Davis: More than $90K in funding awarded to local synagogue, library for safety initiatives

HARRISBURG, March 11 – A local synagogue and library have been awarded a combined total of $92,393 in state funding to use toward security and safety at both facilities, announced state Rep. Austin Davis.

Davis, D-Allegheny, said the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Gemilas Chesed Synagogue were awarded the funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its quarterly commission meeting today.

The Carnegie Library of Homestead was awarded $71,593 and the Gemilas Chesed Synagogue received the remaining $20,800.

“As someone who has strongly advocated for safety initiatives at places of learning and worship, today’s funding is quite rewarding and encouraging on both ends,” Davis said. “Residents’ safety is of utmost importance, especially at locations such as these. If anything, it should be the last place anyone should ever fear for their safety. Today’s funding will work toward easing both tension and concerns when visiting these institutions.”

Davis said the grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019. The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat.

PCCD is the state’s lead agency for criminal justice policy issues, providing support services to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime and communities. More information about PCCD can be found here: www.pccd.pa.gov.