Worcester Gets 3rd Most Anti-Gang Funding in MA
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
It is the third largest amount of funding in the state behind Boston and Springfield.
The funding comes courtesy of the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr., Community Safety Initiative.
“The Shannon Initiative is a successful program that allows the Commonwealth to partner with local communities and make a serious impact to prevent youth violence and gang activity. We are pleased to announce today’s recipients and look forward to working with everyone involved on another successful year of continuing Senator Shannon’s legacy of improving the lives of young people all across Massachusetts,” said Baker.
Baker awarded a total of $7.74 million to 15 sites made up of 27 cities and 13 research partners.
The grant program is named after the late Senator Charles E. Shannon of Winchester. Senator Shannon represented Massachusetts’ Second Middlesex district of Winchester, Woburn, Somerville and Medford from 1991 until his death in 2005 from leukemia.
Prior to serving in the legislature, he had spent twenty years on the Lexington Police.
The grants provide funds to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems, a comprehensive plan to work with multi-disciplinary partners and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies.
Funded strategies include social intervention and opportunity provision programs, as well as gang task force personnel costs and overtime.
Shannon CSI Grant Sites:
- Boston (incl. Brookline) - $1,559,014.18
- Brockton - $544,527.37
- Fall River - $420,636.00
- Fitchburg (incl. Gardner) - $220,000.00
- Haverhill (incl. Methuen) - $185,334.80.
- Holyoke (incl. Chicopee) - $434,981.27
- Lawrence - $224,000.00
- Lowell - $581,262.41
- Lynn - $222,133.63
- Metro Mayors Coalition (incl. Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop) - $434,786.07
- New Bedford - $618,844.95
- Pittsfield - $197,964.94
- Springfield - $786,025.70
- Taunton (incl. Attleboro) - $86,316.55
- Worcester - $656,525.14
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