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Feds grant $850,000 to fight crime on Youngstown's South Side

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The fight against criminal activity on Youngstown's South Side is getting an $850,000 shot in the arm.

The US Department of Justice has awarded the grant to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Youngstown Police, and Youngstown State University to develop crime-reduction strategies in a target area on the South Side.

The effort will focus on Market Street, South Avenue, and the Taft and Cottage Grove neighborhoods.

The grant will fund crime-reduction activities in key areas including small businesses, residential property, community empowerment, and neighborhood revitalization.

In 2015, YNDC and its partners were awarded a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation planning grant to analyze crime data, engage community members, review evidence-based practices, and develop a crime-reduction implementation plan.

The plan was finalized in January 2017 and submitted to the US Department of Justice for review, along with an application for implementation funding.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation is citywide planning and development organization working to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the City of Youngstown.

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