For Immediate Release - December 20, 2007

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES $5.1 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION

State and federal funding will support community efforts throughout the Commonwealth

BOSTON - Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today awarded two sets of grants totaling more than $5.1 million to organizations throughout Massachusetts to support crime and violence prevention efforts. The Governor made the announcement at the Samuel Adams Elementary School, where he discussed peace curriculums in the public schools.

"In many cases, a violent act takes only seconds, but the impact on individuals, families and communities can last a lifetime," said Patrick. "The violence that we are seeing on our streets must end, and we know that it will take more than law enforcement to create a lasting peace. These grants underscore our belief that violence is both a public safety problem and a public health problem."

Governor Patrick said the $1.6 million in grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will strengthen community anti-violence coalitions, and help replicate similar efforts in communities without such initiatives. Programs funded by the grants range from after school programs, to job training and mentoring support for teenagers. The funding was awarded to 21 existing proven youth violence prevention coalitions.

A key to preventing violence is to support community efforts," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. "Violence is a public health problem. These grants support public health strategies to address the root causes of violence."

The DPH Prevention of Youth Violence grants mark the first time in more than a decade that the Department has provided funding specifically for community organizations for violence prevention. Governor Patrick added that the work statewide will focus on prevention strategies and will target resources to vulnerable populations suffering the greatest impacts of violence.

The Governor also highlighted $3.5 million awarded in federal money through the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Grant to fund innovative anti-crime programs developed and implemented by cities and towns, state universities, state agencies and non-profit agencies and organizations. The Byrne grant program allows cities and towns, often in partnerships with academic institutions and non-profits, to fund programs that have proven to be effective in reducing crime at the local level.

"These awards complement the administration's coordinated effort with DPH to prevent violence and create safe spaces for our youth to make good decisions," said Kevin Burke, Secretary of Public Safety and Security.

The Patrick Administration increased outreach efforts on the traditional annual grant program, placing an emphasis on youth and gang violence, substance abuse, sexual and domestic violence, information technology that fosters information sharing and multi-jurisdictional collaborations, sex offenders, and the development of best practices.

In response to the Governor's priorities, $1.5 million of the $3.5 million went to 18 different projects across the state to address youth violence (42% of available funding).

Projects include funding Boston based organizations such as the Black Ministerial Alliance and Project Right to create safe havens for local youth, as well as the Boston Ten Point Coalition to further efforts at gang mediation and truce initiatives. Funding for youth violence prevention went to cities such as Brockton, Springfield, Chicopee, New Bedford, Lowell, and Fall River.

Another major priority for the Governor is to improve efforts at addressing the domestic violence and sexual assault problems in our communities. More than $500,000 will be distributed to eight organizations implementing innovative strategies to confront this epidemic, including the Brockton Family and Community Resources to fund public housing advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to fund legal advocacy for sexual assault victims.

The administration awarded the remaining $1.5 million to 26 other programs in areas including re-entry, substance abuse prevention and intervention, criminal justice research, and improving strategies to deal with sex offenders. In total, nearly 60% of total funding distributed went to areas of priority directed by the Administration- youth violence and domestic violence and sexual assault.

The following organizations have received DPH grants for violence prevention activities:



Organization Name

City/Neighborhood

Award ($)

