SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Two western Massachusetts cities will benefit from more funding to combat youth gang violence.
Springfield and Pittsfield are among seven Massachusetts cities that will receive supplemental funding to make the streets a safer place. $1.25 million dollars will be divided among those cities.
The state says that as summer begins, and school lets out, it’s important to keep kids off the streets and give them productive things to do.
The Shannon Community Safety Initiative provides funding to communities that have a high level of youth violence and gang problems.
Teresa Dion of Springfield said, “I think it’s wonderful that they’re trying to combat violence, but I’d want to know where the money is going and if they actually allocate it for the right reason. First of all people in the community have to step up and help out because the police can’t do it all. Get the community involved and helping, because we have to show the kids that we care about them, because i think their reaching out for something to do and there’s nothing for them to do. There’s nothing else for them to do in Springfield or in some of the surrounding towns and I think that if we keep them busy, busy hands are quiet hands and they wont be doing things they shouldn’t.”
Other benefitting cities include Boston, Brockton, Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell.