NEW YORK (Oct. 2)
Five Jewish community agencies are among eight in New York City which have received city grants to establish and operate additional senior citizens centers as part of a new program of neighborhood-based facilities initially announced last April. Mayor John V. Lindsay announced the additional grants yesterday.
The centers in the new program augment the services of existing senior citizen centers operated by the city’s Human Resources Administration, the super-agency for welfare and poverty programs. Since April, 53 senior citizens centers have been opened in the new program, with more than 20 under direct Jewish sponsorship, according to Dr. Marvin Schick, consultant to the Mayor.
Each center receives a maximum of $100,000 for operating expenses, plus the cost of renting the facility. The sponsoring organizations receive the funds-from city tax revenues. The centers for elderly Jews, like all of the centers planned in the new program, are in communities where census figures identify large numbers of elderly residents needing services. The grants are for one year, but it was indicated they would be renewed on an annual basis. The city grants for the additional centers total nearly $700,000.
The five groups and the areas are: the National Council of Jewish Women, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn; the Satmar community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; the YM-YWHA of Williamsburg; the Agudath Israel of America, which will sponsor two centers, in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn; and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, which will sponsor a center in the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx, and a southeast Queens multi-service center in Howard Beach.