Strategy and Framework
The Community Safety Coordination Center (CSCC), activated by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and led by Chief Coordination Officer Tamara Mahal, works across City agencies and in service to community to implement a comprehensive approach to address the root causes of violence - trauma, lack of educational and job opportunity, and community blight.
The CSCC was created to take the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and apply them to the City's most pressing epidemic: gun violence. This means coordinating a whole of government approach that is data-informed, evidence-based, and community-driven.
We coordinate 3 pillars of government in service of our communities. The CSCC is comprised of representatives from the City’s infrastructure, social services, and public safety departments, the majority of which are also Chicagoans living in the communities most impacted by violence. Our work is people-based, place-based, and crisis response focused.
- PEOPLE-BASED STRATEGY: Connecting those at the highest risk of violence with supportive services, providing service providers with mental health skills building training, and increasing opportunities directed at youth.
- PLACE-BASED STRATEGY: Supporting block clubs and neighborhood associations, creating more safe and green spaces, and coordinating funding efforts to address disinvestment.
- CRISIS RESPONSE: Addressing the needs of community members and business owners after violent incidents and working with community partners and law enforcement to prevent acts of retaliation.