North County Lifeline extends a large helping hand during the pandemic

North County Lifeline empowers youth and families to change their own stories by providing the support needed to overcome job loss, homelessness, and trauma – to become self-reliant. In FY21, Lifeline provided counseling, housing, and financial assistance to 433 clients – an increase of 45% over the prior year. Lifeline’s Housing & Self-Sufficiency Programs support young adults exiting the foster care system, homeless youth, clients recently incarcerated, and families facing poverty. During the pandemic, households received emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation, clothing, and utility bill assistance. More than 50% of clients were below the Federal Poverty Level, and many were without stable housing. More than 300 adults and children received assistance to prevent homelessness.

In FY21, Lifeline helped 884 youth, adults, and families reframe their stories by providing mental health services and education, including suicide prevention and intervention, substance abuse services, and counseling. Lifeline’s clinically based programs identify and treat mental health needs across the community. Mental health, when left untreated, often coincides with rates of imprisonment, homelessness, suicide, and substance abuse. Lifeline continues to debunk mental health stigmas through community education, removing barriers to services, and expanding clinical mental health services.

Leichtag Foundations provides annual grants for general operating support.