City of Pittsfield Awarded $100,000.00 for Community Safety Initiative

Mayor Bianchi is pleased to announce that the City of Pittsfield has been awarded a competitive grant of $100,000.00 in FY2014 Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) funds to support the Gang Enforcement project. The Shannon CSI is intended to support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention, intervention, suppression, prosecution and reintegration. The official letter was delivered to the Mayor’s office on 12/12/13 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Boston, MA.

The funds will be earmarked for hiring a program coordinator, partnering with a range of social and intervention initiatives, and to support ongoing activities at the municipal community centers at public housing locations.  One of the primary partners will be the Salvation Army, which coordinates the “Bridging the Gap” program. Also supporting the initiative will be the Pittsfield Police Department with their community outreach efforts. Many programs at the City of Pittsfield’s Community Centers located at 240 Francis Plaza and 253 Dower Square involve such support organizations like the United Way, Berkshire Health Systems “Accent on Health”, The Berkshire Humane Society, the Salvation Army, Youth Alive,  Pittsfield Police Department’s “Coffee with a Cop” program and many more.  A focus on literacy, building self-esteem, and public safety have been integrated in the activities at both centers.

For more information call Mary McGinnis, Director of Administrative Services at Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi’s Office 413-499-9322.