Lee announces grant awards for community-based anti-violence programs

Funding distributed through Project Safe Neighborhoods

HARRISBURG, March 9— State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced $81,000 in grant funding has been awarded to two local organizations working to combat crime at the community level.

The funding was awarded through Project Safe Neighborhoods, a grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency focused on reducing violent crime. The goal of the initiative is to create and foster safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in violent crime including, but not limited to, addressing criminal gangs and the illegal possession and use of firearms.

The following organizations in Lee’s district were awarded $81,008 in funding:

  • Greater Valley Community Services - $36,205 to combat gun violence through mentoring and other intervention models in areas with a high prevalence of gun violence to youth and their families who have experienced trauma or are at risk of experiencing trauma. Funds will support wages and benefits for staff, equipment, supplies and operating expenses.

  • The Pittsburgh Contingency Inc. - $44,803 to support street outreach to combat violent crime. The goal of the initiative is to make a difference and save lives utilizing the services and expertise of the coalition by providing an array of violence prevention services and creating awareness of the disease and public health problem of violence through educational opportunities for community residents. Funds will support wages and supplies and consultants.

“Organizations like Greater Valley Community Services and The Pittsburgh Contingency rely on support from state agencies so they can effectively do their jobs to reduce gun violence and other crime on our streets. Coordination and cooperation on all levels of government is vital to their success,” Lee said. “This grant funding is part of that coordination, and it will help these groups continue to make a difference in our communities. I’m proud to represent them and I’m thankful for their efforts.”

A total of four organizations in Allegheny County received $104,000 in funding to support community-based anti-violence programs through Project Safe Neighborhoods.