Schweyer announces $223,000 state grant to prevent gun violence

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced a state grant totaling $223,300 has been awarded to Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley for its ongoing Zero Youth Violence gun violence prevention initiatives.

The incredible work in reducing and preventing violence by the good people at Promise Neighborhoods has had a tremendous impact on the city of Allentown. We have worked together on a number of projects and I’m proud of the partnership between the commonwealth and this great organization,” Schweyer said. “Whereas I generally believe Allentown is an extremely safe city, in a city that I am proud to call home, even one act of gun violence is too much. That is why organizations like Promise Neighborhoods are so very important to our community.”

The grant, awarded from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Gun Violence Reduction Program, will be used to implement Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley’s Cure Violence model, hire credible messengers and outreach workers to identify high-risk individuals, and to provide trauma-informed care and support to those affected by gun violence. The project will also continue to support youth engagement and other community-based efforts to prevent gun violence.

For more information on PCCD grants visit here.