Haverhill and Methuen Receive Shannon Grant to Combat Youth Gang Violence

The Cities of Haverhill and Methuen will be receiving $185,000 through the Commonwealth’s Shannon Community Safety Initiative to address regional youth gang violence.

An additional $29,709.61 will also be distributed to the University of Massachusetts, Lowell’s satellite campus at Harbor Place in Haverhill, which is a Local Action Research Partner with the program.

The $7.1 million being distributed through this year’s grant is being administered by the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

The Shannon Grant, is designed to help reduce the prevalence of gangs through community policy initiatives that encourage youth mentoring and improving relationships among families, law enforcement and school faculty.

“The funding provided through this grant will enable the Haverhill Police Department and our partners to continue to provide critical services to at risk youth in danger of falling victim to gang affiliation, criminal behavior and abandonment of educational and vocational opportunities designed to prepare them for productive futures in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Haverhill Police Chief Alan DeNaro.

“The Shannon grant awarded to Methuen and Haverhill aids us dramatically as we combat drugs and gangs on our streets and in the Merrimack Valley,” said Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. “Senator DiZoglio’s efforts toward obtaining continuing funding are vital as we compete for available resources. I want to thank her for her consistent support of law enforcement and our efforts to make the Merrimack Valley safer for everyone.”

“I am pleased to see Shannon Grant funding return to Haverhill as we continue working to thwart the corrosive influence of gangs in our communities,” said State Senator Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen. “Young people are the Merrimack Valley’s most valuable asset, and we at the state level are excited to continue working with our amazing local law enforcement partners to help keep our kids moving toward bright futures.”