Baker: Program To Fight Youth, Gang Violence Gets Funding Increase

CBS Boston

BOSTON (AP) — A program aimed at fighting gang and youth violence has received a $1.25 million funding increase.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the increased funding for the Shannon Community Safety Initiative will support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat violence as summer begins.

The program provides funding to communities that demonstrate high levels of youth violence and gang problems and a commitment to coordinated prevention and intervention strategies.

Baker authorized the $1.25 million supplemental allotment, which means the program will be fully funded at $8.25 million.

Communities slated to receive supplemental money include Boston, Brockton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Pittsfield and Springfield.

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