Councilman Yacobellis & Friends Launch Montclair Seniors Economic Hardship Pools Program for Summer 2021

This program follows the successful launch of the Montclair Families Economic Hardship Program administered by Councilman Yacobellis and fully-funded by Deb Ellis & Hal Strelnick earlier this week as well as an Air Conditioner giveaway to families in need last week, funded by anonymous donors and heavily supported by Montclair Mutual Aid.

A new unofficial program is available to Montclair seniors (55+) experiencing economic hardship, on a first-come, first-serve basis with a cap of 20 seniors. This is on the honor system for seniors only. Leaders of Aging in Montclair and the town’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee have been approached by Councilman Yacobellis for additional outreach to seniors in need.

Those 55+ who are approved, based on residency, will be given instructions to pick up pool passes in the coming days. Proof of residency in the form of a government-issued identification, utility bill, lease or deed is required at the time of pick-up at the Recreation Department at 205 Claremont Ave.

Seniors Can Sign Up Here. Once the cap is reached the portal will close.

“Over the last 10 days, several donors both named and anonymous have reached out to me to help coordinate giving away 31 air conditioners, 22 family pool passes and now 20 senior pool passes to those experiencing economic hardship,” said Councilman Peter Yacobellis “All told, between $12,000 and $15,000 in cash and in-kind contributions has been raised, which is a testament to the spirit of this town. I continue to be touched by how many people want to help make sure everyone in Montclair stays cool and enjoys the summer.”

Yacobellis said the program would not be possible without the generous support of both anonymous and public donors and significant logistical support, with regard to the air conditioners mostly handled by Montclair Mutual Aid.

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