CHICAGO (CBS) — The CeaseFire anti-violence group in Chicago has closed its South Side and West Side offices, after a $1 million grant from the city ran out.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports the group’s North Lawndale office closed two weeks ago, and the Woodlawn office will follow suit at the end of the month.
In North Lawndale, staffers stepped in to prevent violence 150 times over the year, leading to a 75 percent drop in homicides and shootings, while finding jobs for 42 at-risk people, and enrolling 16 others in school, according to program manger Rev. Robin Hood.
He said his phone has been ringing ever since they closed their doors.
Former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman claimed, over the year the group received funding from the city, murders were down 100 percent in two police beats in Woodlawn.
“There were eight homicides in those two beats, compared to zero for the year that we worked there,” he said.