Jerusalem Lone Soldier center blocked by haredi parties

A discounted Jerusalem housing center for Lone Soldiers, or soldiers who serve in the IDF from abroad without family in the country, was shelved last week due to protestations among haredi councilmen over funding for the facility being allocated to a secular organization.

According to Jared White, director of counseling and education for the Lone Soldier Center, the facility, located in Kiryat Yoevel, was intended to provide affordable housing to some of the nation’s 6,000 Lone Soldiers who cannot afford prohibitive residential costs in between training.

“We came to the municipality a year ago, and one of our biggest problems is finding Lone Soldiers a place to live, which the army helps with, but is still not adequate, even though it gives all it can,” said White of the IDF’s NIS 1,046 monthly stipend.


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