Community meeting

Pittsburgh mayor hosts community meeting on violence

More than 200 people turned out at the Community Empowerment Association building in Homewood Tuesday night for a community meeting hosted by Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey. resources,” Gainey told Action News 4 from Pittsburgh. “Let people know the love we have in this community. We have many good people in this community. Chief of Police and Alderman, Reverend Ricky Burgess. Tables lined the room, each with its own community organization working to find solutions to problems. Some of these charts included mental health awareness, gun violence, and drug prevention. “We didn’t want this to be any other type of public safety meeting, we wanted to make sure we had the resources together to get the resources here,” Gainey said. “We wanted to make sure the resources got to the people who needed them.” City officials asked the crowd what the city could do to help their community. Community member Aaron Stuckey suggested having a program where police officers could help teach life lessons to young people. “We have people who look like us in this law enforcement, people I grew up with,” Stuckey said. “We can reach out to our young people and teach each other.” Another community member suggested that the administration provide youth programs to ensure that children help clean up the community and work. The city showed statistics for the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh during the presentation. In 2021, statistics show that the homicide rate increased by 25% compared to 2020, the robbery rate by 26% and the aggravated assault rate by 14%. Rape cases are down 50% in 2021 compared to 2020. Gainey said we can expect to see more meetings like this in the future. They will work to develop and plan initiatives, this is only the first step.

More than 200 people packed into the Community Empowerment Association building in Homewood Tuesday night for a community meeting hosted by Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey.

“We want this community to come together and the way you bring people together is to make sure we provide the resources,” Gainey told Action News 4 from Pittsburgh. “Let people know the love we have in this community. We have a lot of good people in this community.”

Alongside the mayor were community leaders including the Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police and City Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess.

Tables lined the room, each with its own community organization working to find solutions to problems. Some of these charts included mental health awareness, gun violence, and drug prevention.

“We didn’t want this to be any other type of public safety meeting, we wanted to make sure we had the resources together to get the resources here,” Gainey said. “We wanted to make sure the resources got to the people who needed them.”

City officials asked the crowd what the city could do to help their community. Community member Aaron Stuckey suggested having a program where police officers could help teach life lessons to young people.

“We have people who are like us in these law enforcement agencies, people I grew up with,” Stuckey said. “We can reach out to our young people and teach each other.”

Another community member suggested that the administration provide youth programs to ensure that children help clean up the community and work.

The city showed statistics for the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh during the presentation. In 2021, statistics show that the homicide rate increased by 25% compared to 2020, the robbery rate by 26% and the aggravated assault rate by 14%. Rape cases are down 50% in 2021 compared to 2020.

Gainey said we can expect to see more meetings like this in the future. They will work to develop and plan initiatives, this is only the first step.