Region

Black Ministerial Alliance

Roxbury

$105,000

Boston

Boston Public Health Commission

Boston

$45,000

Boston

Dotwell

Boston

$100,000

Boston

Hyde Square Task Force

JP/Roxbury

$150,000

Boston

MGH - Revere Cares Coalition

Revere

$12,600

Boston

Project RIGHT

Grove Hall

$90,000

Boston

Sociedad Latina

MH/Roxbury

$75,000

Boston

Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service

Multi-Region

$50,000

Multiple

Old Colony YMCA

Brockton

$170,000

Southeast

ROCA

Chelsea

$75,000

Boston

Community Development Recreation

Fall River

$25,000

Southeast

LUK Crisis Center

Fitchburg

$25,000

Central

Haverhill Comm. Violence Coalition

Haverhill

$50,000

Northeast

Holyoke Youth Task Force

Holyoke

$110,000

West

Lawrence Community Works

Lawrence

$20,000

Northeast

Lowell Community Health Center

Lowell

$160,000

Northeast

New Bedford Public Schools

New Bedford

$15,000

Southeast

New North Citizens Council

Springfield

$140,000

West

Youth Opportunities Upheld

Worcester

$154,000

Central

Henry Lee Willis Community Center

Worcester

$20,000

Central

MassCOSH Teens Lead at Work

Statewide

$53,000

Statewide



Total number of organizations funded:21 Total funding allocated:$1,644,600



Geographic # of Proposals

Region Funded Funding

Boston 8 $652,600

Central 3 $199,000

Northeast 3 $230,000

Southeast 3 $210,000

West 2 $250,000

Multi-Region 2 $103,000





The following communities received funding through the Byrne Grant:



Table.

Organization Name

City/Neighborhood

Award ($)

Region

The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc

Boston

$47,500

Boston

Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston (BMA)

Boston

$47,500

Boston

MissionWorks

Boston

$56,317

Boston

RFK Children's Action Corps

Boston

$127,595

Boston

AWAKE,Inc - Spanish American Union, Inc.

Springfield

$142,500

West

Project R.I.G.H.T.

Boston

$47,500

Boston

Children's Services of Roxbury

Boston

$95,000

Boston

Lena Park Community Development Corporation

Boston

$47,500

Boston

Boys & Girls Club of Brockton

Brockton

$95,000

Southeast

Community Care Services, Inc.

Taunton

$95,000

Southeast

United Teen Equality Center

Lowell

$95,000

Northeast

The Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.

Boston

$49,774

Boston

Thomas Chew Memorial Girls and Boys club/ Katie Brown Education Program

Fall River

$47,500

Southeast

Lesson One Company, Inc

Boston

$90,725

Boston

Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee

Chicopee

$99,750

West

Northern Educational Service, Inc.

Springfield

$100,700

West

Boston Tenpoint Coalition

Boston

$146,758

Boston

New Bedford Police Department

New Bedford

$28,500

Southeast

Randolph Police Department

Randolph

$120,175

Southeast

Home for Little Wanderers and the Suffolk County DA Office

Boston

$95,000

Boston

Emerge, Inc

Statewide

$33,250

Statewide

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

Statewide

$95,000

Statewide

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc

Middlesex

$91,115

Middlesex

Everywoman's Center

UMASS-Amherst

$71,858

West

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Boston

$46,127

Boston

Mass. Community Health Services, Inc.

Brockton

$40,157

Southeast

Center for Human Development

Springfield

$93,566

West

Boston Employment Service

Boston

$58,101

Boston

Children's Law Center and Straight Ahead Ministries

Lynn

$96,366

Northeast

Home S.P.A.C.E.,Inc.

Boston

$76,000

Boston

Corporation for Justice Management

Springfield

$142,500

West

Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley

Statewide

$142,500

Statewide

New England Adolescent Research Institute

Statewide

$54,373

Statewide

Massachusetts Sentencing Commission

Statewide

$33,250

Statewide

Community Resources for Justice/Crime and Justice Institute

Statewide

$114,000

Statewide

Weymouth Police Department

Weymouth

$60,414

Southeast

Salem Police Department

Salem

$66,500

Northeast

Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)

Statewide

$71,250

Statewide

Berkshire District Attorney's Office

Berkshires

$38,000

West

The City of Quincy

Quincy

$42,750

Southeast

Cape and the Islands District Attorney's Office

Cape and the Islands

$80,750

Southeast

Eastern District Attorney's Office

Essex County

$133,000

Northeast

Office of Hampden District Attorney

Springfield

$87,691

West

Webster Police Department

Webster

$50,350

Central





Total number of organizations funded: 44 Total funding allocated: $3,494,162



Region

Amount Received

Number of Proposals

Boston

$1,031,397.90

14

Central MA *

$122,208.48

2

Northeast MA

$390,866.10

4

South/Southeast MA

$610,245.68

9

Middlesex

$91,114.50

1

West

$704,706.49

7

State Agency

$270,750.00

3

Statewide

$272,873.25

4

Total

$3,494,162.40

44

*An additional $400,000 will be made available to Central MA to solicit applications targeting youth violence prevention

 

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