Six area organizations will receive $225,664 through community development grants approved Monday by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

The funding will provide a video surveillance system, computers, fresh landscaping, new vehicles and other resources for five organizations in Atlantic City and one in Brigantine.

Several community leaders from the recipient organizations attended Monday's meeting in Atlantic City and said without CRDA's resources, the projects could not be accomplished.

Covenant House, which serves 350 young people between ages 18 and 21 each year, will receive $36,525 to upgrade various security features at its crisis center on Atlantic City. YouthBuild at the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, which helps with job readiness for a group of 30 young people each year, will receive $39,455 for a van, two computers and other supplies.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, which has been assisting with the deaths of dozens of dolphins across the state, will receive $14,675 devoted to environmental outreach

programs in area schools. Meanwhile, the Asbury United Methodist Community Development Corp. will see $41,398 to assist with various projects, including a mural, landscaping and computer software.

Another $49,310 will replace two vans for AtlantiCare Behavioral Health family centers, and $44,300 will allow the Community Baptist Church on New Jersey Avenue to install benches, lighting, tables and new landscaping

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