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

(Jan 27, 2022)

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 . Read more

 

Davis: More than $295,000 in Allegheny County Gaming grants awarded to two Mon Valley projects

(Jan 26, 2022)

McKEESPORT, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund awarded a total of $295,263 in grants for the construction of the Clairton Public Library and a new public works facility in Whitaker. “This funding provides a boost to projects that support our community,” Davis said. “The new library in Clairton will help it continue to serve as a center for informational and educational resources and programs, while the new public works facility provides an updated space that can better serve the needs of Whitaker.” Davis said the city of Clairton was awarded $195,263 for the construction of a new space for the Clairton Public Library, which is currently underway. Davis said the Steel Council of Governments was awarded $100,000 for a new public works facility in Whitaker. The funding will support demolition and site preparation, including construction of a steel-pole building with concrete floor, garage doors, windows, indoor and outdoor lighting, an office area with equipment, installation of utilities, and landscaping. The Allegheny County Economic Development Tourism Fund is financed by gaming activity in the county and administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority. More information on the fund is available here . Read more

 

Davis announces $20,000 grant for school safety

(Jan 21, 2022)

McKEESPORT, Jan. 21 – South Allegheny School District was awarded $20,000 in Safe Schools Targeted grant money, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of grants to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Davis said South Allegheny School District was awarded a $20,000 grant to enact new programs to increase school safety. “I have been a strong advocate for making our schools safe places for students and educators,” Davis said. “Today’s grant is a step in supporting that mission by enhancing programs that protect our children and ensure violence stays out of the classroom.” In total, more than $8 million in competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded to 303 local educational agencies statewide. For a complete list of grant recipients and their grant amounts, visit the Office for Safe Schools website . Read more

 

Davis announces $228K in state funding for projects in Mon Valley

(Dec 30, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today a total of $228,100 in state funding to support improvements for a park in White Oak Borough and a plan for green stormwater infrastructure in McKeesport. The grants, issued through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, are going to the following projects: $184,100 grant for White Oak Borough will rehabilitate Heritage Hill Park. The project includes construction of a pedestrian walkway and parking area, installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and other related site improvements. $44,000 for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to prepare a Community Greening Plan for McKeesport Borough. “This funding will bring upgrades to Heritage Hill Park that will make it more accessible and a better place for our children to play,” Davis said. “Creating a Community Greening Plan will help to find opportunities for green infrastructure that will manage stormwater and reduce water pollution in a sustainable way, while also enhancing and beautifying McKeesport.” The DCNR grants were made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program. More information about the program is available here . Read more

 

Davis: $1.25 million awarded to Clairton redevelopment project

(Dec 06, 2021)

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Davis announces $1.8M in grants for programs to combat violence

(Dec 02, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced more than $1.8 million in state funding has been awarded to district programs that reduce violence and provide positive alternatives for at-risk youth. “This is an investment in our young people who deserve to have a bright future ahead of them,” Davis said. “I’m proud to advocate for funding that will support programs that focus on prevention and disrupting opportunities for violence before they escalate.” The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded grants to the following projects: $1,496,000 to Allegheny County to implement Cure Violence in communities most impacted by gun violence, including Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, McKees Rocks, Stowe, McKeesport, Homestead, Duquesne, Clairton, Rankin and Braddock. $346,820 to Carnegie Library of Homestead to support its Youth Development and Restorative Justice Program, where trained counselors and program coordinators mentor at-risk youth to develop conflict resolution skills to reduce violent crime among teenagers. The Carnegie Library of Homestead serves Munhall, West Mifflin and surrounding communities. The grants are part of a package of $15.7 million in funding from PCCD to support local strategies to stop gun and group violence. More information about the grants is available here . Read more

 

Nonprofits in Allegheny County awarded $4.88 million in grants to address violence in communities

(Dec 02, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – The Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today that more than $4.88 million in state funding was awarded to several county and local organizations to address violence and crime. “Our young people need tools and resources to combat and prevent the violence that’s become all too common in our communities,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation. “These grants invest in programs that provide safe spaces for at-risk teens and young adults to learn about conflict resolution, being leaders in their neighborhoods and alternatives for a better future.” The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded grants to the following projects: $350,000 to 1Hood Media Academy for a new gun violence prevention campaign for greater Pittsburgh. The project will provide youth and young adults with training and resources to work as media activists to conduct campaigns in their own communities and on social media, where much of the gun violence originates and escalates. $1,496,000 to Allegheny County to implement Cure Violence in communities most impacted by gun violence, including Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, McKees Rocks, Stowe, McKeesport, Homestead, Duquesne, Clairton, Rankin and Braddock. $346,820 to Carnegie Library of Homestead to support its Youth Development and Restorative Justice Program, where trained counselors and program Read more

