WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Wilmington Housing Authority is doing its part to cut down on gang violence. The organization announced Wednesday that it's pursuing a new million dollar safety grant.
The Byrne Criminal Justice Grant would give the housing authority one million dollars over a three year period, according to Paul D'Angelo, a planner with the Wilmington Housing Authority.
D'Angelo explained that the money would be put towards additional safety measures in public housing on the south side of the city. The authority is partnering with local organizations like the Wilmington Police Department to make a case for the grant.
D'Angelo said that crime, poverty, and gang violence are the main reasons that the grant is needed in Wilmington.
"If at the end of the day, there's no difference in the crime in that neighborhood, our efforts aren't going to make too much of a difference, so this grant's very important and it also starts the conversation about the partnerships that need to happen to make a neighborhood safer," D'Angelo said.
The grant needs to be submitted by May 6. D'Angelo said the housing authority will find out if it has received the money later this summer.
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