Emergency fund grants for Isaac damage in NOLA Jewish community

A new fund, “Emergency Financial Assistance for Individuals Impacted by Hurricane Isaac,” has been started by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans to help families in need after sustaining major damage from Hurricane Isaac.

The fund was made available through the Jewish Federations of North America’s emergency committee, and is being administered by Jewish Family Service of New Orleans. JFNA has a disaster relief fund that is accepting contributions.

The relief grants provide need-based assistance for Jewish residents of Greater New Orleans, from $500 to $3000, to deal with significant uninsured losses. The grants are to help repair homes, replace destroyed furniture and provide assistance for temporary housing while repairs are being made.

Damage and losses from power outages are not eligible, and there is no automatic entitlement. The grants are need-based and there is other eligibility information in the application.

To qualify, one must be a member of the Jewish community who has had permanent residence in the area for at least one year, and who has already explored other sources of assistance.

Potential applicants should contact Rachel Lazarus, case worker, at JFS, (504) 831-8475 ext. 137, or rachel (at) jfsneworleans (dot) org.