The California Housing Consortium (CHC) has announced that LifeSTEPS will be its 2012 Non-Profit Sector inductee into the California Housing Hall of Fame. The official induction will take place on May 24, 2012 at the Hall of Fame luncheon during the CHC Policy Forum event to be held in Santa Monica.
LifeSTEPS is being recognized as “…an organization involved in the development, financing, management or advocacy of affordable housing. (The) organization should have demonstrated skill in creating and maintaining key public-private-nonprofit partnerships that over the course of many years has resulted in commendable developments/communities.”
LifeSTEPS has provided a compendium of social services to the residents of affordable housing communities throughout California since 1996. The mission of LifeSTEPS is provide effective educational and supportive services to maximize the strengths of individuals and build resilient communities. Through these services the lives of low-income people are changed.
In addition to the case management, adult education and after school programs operated by LifeSTEPS, it’s client assistance safety net program has caught many people in crisis before they fell into homelessness. Recipients of client assistance are required to enter LifeSTEPS’ financial management program, and be engaged in 6-months of intensive case management. The result has been that 87% of those receiving this assistance have remained in their current home for 12-months or longer after receiving assistance. 92% of the people taking the financial management programs called it “life-changing”.
“We’re feel privileged and humbled to be inducted into the California Housing Hall of Fame,” said LifeSTEPS Executive Director, Beth Southorn. “It is a testament to the strength of our partnerships with affordable housing developers, and to our staff – who work tirelessly to help make the lives of affordable housing residents better.”
Examples of the way people have made significant changes through LifeSTEPS can be found here.
LifeSTEPS will be one of five inductees, each coming from different arenas of the affordable housing industry, which include the Public Sector, Private Sector, and the Philanthropic Sector.
For more information on the California Housing Consortium 2012 Policy Forum & California Housing Hall of Fame Awards, click here.