Mayors Challenge winners target justice, homeless, energy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia plans to build a juvenile justice hub designed to make contact with police less traumatic, keep more children out of the criminal justice system and connect at-risk juveniles with intervention services at a crisis point that could change their lives.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday of the U.S. Mayors Challenge that asked cities to develop innovative solutions to their biggest problems that other cities could copy. Each of the nine winners will receive $1 million to implement their ideas.

Los Angeles plans to develop a program where people build homes on their property and rent them to the homeless. Georgetown, Texas, plans to become the first energy independent community in the country. Other winners plan to use the prizes to address issues such as transportation, energy and air pollution.

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