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Louisville trying to reduce homicides with job offers

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On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Louisville partnered with Horseshoe Casino to host a job fair. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Louisville partnered with Horseshoe Casino to host a job fair.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's the man appointed with bringing down the number of homicides, suicides and overdoses in the city of Louisville.

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman was recently announced as the new Director of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and based on the homicide numbers last year alone, he knows he has his work cut out for him.

“One homicide is too much and it's an unacceptable number. We had 81,” said Rashaad Abdur-Rahman.

Abdur-Rahman says the numbers were high across the country. His office is working on ways to reduce the violence locally.

On Tuesday, they were doing this-by partnering with Horseshoe Casino to host a job fair. For some, it was the second chance they were hoping for.

“In trying to find ways to reengage folks who may have a criminal history, but who are interested in finding a new path, finding a way to provide for themselves and for their families,” said Abdur-Rahman.

Abdur-Rahman says in so many neighborhoods where there is violence, there are high rates of unemployment.

His office also recently teamed up with KentuckyOne Health and the community education group Peace Ed for the ‘Pivot to Peace’ partnership.

“Which is gonna try and target folks who have gunshot wounds or stabbing wounds and connect them with case managers who can help them to identify resources, identify support, so those folks can pivot away from a course of retaliation,” said Abdur-Rahman.

This is all part of a long-term strategy for the city, focusing on education, employment opportunities and direct intervention.

The hope is that it will get more community members involved to help make a difference.

“You know, grabbing someone and saying 'Hey, there's a career fair. I know that you've been looking for a job. I can be a ride to get you there,'” says Abdur-Rahman.

Abdur-Rahman says it's that kind of small step that can have a ripple effect community-wide as they work to reduce the violence.

This Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be an open house at Metro Hall where community members can stop by to talk to the new Director about what his office is doing.

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