Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency Financial Assistance

Contact Tim Gothmann at (651) 690-8921.

JFS offers emergency financial assistance to help individuals and families avoid eviction, foreclosure and utility shut-offs.  Depending on the availability of funds, JFS may be able to help with a grant up to $500 during a 12-month period.

To qualify for up to $500 in assistance, you must meet one of these criteria:

  1. Be a current JFS client
  2. Be a member of the greater St. Paul Jewish community

Assistance must be able to stabilize a situation. The assistance checks are made payable directly to the vendor.

Eighth Degree Loan Program

This program provides up to $1,000 interest free to JFS clients who have an emergency need and qualify for this assistance. Qualifications include being a current JFS client, living in the greater St. Paul area and/or being a member of the St. Paul Jewish community. Payment terms are over a two-year period.

Jewish Free Loan Program

Loans up to $7,500 can be approved with co-signers meeting creditworthiness requirements. Payment terms are zero interest, paid over two or three years. Eligibility requirements include being Jewish and/or working for a local Jewish agency.

JFS is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact us at (651) 698-0767.