Gun Violence


"More than a million children and 360,000 seniors live in public housing in the United States. They deserve to be as safe as the rest of us."

President Bill Clinton
Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Today, at the White House, President Clinton announced the release by the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the first-ever comprehensive analysis of gun-related violence in public housing. The report shows that, although crime has decreased in public housing since 1993, people who receive housing assistance are twice as likely to be victims of gun violence. To address this problem, the President called on Congress to make passage of stronger gun laws a top priority, and to enact his $280 million national gun enforcement initiative and HUD's $30 million gun violence reduction initiative.

A Historic Report on Gun Violence in Public Housing. More than 2.6 million residents live in public and assisted housing, including one million children and 360,000 elderly residents. Today's report, "In the Crossfire: The Impact of Gun Violence on Public Housing Communities," examines the scope and magnitude of gun-related violence in public housing, as well as the financial and social costs associated with gun violence. Based on newly available data from both HUD and the Justice Department, the report's key findings include:

Working to Reduce Gun Violence in Public Housing. To address the problem of gun violence in our nation's public housing and communities, the President's FY 2001 budget includes a $30 million Community Gun Safety and Violence Reduction Initiative. This HUD initiative will fund:

Highlighting Measures to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands. The President highlighted measures to help keep guns out of the wrong hands, including:

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