Governor Hochul Announces State Has Provided $30 Million in Grants to Fight Gun Violence Over Last Three Months
New York (STL.News) Governor Kathy Hochul announced $6.2 million in grants to expand community and hospital-based gun violence intervention programs in communities across the state that have experienced significant increases in shootings and firearm-related murders over the past year. Governor Hochul also announced $100,000 in new grants to Family Services of Westchester and Peace is a Lifestyle to expand their youth engagement and anti-violence programming in Westchester and the Bronx. Governor Hochul announced the funding at the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club this morning, joining Representative Jamaal Bowman and a host of violence prevention experts and community leaders.
Continuing the State’s collaboration with communities facing increased gun violence, the funding will allow nonprofit organizations and hospitals to hire 90 new outreach workers, violence interrupters and social workers who will work to reduce gun violence through mediation, mentoring and community engagement, and addressing the trauma experienced by victims of violence and their families.
“The unfortunate reality is that we’re still seeing the spectre of gun violence in communities across the nation,” Governor Hochul said. “This is a wake-up call, and with today’s announcement I’m proud to have committed more than $30 million in grants to fight gun violence. These funds will boost street outreach programs in targeted areas that have seen an uptick in the cycle of gun violence, providing young people with the tools and education to pursue a brighter future.”