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Gov. Hochul Announces State Has Provided $30 Mil in Grants to Fight Gun Violence Over Last 3 months

November 23, 2021


Governor Kathy Hochul today 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."



In September, Governor Hochul announced $23.7 million in grants, which included $2 million in grants to hire 39 new violence interrupters in New York City and street outreach workers at all 12 state-supported SNUG Street Outreach programs. With these new awards, the state has awarded a total of $8.2 million in grants so 31 nonprofit organizations and hospitals can hire 129 new gun violence intervention staff, $5.8 million for youth engagement programs, and $16 million for workforce training and placement.

Street outreach and violence interrupter programs treat gun violence as a public health issue by identifying the source, interrupting its transmission, and treating it by engaging individuals and communities to change community norms about violence. Executive Order 211, which Governor Hochul recently extended, allows the state to expedite these grants. The state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has partnered with the New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice to distribute funding to nonprofit organizations operating community-based programs while DCJS will administer the grants to hospital-based programs and the state's 12 SNUG Street Outreach programs. The state's SNUG Street Outreach programs will expand their reach in Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse Troy, Yonkers and Wyandanch. Four of those programs - in Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo and Syracuse - have staff that work both in the community and trauma centers. DCJS funds and provides administrative oversight and training to the SNUG programs, which are operated by nonprofit organizations in those communities.


The state's SNUG Street Outreach programs will expand their reach in Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse Troy, Yonkers and Wyandanch. Four of those programs - in Albany, the Bronx, Buffalo and Syracuse - have staff that work both in the community and trauma centers. DCJS funds and provides administrative oversight and training to the SNUG programs, which are operated by nonprofit organizations in those communities.


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.

Governor Kathy Hochul



New York Pressroom

November 22, 2021

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