weed & seed shut down

Brent Finnegan -- September 6th, 2006

The Harrisonburg Weed & Seed community has lost it’s funding. (DNR)

According to the DOJ website, “Weed & Seed is foremost a strategy—rather than a grant program—that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country.” The Harrisonburg “strategy” focused primarily on “high crime” neighborhoods in northeast H’burg.

It would seem that, for better or worse, northeast Harrisonburg was not high-crime enough for the DOJ to renew the five-year $1 million grant, and H’burg city council and Rockingham County BOS were not going to foot the bill themselves. This is understandable, considering the 16 percent rise in reported crime, and the fact that “40 percent of the funding went to administrative costs, which local governments can avoid by supporting Weed and Seed sponsored programs directly.”

Other than the $50k the Boys & Girls Club will not be receiving, is this a loss for the community? Or was this just another ineffective federal program that didn’t belong in Harrisonburg in the first place? Anyone from NE H’burg care to comment?

-finnegan

3 Responses to “weed & seed shut down”

  1. jake says:

    I heard that weed and seed promotes narcing out your neighbors and calling the cops before even talking to them…

  2. finnegan says:

    Yeah, if you read the DOJ website, it’s not exactly clear what it is, or that it does any good.

  3. finnegan says:

    here’s a follow-up article from the DNR

    Sounds like Harrisonburg City and Rockinham County will fill-in with at least some of the funding for other local programs (like the Boys & Girls Club) that used to be funneled through Weed & Seed from the DOJ.

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