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Erie Neighborhood Watch Group To Get $350,000 Grant

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This week, a local neighborhood watch group will get hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It's part of a grant program, to help improve their neighborhood.

This week, Erie city council is set to approve a $350,000 grant for the SNOOPS Neighborhood Watch Group.
It's a renewal of a grant, that they got 3 years ago.

From the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the grant is designed to improve inner-city neighborhoods.

Snoops got $200,0000 back in 2011, that they've used for all kinds of improvements. Including emergency home repairs, and roof repairs and facades. It's also been used for sidewalk repairs, and a upgrades to the neighborhood park.

SNOOPS covers the neighborhoods from east 12th to 15th, from French to Wayne.
And Watch Coordinator, John Villa says these funds are needed, to continue their work.

"We did facade work over here, we did facade work over there, we did some windows down there," said Villa. "On the next block, the 400 block on east 14th we did the whole sidewalk from Parade to Wallace because that was all dilapidated and tore up. So yes, we're trying to do good things around here," Villa added.

The grant money has also been used for emergency furnace repairs, to help those in the neighborhood that can't afford upgrades like that.

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