Funding Cut Could Impact Anti-Gang Initiatives

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Programs to curb gangs and other anti-crime initiatives may be in jeopardy after funding by the federal government was slashed by 67 percent.

The major decrease in federal spending could hinder organizations like the Building Hope Community Life Center in Greenville. The center serves 55 after school students and holds day programs for children suspended from class. Its purpose is to keep them off the streets and teach values that will keep them out of gangs.

Officials from that facility and others say without the grant money, it can be difficult to maintain that level of service.

The grant program helps pay for a host of law enforcement initiatives in states and cities, including drug task forces, anti-gang units and overtime for police officers.