Who We Serve
The residents we serve are diverse. They are young and old; live alone or with a family; come from a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds; are employed, retired or receive assistance. The one thing they have in common is that they are low or very low-income.
Low income people face a multitude of challenges. From work and job skill deficiencies, to health and wellness challenges, they often face one or more barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. They have little or no resources, no savings, and typically work at minimum wage jobs or receive some type of public assistance. The typical client LifeSTEPS serves is a single mother with three children.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the average market rate in California for a 2-bedroon apartment is $1,361. This means a minimum wage earner must work 131 hours per week to afford this basic housing (or, 3 or more people in the household must have full-time minimum wage jobs).
Regardless of the make-up of the household, if they experience a decrease in on on-the-job hours, an unexpected car repair, or a medical emergency, they will be in danger of missing a rent payment…which, in turn, puts them in danger of being homeless.