CHICAGO (CBS) — The MacArthur Foundation announced Monday it’s giving $10 million in grants to combat gun violence in Chicago.
Among the ten organizations receiving money is Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI).READ MORE: Over 23,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The non-profit believes the old saying that “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” so it has worked to bring a Whole Foods store to Englewood, as well as a Walmart and a Method soap factory to Pullman.
CNI President, David Doig, says their work has helped lower violent crime in Pullman by 45 percent over the last seven years.READ MORE: Woman Stabbed Near CTA Green Line, Police ID Suspect In Stabbing Death Of Anat Kimchee
With the $1 million grant that will be spread over four years, Doig says CNI hopes to build on successes in Pullman, Englewood and Bronzeville — and even expand.
He says the jobs will range from starting positions to highly coveted ones, such as working in the tech industry.MORE NEWS: 'It Is Sad': The United Center COVID Mass Vaccination Site Closes Thursday
In addition, CNI is working to provide affordable housing to struggling communities.