HAVERHILL, MA—Today, the Baker administration along with Representative Vargas gathered at the State House to announce the 2019 allocations of the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr., Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) Grant Program funds. A shared grant of $185,000 devoted towards addressing gang violence was awarded to the cities of Haverhill and Methuen. An additional $29,709.61 grant was given to the Haverhill/Methuen UMass Lowell site as part of the Local Action Research Partners (LARPs) for the Shannon program. The 2019 Shannon CSI grants were sizable monetary gains from last year’s allocation, with over $57,756 in added funds for Haverhill and Methuen.
“The Shannon Grant has proven to play a crucial role in Haverhill’s efforts to support public safety and combat gang violence in our city,” said Representative Vargas in a statement. “Together with colleagues concerned for public safety, I supported an amendment last year that expanded these targeted funds, and we are pleased to see the increased investment in Haverhill. If we can provide young people with positive opportunities through effective prevention and community-based intervention strategies, it will make Haverhill a safer place for everybody.”
The Shannon CSI Grant finances coordinated prevention and intervention strategies with multi-disciplinary partners across the region. Strategies funded by the grant include social intervention and opportunity provision programs, as well as gang task force personnel costs and police overtime. Funds provided by the LARPs endowment assist the Shannon CSI locations by providing strategic, analytic, technical, and research support.