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Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows projects receive nearly $250,000 to improve community safety

4 local programs will get money from the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program
Alisa’s Wish Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is one of four local programs to receive funding from the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program. (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services/Special to The News)

A new wave of funding is coming to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to help advance community safety and crime-prevention initiatives.

Four local organizations will benefit from this Civil Forfeiture Grant Program, which Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith explained is the repurposing of money from criminal activities.

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“Our government is taking the proceeds from criminal activity and investing them into our communities,” said D’Eith.

“This year, organizations in Maple Ridge will benefit from over $250,000 that will help limit the cycle of violence and support people to heal.”

The following local programs are receiving funding:

Fraser River Indigenous Society ($25,080) for its Coming of Age program that helps urban Indigenous youth that have been through the foster system

Unlocking the Gates Services Society ($39,750) for the Peer Health Mentorship Program that supports offenders recently released from prison

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation ($40,000) for its Crisis Foster Care program, which gives temporary homes to pets owned by women who are trying to escape domestic violence

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services ($140,000) to run Alisa’s Wish CYAC, which supports youth that are victims of abuse

RELATED: Cythera now under the umbrella of Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services

Across B.C., 197 different community projects will receive approximately $9.7 million from the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program in the 2022-23 funding cycle.

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