Initiatives Community Based Crime Reduction

Community Based
Crime Reduction

Can our community reduce crime?

Yes, we can.

We CAN (Change & Action Now) is three nonprofits—HACE, Impact Services and NKCDC—coming together to support Kensington and Fairhill residents, community organizations and the police.

Our vision is a safe and unified neighborhood where residents work together to build trust, eliminate crime, and advocate for their community.

Our community

We’re focused on an area in the Kensington and Fairhill neighborhoods of Philadelphia, in the 24th Police District.

Our goals

  1. Increasing collective efficacy—bringing neighbors together, building trust, and empowering local residents and organizations to make change.
  2. Strengthening relationships and collaboration between the police and the community.
  3. Reducing physical disorder—cleaning, greening and designing safer blocks.

Our partners

In 2018, HACE, Impact Services and NKCDC were awarded a three-year $1 million grant for innovations in community-based crime reduction from the United States Department of Justice. We CAN partners include the 24th Police District, city agencies and over 28 local civic and religious organizations, and schools.

Our action

Since 2019 we have engaged hundreds of residents through Chat & Chews, National Night Out, Safe Clinics, community clean-ups, trauma-informed art workshops, holiday events, block parties, resource fairs, art exhibits, and Police Buddy Outings to destinations like the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Zoo.  

For more information

Contact Cass Green, Project Manager at cgreen@nkcdc.org or 267-896-0068. Follow We CAN on Instagram and Facebook @we.can.philly