A Lafayette program designed to help the homeless, victims of domestic violence and nonviolent offenders is carrying on its mission despite the loss of federal funding.
Efforts started under the Weed and Seed program have continued following a U.S. Department of Justice decision to eliminate the program in 2011. The services are now provided through other community agencies.
Lafayette Weed and Seed site coordinator Adam Murphy tells the Journal & Courier that losing the programs would have "left a big hole" in the community.
Weed and Seed aimed to reduce crime and promote revitalization. The program began in Lafayette in September 2007 with a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice.
The funding helped Lafayette get other grants and increase police patrols.
Information from: Journal and Courier
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