The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Bet Tzedek Legal Services are working together to see how many local families could benefit from a Pooled Special Needs Trust which can provide affordable vital financial protection to people with significant physical, mental, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. It is a safe and legal investment vehicle for private funds and does not impact the beneficiaries’ financial eligibility nor reduce their funding from essential government benefits such as SSI, IHSS or Medi-Cal.
All Pooled Special Needs Trusts are required by federal law to be operated by a non-profit organization, which becomes the Trustee for the funds invested on behalf of a beneficiary. In Los Angeles, our intention is to create a new non-profit with board members from existing Jewish organizations, along with family/stakeholder representation.
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