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Lutheran Social Services of Northern California

Ending Homelessness. For Good.

LSS’s vision is to end homelessness. For good. We provide compassionate, caring, nonsectarian services to people in need. Programs include transitional and supportive housing, money management, and disaster relief.

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Why should I support your work?

Homelessness throughout Northern California has risen at an alarming rate due in large part to escalating home prices, a lack of affordable and safe rental properties and stagnant wage growth.  LSS of Northern California partners with other nonprofits to house formerly homeless adults, former foster youth and families and help them address the causes for their past homelessness.  We provide a hand-up so these individuals can rebuild their lives, regain their confidence and their dignity, so they can live independent and fulfilling lives.

What specifically do you do?

LSS assists formerly homeless adults, seniors, former foster youth and families in rebuilding their lives.  We work with them to address the underlying causes of their past homelessness, such as  

  • experience in the foster care system
  • mental illness
  • disability
  • chronic diseases
  • substance abuse
  • unemployment
  • poverty
  • surviving a disaster, such as the recent wildfires in North Bay.  

We offer a wide array of supportive services, such as providing mental and physical health resources, resources to deal with addiction and trauma, and tools for self-care. These services, coupled with our compassionate guidance, empower individuals and families on their journey to rebuild their lives and be a self-sufficient, engaged member of the community. 

How will this make a difference?

Stable housing is our blueprint for success.  Having a place to call home makes it easier for a formerly homeless individual or family to focus on employment, education, receiving healthcare, reunifying with family and friends and other aspects of their life.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

LSS of Northern California provides supportive housing services, the critical next step once a formerly homeless person or family secures housing, whether it's temporary (transitional) or permanent.  We offer compassionate guidance in helping the formerly homeless learn to rebuild their lives and relationships, and we focus on keeping people in stable housing.  Our goal is that they will never be homeless again.

What have you accomplished?

LSS manages 19 supportive housing programs that assist 3,000-plus individuals and families in Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Sacramento counties.  Our  strategic community partnerships encourage innovative development of services, including partnerships with property management companies, childcare providers, in-home therapy providers, and other organizations providing important services. We also work with our clients on ways to better serve their needs.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The adults and youth in our programs have little or nothing in the way of personal belongings when we begin our work.  Funding that we receive from state, county and federal sources support staffing and housing, but no equipment or items to furnish the efficiency apartments in which our clients live.  Your donations make a difference in our services by helping to purchase essential household items and furnishings, as well as clothing.