December 3, 2012
The city of Salinas last week accepted two grants that aim to help the city cope with its troublesome gang problem.
A $423,505 state grant provides funding for the city’s Recreation-Park Department, and for two nonprofits, Partners for Peace and California Partnership for Safe Communities. The money, from CalGRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention), will fund parental training for at-risk youth, extended hours at the two East Salinas community centers, and activities for teens, among other things. The grant total is being matched by the city.
A nearly $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will be used to evaluate the impact of the city’s 2010 violence reduction plan. The city has partnered with a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations to reduce and prevent gang violence.
These two grants come just weeks after the city announced a $500,000 justice department grant to implement a program called Project Safe Neighborhoods, which could use former gang members to mediate street violence.