An Experience with Residual Population in Detroit

By Rose Kaplan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1970

Poor, elderly Jews remained in predominantly black neighborhoods in urban Detroit after major Jewish out-migration to surrounding suburbs. They showed little inclination to leave, and no low-cost housing could be found in or close to Jewish neighborhoods. After the 1967 Detroit riot, volunteers bringing food and supplies to urban Jews discovered many more Jews of whom they were previously unaware, the majority unable to function at high physical or emotional levels. While not specifically targeted by rioters, Jews still faced a high risk of street violence. With an emergency housing relocation budget, caseworkers began the long process of relocating their elderly clients, most of whom clung to their familiar surroundings despite the inherent dangers.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Residential Patterns, Social Work, Poverty, Housing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 47/No.2

Page Number(s): 153-156

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Detroit, Michigan

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Kaplan, Rose. An Experience with Residual Population in Detroit. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1970: 153-156.


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