 

Davis brings economic development to the Mon Valley

(Dec 02, 2021)

This year, I brought almost $4 million to the Mon Valley for economic development and revitalization projects. The Clairton Inn Revitalization Project and improvements to the McKeesport Transportation Center were some of the projects I’ve advocated for to provide a better, brighter future for the Mon Valley. Read more

 

Davis announces more than $674,000 in state funding for improvement projects

(Nov 19, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today the Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a total of $674,580 to three Mon Valley projects that would improve sidewalks and roads, as well as help to alleviate flooding issues. “Today we are announcing major funding for several community projects in the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “These dollars are more than just state spending, they are a direct investment in our communities that will have a real impact on the people who live there, part of my commitment to the Mon Valley and the people I represent.” The grants come from the CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, which awarded the following amounts to local projects: $153,000 to Lincoln Borough to install a storm water system on Virginia Drive to help alleviate flooding issues. The project will include installing 700 linear feet of HDPE storm sewer pipe, inlets, and milling and repaving Virginia Drive with a new asphalt curb. $221,580 to Clairton City to improve safety for pedestrians by replacing deteriorated sidewalk and curb along Desiderio Boulevard from Worthington Avenue to Soltis Drive. The sidewalk is the main route for students who walk from adjacent neighborhoods to attend the Clairton Education Center. $300,000 to Munhall for improvements along the newly dedicated Raymond Bodnar Way, which includes repaving, striping and pavement Read more

 

Davis teams up with community partners to distribute hundreds of free turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

(Nov 19, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, teamed up with community partners on Thursday to give away 400 free turkeys to help make sure Mon Valley families in need have a meal on the table for Thanksgiving. “Everyone deserves to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” Davis said. “Many families in the Mon Valley are still facing hardships two years into the pandemic. This giveaway is an opportunity to ease some of that burden, as well as a way for me to be of service to folks in my district and show them my thanks.” Davis partnered with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and U. S. Steel to give away 400 turkeys and boxes with all the fixings at Founder’s Hall Middle School in McKeesport. “Amidst the ongoing pandemic and rising food costs, more families than ever are struggling to make ends meet,” said Erin Kelly, director of innovation and distribution programs at the Food Bank. “Holiday meal distributions are always something special for us, but this year we are especially thankful for Representative Davis and U. S. Steel partnering with us in such a big way to help ensure our neighbors have Thanksgiving meals to share with their loved ones.” “Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank works year-round to provide the nourishing meals needed by families across the region,” said U. S. Steel Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Read more

 

Davis joins virtual roundtable to discuss Build Back Better Act and impacts on environmental justice

(Nov 18, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, participated in a virtual roundtable discussion Wednesday to discuss the importance of the Build Back Better Act and its impact on environmental justice in Western Pennsylvania. “It is clear the issues concerning our environment, infrastructure and our social safety net are deeply interconnected, and solutions that address all of these issues will have the greatest impact,” Davis said. “The bipartisan infrastructure bill is a great start as it makes long-needed investments in our roads, bridges and climate infrastructure that will benefit our region and Pennsylvania, but the investments alone will not fix the deficiencies that have plagued our disadvantaged communities. The Build Back Better Act would help to ensure that funds are allocated and used efficiently and equitably for Pennsylvanians and all Americans.” Davis co-hosted the roundtable with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and was joined by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Allegheny/Beaver/Butler, and Dina Pugliesi from EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, in the discussion. "Passing the Build Back Better Act is essential to addressing the longstanding systemic racism that has forced communities of color and low-income families to bear the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation for generations," said Katie Blume, political director for Conservation Read more

 

Davis: More than $2.5 million in tax credits awarded to Mon Valley revitalization projects

