DeLuca announces $41,000 security grant for landmark Hindu temple in Penn Hills

PENN HILLS, April 14 – A $41,177 grant will be used for enhancements to protect the safety and security of those who worship at the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny.

“The Sri Venkateswara Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in America and a landmark in the Penn Hills community where devotees can practice and celebrate their faith,” DeLuca said. “The funding secured will help the temple afford security measures to ensure devotees feel safe in their place of worship.”

The Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was created in response to the tragic 2018 attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations secure themselves. Act 83 of 2019 established the program at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which administers funding to nonprofit organizations that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions included within a bias motivation category for single-bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s Hate Crime Statistics publication.

Churches, temples, synagogues and other institutions can use the grants for safety and security planning, purchasing safety equipment or technology, training and threat assessments, or other safety-related projects.

Find more information about Act 83 and the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program here: https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/Non-Profit-Security-Grant-Fund.aspx.