Davis: $150,000 grant to stop gun violence awarded to Mon Valley organization

McKEESPORT, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced the Healthy Village Living Institute is the recipient of a $150,000 grant for gun violence prevention.

Davis said the Healthy Village Living Institute will use the funding to support the implementation of intensive community outreach that will train and prepare violence intervention workers to directly engage with residents and educate them on how to respond to community violence.

“It is no secret that gun violence has been robbing our young people of their futures and creating a painful void in our communities,” Davis said. “This funding will help the Healthy Village Learning Institute in its mission to create positive change and save lives at the neighborhood level by having a presence in areas considered to be hot spots for gun violence and by connecting directly with those who are more at risk of violence.”

A total of $23 million in funding was awarded to 25 projects that will create local strategies to stop gun and group violence across Pennsylvania. The grants are part of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.   

More information about the specific VIP projects being awarded today, as well as PCCD's efforts to address gun violence generally, can be found here.