Newark, NJ – March 15, 2022 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced the eight community-based organizations that will be awarded grants as part of a $1 million violence reduction initiative, under the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery. The initiative will support their efforts to help youth and adults address trauma, health disparities and social determinants, specifically violence, as a public health issue exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizations will share in a portion of the grant money.
“It is a pleasure to announce the winners of these funds today and commend them on the excellence of Request for Proposals they submitted,” said Mayor Baraka. “They will turn plans into action to enhance the safety of Newark residents in our neighborhoods and school corridors, provide youth life skills classes, outreach teams to help youth recover from trauma, and much more. As this is a national issue, Newark is proud to be leading the way as a model city in innovative crime reduction strategies.”
The groups that will receive the grants, pending Municipal Council approval, are as follows:
“The Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery is excited to distribute the City’s first investment in community-based public safety and serve as the City’s clearinghouse for community-based organizations to receive critical funds to address violence as a public health issue in the wake of COVID-19,” said the office’s director, Lakeesha Eure.
“The selection of these awardees demonstrates a strategic commitment by Mayor Baraka and the City’s administration to ensure the availability of community-based violence prevention resources across all five wards,” Director Eure continued.
“This initial allocation marks the beginning of a $20 million commitment over the next three years to joint efforts between community organizations and the Department of Public Safety, as we realize that law enforcement cannot do this work alone,” she added.
With the support of the federal American Rescue Plan funding for Community Based Violence Intervention programming, all the people who applied, the community partners, and the City of Newark, this investment represents a continued effort to prioritize the safety of the City and its residents.
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