City Officials Condemn Jewish Old Folks Home in Detroit

A report issued today by prosecuting attorney Harry S. Toy condemns the Jewish Old Folks Home on Brush Street and Edmund Place as unsafe, and makes certain recommendations to the board of governors.

The investigation on which the report is based was conducted by assistant prosecutor George M. Stutz and by John M. Bischoff, former commissioner of buildings and safety engineers. The recommendation is made that the 75 inmates be removed from the home and the building repaired at once. The third floor, on which are housed 27 aged and invalided, is branded as a fire trap.

Max Lieberman, treasurer of the home and a prominent Detroit Jewish communal leader, commenting on the report, stated to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent that the home always obeyed the rules and regulations of the building department and will in the future comply with all the building codes.

Mr. Lieberman stated that officers of the Jewish Old Folks Home will follow all the new suggestions made by the prosecutor’s office. He expressed regret that economic conditions make the erection of a new home impossible at this time, and declared that everything is being done to make the home safe and comfortable.

NEXT STORY