Southern Brooklyn has one of America's highest concentrations of senior citizens. Many live on fixed, low incomes and suffer from some degree of functional impairment. To alleviate their special problems, the Council offers a program of integrated, community-based services which enable the aged to prolong independence and dignity. This program has, since 1981, brought coordinated health and social services to the ever growing numbers of "near-poor" - chronically ill, homebound senior citizens whose incomes marginally exceed Medicaid eligibility, leaving them too poor to purchase their own services for help with daily living. In addition, seniors who receive Medicaid benefits are eligible for supplementary assistance not provided under current Medicaid regulations.
The Council's programs help defer the need for costly institutionalization by enabling the frail elderly to remain in their own homes. This stabilizes neighborhoods while saving the taxpayer enormous sums in avoided nursing home costs.
Social Services for Nazi victims have been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.