On February 3 the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security announced that Boston would receive a $1.3 million Shannon Grant to go toward coordinated programs for youth gang violence prevention and intervention.
"The Shannon Grant is one of my most important priorities in the budget. It gives local community groups the tools to collaborate with police departments and government agencies. It steers children away from gangs and can help make our communities safer."
Shannon Grants are awarded through a competitive process where communities are awarded based on need and demonstrated committment to solving the issue of youth violence. They help to prevent gang violence, thereby reducing the likelihood that these children will become involved with law enforcement in less positive ways. The grants are funded through the State budget, and are a funding issue Representative Sánchez has actively supported since assuming office.