Facing a 59% poverty rate and soaring population growth, the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn is facing a serious bottleneck with access to social services. Currently, the neighborhood's poor generate the City approximately $10 million in federal dollars, however, little of the money is spent on it. The predominately Chassidic Williamsburg lags behind other communities with access to job training programs, food stamp enrollment, and publicly funded childcare. The focus of the report is helping people to become economically self-sufficient.
This report details the issues faced by Williamsburg's Chassidic poor, and the obstacles that still need to be overcome to deal with these problems. It also lists various recommendations to improve their access to programs, including government partnerships with community based organizations such as the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg (UJO).
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Rubel, David. Strategies and Resources for Helping Poor Families in the Chassidic Community of Williamsburg Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency: A Working Report. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty,United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. 2008: