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Nine Years of Community Safety

March 24, 2015 – 12:24 pm |

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on …

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Nine Years of Community Safety

March 24, 2015 – 12:24 pm |

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on the Hill. Together, they urged legislators to provide full funding for the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (Shannon Grant) and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI).

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Combating Youth and Gang Violence

Since its foundation in 2006, the Shannon Grant has invested in almost 40 Massachusetts communities with the highest rates of youth violence and the most gang activity. MAPC, in coordination with the Metro Mayors Coalition, manages a regional grant for 8 communities: Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. The Metro Mayors Coalition was deeply involved in the inception of the program nine years ago.

The Shannon Grant uses a multi-sector approach to youth and gang violence. It invests in social intervention, suppression, and opportunity provision programs as well as facilitating organizational change within agencies and community mobilization.

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Representative Aaron Vega, Holyoke

Proven Results

In 2014, with the grant funded at $7 million, nearly 20,000 youth were served across nearly 300 programs, and more than 2,500 hot spot patrols were enabled.

Over the past 5 years, youth and young adult homicide offenders have declined by 74% and aggravated assault offenders have declined by 30% in Shannon communities. The declines have been even steeper in communities receiving both Shannon and SSYI grants. Clearly, adequate funding for both these programs is critical in continuing to combat youth and gang violence.

Kendrick Jackson, Dorchester Youth Collaborative

Kendrick Jackson, Program Participant, Dorchester Youth Collaborative

Learn More

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about Shannon, SSYI, or Community Safety Day, please reach out to Charlie Ticotsky, Government Affairs Specialist, at cticotsky@mapc.org.

Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

March 12, 2015 – 9:49 am |

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter.
Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston …

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

February 17, 2015 – 11:24 am |
Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of …

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

February 11, 2015 – 2:53 pm |

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and …

MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

February 5, 2015 – 2:21 pm |

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building …

MAPC Homeland Security – Our Story

December 1, 2014 – 10:08 am |

You may have seen this phrase about MAPC’s Homeland Security work:
“MAPC serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety …

Natural Partners: Community Development and Community Health

October 8, 2014 – 3:11 pm |

 
 
 
 
 
Quick links:

Read the full report here.

Read an executive summary here

Read about MAPC’s work on the CITC HIA and view video

MAPC’s public health team is excited to announce the release of the Community Investment Tax …

State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 28, 2014 – 1:35 pm |

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for …

Annual Council Meeting

June 2, 2014 – 11:28 am |

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years.
The first order of business was to …

MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

May 29, 2014 – 5:08 pm |

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers
On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities …

Final Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting with Keynote Speaker US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

May 27, 2014 – 3:40 pm |

Quick links:

Video of all speakers
Powerpoint of all project posters
All event photos

 

Last week, MAPC celebrated the many accomplishments made possible by our 2009 $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, and to recognize the Sustainable Communities …