The UJA-Federation of New York has announced grants and loans totaling $23 million to assist vulnerable New Yorkers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commitment includes grants to help New Yorkers facing food insecurity and to provide financial relief to UJA partner organizations. Recipients include the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which was awarded $1 million in general operating support as well as an additional $750,000 to provide emergency Passover meals to more than a hundred and eighty thousand members of the city's Jewish community. The organization, which is participating in the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund launched last week, also made $250,000 available for Passover meals to be distributed to individuals who have relied on free or subsidized communal seders, are newly isolated or quarantined, or are newly financially vulnerable.
In addition, it will establish a $20 million loan fund at the Hebrew Free Loan Society to provide zero-interest loans to partner agencies that are experiencing financial stress, and a $1 million loan to ensure that HFLS can continue to provide loans to small businesses.
"This first round of grants is a critical part of UJA's broad effort to support the most vulnerable New Yorkers during this crisis," said UJA-Federation of New York CEO Eric S. Goldstein. "We're deeply grateful to all our nonprofit partners on the front lines who work tirelessly — day in and day out, and in times of crisis — to sustain our community."