U.S. ATTORNEY RACHELLE AUD CROWE ANNOUNCES $91,731 IN JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GRANTS TO SUPPORT LOCAL PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAMS
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded more than
$17.5 million in grants to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program. Funding will
support efforts across the country to address violent crime, including the gun violence that is
often at its core. Hoyleton Youth and Family Services was awarded $94,446 to administer PSN grant
funds in the Southern District of Illinois.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), part of the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP),
will administer the 88 grant awards, which are being made to designated fiscal agents to support
local PSN projects that work in partnership with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.
“This latest Project Safe Neighborhoods grant is critical to addressing the violent crime
threatening cities and towns all across our country,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco.
“Ensuring the safety of all Americans is the highest priority for the Department of Justice, but
when it comes to violent crime, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We must work closely
with local public safety agencies as well as community organizations to craft individual strategies
unique to each community’s needs. Programs like Project Safe Neighborhoods and the funding it
provides allow us to do just that.”
Grant funds will support the efforts to reduce crimes in East St. Louis by focusing on violent
individuals and collaborating with community partners to address conditions that contribute to
violent crimes. The grant will also support the implementation of a “co-responder
model” in responding to homicides and non-fatal shootings by having trauma teams provide
immediate services to child victims, witnesses, and their families followed by long term trauma
intervention follow up services. With approval from BJA, the Fiscal Agent will begin the process of
making subawards for PSN grant projects.
“Investing in our communities, supporting victims and building a justice system that both keeps
people safe and earns their trust – these are mutually reinforcing goals that stand at the heart of
Project Safe Neighborhoods,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon for
OJP. “The Office of Justice Programs is pleased to join with our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and with
jurisdictions across the country, as we work together to meet the challenges of crime and
violence and achieve our shared aspirations of public safety and community trust.”
In May 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new effort to reduce violent crime,
including the gun violence that is often at its core. Integral to that effort was
the reinvigoration of PSN, a two-decade old evidence-based and community-oriented program
focused on reducing violent crime. The updated PSN approach, outlined in the
department’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime issued by Deputy Attorney General
Monaco, is guided by four key principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities,
supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence, setting focused
and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results of our efforts. The fundamental
goal is to reduce violent crime, not simply to increase the number of arrests or prosecutions.
This fall, U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country have enhanced their violent crime reduction
efforts to ensure alignment with the department’s comprehensive violent crime reduction
strategy. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices have engaged in outreach to law enforcement and other agencies
and organizations serving communities to identify the most significant drivers of violence in their
districts. Working together with a broad coalition of stakeholders, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are
addressing the most pressing violent crime issues in their district to make our neighborhoods safer
PSN programs are led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in collaboration with local public
safety agencies, community stakeholders and other agencies and organizations that work to
reduce violent crime.
The Office of Justice Programs provide federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance,
and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial
equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. More
information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.