Emergency Assistance For Holocaust Survivors
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Boro Park Jewish Community Council in conjunction with the Claims Conference will provide eligible low income Holocaust survivors with emergency assistance funds. These funds can be used for Holocaust survivors in emergency situations – for example:

· Emergency rent to prevent evictions
· Emergency relocation
· Emergency medical care not paid by Medicare or Medicaid
· Medical products – for example: wheelchair, special security beds, hearing aids, etc.
· Heavy duty house cleaning
· Air conditioner needed for medical problems (ex. emphysema)
· Funds to prevent utility shutoff
· Clothing for the winter
· Food assistance
· Funeral expenses

These are only some examples of circumstances that require emergency assistance. Applicants must provide documentation of income, assets and expenses. All applications will be screened by a committee of Holocaust survivors to approve any funding.

Since its inception the Boro Park JCC has provided hundreds of Holocaust survivors with concrete services, through 23 different programs. Services are provided in the language that the Holocaust survivor is familiar with, such as: Czech, English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Russian and Yiddish. The staff helps survivors with German restitution, Swiss funds, slave labor and Article 2 applications.

The Council’s Medical Referral department under the auspices of Mrs. Miriam Lubling, director of Medical and Holocaust Services, assists hundreds of survivors a year with advocating for appointments to the best physicians, negotiating their fees, and at times giving them monetary assistance to help them defray the cost of drugs, treatments, medical insurance, and transportation.

For more information about the Emergency Assistance Program call the Boro Park JCC at 718-972-6600, Ext. 201.