Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Wins Funding

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW-TV) In 2010, the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood was created as a non-profit effort to help improve educational success for students who live in a low-income area with high crime.

Located in Buffalo's Bailey-Kensington area, the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a one-square mile zone that includes three schools; Westminster Community Charter School, Highgate Heights Elementary School, and Bennett High School.

M&T Bank, the Westminster Foundation, US Department of Education, and the John R. Oishei Foundation fund the effort.

So, far new playgrounds, a community health center, and plans for a new early childhood education center are helping improve the quality of life.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood a grant of $962,765 to help fight crime and revitalize the neighborhood.

The money comes from the Department's new Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program which seeks to help areas with significant levels of crime.

The award will be administered over three years.

It will pay for additional police patrols, purchase camera's and radio's to monitor crime, and fund a Youth Outreach Program.

The money will also pay for a full-time case worker to help residents with things like employment transition, education, family preservation, and other community and housing services.

As part of the award, a research partnership with the University of Buffalo Regional Institute will study crime in the neighborhood and develop data-driven solutions.