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Unemployment Situation Increases Hias Shelter’s Task

The unemployment situation has resulted in a considerable increase in the number of persons fed and sheltered by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society, which maintains the only Jewish free shelter in the city, according to a statement by Isaac L. Asofsky, General Manager. Close to 200 persons are now receiving their meals daily at the institutions. About 100 persons are sheltered nightly. Among those receiving their meals are men coming from the outlying districts of the city looking for work and who either because of lack of means or because they have not additional carfare to go back home for a meal, come to the Society to satisfy their hunger.

The Society conducts also a free employment bureau and although the bureau energetically seeks work for its applicants yet during the past few months it has not been able to place more than four or five applicants a day while the number of applicants is close to 100, whereas formerly the bureau was able to find employment for on the average of 30 a day.