Statewide violence-prevention funding fought for by Harris now available in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, April 11 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced today that funding to reduce community violence the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) fought for last session when Harris was chairman is now available for community-based organizations in Philadelphia.

“The PLBC met with Governor Tom Wolf and discussed the urgent need to reduce gun violence that’s claiming far too many family members and friends in communities across the state, but especially in Philadelphia,” Harris said. “The governor was receptive to our needs and out of those meetings a statewide fund was created that will help reduce gun violence and save lives in our communities.”

Last year, Wolf allocated over $1.5 million in funding for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The city of Philadelphia received $500,000 and in turn created the Targeted Community Investment Grant Program. The program aims to provide funding to community-based organizations that offer violence-prevention services and support.

The grants, which range from $500 to $20,000, can be used for new and existing programs that help to prevent or reduce gun violence.

“This funding will help some of our most at-risk young adults and communities, which is imperative as we fight the plague of gun violence in our city,” Harris said. “I’m incredibly appreciative to Governor Wolf for not just listening to our needs, but taking action. We also owe tremendous thanks to the city and its administration for working with the Philadelphia PLBC members to create this targeted grant. I look forward to seeing tangible results as our communities are empowered to take back their streets and create a safe environment for all to enjoy.”

Grant applications are due by April 30. More information can be found here.