Before making a referral, please review the following criteria.

  1. Applicants must live in Manhattan.
  2. Applicants should be 65 years of age or older, unless there are compelling circumstances that merit consideration.
  3. Applicants must have been productive, contributing members of their communities during their working years.
  4. Applicants must cooperate with the collaborative care management model that is integral to this program, including annual financial updates. This means agreeing to provide access to household financial information.
  5. The applicant is in a safe housing environment.
  6. The application is not a request for rent or utilities arrears.
  7. Applicant must agree to the use of entitlements if they are beneficial and cost-effective.


Initial inquiries are accepted from community social service agencies and medical and private social workers. Inquiries from other sources are first referred to community social service agencies for assessment.

The referring social worker contacts the Executive Director of the Tuttle Fund, to review the following:

  • Statistics: client name, address, telephone number, age, length of time known to the referring agency, citizenship, etc.
  • Financial status: current monthly household income, assets and transfer of assets, expenses, approximate amount of stipend requested, other sources of support such as family, entitlements, etc.
  • Brief social summary: current housing situation, medical and mental status, educational background, work history, community involvement, and willingness of client and/or agency to work collaboratively with the Tuttle Fund.

A brief synopsis via email is preferred.  If, after review, the referral is considered appropriate, an application form will be e-mailed to the referring agency/person.