This workshop was an excellent overview of
HUDs Gun BuyBack Program. The goal of the HUD sponsored program is
to limit restrictions in order to encourage creativity and brainstorming
among organizations. Cedric Brown, Special Assistant, Office of Public and
Indian Housing, HUD, says "Gun Buyback is like a tree that has many
branches. The program has the potential to branch out in many ways. The
buyback is like the root of the treeyou can take it in many different
directions and brainstorm within the community for ideas."
After briefly discussing the guidelines for
receiving HUD funds for the program, the session focus shifted to the methods
in which participants implemented the programs. Dennis Morgan, Executive
Director of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, told of the free media
coverage generated from a news release. Other session participants told
of non-monetary vouchers in the form of gift certificates and boxing tickets,
and involving surrounding communities in a broad-based effort to remove
weapons from the streets.