Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended a $10 million funding increase for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program (HASP) for the fiscal year 2022.
With a slew of holocaust survivors pushed into poverty amidst the worsening pandemic, a news release from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has gone on to show that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services has requested to double the HASP fundings to provide for the unique needs of the survivors.
According to JFNA, approximately one-third of Holocaust survivors in the United States—estimated to be 80,000 in 2019—live in poverty with an increased risk for depression, social isolation, and inadequate medical care.
The release states, “Doubling funding for the program will ensure continued service provision that promotes the dignity, strength, and empowerment of the country’s remaining survivors, and also enhance opportunities to assist other aging adults who have been exposed to traumatic events.”
Going forward, the bill in which the provision is included will have a subcommittee markup on Thursday. This will be followed by an approval from the full House Appropriations Committee, and eventually, the adoption by the U.S. House of Representatives later this month.
The HASP program is a public-private partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living, JFNA, and community-based health and supportive services providers.