Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Pelosi Announces New Federal Grant to Combat Youth Violence

May 25, 2001

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) today announced a U.S. Department of Justice grant to support a San Francisco community-based initiative designed to combat violent crime, drug use, and gang activity in at-risk neighborhoods. The $225,000 grant was awarded to the City and County of San Francisco Weed and Seed Strategy, coordinating local law enforcement operations between the Probation Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“I commend Mayor Brown and the City of San Francisco for their continued support of the Weed and Seed Strategy. This important program provides a comprehensive approach to community policing as well drug treatment and prevention, helping inner city communities fight crime while providing the resources to prevent it from recurring,” Pelosi said.

The program is part of the Justice Department’s effort to focus police efforts on building relationships with local business, community organizations, neighborhood schools, and other city agencies. In addition, a Safe Haven will be established in the Mission District, providing mentoring, tutoring, job training and recreation activities while engaging the local residents in community cleanup activities, graffiti removal, and economic development activities.

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