The New York State Department of Health in collaboration with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services will make available $5 million in state funding for a qualified organization to support grassroots, community-based organizations that create and maintain local programming for youth in neighborhoods experiencing the highest rates of gun violence. Interested organizations should complete the request for applications here. The deadline to apply for the funding, which is available over a two-year period, is November 8th.
The Health Department’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP), part of the Office of Health Equity and Human Rights (OHEHR) is partnering with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to distribute $2.5 million annually for two years to an organization serving as a fiscal, contractual and project manager facilitating this investment in community-based organizations.
Community Youth Programs will allow youth ranging in age from 12 to 24 to receive various services, including therapeutic support, such as individual and group mental health and behavioral counseling; Additionally, young people will have the opportunity to participate in STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – and arts activities, as well as recreation and sports.
After the Supreme Court issued its June 23rd, decision in Bruen, Governor Hochul convened a special session of the legislature to act on legislation that strengthened New York’s pistol permitting process. These new laws include requirements for comprehensive background checks, and firearm safety and live-fire training for individuals seeking to obtain concealed carry permits. They also prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing their firearms into sensitive locations, including schools, government buildings and hospitals and require renewal or recertification of permits every three years. New York State also launched a gun safety website to provide the public, gun owners, and gun dealers with comprehensive information about the new requirements under state law.
“Too many lives have been lost because of senseless gun violence, but in New York we are working to make sure that ends,” Governor Hochul said. “This funding will help community-based organizations support at-risk youth in their neighborhoods to keep them off the streets and away from guns. My administration is committed to making our state safer and ensuring our youth have bright futures filled with opportunity over violence.”