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DC Mayor Bowser Proposes $59 Million Toward Effort to Reduce Gun Violence

By Cory Smith, News4 Reporter Published June 7, 2021 Updated on June 7, 2021 at 6:49 pm

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking for millions of dollars in funding for what she calls the "whole of community" approach to gun violence.

"We all know that the government can do a lot of things and we can do a lot of things well, but we won't solve gun violence without each other," Bowser said.

The mayor proposed $59 million in public safety investments for Building Blocks D.C., which launched in February and was set up to pool resources across District agencies to help communities most impacted by gun violence.

Included in her proposal:

  • $11 million dollars in cash assistance for returning citizens

  • $7.8 million for violence interrupters

  • $5.6 million for the creation of 110 jobs for at-risk individuals

  • $1.5 million in grants for community organizations doing working in the streets

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