Jerusalem City Council unanimously approves funding for disputed lone soldier residential center

January 28, 2015 20:45

Following the near derailment of a discounted Jerusalem housing center for Lone Soldiers in the capital due to haredi opposition to a secular management company, the Jerusalem City Council unanimously approved a special budget for the center Tuesday night.

The five-story residential complex, called Beit Giora and located in Kiryat Yoevel, is intended to provide affordable housing to nearly 200 of the nation’s 6,000 Lone Soldiers who cannot afford prohibitive residential costs in between training.

However, last Thursday when the city’s finance committee voted on providing NIS 170,000 to the Yovlim neighborhood administration, which manages the center, ultra-Orthodox council members voted to scrap the project due to the organization’s secularity.

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