(Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We commend Congress for reaching an agreement on the bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill.
We welcome the $268 billion in economic relief that will help so many workers and families in need across the country, as they struggle from the fallout of the dire health and economic situation the pandemic has created.
We are encouraged the bill includes expanded Paycheck Protection Program benefits to aid small businesses and nonprofits. We advocated for these additions in previous stimulus discussions.
However, we are disappointed that there were no provisions made for low-income senior housing in this stimulus bill. As the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income, nonsectarian housing for seniors in the country, we are focused on the urgent needs of this population. We would have appreciated funds for more supplies, staffing, service coordinators and Wi-Fi accessibility for subsidized housing for seniors.
We hope Congress will continue to provide support for families impacted by the pandemic and that future legislation will include relief for affordable senior housing.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org.