The Build Back Better Act Contains $5 Billion for Community Violence Intervention Programs, The Largest Federal Investment in Gun Violence Prevention Ever
Washington, D.C., November 19, 2021 - Today, Brady applauds the House of Representatives for advancing President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, a social spending bill that includes a historic $5 billion for community violence intervention programs, the single largest investment in gun violence prevention. The inclusion of this funding demonstrates once again the Biden-Harris Administration and House leadership’s commitment to addressing gun violence as a public health epidemic and investing in the communities and people most affected by gun violence.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Brady is grateful that House leaders were willing to work, and wait, through the night to advance this bill. Now that the House of Representatives has advanced President Biden’s signature and transformational social infrastructure agenda, it is imperative that the Senate swiftly consider the Build Back Better Act. The Build Back Better Act is an unprecedented investment in gun violence prevention, treating this uniquely American crisis as a public health epidemic. The $5 billion for community violence intervention programs will save lives nationwide and help to heal communities across the country, addressing entrenched trauma and the root causes of community violence particularly in Communities of Color. Just as importantly, this achievement is the result of years of work by Black and Brown activists, who have worked for this community funding for decades and have advocated tirelessly to ensure it remained in the Build Back Better Act."
President Biden first included the call for this transformative investment in community violence intervention in his American Jobs Plan, and worked with House and Senate leadership to include the funding in the Build Back Better Act. Community violence prevention models have proven effective and work by implementing public safety measures that are informed by data and carried out by local organizations on the ground in the communities most impacted.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.