School Security

HARRISBURG – February 26. 2020 – State Senator Vincent Hughes announced Wednesday that $5.8 million in school safety and community violence prevention and reduction grants had been awarded to the School District of Philadelphia and to community organizations serving the 7th Senatorial District and Montgomery County.

The grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and focus on bolstering evidence-based programming and proven safety methods across communities in the commonwealth. Across Pennsylvania, a total of $60 million has been allocated to the School Safety and Security Grant Program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

“We have made significant strides in supporting school and community safety for the past two years and I am hopeful we can build on the early successes,” Sen. Hughes said. “These grants are empowering schools and community organizations in a way that is transformative in our communities. I am hopeful that we can continue to invest in this initiative and expand its reach.”

School safety grants – $3,308,651

  • Philadelphia School District – $2,562,347
  • Overbrook School for the Blind – $425,219
  • Belmont Charter schools – $231,085
  • Colonial School District – $45,000
  • Upper Dublin School District – $45,000

Community Violence Prevention and Reduction Grants – $2,547,456

  • Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County – $300,000
  • Women Against Abuse – $300,000
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – $299,973
  • MEE Productions Inc. – $299,877
  • Family Services of Montgomery County – $298,200
  • Temple University $299,032
  • Philadelphia Depart. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services – $285,851
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center – $238,540
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region – $225,983

Sen. Hughes, who serves as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was a leader in the fight for Senate Bill 1142, which established funding for the school safety and community violence prevention grants when it was signed into law as Act 44. That bill also established Safe2Say Something, which has been an invaluable resource to empowering students and academic communities in the safety reporting process.