Holocaust Survivors: HHS Awards $12 Million to Expand Supportive Services

Members | October 01, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a 5 year, $12 million cooperative agreement to expand supportive services to Holocaust survivors in the United States to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). LeadingAge looks forward to work with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their other partners on the implementation of this important program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a 5 year, $12 million cooperative agreement to expand supportive services to Holocaust survivors in the United States to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). 

About 130,000 Holocaust victims reside in the United States, and about 25% are impoverished. 

Securing basic amenities, such as affordable housing, long term services and supports, and nutritious meals can be a serious concern for thousands of frail Holocaust survivors.  

As time passes, the consequences of advanced aging are compounded by the physical and emotional horrors they endured during the war. 

The number of Holocaust survivors turning to community agencies has intensified. Agencies project that the number of requests for help, as well as the intensity of services required, will hold steady through 2020 and remain significant until 2025. 

The goal of this program is to achieve measurable outcomes in advancing innovations in the delivery of person-centered trauma-informed supportive services and improving the nation's overall capacity to provide services in this way. 

We are pleased that Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging, the U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Leadership, and the bipartisan leaders in the Congress, especially Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), have all made a commitment to help Holocaust survivors through the federal funding of this project. 

LeadingAge looks forward to work with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and their other partners, such as Selfhelp Community Services on the implementation of this important program.