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Grant money helped fund projects on the north end of Flint, leaders say work will continue

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Grant money helped fund projects in the north end of Flint, leaders say work will continue (Credit: Jesse Gonzales)

FLINT, Mich. - The project began three years ago in the north end of Flint.

Hamilton Community Health Network was given $1 million from the Department of Justice.

The money was awarded to the Illuminating Community Change Safety Project and they were able to partner with 13 organizations.

READ MORE: $250k grant going to Hamilton Community Health Network

While the money stream has stopped, the leaders say they will continue to advocate for funding in order to support these programs.

"We're going to continue to work long after this money stream has stopped because we're not going to wait for someone to come save us. We matter, right, we can do this ourselves," said Holly Wilson who serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Illuminating Community Change Safety Project.

Some of the money went into helping Flint Community Schools and programs for the youth.

Another aspect was the North End Food Market, this broke ground last month and the goal is to bring a grocery store setting to the North End.

While the grant money concluded on Friday, a common theme among residents was investing in the youth and also continue to fight crime in the neighborhoods.

Penny Sherman is a resident on the north end, she says these programs are vital especially when it comes to the youth in the community.