$775,000 Oeo-grant to Aid Jewish Poor

A two-year $775,000 grant from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity to the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, was announced today by Jerome Becker, coordinating council president. Terming the grant “a major milestone in the enhancement of programs of service to our fellow Jews in need,” Becker said that the grant would enable the council to augment the programs of its local affiliates and to launch meaningful activities in areas not previously served.

Mayor John V. Lindsay initially provided New York City resources to aid the city’s estimated 272,000 Jewish poor with allocation of an initial grant of $250,000 to the coordinating council from the city’s Human Resources Administration for the period of Dec. 1, 1972 through Nov. 30, 1973. Last month, the HRA, the city’s superagency for welfare and poverty programs refunded the coordinating council with an $185,362 grant for its programs from Dec. 1, 1973 to next June 30. With the new OEO grant, a total of $1,190,362 has been allocated to the coordinating council by the Lindsay Administration, Becker said.

He said that he had received commitments from Mayor-elect Abraham-Beame which he hoped would “assure the impoverished Jews of New York a more equitable share of the governmental funding available to poverty groups throughout the community.”

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