Flint to receive $1.5 million federal grant to help reduce gun violence
FLINT, MI — The city of Flint is set to receive a $1.5 million federal grant that officials hope can be used to reduce crime.
According to a press release issued by Congressman Dan Kildee’s office.
The aim of the program will be to address ongoing gun violence in the city, according to the statement.
“This federal grant will help our community come together behind a common plan to reduce violent crime and gun violence,” Kildee said in a statement. “I helped pass the bipartisan Safer Communities Act to make this funding possible and advocated on behalf of Flint to bring it home. I will continue to work to provide federal resources to create safer neighborhoods in central Michigan.
Gun violence is down in Flint this year compared to last year. According to crime statistics provided by the Michigan State Police, the city had 105 non-fatal shootings and 25 fatal shootings as of September 18.
During the same period in 2021, the city had reported 174 non-fatal shootings and 50 fatal shootings, the data showed.
The overall number of homicides is also down in Flint this year, compared to last year.
According to the most recent crime data provided by the city after a request from MLive-The Flint Journal, Flint officials had reported 28 total homicides as of Sunday, September 25. The city had reported 53 homicides by the same time in 2021.
“We are committed to obtaining grant funds in response to the highest needs of our community,” said Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley. “We have heard our community loud and clear that public safety is a priority. That’s why a gun violence emergency is still in place in the city of Flint. In addition to our plans to allocate ARPA funds to public safety, we are actively seeking additional grants to ensure this community priority is addressed.
Kildee helped pass the bipartisan Safer Communities Act this summer. The law includes funding for community-based violence prevention initiatives.
In June, the congressman pleaded in a letter to Karhlton F. Moore, director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Office of Justice Programs, for Flint to receive the award, according to his office.
The funding will be used to develop targeted violence interventions and a unified, data-driven and performance-driven public health strategy for the Flint community, according to the release.
The strategy will be used by local law enforcement and community groups, as well as faith-based organizations, mental health service providers, victim advocates, hospitals and other healthcare providers. and community foundations.
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