SIMBA ANTI-VIOLENCE OUTREACH
The Tayshana Chicken Murphy Foundation (TCMF) is be partnered with the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence (OPGV) to deploy prevention/intervention strategies and trauma reduction services in an identified area that does not have a CMS site and is still experiencing high rates of shooting incidents. To address the inter-generational divide between Manhattanville and Grant housing developments, which resulted in two murders, in June 2014, the NYPD implemented the largest gang takedown in the city’s history. 40 young men were arrested on a 103-person indictment in relation to the murders and longstanding territorial conflict. Years later, the feuding developments are still experiencing pockets of violence by a new generation of young people that may not have been engaged in violent behavior if the sweep had not transpired. TCMF has assembled a group of outreach workers deployed in Manhattanville and Grant Houses to promote public safety, build relationships, gather information and mediate conflicts in an effort to prevent violence. The goal is to reduce and prevent shooting incidents through providing a swift, coordinated response to the immediate incident of crisis while minimizing the likelihood of retaliation in Manhattanville and Grant houses.