Marion County receives $1.86 million in grants to tackle crime
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Several organizations in Marion County received $1.86 million in grants to reduce crime and positively intervene in the lives of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded the grants through the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program to the following recipients.
- Brookside Community Church of Indianapolis. Brookside received funds to expand its Re-entry Hub program that works to prevent recidivism. Funds will allow the church to double the reach of the program in the Brookside neighborhood.
- Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center. The Strong Fathers/Strong Families program provides fathers and fathers-to-be with parenting classes, education and employment services to reduce interaction with the criminal justice system and encourage healthy family involvement.
- Flanner House of Indianapolis. The organization’s crime prevention program offers education, employment and skills-building for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism.
- Southside Youth Council/Reach For Youth. The grant to Southside Youth Council/Reach for Youth program provides counseling to absent or truant middle-school students in danger of suspension or expulsion.
“As good stewards of these crime prevention funds, we look for recipients who have a proven record of addressing systemic challenges,” says Alicia Collins, community collaborations manager, who added that the Foundation prioritizes organizations that work in six high-crime neighborhoods identified in a Department of Public Safety (DPS) study conducted from 2012 to 2014.
DPS found that six neighborhoods representing just 4.7 percent of the Indianapolis population accounted for 27 percent of the city’s homicides and 30 percent of non-fatal shootings.
The neighborhoods include: 16th and Tibbs; 29th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street; 34th and Illinois Street; 38th and Sherman Drive; 42nd and Post Road; and New York and Sherman Drive.