Allegheny County anti-violence programs awarded $104,000 in grants

Funding to create safer neighborhoods by combatting crime, gun violence

PITTSBURGH, March 9 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded more than $104,000 in state funding to four Allegheny County community-based violence reduction programs, announced the Pennsylvania House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation.

“When it comes to fighting against violence, we need unified solutions that strengthen the partnership between local efforts and the communities they serve,” said delegation chair, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. “I applaud today’s investments because they back programs that involve community members who are committed to being a force for change and making their neighborhoods safer places to live.”

These programs received the following amounts:

  • $11,947 to the City of Clairton to support police officer overtime, supplies and equipment to reduce gun violence in targeted communities by arresting and prosecuting violent criminals.
  • $11,947 to Greater Pittsburgh Area MAD DADS to fund supplies and equipment for its program that trains and mobilizes dedicated, roving safety teams of neighborhood fathers to conduct street patrols that go into some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Allegheny County.
  • $36,205 to Greater Valley Community Services to combat gun violence through mentoring and other intervention techniques to youth and their families who have experienced trauma or are at risk. Funds will support wages and benefits for staff, equipment, supplies and operating expenses.
  • $44,803 to The Pittsburgh Contingency Inc. to support street outreach to combat violent crime by utilizing violence prevention services and creating awareness of violence as a public health problem through educational opportunities for community residents. Funds will support wages and benefits, supplies and consultants.

PCCD distributed the funds from its Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which aims to create and foster safer neighborhoods by engaging in a unified approach to reduce violent crime, including addressing criminal gangs and the use or possession of firearms. More information on PCCD is available at https://www.pccd.pa.gov/.