The United States Department of Justice awarded the City of Cleveland a $1 million grant aimed at improving the Mount Pleasant neighborhood by expanding crime prevention programs, continuing targeted enforcement efforts and increasing programs for people returning to the neighborhood from prison.
The city was informed this week that it is a recipient of a $1 million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. The money will be disbursed over three years. Cleveland is one of only five cities to receive a full $1 million grant.
"This grant recognizes that improving public safety is about the people living in our neighborhoods and is a result of our longstanding, comprehensive approach and strong partnerships. It will support Cleveland Police and our law enforcement partners as they target violent crime, but it will also support a wrap-around approach for residents so that they have opportunities to choose a better life," said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. "I want to thank the Department of Justice for the grant and their continued partnership."
"This money will allow us to expand a decade-long partnership between law enforcement, community leaders and social-service providers," Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said. "These programs allow us to work together to prevent crime and to help those returning home from prison, instead of simply trying to arrest our way out of the crime problem."
"Community engagement is a crucial part of the solution," said Michael L. Walker, executive director of the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland. "Making arrests in and of itself will not prevent violent crime. We're trying to work with community organizations to develop solutions the community can take ownership of."
The grant will target the Mount Pleasant neighborhood on Cleveland's southeast side, running along Kinsman Avenue between Lee Road and East 93rd Street.
Among the programs earmarked for funding through the grant:
The grant is the result of a partnership between more than 30 agencies, including the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Municipal School District, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Partnership for Safer Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Health System, Third Federal Foundation, Mt. Pleasant NOW, St. Luke's Foundation, Mt. Pleasant Community Zone, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Community Relations Board, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshal, Greater Cleveland RTA, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Cuyahoga County Department of Justice Affairs, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio Department of Youth Services, National Council of Jewish Women, College Now Greater Cleveland, Adcom Communications, Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, and many others.
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