Akron, Ohio, is among cities planning to use federal stimulus dollars for violence prevention initiatives. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said he intended to use “significant resources" from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) to combat gun violence, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The ARP gives state and local governments wide latitude to use some of the funds for violence prevention. Among others indicating plans to do so are Philadelphia and Atlanta, which committed $5 million of its ARP allocation to fund a Cure Violence program.
Other cities and states are expected to follow suit in coming weeks and months. Last year, communities – including several across Illinois -- leveraged millions of CARES Act stimulus dollars for violence prevention programs.
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