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September 08, 1995 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-08

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ment on the national debt. At
risk are taxpayer-supported pro-
grams that bring food stamps to
the poor, shelter to the aged,
counseling to the jobless, among
other services.
"In order to offset (proposed)
government cuts, we would have
to increase our Allied Jewish
Campaign allocation to the so-
cial-service needs by 100 per-
cent," reads a newly released
Jewish Federation study. That
study says local Jewish agencies
in 1994 received $11.4 million in
government grants and con-
Jewish Vocational Service,
which served 5,950 clients last
year, relied on government for 72
percent of its budget. The
monies, $5.79 million, went to job
training, workshops for the de-
velopmentally disabled and oth-
er programs.

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Judah Isaacs: It's too soon to say.

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Jewish Federation Apart-
ments, home to 667 elderly,
received $2.4 million — 54 per-
cent of its budget — from the
public sector. Jewish Family
Service has depended on gov-
ernment funding to provide
thousands of dollars in food
stamps to people who qualify for
the federally sponsored FEMA
Furthermore, the Jewish
Home for Aged last year re-
couped through Medicare and
Medicaid reimbursements about
49 percent of its expenditures.
"In particular, we don't know
what's going to happen to
Medicare and Medicaid," Mr.
Isaacs says. "That's probably the
biggest question mark of all."
Amid a forest of unknowns,
Federation and its affiliated
agencies are hoping they'll adapt
to impending changes. However,

they think it is premature to
modify their budgets.
"We can't react until we know
what we're reacting to," says
Marsha Goldsmith, executive di-
rector of Jewish Federation
Elderly JFA residents have
written letters and placed phone
calls of protest to legislators.
Living on fixed incomes averag-
ing an annual $7,200, many of
these residents depend on the
Department of Housing and
Urban Development for rental
"They're worried their rents
will go up drastically (if HUD
funding is cut)," Ms. Goldsmith

Medicare and
The biggest
question mark.

Federation officials have as-
sured JFA that no one will be
kicked out and left to survive on
the streets, yet they admit an al-
ternative source of money re-
mains unclear. Staff and services
almost certainly will be cut, they
"I don't know that we can keep
doing everything we're doing if
the cuts are dramatic," Mr.
Isaacs says.
Jewish leaders believe the sit-
uation demands more charitable
giving from metro Detroiters.
They stress the strengthening of
endowments and a Campaign in-
crease to the $26.85 million
raised in 1995.
"We need to do more of what
we did last year. That's certain-
ly what we have in mind, anoth-
er growth Campaign," says
Robert Slatkin, co-chair with
Penny Blumenstein of the 1996
Allied Jewish Campaign.
Even if Jewish agencies veer
clear of the congressional budget
knife, they nevertheless might
be affected by cuts to other agen-
cies. Alan Goodman, executive
director of Jewish Family
Service, believes there is a "hid-
den cost" to reform.
"People who have used pro-
grams that are no longer avail-
able elsewhere will be asking us
for assistance, which will tax our
limited resources," he says.
"That's the hidden cost." Ill

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