The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives extended Pennsylvania’s Non-Profit Security Program until 2029.
“This program helps non-profit facilities across the Commonwealth and their users, congregants and visitors to stay safe and secure,” according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition.
The program, put in place in 2019, was established to provide security improvements for communal facilities used by faith-based organizations and other nonprofits. It was extended for an additional five years.
“The PJC is grateful to the leadership of the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives (in particular Senate Leaders Jay Costa and Kim Ward, and House Speaker Cutler, Leaders Benninghoff and McClinton, Senator Hughes and Representatives Bradford and Frankel) for working together to add, vote and concur on this significant legislation in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate,” Jonathan Scott Goldman, chairman of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, said in a prepared statement.
The legislation received unanimous support in both chambers of the Pennsylvania legislature. House Bill 397 now moves to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature and enactment.
Since its inception, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program has provided $20 million to help secure religious and nonprofit communal facilities throughout Pennsylvania.
“Unfortunately, the need for additional security has surpassed all expectations, and that need remains strong with only 25% of applicants being awarded grants to date,” according to the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition. “Over the course of the Program, the requests of 75% of applicants have been denied.” PJC