LSS of Northern California is part of the solution to ending homelessness in Sacramento and throughout Northern California. Using stable housing as our blueprint for success, LSS guides more than 3,800 individuals and families of all ages every day in rebuilding their lives after they have experienced homelessness. That's 3,800 individuals who are not sleeping in doorways, in shelters or couch surfing with no stable, safe place to live.
In the greater Sacramento region, LSS assists nearly 1000 individuals (youth ages 18-24, single adults and families with children) through 15 different programs. We ensure each has a stable and safe place to call home and then provide compassionate, nonjudgmental support and access to services so they can get their lives back on track. The need and demand for our expertise and services are growing; this year we will add two new programs and expand several existing programs.
We believe that stable housing leads to a more stable life. With housing needs met, it's easier for the individuals we serve to focus on the underlying causes of their past homelessness, such as time in the foster care system, mental illness, disability, chronic disease, substance abuse, poverty, unemployment, or surviving a disaster. We offer an hand-up, thus empowering individuals and families to succeed on their journey toward healing and long-term self-sufficiency.
Our work in Northern California dates to 1883 in San Francisco, and while founded in faith, our services are open to all. Today LSS has programs in Sacramento, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Solano, San Joaquin, and Shasta counties. LSS incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1968 through the merger of several Lutheran social service organizations and maintains its headquarters in Concord, CA.
LSS has considerable success and expertise working with challenging groups: the chronically homeless, former foster youth, those with mental health disabilities, or substance use issues. That's why 97% of those we serve remain in stable housing each year, even if when they leave our program.
To learn more about the breadth and scope of LSS' work in ending homelessness, please visit www.lssnorcal.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.