Restore Rundberg was designed to combat crime challenges and neighborhood distress and to revitalize the Rundberg neighborhood. The project is being funded by the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program which was developed to change neighborhoods of high crime and distress into neighborhoods of opportunity.
Restore Rundberg mission
Improve the quality of life, health, safety, education, and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood.
The Austin community includes hundreds of neighborhood associations and homeowner associations as well as many square miles of blocks without a clearly defined residential or business structure. For the purposes of this grant project, APD followed a spatial definition of neighborhoods that considered geographic boundaries and a variety of demographic characteristics of residents.
The Rundberg Neighborhood is defined as: Research Boulevard/Anderson Lane to the south; railroad tracks (just west of Metric) and Lamar to the west; Interstate 35 and Cameron Road to the east; and, Rutland Drive, Braker Lane, Floradale Drive, and Applegate Drive to the north. It encompasses 5.74 square miles, or 2%, of the city and is home to 5% of the city’s population.
Rundberg Crime Challenges
APD crime analysts reviewed crime and 9-1-1 call data from 2007-2011 and found that the Rundberg Neighborhood accounted for a significant proportion of crime citywide. Specifically, over the 5-year period, the Rundberg Neighborhood saw:
Part I Crimes:
11% of violent crime --- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault
7% of property crime --- burglary, theft and auto theft
Part II Crimes:
9% --- sex offenses, prostitution, narcotics, weapons violations, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.
Early in 2012, President Obama’s Administration established a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Treasury. Three grant programs resulted, one of which was the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program.
In June of 2012, the Austin Police Department applied for a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice and in September 2012, was very fortunate to receive an award resulting in the implementation of the Restore Rundberg Project.
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