(Nov 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 9 – State Rep. Austin Davis announced today that funding from more than $2.5 million in tax credits will boost several projects in the Mon Valley that support affordable and safe housing, medical care for vulnerable residents and address food insecurity. Davis said the funding was awarded under the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program, which is designed to encourage investment in distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital. “These investments will help to target and address issues at the heart of these communities, especially following the economic and social blows that have been dealt by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “The public-private partnerships will provide a lifeline to recovery efforts that aim to make communities safer and healthier, while also creating new opportunities for residents in the Mon Valley.” The following projects were awarded NAP investments: Best of Batch Foundation – Munhall – An investment of $110,000 will go to Best of Batch Foundation in Munhall for construction of a new Health and Wellness Center focused on eliminating barriers to provide medical care, prevention and resources to people of all ages, including those in our most vulnerable populations. Tube City Renaissance – McKeesport – An investment of $13,750 will support Tube City Read more

 

Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announces $325K in grants

(Nov 01, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1 – The Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today a combined $325,000 in grants was awarded to the Heinz History Center and the Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh and Allegheny County has so much history to share with our younger generation,” said delegation Chair and state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. “The grant awarded to the Heinz History Center helps to support its mission in engaging young people in politics and history and encouraging them to become more active members within their communities.” The Department of Education awarded the Heinz History Center, legally known as the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, a $75,000 grant for its America 101 initiative. The program is dedicated to ensuring that all western Pennsylvanians, and all Americans through the center’s work with the Smithsonian’s “Made By Us” initiative, understand the basic tenets of the country's political system and nation’s history. The History Center also offers school programs for students and teachers, public programs and digital content designed to make history and civics fun and relevant, particularly for young adults. The Department of Human Services awarded the Travelers Aid Society of Pittsburgh a $250,000 grant for its Employment Transportation Assistance Program. ETAP removes the transportation barrier by providing a monthly bus pass for Read more

 

Davis holds successful drive-thru Senior Fair

(Oct 28, 2021)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, held a successful drive-thru Senior Fair in McKeesport today. Older Mon Valley residents came to Renziehausen Park, where they collected information on resources and state-related programs and also had the opportunity to drop off medication for safe disposal by the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office from the comfort of their cars. Some residents took advantage of getting a flu shot provided by UPMC. “There has been a lack of connection during the pandemic, so I felt it was necessary to hold an event like this, where I could safely reconnect with folks I haven’t seen in a while, as well as meet some new faces from the community,” Davis said. “It was wonderful to have one-on-one conversations and be able to directly hear from the people I serve. “This was a unique experience holding an event where seniors stayed inside their cars, but I’m pleased we were able to help them leave the event with information on resources and programs that are beneficial to their lives.” EDITORS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS : Photos from the event can be found here . Read more

 

More than $5 million secured for water projects in Allegheny County

(Oct 21, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 21 – State funding of more than $5.3 million dollars will help fund two local water projects that aim to continue efforts to eliminate lead from drinking water systems, the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Our communities depend on having clean and safe drinking water,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, ACDD Chairman. “The funding invested today shows a commitment to removing harmful lead from the aging drinking systems in many of our neighborhoods and improving safety for our future generations.” The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority board approved funding for the following: Municipal Authority of the Borough of Edgeworth, $250,905 loan and $394,095 grant to replace 75 existing, lead-containing water service lines. The project will replace aged, lead water lines and reduce potential lead exposure throughout the system. Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, $1,830,833 loan and $2,875,679 grant to replace 200 public and 167 private lead service lines throughout the distribution system. The project will result in a significant reduction in water loss and will reduce potential lead exposure for users. PENNVEST awarded a total of $186 million for 33 drinking water, wastewater and non-point source projects across 20 counties throughout Pennsylvania. A full list of projects can be found here . Read more

 

Davis secures $75k grant for historic Penn McKee hotel

(Oct 05, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today Pittsburgh Rebuilding Together was awarded $75,000 in state funding for the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project in the city of McKeesport. “The Penn McKee has been through its share of ups and downs. What was once the Mon Valley’s premier hotel and home to countless events, including the first debate between then-Congressmen John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, has now stood vacant and in severe disrepair for a couple of decades,” Davis said. “I helped to secure this funding with the hopes that it will help to create a new chapter in the Penn McKee’s rich history, one that holds a brighter future for the blighted landmark and the city of McKeesport.” Davis said the funding comes from the state Department of Community and Economic Development and will be used for demolition, asbestos abatement, engineering and administration costs associated with the Penn McKee hotel stabilization project. The grant is from DCED’s Keystone Communities Program , which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life. Read more

 

Davis unveils highway sign honoring Mon Valley Civil Rights leader

(Sep 24, 2021)

