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Mayor Bowser to Highlight FY22 Building Blocks Public Safety Investments and Grants

Monday, June 7, 2021

(Washington, DC) – On Monday, June 7, at 11:30 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will visit the Douglass Community Center to highlight the $59 million investment in her Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal in Building Blocks DC. Building Blocks DC is a whole-of-government, public health approach to reducing and preventing gun violence and building safer, stronger neighborhoods.

Mayor Bower will also introduce Building Blocks DC grant availabilities aligned with the Office of Gun Violence Prevention (GVP), led by Director Linda Harllee Harper. The grants will support individuals and community organizations who work to engage residents and communities at risk of gun violence.

Building Blocks DC, which includes a Gun Violence Prevention Emergency Operations Center, was launched in February 2021 and represents a first-of-its-kind approach to addressing gun violence.


Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:30 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Chris Geldart, Deputy Mayor, Public Safety and Justice
Linda Harllee Harper, Director, Gun Violence Prevention
Michelle Garcia, Director, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Public safety officials
Gun violence prevention advocates


Douglass Community Center
1922 Frederick Douglass Court, SE
*Closest Metro Station: Congress Heights Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to press@dc.gov.

The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event to watch from a safe, virtual space. To view event online visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).

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