Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $320,000)
The Supporting Victims of Gang Violence Grant Program provides funding for localities to increase the availability of direct support services for victims of gang-related violence and to develop or enhance the responses to children and youth exposed to gang-related violence in their homes, schools, and communities. This program is authorized by FY19(OJJDP - Gangs) Pub. L. No. 116-6, 133 Stat. 13, 113.
Using grant funds, the project will integrate existing programs, resources, and initiatives, such as the City of Fresno Police Department Violence Intervention and Community Services community resources, clinic support for tattoo removal for former gang members and victims of gang violence, an evidence-based strategy, and a hospital-based Violence Intervention Program with a street outreach element. Also included will be prevention efforts undertaken by community-based organizations and Care Fresno, with their learning sites and resources established in gang violence hot spots and apartment complexes. The goal of the project is to create a safer neighborhood for youth and residents of Fresno with the objective of developing and implementing a comprehensive social service strategy that focuses on positive outcomes for victims of gang violence and youth at high risk for gang involvement. The project will bring together community organizations, faith-based programs, social service organizations, and city and county institutions. CA/NCF