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Community Effort Pays Off: YNDC Gets Big Grant to Clean up South Side - WKBN

Cleaning up neighborhoods known for crime takes teamwork between police, officials, and invested neighbors. In the Valley, that teamwork shone through, winning the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation nearly a million dollars to clean up the south side. The South Side Revitalization Project has been running on teamwork for years and on Wednesday, it got a big boost. YNDC now has the money to make the dream of safety and security on the south side a reality. YNDC is getting a grant for $850,000 from the Department of Justice to implement a plan to fight and reduce crime in the area. It took two years to develop, with the help of researchers and the Youngstown Police Department. “We did the plan, we analyzed a lot of data related to crime — where it was happening, when it was happening, who was committing the crime,” said Neighborhood Planner Tom Hetrick. To read the full story from WKBN, click here.