An Experience with the Aged in Two Poverty Areas in Pittsburgh

By Nancy Frank

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

Jewish Family & Childrenâ??s Service participated in a pilot project to reduce the isolation and alienation of elderly clients in Pittsburgh in the late 1960s, seeking housing for clients in neighborhoods without a Jewish residential history. Jews were settled in two new public housing facilities in the East Liberty-Garfield neighborhoods with affordable, clean, buildings and mixed ethnic and racial populations. Case workers observed that Jewish residents benefited from the changed location, and reported no overt racial tensions between Jews and blacks. There were also no requests for Jews asking to be moved to a more Jewish residence. The study concluded that elderly Jews who were reluctant to move into a totally black environment were satisfied moving into an integrated neighborhood to obtain affordable housing.

Topic: Black-Jewish Relations, Residential Patterns, 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): 148-152

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Language: English

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Frank, Nancy. An Experience with the Aged in Two Poverty Areas in Pittsburgh. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1970: 148-152. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4640


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