Department of Justice Awards City of Long Beach $529,000 in Grants

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The City of Long Beach has been awarded two U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grants totaling $529,000 to support youth violence prevention strategies, enhance the safety and health of the community, and further implement the goals of Safe Long Beach, the City’s Violence Prevention Plan. The Long Beach City Council formally accepted the grants at its public meeting on November 3, 2015.

“These grant awards are a recognition of the City’s diligent efforts to ensure the safety of our community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This funding will help to reduce crime throughout our neighborhoods and further support youth and families.”

Both grants are funded by the DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The $250,000 Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project grant will be aimed at expanding community outreach and local resources to assist families and children affected by violence. Funding will be used to develop a public awareness campaign about the impacts of violence, and coordinate a Citywide Family Strengthening Conference for parents, families, caregivers, service providers, social workers, and the faith-based community to learn about best practices in trauma-informed care. As part of this grant, expert training will be provided to more than 80 Safe Long Beach partners who offer specialized care and services for children that are victims of abuse or exposed to violence in the home.

Similarly, the $279,000 State and Community Development grant will be used to support Long Beach students, and implement a strategic plan to improve school attendance and reduce truancy and subsequent delinquent behavior. City staff will work alongside the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to implement the All In campaign at high-truancy schools; and engage community leaders, neighborhood associations, business owners, community partners, and the faith-based community in these neighborhoods to help ensure that students are in school during regular school hours. As part of this partnership, the LBUSD will receive a portion of this grant in the amount of $100,000.

Last year, Long Beach was one of five cities selected to join the DOJ National Forum (Forum) on Youth Violence Prevention. This national designation has enabled the City to apply for federal grant awards in support of Safe Long Beach efforts.

Safe Long Beach addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. Adopted by the City Council in May 2014, the Plan draws upon the City’s many existing assets to target violence at its root and attain the goal of building a safer Long Beach by 2020.

The OJJDP, a component of the DOJ, provides national leadership to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. The OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective, coordinated prevention and intervention programs, as well as to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

For more information on Safe Long Beach, go to www.lbvpp.com.

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