A rally last Thursday on the steps of City Hall called on New York City to preserve and increase funding for the city’s 55,000 Holocaust survivors in the coming fiscal year’s budget.
Joined by almost 50 Holocaust survivors and representatives from organizations that serve those survivors, Councilmen David Greenfield, Chaim Deutsch, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene and Rory Lancman said that any potential cuts to the $1.5 million program should be taken off the table.
Nearly 30,000 Holocaust survivors live at or near the federal poverty line in New York City. The council’s Survivor Initiative helps support them by providing them with such necessities as food, shelter, healthcare, and access to state and federal assistance.
“Fifty-five thousand Holocaust survivors call New York their home, and we as a city have a moral duty to ensure they are able to live in dignity,” Greenfield said.