As the COVID-19 outbreak shows no signs of letting up, staff members of the B’nai B’rith Center for Senior Services (CSS) are working tirelessly to support seniors at the local and national levels. In addition to providing assistance to the on-site staff and residents of our network of senior living facilities across the country, CSS is working with members of Congress to ensure that seniors are cared for during this uncertain time.
B’nai B’rith is the largest national Jewish sponsor of low-income, nonsectarian housing for seniors in the United States.
Members of the CSS staff are in constant contact with our housing network through frequent emails and weekly conference calls. To ensure that residents and building staff were knowledgeable of safety precautions, CSS facilitated a COVID-19 best practices session for the entire network and keeps the network abreast of the latest updates from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via email.
We have reached out to congressional offices to advocate for more funding for the Section 202 program, which supports affordable housing for seniors, and for service coordinators, a critical part of that program. While it is impossible to predict the future, it is likely that administrative costs will go up for many Section 202 buildings. Adhering to public health guidelines and providing needed support for seniors can be expensive, especially if residents of a building enter quarantine. We hope and expect that Congress will realize the necessity of extra funds for the Section 202 program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for Federally-Assisted Housing. Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance)
Department of Housing and Urban Development Q@A Questions and Answers for Office of Multifamily Housing Stakeholders
B’nai B’rith International presents a donation to World Central Kitchen. This donation comes from the B’nai B’rith International Disaster Relief Fund; the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Committee raised money specifically for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. This year, the Center for Senior Services held its annual Managers and Service Coordinator Training in Puerto Rico. Participants volunteered for a day of service at one of World Central Kitchen's partner farms, Siembra Tres Vidas, located in Aibonita, Puerto Rico. Managers and service coordinators mulched, planted eggplants and helped fertilize the land in a four-hour volunteer shift, ultimately saving two to three days of labor for the farmers.
For more information on the trip, click here.