When reviewing requests for assistance, our primary considerations are financial hardship, age and poor health such as incurable or terminal illness.♦Each applicant goes through an initial review process and is re-approved annually. The official poverty guideline starts at $12,060 per person and $16,240 for a family of two. We sadly report that most applicants meet these criteria.♦Once an applicant becomes our beneficiary, we are usually committing often to his/her support for their remaining lifetime as most of our recipients have little chance for quality of life improvement. In most cases, these individuals are seniors with serious health issues that have no means of supporting themselves. We also provide aid to patients in a “long term acute care hospital”, the city’s safety-net provider of healthcare services.♦Emergencies happen. If the condition is temporary, we may give one-time assistance or for a very short time.