The City of Philadelphia has been awarded $1 million by the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge to design a trauma-informed Hub for Juvenile Justice Services. Stoneleigh Fellow Rhonda McKitten contributed to the development of the Mayor’s Challenge proposal.
The City of Philadelphia was awarded a $1 million grant to create a 24/7 trauma-informed facility that will be an entry point into the criminal justice system for children who are arrested.
The city was one of five winners out of 35 finalists in the yearlong Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge.
The location and an official timeline for the opening of the facility — named the Hub for Juvenile Justice Services — are still being determined, said Julie Wertheimer, the senior director of criminal justice reform strategies and programs. When implemented, expected city partners will be the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD), the Office of Criminal Justice and the Department of Human Services.