McNeill: Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church awarded state security grant

HARRISBURG, March 11 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, today announced the Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Whitehall, received a $20,029 state security grant.

“Saint Elizabeth has been in our area for nearly 100 years and sadly it has recently become a target for burglars,” McNeill said. “I am pleased to see this funding approved to ensure Saint Elizabeth can take measures to prevent future break ins and continue worship services for its congregation.”  

The funding may be used for the following: the acquiring of safety and security equipment or technology; safety and security training; threat awareness and response training; upgrades to existing structures; and/or safety and security planning.

The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency'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.

This was one of 114 grants totaling over $5 million, which were awarded to organizations across the commonwealth.