In commemoration of UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty celebrated the 20th anniversary of providing free home repairs to Holocaust survivors and low-income seniors, Project Metropair. For two decades, Project Metropair has assisted 20,000 seniors by providing over 80,000 repairs, including installing 10,000 grab bars, 8,500 door locks, 15,000 smoke detectors, and much more. The commemoration will included a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Metropair warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and affixing the mezuzah on the new warehouse.
“It is our responsibility, as one of the leading social service providers in the Jewish community, to care for Holocaust survivors,” said Met Council CEO Alan Schoor. “We are humbled to serve such a vulnerable population with vital services through Project Metropair and our other social services. It is truly a momentous occasion to celebrate two decades of providing survivors and low-income seniors with an innovative and dignified service whose mission is to help frail seniors age safely in their homes.”
Project Metropair is the only Citywide program to offer free home repairs. Through Project Metropair, Met Council works to eliminate safety hazards by installing and repairing bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, door locks, broken tiles, and much more.
Project Metropair is funded by the New York City Council, Claims Conference, and private donors. In FY16, with an increase in City Council funds, Met Council has visited 26 percent more vulnerable seniors, helping them to age in place and live safely and independently in their own homes.