DOJ Press Release letterhead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
Office of Justice Programs
Contact: Joan LaRocca
Phone: (202) 307-0703
TTY: (202) 514-1888

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES OVER $15 MILLION TO SUPPORT ANTI-CRIME COMMUNITY EFFORTS

32 NEW COMMUNITIES RECEIVE WEED AND SEED FUNDING

              PHOENIX – Assistant Attorney General Regina B. Schofield today announced grant awards to 32 newly designated Weed and Seed sites and continuing support to 55 existing sites nationwide to fight crime and restore community infrastructure. 

            The funding is administered by the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP).   

              “This funding helps rebuild and restructure communities that have suffered because of

criminal activity and social decay,”     Schofield said.  “These strategies encourage residents to work with law enforcement agencies to deter crime, identify resources, and restore community cohesiveness.”

            Weed and Seed is a strategy designed to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods and bring in services that promote crime prevention and neighborhood revitalization.  Additionally, these sites are eligible to compete for five years of additional support. 

            The partnerships formed in Weed and Seed strategies include organizing and forming alliances with local businesses, faith based organizations and other local or state organizations to identify and resolve specific criminal activity and replace it with other activities that include restoring buildings, providing youth activities, and establishing new economic opportunities.

            Today’s announcement of initial grants of $175,000  includes 32 sites in 20 states and the District of Columbia . These states include Alabama , Alaska , Arizona , Arkansas , California , Florida , Georgia , Hawaii , Illinois , Indiana , Louisiana , Maryland , New Jersey , New York, North Carolina , Ohio , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , Texas and Wisconsin .  The plans and strategies for these sites include coordinating with federal, state, county and local prosecutors to reduce drug-related crimes, gang violence, and property crimes; fostering joint responsibility and action between police and community residents; and improving the network between city agencies and community groups.  A complete listing of the sites is attached.

            CCDO supports local sites through its four-pronged Weed and Seed strategy, which include: law enforcement; community policing; prevention, intervention and treatment for residents; and neighborhood restoration. About 4.5 million persons live in more than 300 active Weed and Seed communities throughout the country.

            OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims.  OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices:   the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy and OJP’s American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk.   More information can be found at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.

 

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Community Capacity Development Office

Weed and Seed Initial Funding

Maximum Award - $175,000

 

 

State                                      

City                                       

Project Title

Alabama                                                

Prichard                 

Main Street Weed and Seed Site

Alaska                                    

Fairbanks                               

Ringstad Park Neighborhood Weed and Seed Site

Arizona                                  

Phoenix                                  

Canyon Corridor Weed And Seed Site

Arkansas                               

Pine Bluff                               

Central Park Neighborhood Weed and Seed Site

California                               

Sacramento                           

Oak Park Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Salinas                                   

East Salinas Weed and Seed Site

                                               

San Francisco                      

Visitacion Valley Weed and Seed Site

District of Columbia             

Washington                          

Frederick Douglass Memorial Weed and Seed Site

Florida                                    

Hallandale                             

Hallandale Beach Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Homestead                            

Homestead Weed and Seed Site

Georgia                                  

Marietta                 

Marietta Weed and Seed Site

Hawaii                                    

Pahao                                    

Pahoa Weed and Seed Site

Illinois                                    

Rockford                                

Rockford Weed and Seed Site

Indiana                                   

Indianapolis                          

Martindale-Brightwood Weed and Seed Site

Louisiana                               

Alexandria                             

Area 4 South Alexandria Weed and Seed Site

Maryland                               

Baltimore                               

South Baltimore Weed and Seed Site

New Jersey                            

East Orange                          

East Orange Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Trenton                                  

Greater Donnelly Weed and Seed Site

New York                               

Buffalo                                   

Lower East Side Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Rome                                      

Rome Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Troy                                       

Westside Waterfront (Waterfront/South Troy ) Weed and Seed Site

North Carolina                      

Asheville                               

West Riverside Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Henderson                            

Henderson/Vance Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Shelby                                    

Northeast Shelby Weed and Seed Site

Ohio                                       

Canton                                   

Central Canton Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Cleveland                              

Mt. Pleasant Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Youngstown                         

Northside Weed and Seed Site

Pennsylvania                        

Pittsburgh                             

Lawrenceville Weed and Seed Site

                                               

Upper Darby                        

Upper Darby Weed and Seed Site

South Carolina                      

North Charleston                 

North Charleston Weed and Seed Site

Texas                                      

Marlin                                   

Marlin Weed and Seed Site

Wisconsin                             

Milwaukee                             

Historic Clarke Square Weed and Seed Site

 

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