Who is eligible for a JIFLA loan?
◀︎ Here are the eligibility criteria for a loan from JIFLA
- The applicant must be Jewish.
- Can demonstrate a legitimate need. Priority will be given to applicants who are unable to obtain funds through normal lending sources.
- Is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
- Is a current resident of greater Atlanta and nearby communities (minimum 12-month residency required).
- Is a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
- Can demonstrate creditworthiness and ability to repay a loan.
- Is not currently a guarantor on another JIFLA promissory note.
- Is not in or considering bankruptcy.
- Can provide guarantors and suitable references.
Is this loan right for me?
◀︎ How can I use the loan?
The purpose of the loan must be to alleviate a need such as medical bills, car repairs, a tax burden, or to serve as a bridge during a period of unemployment or financial crisis. Other types of loans can include anything from fertility treatment, adoption, and Israel Gap Year programs to debt consolidation. We also have a fund specifically designated for disability assistance. Our loans are not for higher education. If you are seeking a higher education loan, please contact our sister agency Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)
◀︎ How much can I borrow?
The maximum loan amount is $5,000, but the actual amount authorized will depend upon the applicant’s needs, ability to make monthly repayments, and the amount of loan capital available at the time.
◀︎ How long do I have to repay the loan?
The typical repayment period is 24 – 36 months but can be more or less based on the loan amount and at the discretion of the Loan Committee.
Loan payments usually begin between one and three months after receipt of the loan.
◀︎ Is this loan confidential?
JIFLA is committed to maintaining confidentiality. All paper and electronic records are securely stored and all personal data is blinded and identified to other members of the loan committee only by assigned loan numbers.
◀︎ Who approves the loan?
The applicant submits all documents to the Executive Director for processing. Following a confidential interview with a representative of the loan committee, approval of the application is at the sole discretion of the loan committee.
The applicant and guarantors must meet all eligibility requirements.
◀︎ About the Guarantor(s)
Each loan is secured by one or more guarantors. The guarantor is often a close friend or relative. While we look to the borrower to make the monthly payments required according to the promissory note, the guarantors will be responsible for repaying the loan if the borrower’s payments are not made. For loans of $1,000 or less, one guarantor is required. Two guarantors are required for loans greater than $1,000. We are happy to discuss this requirement in more detail. Please contact our office at anytime.