Project Safe Neighborhoods grant a 'tribute' to Salinas

From the Salinas Californian, Nov 1, 2012: A specialized group of people will soon hit Salinas streets to stem violence at the source — from within the gangs themselves.

On Thursday, Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern California District, announced that the city was awarded a $500,000 Project Safe Neighborhoods grant — one of 13 cities across the country and the only one from California to receive such funds.

“This grant award is truly a tribute to the city of Salinas,” Haag said.

Salinas, along with just three other cities — Chicago, Cincinnati and Detroit — were the only ones to receive the largest of the Project Safe Neighborhoods grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, she said.

The grant will be used to put in place “an innovative violence interrupter program” through Second Chance Family and Youth Services to supplement ongoing anti-violence efforts.

News Item Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012