“Since 2015, the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program has become a critical lifeline for the country’s remaining Holocaust survivors, their families and providers,” Elana Broitman, senior vice president for public affairs at JFNA, said in the release. “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.”
The program innovates through “person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI)” care for survivors and their family caretakers, and promises to further innovate to serve “diverse older populations impacted by trauma,” according to the release.
JFNA estimated that nearly 90 percent of older adults in the United States have been exposed to at least one traumatic event, including military veterans and first responders, refugees, victims of violence and oppression, childhood and domestic abuse, or through human or natural disasters.
The bill in which the provision is included will have a subcommittee markup on Thursday, followed by approval from the full House Appropriations Committee, and adoption by the US House of Representatives later this month.