Olneyville getting anti-crime, redevelopment grant

September 24, 2013, 3:12 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Olneyville Housing Corp. is among the recipients of a federal grant to support anti-crime initiatives and neighborhood redevelopment.

The three-year, $600,000 grant will be used by Olneyville Housing in partnership with the Providence Police Department, the Providence Housing Authority, the Rhode Island affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and Roger Williams University's School of Justice Study.

Part of the money will go to the police department to revise and implement new foot patrols in parts of the neighborhood that are designated as violent crime "hot spots." Olneyville Housing will also use the money to address nuisance properties that serve as magnets for crime.

The grant is through the U.S. Department of Justice's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program.

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