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A 2019 survey California community college students by Temple University revealed that 19% of students had experienced homelessness in the past year, while 60% had experienced recent housing insecurity and 50% had struggled with food insecurity. Researchers found the highest incidence of basic needs challenges occurred among student in Northern California, including the Sacramento area. Black and LGBTQ students had the highest housing and food insecurities.

University students struggle with homelessness, too. In 2018, CalMatters reported that with 11% of students at the California State University students and five percent of University of California students were considered homeless.

These startling facts prompted advocacy in California. Resulting legislation allocated state dollars in support of these motivated young people, so they can continue to pursue their educational goals and career aspirations.

LSS now partners with John Burton Advocates for Youth and four college campuses, with more possibilities on the horizon.

  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Consumnes River College
  • Sacramento State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • Modesto Junior College

Each program ensures that each student has stable, affordable housing and assistance in accessing essential relevant services, such as food and transportation and case management based on the student's needs.

Donate to help support these and other LSS youth programs


  • ELCA
  • LCMS
  • LSA
  • Dignity Health
    Dignity Health

    Collaborative partnership with LLS of Northern California in Housing with Dignity program, Sacramento

  • Received grant for $3,000 2017 request

  • Frank A. Campini Foundation
    Frank A. Campini Foundation
  • Lutheran Care for the Aging
    Lutheran Care for the Aging

    endowment that funds LSS Support for Seniors program in SF

  • Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Foundation

  • logo with both brands

  • for CDBG funding to renovate V Street property

  • World Centric
    World Centric

    In kind sponsor of compostable paper products to SF

  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
    Walter S. Johnson Foundation

    grant for business planning related to youth employment program development

  • Wells Fargo
  • Anthem
  • Del E. Webb
    Del E. Webb
  • Safeway Foundation
    Safeway Foundation
  • Cal CASA
    Cal CASA
  • Kaiser Permanenete
  • Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Thrivent Financial

  • CFC
  • United Way
    United Way

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