Disband Dangerous Drug Houses With the Power of the Gospel and the Justice System
A drug house is like a prison for any of the law-abiding men, women, and children who live there—innocent families are held hostage in their own homes when it's being used by thugs to harbor drugs, violence, illegal trafficking, and prostitution. Drug houses and crime are endemic twins particularly in neglected urban neighborhoods. Illegal drug use is a longstanding problem. Over the past 40 years, the war on drugs has cost more than $1 trillion and accounted for more than 45 million arrests in the United States. But it's not a simple problem to solve and it can take years for a drug house to move out of a neighborhood.
Their work begins by canvassing target neighborhoods for individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by crime-ridden properties. These residents are upset by the current environment of their neighborhood, live in proximity to the identified properties, and desire to be represented by counsel so that the offending owners of nearby crime-ridden properties are held accountable. Act develops relationships with these individuals by attending neighborhood association and crime watch meetings, cross-referencing these properties with other organizations working in the target neighborhood and by going door to door. Act then organizes community advocacy meetings to mobilize these residents and their neighborhood association presidents to take action against offending properties. By organizing, educating and equipping the community, Act is able to accomplish its mission by giving the neighborhood a voice through raising up and empowering neighborhood leaders to reclaim blighted and crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Since its founding, Act has shut down over 100 crime-ridden properties in five target neighborhoods across Dallas. In its first target neighborhood in West Dallas, the community experienced a 65 percent reduction in crime as a result of Act's work. A transformation like that makes a walk through a neighborhood remarkably safer! And taxpayers benefits across the board: for every $1 invested in Act, there is a $5.79 return on your investment, according to a recent study by Baylor University.