NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Despite the recent drop in violent crime in New Haven, improving the Newhallville neighborhood is still on the forefront of city leader’s minds.
Those leaders and police held a meeting to talk about how to divvy up their $1 million Byrne Grant that is aimed at keeping the crime rate down, reducing the number of at risk youth, and fixing up the neighborhood. They hope to make it a more vibrant and safer place to live.
“This is a Department of Justice grant and the beginning phases of that is to engage the community, to hear what their strategies are, what their priorities are, and how we can all get on the same page to actually accomplish that goal,” said Jason Bartlett, Director of Youth Services.
The grant was awarded back in the fall. The city hopes to get the money within the next six months as they develop a plan.