Nearly $150,000 in funding awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the city of McKeesport received a $149,999 state grant to support gun violence reduction initiatives through the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program.

“I’m happy to announce this state funding that will assist McKeesport in reducing gun violence,” Davis said. “The safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance, and this funding will assist the GVRP in successfully carrying out their mission of making the 35th Legislative District a safe place everyone is proud to call home.”

Davis said the funding will be used for personnel and consultant-related costs, equipment and outreach programs.

The McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program is a multi-faceted approach that includes the use of proactive policing strategies, youth and family interventions, and the hiring of a community outreach specialist.

The program includes partnerships with the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Juvenile Probation, Pennsylvania Adult Probation, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi, McKeesport Housing Authority, McKeesport School District, the Health Communities PartnerSHIP, and area ministerium.

Today’s funding for Davis’ district is part of a $1.5 million funding package disbursed to eight commonwealth municipalities for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Initiative.

The funding was awarded through a competitive solicitation as part of a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency program to provide municipalities with funds to implement strategies resulting in the reduction of gun violence in communities.