SNUG (East Harlem)

East Harlem SNUG LogoFounded more than 200 years ago, New York City Mission Society works with the city’s most disenfranchised and underserved populations. The organization manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of programs and services ranging from college and career preparation assistance to restorative justice programming.

img_7198_1The Mission Society launched the SNUG (guns spelled backwards) program in 2010 to reduce violence in the Central Harlem neighborhood. In 2014, the program expanded into East Harlem. Through community outreach, canvassing, distribution of public education materials, and community events, the program staff works to affect the incidence of gun violence and public attitudes about violence. The program is designed to overcome community skepticism about violence reduction efforts and to build strong relationship within the neighborhood.

Program Particulars

Host Organization: New York City Mission Society
Program: SNUG East Harlem
Established: 2014
Contact: Frank Horton
Implementation: Full
Staff: Supervisors (2); Outreach Workers (4); Violence Interrupters (2); Hospital Responders (2)
NYPD Precinct(s): 23rd
City Council Member District(s): Melissa Mark-Viverito (8)
Adult residents living in poverty: 29%
Residents 15-34 years of age: 36%
NYCHA Communities: President Thomas Jefferson and James Weldon Johnson
Wrap-Around Service Partners: New York City Mission Society Preventive Services, New York City Mission Society KEYS, Legal Aid Society, Union Health Settlement, Harlem Mothers Save, Getting Out and Staying Out, Boys Club