The Elderly Anti-Victimization Project (EAVP,) which has aided elderly residents in the Shaw neighborhood for the last year and a half, recently received a $50,000 federal grant to maintain its present program and offer supplemental services.
The funds, from th Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the Justice Department, will help EAVP continue its escort service for senior citizens to banks and shopping areas, its volunteer community patrols which report suspicious persons in the neighborhood to police, daily telephone assurance calls to the elderly who live alone and monthly classes in crime prevention.
The organization also installs door and window locks free of charge and places identifying marks on personal property in a crime prevention program conducted in conjunction with 3rd District police.
The project is sponsored by the National Center for Black Aged, which has housing and anti-victimization projects in several other cities, including Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York City, and is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Shaw unit serves " a nine-square-block area -- a little over 3,000 people," said Andrew Bradley, the director.
"The escort transportation service is offered six days a month -- around the time that Social Security checks come out. We render assistance to seniors to decrease the incidences and fear of crime."
Sinclaire Wylie, chairwoman of the project's advisory council of senior citizens, said the help is important. "We're just prey for the young folks and addicts. From the first to the fifth of the month we don't belong on the street. The escort service has helped a lot taking us shopping and to get food stamps."