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After Stephon Clark shooting, Sacramento devotes $500,000 more toward low-income kids

'Let's focus on who needs help:' Darrell Steinberg on grants for low-income kids

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg held a press conference Thursday to discuss the $500,000 in grants for nonprofits to help low-income children in neighborhoods like the one where Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento Police last month.
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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg held a press conference Thursday to discuss the $500,000 in grants for nonprofits to help low-income children in neighborhoods like the one where Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento Police last month.

The city of Sacramento is offering $500,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations that work with young people in high unemployment neighborhoods, the second time in a week the city announced it was investing in disadvantaged neighborhoods like the one where police shot and killed Stephon Clark.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg and members of the City Council announced the grant at City Hall. Awards between $10,000 and $25,000 will be offered to local organizations. Priority will be given to nonprofits with budgets under $250,000.

“In the coming weeks we are going to continue looking for opportunities to invest in our youth and to make sure we don’t leave any neighborhoods behind as we grow our city’s economy,” the mayor said in a statement.

On Monday, the mayor announced that $1 million in grants would be available for startups around the city. Extra consideration will be given to companies working in low-income neighborhoods.

City officials are under pressure to invest in Meadowview where Clark was killed by police on March 18 – and other low-income neighborhoods. Several people have told the City Council in recent weeks that the Clark shooting has exposed systemic inequality in the city.

The Sacramento City Council meeting Tuesday opened with a prayer as Police Chief Daniel Hahn prepared to answer questions about the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by officers.

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