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Governor Hochul announces 3 gun violence prevention efforts underway

"Everybody deserves to live on a street that's safe.." Gov Hochul said.
Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the
Governor Kathy Hochul attends the God Squad’s 11th anniversary Evening of Celebration to End Gun Violence in Brooklyn Tuesday evening September 14, 2021 Afterwards, Governor Hochul unveiled a new vehicle to be used by the God Squad’s 67th Precinct Clergy Unit to spread the message to end gun violence throughout the community.

NEW YORK — Governor Kathy Hochul announced the funding Tuesday night for several gun violence prevention efforts.

The efforts include job training, community activities, and intervener staffing in communities seeing the highest concentration of gun violence.

The grant for these three programs is $23.7 million that has been awarded.

"Gun violence is a horror no one should have to live through, and yet too many New Yorkers do. It is time we put an end to this epidemic," Governor Hochul said. "We have to give young people hope and let them know their lives have meaning, which starts with creating jobs as well as more access to career training, working closely together with community organizations, and boosting gun violence intervention programs."

According to the release, Governor Hochul and her administration worked with local leaders across the state to identify the most effective use of gun violence prevention funds in each community. 

"Everybody deserves to live on a street that's safe. It breaks my heart as a mom and as a human being to know that Black children are ten times more likely to lose their lives to gun violence than a white child. How does that happen? Every child matters. Every life has dignity, and every life should continue on. It's not the fault of these families or these individuals. We need to give them hope, get them out of these desperate situations, and give them an alternative," Hochul said. 

Below is a breakdown of the three programs: 

Job Training and Placement

New York is awarding $16 million to local workforce development boards to fund workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities most impacted by gun violence across New York State. Programs were designed and reviewed by local leaders to provide job training, credentialing, and career placement services to ultimately connect at-risk youth to good-paying, permanent jobs. Unemployed, underemployed, and out-of-school youth age 18-24 in areas of cities impacted by gun violence will be eligible. This is in addition to $12 million already awarded to the Consortium for Worker Education to facilitate similar programs to youth in New York City. Interested young people can learn more and connect to these programs here.

Community Activities

 New York is awarding $5.7 million in grants to provide sports, arts, civic engagement, skill development, and recreational programming in communities seeing high gun violence. These afterschool and weekend programs will provide young people with safe and enriching activities in their community Programs were recommended by county and legislative leaders in each community.

Additional Staffing for Community-Based Gun Violence Intervention Organizations

 New York is awarding $2 million to gun violence intervention programs across the state to hire and train 39 new street outreach workers and violence interrupters. This funding will allow successful community-based gun intervention programs to increase their staff of credible messengers, who engage and mentor at-risk youth, host community events, work to steer young people away from gun violence, and respond to shootings to prevent retaliatory violence. Additional awards to hire new outreach workers and interrupters will be made in the coming weeks.