THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES $217.3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO FIGHT CRIME AND DRUGS IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore today announced $217.3 million in grants to housing authorities and assisted housing developments around the nation to continue the Clinton Administration's fight against drug dealing and other crimes.
"President Clinton's policies are working successfully around the country to keep gangs, drug dealers and other criminals out of public and assisted housing," the Vice President said. "These grants will help give every American family the opportunity to live in safety."
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Andrew Cuomo and White House Drug Policy Director Barry R. McCaffrey joined the Vice President as he made the announcement.
The 686 new HUD Drug Elimination Grants will go to: 503 public housing authorities ($194.5 million); 26 Indian housing authorities ($5.8 million); and 157 privately owned low-income housing developments that receive HUD assistance ($17 million).
"Drug dealers and other criminals are entitled to only one kind of government housing -- a prison cell," Secretary Cuomo said. "The sooner we can get them out of public and assisted housing, the better. As a result of the President's zero tolerance of crime in public housing, we're making dramatic progress in reclaiming crime-infested neighborhoods around the nation."
General McCaffrey said the new grants will play an important role in the nation's anti-drug strategy, and expressed strong support for the initiative.
As the Chair of the Crime Prevention Council, Vice President Gore has coordinated the efforts of federal, state and local agencies to create safe communities in public housing developments. In June, the Vice President, Secretary Cuomo and Attorney General Janet Reno announced a four-part enforcement and prevention strategy to fight crime and drugs in public housing. The Drug Elimination Grants are one element of this strategy.
The nation's crime rate has dropped by 10.3 percent since 1992 -- including a 16.3 percent drop in violent crime. No separate statistics exist for crime in public and assisted housing, which have historically suffered some of the highest crime rates. However, law enforcement officials in the nation's largest cities say rates for violent crime and drug-related crime in public housing have come down even more sharply in the past five years than in communities at large.
MAKING NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION INITIATIVES TO FIGHT CRIME AND DRUGS IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING
November 7, 1997
"One Strike and You're Out." President Clinton announced One Strike guidelines in March, 1996. One Strike adds provisions to public housing leases that make involvement in drugs or serious criminal activity a basis for barring people from moving into public housing and for eviction. Housing authorities across the nation have used One Strike to keep tens of thousands of lawbreakers out. The initiative is popular among the vast majority of law-abiding public housing residents, who have pleaded for years for help in reducing crime in their neighborhoods.
Operation Safe Home. Since this initiative was created in 1994 to attack crime in public and assisted housing, it has been responsible for executing more than 1,600 search warrants and making more than 13,400 arrests. Operation Safe Home has seized $25.5 million worth of illegal drugs, 1,860 weapons including 200 assault weapons, and $3.6 million in drug money. Operation Safe Home task forces have been set up around the country, made up of state and local law enforcement officers and the following federal agencies: HUD's Inspector General's Office; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Secret Service; U.S. Marshal's Service; and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Local district attorneys and U.S. attorneys prosecute cases for the task forces.
HUD's Drug Elimination Grants. HUD has awarded more than $1.3 billion in these grants since 1989.
In public housing, the Drug Elimination Grants are used for: drug prevention programs (38 percent of this year's funding); reimbursing law enforcement agencies for providing additional security (30 percent); hiring security guards and investigators (14 percent); drug intervention programs (6 percent); drug treatment programs (2 percent); tenant patrols (2 percent); physical improvements to enhance security (2 percent); and a variety of other initiatives (6 percent).
Housing authorities also can use the grants to provide job training and create jobs for residents in a number of areas, such as security guards and positions in drug abuse prevention and treatment.
In assisted housing, the Drug Elimination Grants are used for: drug prevention and education programs; referrals to drug treatment and counseling; and physical improvements to developments to enhance security. Individual grants for assisted housing are limited to $125,000.
MAKING NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE
FIGHTING CRIME AND DRUGS IN PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING
HUD Drug Elimination Grant Funding by State
State Total Funding Amount State Total Funding Amount
Alaska $240,652 Missouri $4,176,812 Alabama 8,344,065 Montana 603,597 Arkansas 1,009,922 New Hampshire 811,392 Arizona 2,007,980 New Jersey 6,443,453 California 8,612,180 New Mexico 1,061,300 Colorado 1,321,980 Nevada 429,377 Connecticut 4,448,792 New York 41,927,400 Washington, DC 2,812,680 North Carolina 7,180,467 Delaware 795,540 North Dakota 393,120 Florida 6,178,843 Ohio 12,100,699 Georgia 7,817,827 Oklahoma 3,986,935 Hawaii 1,368,380 Oregon 1,795,860 Idaho 93,300 Pennsylvania 6,421,624 Illinois 15,626,965 Puerto Rico 125,000 Indiana 3,001,460 Rhode Island 1,452,700 Iowa 125,000 South Carolina 2,959,736 Kansas 159,900 South Dakota 822,212 Kentucky 3,113,180 Tennessee 7,262,893 Louisiana 4,338,100 Texas 9,671,295 Maine 438,000 Utah 187,800 Maryland 5,439,415 Vermont 117,540 Massachusetts 8,290,538 Virginia 3,721,488 Michigan 3,783,953 Virgin Islands 1,421,420 Minnesota 3,479,100 Washington 3,334,292 Mississippi 2,672,653 West Virginia 1,049,597