The San Francisco Street Violence Intervention Program (SFSVIP) is a street outreach and crisis response program created to reduce and intervene in youth related street violence for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco street violence refers to any severe conflict perpetuated by rival territories and may be initiated by turfs or other street associations’ rivalry . The SFSVIP is a part of San Francisco’s Street Violence Response Team (SVRT) which brings together and organizes multiple partnerships to sustain a long-term reduction in street violence. The SVIP aims to ultimately create safer and healthier environments for all San Franciscans regardless of their socio-economic status, gender, race, cultural background, age, or sexual orientation.
The SFSVIP was modeled after the Real Alternatives Program (RAP), CALLES Program, and the Community Response Network (CRN) . The Mayor’s Office, Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF) and Department of Public Health (DPH) fund the SFSVIP to provide services across various neighborhoods impacted by high rates of homicides and overall street violence. The SFSVIP partners with the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Crisis Response Team (CRT), the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to provide immediate violence intervention services. This partnership provides a unique crisis response and effectively serves the behavioral, legal and social needs of victims and perpetrators of street violence in San Francisco.
Life Coaches/Intensive Case Managers for CAL VIP grant are primarily responsible for helping to reduce gun violence in the City. Intensive Life Coaches are assigned to work with the young adults in the City who have been identified as being at very high risk of being involved in gun violence in District 10 of San Francisco. Life Coaches work primarily with young men age 18-35; who have extensive criminal justice involvement; are members of gangs/crews; and have been shot before and/or have close friends who have been shot recently. Life Coaches are expected to establish trusting relationships with their clients and spend significant time with their clients helping them mitigate their risk factors and eventually connecting them to services, supports, and opportunities. After establishing positive and trusting relationships with their clients, Life Coaches use their influence to help clients make better decisions, including desisting from violence.