McClinton congratulates anti-gun violence grassroots community organizations in her district on receiving city grants
HARRISBURG, June 21– State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, congratulated two organizations from her district on receiving a portion of $708,354 in city grants for grassroots efforts to stem gun violence in Philadelphia.
The two organizations, Community of Compassion and Muslims 4 Humanity, were among two dozen city-based organizations to receive the grants comprised of funding from city tax dollars and state grants, which McClinton was instrumental in securing from last year’s state budget.
“Many members of these organizations live in the affected communities, are survivors, or have relatives or neighbors who have been affected by gun violence. They’ve collectively turned their frustrations, pain and fear into action, making them more invested in ensuring communities across Philadelphia are safe by combating the problem at the source, which stems from a myriad of issues, including poverty and lack of opportunities for our young people,” McClinton said. “I’ve always been an advocate for grassroots organizations and their efforts in curbing gun violence and it’s important that state government does its part in supporting and encouraging their mission, which is why I ensured funding was allocated for this purpose.”
The individual award amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000 to support new and existing programs in neighborhoods impacted by violence to help prevent or reduce gun violence among youth and young adults living in these communities.
Staying directly on par with the general purpose of the funding, Community of Compassion will use the grant proceeds to offer comprehensive programs for youth and youth adults between the ages of 16 and 24, which include mental health and employment counseling.
Muslims4Humanity, on the other hand, will direct efforts to hosting a series of engagement activities to mobilize community stakeholders, including interfaith groups, to address issues of violence and to find viable solutions.
More than half of the city grant is funded with $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative Grant, through the commission’s recently expanded Community Crisis Intervention Program in Philadelphia neighborhoods most impacted by violence.