FW Mayor announces plans to become TenPoint Coalition city

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The City of Fort Wayne will become a TenPoint Coalition City.

Mayor Tom Henry was joined by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Reverend Dr. Charles Harrison, Fort Wayne UNITED representatives, and local community and business leaders to make the announcement Wednesday.

The coalition is part of Fort Wayne’s efforts to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education, employment and community partnerships.

The first step for city officials will be to identify a neighborhood to be examined in the areas of crime, education, health and housing. From there, ways to improve conditions and the quality of life for residents will be studied to help ensure future growth and success.

“I’m encouraged by the enthusiasm and optimism that exists in our community as we come together to address challenges and work to provide hope and opportunities,” said Mayor Henry. “I appreciate and value the partnership with Attorney General Hill and Reverend Harrison. We share a common commitment and dedication to doing all we can to help residents and neighborhoods grow and thrive in a safe environment. The quality of life for our residents in Fort Wayne is critical to the current and future viability of our community.”

As part of Wednesday’s announcement, Trinity English Lutheran Church became the first financial partner to join with Fort Wayne UNITED in creating a TenPoint Coalition in Fort Wayne. Trinity English Lutheran Church will contribute $10,000 per year for three years in grant funding toward the establishment of the coalition.

Fort Wayne anticipates becoming an official TenPoint Coalition city later this year.

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