McEachin Secures Nearly $1 Million in Community Project Funding to Address Gun Violence in Richmond

July 14, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that he secured inclusion of $996,000 for Virginia Commonwealth University’s RVA Gun Violence Prevention Framework in the 2022 House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies​ Subcommittee bill.

“Gun violence has destroyed far too many lives in Richmond and disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities of color. There are many factors that contribute to gun violence and understanding those components is crucial to curbing its impact in our communities,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must take steps to combat it. I am proud to have secured this funding, which will help us identify the behaviors that lead to gun violence, develop solutions to address them, and help save thousands of lives.”

This funding will make the city of Richmond safer as it looks to establish an evidence-based public health response to address the underlying social, economic, and systemic factors that promote gun violence. VCU and VCU Health System, in partnership with the City of Richmond, plans to decrease violence rates by engaging in systems-level changes and addressing both individual and community-level behaviors and norms.

"We thank Rep. McEachin for his leadership in advocating for the RVA Gun Violence Prevention Framework," said Michael Rao, President of VCU and VCU Health System. "Through collaboration with the community, this project will reduce gun violence in Richmond and beyond by changing the behaviors that lead to it. We are thrilled that it is included in the House's FY22 funding legislation."

Rep. McEachin submitted several Community Project Funding requests to the Appropriations Committee, including crucial priorities for the Richmond-area, Central Virginia, and the Hampton Roads region. Information on the status of additional requests will be announced in the coming days.

The inclusion of this funding in the Appropriations Committee draft bill is the first step in the funding process. Rep. McEachin will continue to fight for this funding as the bill moves to the full Appropriations Committee, consideration on the House Floor, and negotiations with the Senate.

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For more information, please contact:

Shahid Ahmed, Communications Director

U.S. Representative A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)

(202) 802-1711

Shahid.Ahmed@mail.house.gov