ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The federally designated “promise zone” that covers parts of north St. Louis County and City is getting a nearly $5 million grant to help combat violence and poverty.
County Executive Steve Stenger says the $4.7 million project, dubbed Project CATALYST, comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant will help fund counseling, after school programs, violence-prevention programs and other initiatives.
Stenger estimates about 36 percent, or 71,000 individuals, currently live below the poverty line in the promise zone district.
He says “There is a comprehensive vision and concrete strategy that there is committed local government leadership and that there’s a strong cross sector collaboration commitment to results in these areas.”
Work to figure out exactly how the money will be spent begins in the next couple of weeks. A comprehensive action is expected to be ready in six months.
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