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Publication Date: January 1907

Publisher(s): Kohn & Pollock Inc.

Author(s): Rose Sommerfeld

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: employment; youth; housing; social services

Type: Other

Coverage: New York United States


Girls - the author discusses unmarried women ages 15-25 - working independently for low wages and without parental support, require affordable and appropriate housing that respects their autonomy and creates an environment that fosters ambition and the ability to improve their economic condition.

The new wave of immigrants will be particularly in need of housing because of their lack of support system and susceptibility to exploitation. It is more difficult to make such homes self-supporting, let alone profit generating, in New York, because of the high cost of living, but recent experiences show that it may be possible. A discussion follows, which touches on the issues of servant girls and delinquents.

In Proceedings of the 4th National Conference of Jewish Charities, 1906, Kohn & Pollock Inc.