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Hamilton and Yarmuth announce $175, 000 Federal Grant for Shawnee Neighborhood

Tuesday April 14, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
COntact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY) has presented $175,000 to Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) as a first year federal grant for the Shawnee Weed and Seed Program.

“This grant is the result of many long hours and dedicated work of many people in the Shawnee Neighborhood who want to make it a better place for our children and our families,” said Hamilton.

The Shawnee Weed and Seed program is a community-based strategy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office (DOJ-CCDO). It is an innovative, comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood revitalization.

“I am proud to support Weed & Seed and its common sense approach to keeping our neighborhoods safe,” said Yarmuth. “The funding will help foster a critical partnership that will improve the lives of working families throughout the community."

Weed and Seed is foremost a strategy—rather than a grant program--that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high crime neighborhoods across the country while expanding the economic and social vitality of the community.

Two key programs of Weed and Seed, Neighborhood Restoration and Prevention, Intervention and Treatment will receive $60,000 of the grant money. Another $17,000 is set aside for youth programs. The remainder will be used for the law enforcement component in partnership with Louisville Metro Police.

“This is an ongoing process,” said Hamilton. “What began as an organizational meeting some two years ago has evolved into a plan of action for reducing crime and restoring our neighborhoods and we are ready to continue this important work.”

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5