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Civic institute grant supports troubled neighborhoods

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neighborhoods throughout Erie City and County will be getting a much-needed boost toward resolving some of their problems, thanks to a $129,425 grant awarded the Mercyhurst Civic Institute by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

Institute director Amy Eisert said the funds will support initiatives of the Neighborhood Resource Organization (NRO).

The funding is earmarked for individual neighborhood groups to carry out the strategies outlined in the Community Action Plan (CAP) as they apply to community disorganization, which contributes to problem behaviors in local neighborhoods. Defined by the CAP, community disorganization is a situation where there is little attachment to the community, where rates of vandalism are high and where there is low surveillance of public areas.  

The NRO, organized by the Unified Erie violence reduction initiative, is committed to providing resources to neighborhood groups through regular trainings, assistance with funding applications, notification of funding opportunities, research and communication of best practice information, education on services available, connecting groups with key community partners as well as each other, and serving as a fiscal agent for grant funds to individual neighborhood groups. 

“The NRO is intended to support resident efforts in promoting positive and sustainable change within their own communities,” said Dave Deter, NRO executive director. “This grant will provide us monetary resources in order expand upon our current efforts and have a greater impact on the neighborhoods we are committed to serve.”