibility and relationships to mediate conflict and stop violence before it happens. Interrupters work in their neighborhoods, talking to people on the street, during the times that violence is known to happen. Outreach specialists maintain a caseload of persons they support in receiving services and resources to prevent future violence.
Cure Violence has helped set up evidence-based violence interruption programs in Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana, Chicago, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; New York City, New York; Washington, District of Columbia; St. Louis, Missouri; and Camden, New Jersey.