The City of New Bedford will be getting additional funds to help combat gang and youth violence.

Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral announced on Wednesday that the city was awarded $496,192 through the state’s so-called Shannon Grant Program.

Cabral says the grant will fund a variety of anti-gang efforts, including mentoring programs, street outreach, and GED programs.

Cabral added that grant funding, oversight, and technical assistance support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated prevention and intervention, law enforcement, prosecution, and reintegration programs.

The grant was awarded through the Executive Office of Public Safety based on a number of factors, including crime rates among the population from ages 15 to 19.

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