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Anti-violence program at Throggs Neck Houses gets funding

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A new Stand Up to Violence program at the Throggs Neck Houses will be getting $170,000 in funding, officials announced Friday.

That money will support the group's community policing initiative. Another $40,000 will go toward after-school programs at the Throggs Neck-Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

Stand Up to Violence, or SUV, is an organization that tackles gun violence by sending what it calls violence disruptors into areas where gun violence has been an issue. The goal is to get people to turn away from a life a crime, instead teaching them things like making a resume or writing a cover letter.

Organizers say adding the program to the Throggs Neck Houses will make the community a safer place.

Organizers claim SUV has helped reduce gun violence by up to 50 percent in some precincts.

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