Financial Assistance

We offer short-term, limited financial assistance to households with Jewish member(s) to cover an unexpected financial crisis, such as job loss, interruption in income, or unexpected expenses that threaten stability. Assistance is available only once in a twelve-month period.

Starting July 2023, we can only accept financial aid requests from households with Jewish member(s). Because JFS is a Jewish organization, we have a primary responsibility to serve the Jewish community. If you are a non-Jewish household, please visit Washington 211 or dial 2-1-1 on your phone for other resources.

We receive more requests than we can accept and are not able to assist everyone who requests assistance.

We may be able to help with:

  • Rent assistance, including current and past due rent
  • Move-in costs (You must already have a unit identified and an agreement made with the landlord and be able to submit lease, ledger, and landlord W-9).
  • Utilities
  • Unexpected bills such as medical, dental, car repair, etc.

We cannot help with:

  • Finding housing for you
  • Financial assistance for emergency shelter
  • Motel/hotel costs
  • Housing location support
  • Mortgage payments
  • Homeowners’ association payments
  • Home repairs

Do you qualify?

  • You are a household with one or more Jewish members
  • You have low-income or very low income
  • Your household has not received financial assistance from JFS in the past 12 months
  • For rental assistance, you must have a plan in place to be able to pay rent going forward and be able to submit the lease, ledger, and W-9 from your landlord
  • For move-in costs, you must have a unit identified, have an agreement with the landlord, and be able to submit the lease, ledger, and W-9 from your landlord
  • For utilities or other bills, you must have a copy of the bill or invoice

Next Steps

  • Fill out the online application on a Monday. The application is only open on Mondays, 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
  • Watch your email. We will email you by Thursday after you apply to let you know the status of your application (check your spam/junk folder).
  • Explore other options. Because we cannot help everyone who applies, so please visit Washington 211 or dial 2-1-1 on your phone to find additional resources, shelter, and housing options.

Request Financial Assistance

Households with Jewish member(s) only.
Available ONLY on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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