City of Worcester to Receive $656k in Anti-Gang  Funding 1

WORCESTER – The City of Worcester is one of 27 cities in Massachusetts to receive anti-gang funding from a community grant program aimed at combating local gang violence.

The funding — $7.74 million in total — comes from the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr., Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) Grant Program. Worcester will receive $$656,525.14.

Governor Charlie Baker said, “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.”

City of Worcester to Receive $656k in Anti-Gang  Funding 2

“Our municipal and local partners are on the front lines of combating the gang violence that threatens the safety and well-being of everyone in their communities,”said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “It is our honor to partner with them and members of the Legislature to support a program that helps get young people back on track and makes our communities safer.”

The grants — named after the late Senator Charles E. Shannon of Winchester — 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.

In addition to the City of Worcester, Clark University is one of 13 research partners that will also receive funding. The school will receive $49, 995.15.

Here is the full list of recipients:

For 2019, the following municipalities and research partners were awarded a total of $7,741,913.

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

Local Action Research Partners (LARP):

  • Clark University – $49,995.15
  • Community Resources for Justice – $49,941.65
  • Institute for Community Health – $49,970.00
  • Kelley Research Associates- $45,540.00
  • Northeastern University – $50,000.00
  • North Shore Community College – $28,573.00
  • Salem State University- $44,157.00
  • Sean Varano $42,212.50
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst – $49,751.47
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston – $50,000.00
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Haverhill/Methuen Site) – $29,709.61
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lawrence Site) – $29,709.61
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Site) – $50,000.00
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