Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) announced today that the United Way of Genesee County has been awarded a $150,000 federal grant to finance the Weed and Seed Program. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the grant to the United Way's Flint North Central Weed and Seed program to help fight the use of illegal drugs and drug-related crime in the Flint area.
"The Weed and Seed Program has been successful nationwide and right here in Flint," said Kildee. "We must continue to provide urban communities and law enforcement with the tools and resources necessary to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe and drug-free family environments."
The Flint North Central Weed and Seed site first received official recognition in 1997 and was recertified and expanded in 2003. The focal neighborhood of the program is encompassed by Carpenter Road on the north, Pierson road on the south, Boulevard-East on the east, and Dupont Street on the west. Since 2002, Flint's Weed and Seed programs have received $1.2 million in federal funding.
"The positive adult interaction and guidance provided by this progressive program enhances opportunities for Flint's youth and prevents them from falling in with the wrong crowd," said Kildee.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Weed and Seed Program was developed to demonstrate an innovative and comprehensive approach to law enforcement and community revitalization. The program aims to "weed" out violent crime, gang activity, and drug use and trafficking in target areas, and then "seed" the community by encouraging social and economic revitalization. Weed and Seed integrates law enforcement, community policing, prevention, intervention, treatment and neighborhood restoration efforts.