Davis: Mon Valley gun violence reduction and drug prevention programs awarded more than $587K in grants

McKEESPORT, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded $587,180 in grants to programs that prevent gun violence and substance abuse for youth and young adults in the Mon Valley.

“Young people in underserved communities within the Mon Valley have alternatives to gun violence and substance use,” Davis said. “The funding awarded to these programs will help them continue to provide resources, skills and experiences to our youth that will help guide them toward a better future.”

The following programs received PCCD funding:

  • Healthy Village Learning Institute - $211,680 – Healthy Village Learning Institute will use the grant funding for its P.O.W.E.R. (Positive Outcomes With Excuses Removed) Prevention Program in McKeesport, Duquesne and Clairton. The program’s goal is to decrease gun use/abuse, increase self-esteem, improve family functioning, increase decision-making, develop problem-solving skills, improve academic performance and increase community awareness of negative factors affecting youth and young adults.

  • Center for Victims - $225,000 – McKeesport is one of the Allegheny County communities that will benefit from the funding awarded to the Center for Victims to enhance and expand its Family & Community Support Team. The grant money will be used to find staff in the communities the program serves, provide immediate crisis response services and tailored support services for individuals and families affected by violence.

  • City of McKeesport - $50,500 – The City of McKeesport will use the grant funds to support the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Project. The project provides young adults with productive alternatives to street life, engages them positive life-learning experiences, and gives at-risk individuals an opportunity to be stakeholders in the McKeesport Community.

  • Three Rivers Youth Inc. - $100,000 – Three Rivers Youth Inc. will use the funding awarded through the Federal State Opioid Response Funds to plan, develop and implement LifeSkills Training in McKeesport and Sto-Rox school districts.

More than $2.6 million in PCCD grants were awarded to several organizations across Allegheny County that are dedicated to breaking cycles of violence and substance abuse in their communities.

More information about the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is available here.