About Building Blocks DC
Building Blocks DC (BBDC) is the District’s whole government approach to preventing and reducing gun violence. The Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) in the Office of the City Administrator coordinates the Building Blocks DC strategy. Many agencies in the District play crucial roles with services and supports in housing, education, employment, violence interruption, victim services and youth recreation to name a few.
Building Blocks DC History
BBDC was first built as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It focused on the 151 blocks with the most gun violence (place-based) and those most vulnerable to involvement in gun violence (people-based). Through the evolution of BBDC, the Office of Gun Violence Prevention was created as a permanent office. The place-based work moved to the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ) and the people-based work moved to the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).
Learn more about Building Blocks DC, the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, and the District’s gun violence prevention and reduction efforts here: Buildingblocks.dc.gov.