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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1997202/307-0703



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time, 29 communities, including Baltimore, Houston, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are receiving funding to help "weed out" violent crime, gang activity, drug trafficking and drug use, and "seed in" neighborhood revitalization, the Justice Department announced today. Together with the 84 currently funded sites, there are now a total of 113 communities receiving a total of $26.2 million in funding under the Weed and Seed program. This is the largest number of funded sites in the program's six-year history.

"More and more communities are using the Weed and Seed strategy to bring community residents, businesses, schools, and law enforcement together to make their neighborhoods safer," said Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). "We have already seen dramatic results in Weed and Seed neighborhoods in Seattle, Hartford and Wilmington, and these new grants will help many more communities attack crime block-by-block to achieve long-term positive change."

Violent crime in the targeted Weed and Seed neighborhood dropped 48 percent from 1991 to 1996 in Seattle, Washington and 46 percent from 1994 to 1996 in Hartford, Connecticut. Seattle began receiving Weed and Seed funding in 1992 and Hartford in Fiscal Year 1994.

"Even though the Weed and Seed programs in Seattle and Hartford began in different years, both have shown encouraging reductions in violent crime," added Robinson. "But not all of the results can be measured by statistics."

Robinson cited Wilmington, Delaware's Weed and Seed program, which reports that since the program began in Fiscal Year 1992, the community has improved relations with police, become more organized and provided residents with services that did not exist before the program started.

"The Weed and Seed program has grown from the first three sites in 1991," said Stephen Rickman, Director of the Department's Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS), which administers the program. "This growth was possible only through the dedication of the communities themselves and the commitment of the participating U.S. Attorneys' offices."

Weed and Seed is a key component of the Justice Department's anti-violence program. Community policing and law enforcement are central to Weed and Seed, as are prevention, intervention and treatment. Neighborhood restoration is another element of the strategy. The Weed and Seed program links federal, state and local law enforcement and criminal justice efforts with social services, as well as with private and community efforts. All Weed and Seed sites must demonstrate their capacity to obtain resources from both the public and private sectors. The local U.S. Attorney plays a major role in coordinating the Weed and Seed program.

Before applying for federal funding, communities must have implemented the Weed and Seed strategy without Justice Department funding and have received or applied for Weed and Seed's Official Recognition status. Submission of the Official Recognition application makes sites eligible to compete for future Weed and Seed funds and gives them preference for selected federal discretionary resources and priority for federally sponsored training and technical assistance.

For Fiscal Year 1997, the Executive Office of Weed and Seed (EOWS) invited all 84 funded sites to apply for continuation funding and invited 29 sites that had either achieved Official Recognition status or applied for it by December 31, 1996 to apply for full funding. Two different sites in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Corpus Christi applied for funding.

In addition to direct funding from EOWS, part of the funding will come from the Justice Department's Asset Forfeiture Funds (AFF), derived from cash and assets under federal guidelines. AFF can be used to reimburse state and local law enforcement for certain expenses incurred in a joint law enforcement operation such as overtime salaries, travel, fuel, training and equipment. Selected sites will also receive funding through other Weed and Seed initiatives,- such as the Weed and Seed JustServe partnership with AmeriCorps.

A list of the funded Weed and Seed sites and their FY 1997 awards is attached. To learn more about the Weed and Seed program, visit the EOWS web site at

Information about other bureaus and program offices in the Office of Justice Programs is available at Media should contact OJP's Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

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Sites in boldface and italics indicates first-time funding





ALABAMA Mobile $275,000
Birmingham $275,000
ARIZONA Phoenix $381,000


So. Central



San Diego $50,000
San Jose $306,000
Santa Ana $225,000
Fresno $274,027
Oakland $357,212
Oxnard $200,000
COLORADO Denver $50,000
CONNECTICUT Hartford $265,000
Bridgeport $275,000
New Britain $175,000
Norwalk $275,000
DELAWARE Wilmington $275,000
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington $466,000

Brevard County $275,000
Clearwater $275,000
Fort Lauderdale $275,000
Fort Myers $274,990
Gainesville $275,000


Jacksonville $275,000
Manatee/Sarasota $275,000
Miami $275,000
NW Riviera Beach $90,000
Ocala $274,930
Orlando $275,000
Polk County $275,000
St. Petersburg $325,000
Tallahassee $274,318
Tampa $50,000
Volusia County $275,000
West Palm Beach $275,000
GEORGIA Atlanta $50,000
Savannah $225,000
ILLINOIS Chicago $225,000
East St. Louis $75,000
Northwest Austin $431,000
Springfield $225,000
INDIANA Indianapolis $609,000
IOWA Des Moines $275,000
KANSAS Wichita $275,000
LOUISIANA Shreveport Did not apply***
New Orleans $275,000
MAINE Androscoggin $210,583
Midcoast $199,986
MARYLAND Baltimore $249,943
Upper Marlboro $200,000
MASSACHUSETTS Boston $225,000
Chelsea $225,000
Woburn $175,000
MICHIGAN Detroit $100,000
Benton Harbor


Flint $200,000
Grand Rapids $175,000
Highland Park $75,000
Holland $225,000
Inkster $200,000
Muskegon/Muskegon Heights $275,000
MINNESOTA Duluth $199,900
Minneapolis $260,000
St. Paul (Railroad Island) $200,000
MISSISSIPPI Greenville $199,973
Jackson $200,000
MISSOURI Kansas City $50,000
Sikeston $200,000
St. Louis $275,000
MONTANA Northern Cheyenne In Progress**
NEBRASKA Omaha $225,000
NEVADA Las Vegas $150,000
Reno $281,000
NEW JERSEY Trenton $50,000

Did not apply***

NEW MEXICO Laguna Pueblo In Progress**
NEW YORK Buffalo $275,000
Far Rockaway $200,000
Rochester $275,000
Brooklyn $200,000
N. Amityville $200,000
N. Bellport $200,000
Syracuse $356,000
Bronx $100,000
NORTH CAROLINA Greensboro $325,000
Greenville $200,000
Raleigh $175,000
New Bern $166,479
Winston-Salem $200,000
OHIO Akron $198,172
Columbus $118,678
Euclid $200,000
Hamilton $125,000
Lima $275,000
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City $325,000
OREGON Portland $375,000
PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia $456,000
Pittsburgh $225,000
Pittsburgh (Second Site) $200,000
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston $275,000
North Charleston $225,000
TENNESSEE Chattanooga $275,000
Dyersburg $225,000
TEXAS Fort Worth $225,000
Galveston $200,000
Houston $275,000
San Antonio $225,000
Corpus Christi $275,000
Corpus Christi (Second Site) $200,000
Dallas, TX $100,000
Wichita Falls $125,000
UTAH Salt Lake City $325,000
VIRGINIA Richmond $50,000
WASHINGTON Tacoma $200,000
Seattle $225,000
WISCONSIN Madison $275,000
Milwaukee $317,802

TOTAL: $26,235,691