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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 12, 2021 09:53 AM
From: Representative Donna Bullock and Rep. Morgan Cephas, Rep. Amen Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Gun Violence Prevention Grants
Gun violence is a source of crime and tragedy across the Commonwealth, resulting in trauma that affects communities for years and leads to lifelong consequences for victims. In 2017 alone, 77 percent of homicides were committed with a firearm and nearly 1,000 Pennsylvanians committed suicide with a gun.

Our legislation aims to help support community-based violence reduction initiatives by creating the Violence Intervention Program (VIP), a competitive grant program, awarded from a fund of $30 million for three years, administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for municipalities that have been disproportionately impacted by violence. VIP grants would be used to support, expand, and replicate proven and effective community-based violence reduction initiatives. Eligible applicants would need to include detailed plans and coordinate with existing violence prevention and intervention programs and service providers in their community.

As legislators, we must ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect our constituents and their loved ones from unnecessary violence. By investing in the safety of our communities, we will be creating a better Pennsylvania for all. Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation

Introduced as HB696