Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $168,955)
SGA Youth and Family Services will implement GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention Program), in the Douglas and Kenwood/Oakland communities on the south side of Chicago. GRIP will enhance current collaborations, identify existing programs and resources and maximize their impact through information sharing, mutual referrals, joint case management, and collective action. GRIP will target the greatly underserved communities of Douglas and Kenwood/Oakland of the greater Bronzeville community. A majority of the target community is poor and crime infested and has struggled with gangs' involvement in drug trafficking, homicide, carjacking and burglary for more than two decades. This target community consists of roughly 100,000 residents located on the Southside of Chicago. GRIP, is a comprehensive approach to this deep seated community problem, and will combine program elements such as community involvement, social services, crisis intervention and gang suppression to create an effective approach to reducing and preventing gang activity. CA/NCF
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