Financial Assistance Services

Financial Assistance Services

Contact Nancy Cohen, Case Manager, (651) 329-1092.

If you are overwhelmed with financial challenges, JFS offers a variety of financial assistance services for those who qualify. This assistance helps with expenses related to housing, utilities, transportation, and some health expenses.

These programs are funded by grants, donations, and partnerships with other agencies and businesses. If these funding sources are not available, JFS may be unable to provide the assistance service.

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.

Financial Support​

JFS grants up to $500 to individuals requesting emergency financial assistance. Eligibility requirements are the same as those for the Eighth Degree Loan Program. Assistance must be able to stabilize a situation. The assistance checks are made payable directly to the vendor.

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.