All Oakland Unite’s programs target our highest risk community members and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on interrupting violence now as it is occurring and preventing future violence.

Overview of Measure Z

Oakland Unite is funded primarily by tax-payer dollars through the Oakland Public Safety and Services Violence Prevention Act (Measure Z). Passed by Oakland voters in November 2014, Measure Z provides approximately $24 million every year for ten years to fund violence prevention and intervention programs, additional police officers, and fire services. Measure Z funds are generated through a parcel tax along with a parking surcharge in commercial lots in order to support the following objectives:

  • Reduce homicides, robberies, burglaries and gun-related violence;
  • Improve police and fire emergency 911 response times and other police services; and
  • Invest in violence intervention and prevention strategies that provide support for at-risk youth and young adults to interrupt the cycle of violence and recidivism.

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