The Tri-Community Coalition (TCC), which encompasses Berkley, Huntington Woods and Oak Park, received a $625,000 federal grant to help to keep local youths away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol. The grant, which will be disbursed in five annual installments, will target the TCC’s major areas of concern: marijuana, alcohol and prescription drug use. The award was given by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on Sept. 1.
Judy Rubin, executive director of TCC, said that while 70 percent of the organization’s annual budget is made up of federal grant dollars, the group is trying to become self-sustainable through donations and sponsorships from the local community. The TCC is one of 87 new organizations nationwide to receive the grant.
ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske believes that the TCC was well-deserving of its award. “Data shows that community efforts to decrease youth substance abuse through the DFC program are effective,” he said in a statement. “I commend organizations like the Tri-Community Coalition, who work tirelessly to prevent and reduce youth drug use across the nation.”
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