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

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.