Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green today announced preliminary approval for federal funding totaling $860,000 for three projects in the Houston metropolitan area. This total includes funding for Harris County Constable Precinct 6 for a gang identification and enforcement unit, for the Girl Scouts of the USA for VIVA Texas, an Adult Volunteer Latina/Hispanic Outreach Program, andfor HoustonWorks USA for their Juvenile Justice Initiative. Rep. Green requested the funding as part of the congressional appropriations process earlier this year.
“I am glad that the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science recognizes the importance of these programs for the public safety and positive growth of our communities,” said Rep. Gene Green. “These three programs will especially help improve the environment for our younger constituents.”
The subcommittee has recommended $110,000 for Harris County Constable Precinct 6 to create a gang identification and enforcement, unit in an area that suffers from increased gang activity. Funds will be used to provide a uniform manner of gang identification, gang prevention and gang crime enforcement within the Harris County Precinct 6 by hiring a deputy and giving them the tools and training to decrease crime in the precinct area.
$350,000 has been recommended for the Girl Scouts of the USA for VIVA Texas to create an Adult Volunteer Latina/Hispanic Outreach Program, to work with young women to understand the needs of girls in the community, build partnerships with key Latino/Hispanic community leaders and organizations, and to recruit and train additional bilingual volunteers through a specially-developed curriculum that prepares them to lead a Girl Scout troop.
The subcommittee has recommended $400,000 for HoustonWorks USA for their Juvenile Justice Initiative which works to reclaim juveniles through preventive programs, educational and rehabilitative services. Many youth are lost in the cracks in the educational system which sometimes leads to misappropriated behavior, lagging behind in school and even dropping out of school.
HoustonWorks USA’s objective is to serves youth that are in the Juvenile Justice system or that have been a part of the system in the past. The program will provide the necessary tools for youth to identify their weak areas, address them, and get back on track towards graduation. The program will also serve as a bridge to a higher education or employment.
“While this is the first of several steps needed before final approval of funding for these projects occurs, I am glad they were included and thank the subcommittee for realizing the importance of these projects by placing them in their recommendations,” said Green.
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