The area is between Highland Avenue on the north, Base Line on the south, Sierra Way on the west and Waterman Avenue on the east.
"We're hoping to be able to help community members implement public policies that will help reduce crimes in their areas," said Pat Morgan of the Institute for Public Strategies, the San Diego-based non-profit awarded the funding by the U.S. Justice Department's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program.
The program is part of the larger federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives, which focus on a data-driven approach to develop strategies to improve opportunities and reduce crime in distressed neighborhoods.
Police Chief Robert Handy hopes the group's findings will help community organizations develop crime-prevention programs that deal with the underlying problems associated with high crime rates.
"Our gang issues, our poverty issues, our joblessness, high school dropout rates - there are so many underlying social issues that I believe are high contributors to that crime," Handy said.
Recently, the institute helped a coalition of High Desert community members inform smoke shop owners about the dangers of synthetic drugs, which led many of the shop owners to no longer carry many of the questionable products.
"We hope to help San Bernardino in the way we were able to successfully help the High Desert in that particular operation," Morgan said.
The institute will be working with the Drug-Free San Bernardino Coalition and the San Bernardino Mayor's Office.
"We hope this funding can serve as a cornerstone to our continuing efforts to reduce crime in San Bernardino," Mayor Pat Morris said in a statement. "We look forward to partnering with the (institute) as they undertake this very important work."
One community member is eager to see what will transpire.
"I'm hoping to see some positive changes and to help support all of the community's efforts as well," said Nick Gonzalez, president of the Neighborhood Cluster Association.
Handy hopes to see an increase in the number of preventive programs because, he says, San Bernardino will not be able to police its way out of its crime problem.
"It's not just about putting more officers out on the streets," Handy said, "It's more about getting at the underlying issues."