Organizations in Florida’s Monroe, Miami-Dade, Duval, Collier, Palm Beach and Broward counties are set to receive grant aid totaling $500,000 from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The five agencies, Senior Resources Alliance, Feeding South Florida, Feeding Northeast Florida, Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County and Jewish Community Services of South Florida, were identified as being able to serve the largest vulnerable older populations in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.
More than 70 people died and damage estimates top $60 billion from the Category 4 hurricane that slammed into the Florida Keys Sept. 10 and wreaked havoc along the Gulf Coast destroying homes and businesses and knocking out power to tens of millions with its 140 mph winds. Older adults living at home and in nursing and hospital facilities were especially affected by the ensuing loss of electricity and available food and water. Close to a month later, the cleanup continues.
“It is especially heartbreaking that older adults throughout the state of Florida have suffered the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma,” Rachel Garbow Monroe, foundation president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “This is an especially vulnerable population. Our goal is to help as many people as possible— as quickly as possible—through nonprofit organizations that are on the frontline of the recovery effort, providing basic needs such as food, water and housing.”
Senior Resources Alliance of East-Central Florida is receiving $150,000 to help older adults in the hardest hit areas.
Feeding South Florida, the only food bank serving the Florida Keys, is receiving $100,000 to provide emergency food, water, supplies and repairs throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Feeding Northeast Florida is receiving $100,000 to provide emergency food, water, supplies and repairs throughout Duval County, which includes Jacksonville and surrounding counties.
Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, in Plantation, Fla., which serves Fort Lauderdale and greater Broward County, is receiving $75,000 including for crisis counseling, financial assistance to low-income older adults for home repairs and other hurricane-related needs.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida in North Miami is receiving $75,000 including for crisis counseling, financial assistance to low- income older adults for home repairs and other hurricane- related needs.
In early September, the Weinberg Foundation approved $500,000 in emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas.