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CISNEROS ANNOUNCES $259 MILLION FOR DRUG ELIMINATION, ANTI-CRIME INITIATIVES IN PUBLIC HOUSING
Washington, D.C. -- Housing Secretary Henry G. Cisneros today announced $259 million in funding for a Clinton Administration initiative to fight crime and drugs in public housing in 650 American communities.
"These grants help to clean up drugs and crime in much of our nation's public housing," Cisneros said. "In the past, too many of our public housing developments became war zones, with gangs and drug dealers on the verge of gaining the upper hand. We're helping communities and law enforcement restore the safety and security that all American families deserve."
The funds awarded today will go toward more than 650 community-based anti-crime initiatives in public housing developments across the country. A total of 978 public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities applied for funds, 140 more applicants than last year.
Drug Elimination Grants offer communities a number of ways to tackle crime and drugs. The federal funds may be used to:
Drug Elimination Grants are one component of HUD's comprehensive efforts to reduce crime and drug activity in public housing. Other key elements include the President's One Strike and You're Out tenant screening and eviction policy, and Operation Safe Home, HUD's collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Since 1994, Operation Safe Home has resulted in over 9,400 arrests, the confiscation of $18.4 million in illegal drugs, 1,300 guns, and $2.4 million in cash.
Successes at Reducing Crime
HUD's Drug Elimination Grants, awarded in collaboration with local law enforcement efforts, have had a measurable effect on reducing crime in public housing communities, Cisneros said. Among recent successes are:
Examples of How Drug Elimination Grants are Used
Successful local anti-drug programs that have been funded by this grant program include: