How does Pennsylvania Weed and Seed build upon the Federal Weed and Seed Initiative?
The Pennsylvania Weed and Seed Initiative builds upon the strengths of the Federal initiative while adding new and promising strategies developed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The State Initiative targets smaller Pennsylvania communities that have crime problems but do not have the federal program. Most importantly, the State Weed and Seed Initiative places the "Seed" revitalization plan at the center of its effort and provides the target area with the tools to improve the overall quality of life.
How does this collaborative effort between state and local entities specifically function?
The "weeding" effort is based on a limited collaborative partnership between local law enforcement and the State Police. The "seed" effort entails collaboration between target area residents, local leadership and key resource providers. The purpose of these collaborations is to expand the pool of human and financial resources, ingenuity and leadership so revitalization can begin in the target area with the utmost effectiveness.
Is Weed and Seed a truly community-driven initiative?
Pennsylvania's Weed and Seed Initiative is entirely a community-driven initiative. The initiative requires the creation of community leadership teams such as Target Area Local Leadership, or TALL Team, within every target area. TALL Teams, made up of at least 20 motivated resident leaders from within the target area, ensures that Weed and Seed will be generational by committing the citizens in the community to help undertake the "Seed" strategies such as:
Community Policing Communities That Care Block Social Contract Drug Prevention and Nuisance Abatement "Safe Area" Social Services Coordination Neighborhood Enterprise Development
The success of these strategies is determined by resident involvement and their efforts of identifying issues and needs and seeking resources through collaboration and partnering with service providers and leadership.
How is the PA Weed and Seed Initiative funded?
The Initiative is supported by state dollars specifically allocated to PA Weed and Seed. Both weed and seed strategies rely on the deployment of state funds and community resources. Based on collaboration between the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and state and local agencies, communities are able to assess their specific needs and appropriate funds accordingly.
What makes Pennsylvania's Weed and Seed Initiative unique?
The state Weed and Seed Initiative is unique because of its success in delivering targeted resources. The mission for Initiative staff is to engender sufficient credibility with other commonwealth agencies to ensure that resource delivery will continue.
Using the Advisory Committee as the conduit, Weed and Seed is a means through which pilot projects or innovative strategies can be supported. Because social and economic conditions are so acute in the 17 Weed and Seed communities, yet the planning process so comprehensive, each is poised to implement innovative programs. Using the Advisory Committee, commonwealth agencies agree to pilot programs through Weed and Seed sites in order to best coordinate existing resources already being sent to these communities.
What is a Target Area?
A Target Area for the state Weed and Seed initiative is a neighborhood of no more than 10,000 residents, which presents severe challenges to the quality of life, but where grass-roots organizations and local citizens are motivated to accept responsibility for improving local conditions. Also, a Target Area is a community where residents feel a sense of attachment and identity. In selecting a specific area or Target Area, the Initiative ensures that dedicated law enforcement and community development resources are allocated to achieve their maximum impact.