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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Anita Altman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Older people)
Social conditions (Housing)

Keywords: Fundraising and Philanthropy; Jewish Organizations; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Over the past two decades, UJA-Federation of New York has played an instrumental role in promulgating the concept of NORCs (naturally occurring retirement communities) as an excellent locale for the organization and delivery of supportive service programs that help individuals remain in their own homes as they grow older and frailer. It has shaped public policy, spearheading the successful effort to secure government funding, and is currently working with aging policy experts to formulate a federal NORC-SSP Program. This article provides an important case study in how an effective, long-term investment of financial and professional philanthropic resources in developing innovative approaches to service delivery can inform and transform public policy.