RICHMOND – Community organizations working to safeguard vulnerable young people from gang involvement and protect victims of domestic, sexual and other forms of violence in Richmond will benefit from $140,000 in government grants supporting public safety priorities.
This is part of a nearly $7.2 million province-wide investment— the largest-ever one-time grants investment in community crime prevention in B.C. — combining $5.5 million in provincial Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) proceeds and $1.69 million from criminal forfeiture proceeds.
- Touchstone Family Services Association: $100,000 for its StreetSmarts Youth Leadership Program. Touchstone Family Association utilizes a wraparound approach to services for vulnerable youth at risk of gang involvement in Richmond. The StreetSmarts Youth Leadership Program provides mentorship/outreach support and intensive one to one services for youth attending the StreetSmarts Youth Leadership group.
- Mainland Athletics: $20,000 for its Youth Mentorship Program. This project will provide mentorship, leadership and coaching for at-risk South Asian youth through recreational/sporting activities such as soccer, basketball and track & field.
- Richmond Addiction Services Society (RASS): $20,000 for the RASS Day Program: A Continuum of Services. Funding will support and expansion of the Constructive Alternative to Teen Suspension (CATS) Program to provide additional tutoring, one to one support, family support, and linking high-risk youth to needed services.
“This year marks a decade of civil forfeiture in B.C. – and 10 years of giving back to the community,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “These funds will support the meaningful work these local organizations are doing to address violence and keep people safe in Richmond.”
“These organizations do a great job of reaching out to our at-risk and vulnerable populations and offering them the protection and services they need to move forward,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “The civil forfeiture program benefits victims of crime, helps keep our communities safe and contributes to a violence-free B.C.”
“The Civil Forfeiture Office takes away the tools and proceeds of crime, putting them back into community programs that support crime prevention and safety,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “Many people will benefit from these initiatives, and we thank these organizations for their work in reaching out to vulnerable groups with compassion and care.”
In all, more than 250 projects and programs throughout the province will receive a one-time grant. Nearly $2 million is dedicated to gang and youth crime prevention, and more than $3.5 million will go to community services that address violence against women and girls. The remainder will support training and education for frontline victims service workers, police training and special equipment, and restorative justice.
This year a new stream of civil forfeiture grants is dedicated to programs focused on sexual assault, including responses to sexual assault on post-secondary campuses. This builds on our Vision for a Violence Free BC, the Province’s long-term strategy to end all forms of violence against women.