DUQUESNE, Sept. 24 – The life and legacy of local civil rights leader Clifton P. Pitts was honored today with a ceremony dedicating The Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway along a portion of state Route 837 in Duquesne and West Mifflin. State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, whose legislation enabled the dedication, said the highway will serve as a lasting reminder of Pitts’ dedication to his community and his steadfast leadership. “Clifton Pitts was an influential trailblazer in the Mon Valley who not only fought to improve the lives of everyone he met, but also inspired many people, like myself, to follow his lead in dedicating their time and talents to serving others,” Davis said. “I introduced the proposal to establish the Clifton P. Pitts Memorial Highway so that those in our community would have a permanent place to remember and reflect on Mr. Pitts’ legacy.” Today’s ceremony was attended by members of Pitts’ family, state Sen. Jay Costa, state Sen. Jim Brewster, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and city of Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby. “The hard work, leadership and legacy left by Clifton Pitts in our communities and beyond is extraordinary. He worked every day to create the world that he wanted to see for himself and for future generations, and I am proud to join in the commemoration of this memorial highway in his honor,” Costa Read more

 

Davis to introduce legislation to reinstate, fund Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

(Sep 16, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will introduce legislation to reinstate and fully fund the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which recently expired. “Throughout the pandemic, PUA has been a critical lifeline for workers who are historically excluded from traditional unemployment compensation, such as gig workers, recent college graduates, contract workers, and the self-employed,” Davis said. “Low-wage and minority workers are also more likely to be part of this excluded workforce and are now left with little support during the Delta variant surge, a new school year, and an unemployment rate that remains well above pre-pandemic levels.” Davis said while the federal government ceased funding the PUA directly, the state legislature can and must step in to resume this critical program. He said his proposed legislation would utilize unspent American Rescue Plan dollars to fully fund the PUA program through the end of the year. “Pennsylvanians have stopped receiving help, but make no mistake, they’re still in need,” Davis said. “We have money available to reinstate this safety net for people who’ve been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and we need to ensure they receive the help they need as they work to acquire well-paid, life-sustaining employment.” Davis said he plans to introduce his legislation soon. Read more

 

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

(Sep 08, 2021)

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 Read more

 

Davis: Masking important step in protecting our children and keeping schools open

(Aug 31, 2021)

McKEESPORT, Aug. 31 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on the Wolf administration’s requirement for children to wear masks in Pennsylvania schools and daycare centers starting on Sept. 7: “Keeping our children in school and keeping them safe is a top priority. With COVID-19 case counts increasing, the situation has reached a point where we need to take this action to protect our children, teachers and staff. “Vaccination rates in the Mon Valley are among the lowest in Allegheny County and since many school-aged children aren’t yet eligible for the shot, masking will play an important role in protecting them from the virus. “If we want to keep our schools open, maintain classroom learning and allow sports and other activities to continue, we need to mask up.” Read more

 

Davis: $150,000 grant to stop gun violence awarded to Mon Valley organization
Jan 27, 2022

Davis: More than $295,000 in Allegheny County Gaming grants awarded to two Mon Valley projects
Jan 26, 2022

Davis announces $20,000 grant for school safety
Jan 21, 2022

Davis announces $228K in state funding for projects in Mon Valley
Dec 30, 2021

Davis: $1.25 million awarded to Clairton redevelopment project
Dec 06, 2021

Davis announces $1.8M in grants for programs to combat violence
Dec 02, 2021

Nonprofits in Allegheny County awarded $4.88 million in grants to address violence in communities
Dec 02, 2021

Davis brings economic development to the Mon Valley
Dec 02, 2021

Davis announces more than $674,000 in state funding for improvement projects
Nov 19, 2021

Davis teams up with community partners to distribute hundreds of free turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 19, 2021

Davis joins virtual roundtable to discuss Build Back Better Act and impacts on environmental justice
Nov 18, 2021

Davis: More than $2.5 million in tax credits awarded to Mon Valley revitalization projects
Nov 09, 2021

Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announces $325K in grants
Nov 01, 2021

Davis holds successful drive-thru Senior Fair
Oct 28, 2021

More than $5 million secured for water projects in Allegheny County
Oct 21, 2021

Davis secures $75k grant for historic Penn McKee hotel
Oct 05, 2021

Davis unveils highway sign honoring Mon Valley Civil Rights leader
Sep 24, 2021

Davis to introduce legislation to reinstate, fund Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Sep 16, 2021

Davis: Mon Valley gun violence reduction and drug prevention programs awarded more than $587K in grants
Sep 08, 2021

Davis: Masking important step in protecting our children and keeping schools open
Aug 31, 2021