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Nicholas Levenhagen

2012, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Nicholas Levenhagen

Nicholas Levenhagen

Name of Host Organization: Bet Tzedek Legal Services
City, State: Los Angeles, California
Issue area: Elderly
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig

The Project

Nicholas provided Holocaust survivors in Los Angeles with services and education in the areas of public benefits, estate planning, and vulnerabilities to ensure that they live out their lives in dignity.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Holocaust survivors in the U.S. have been disproportionately affected by the hardships of poverty and social isolation. Of the estimated 12,000 survivors currently residing in L.A., 30% live below the federal poverty level, significantly higher than the national rate. Aging survivors face unique medical needs and often lack traditional support networks, making it vital that they are able to access needed benefits, services, and support as early as possible. This project developed the tools and models necessary for reaching survivors throughout the community, assessing their needs, and providing assistance in the areas of public benefits, estate planning, and vulnerabilities to abuse and neglect.

Biography

Hometown:

Burnsville, Minnesota

Law school: