View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


Assistance fund runs low

Posted: September 25, 2008 10:08 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The funds that allow Lutheran Social Services to provide assistance for local low-income families are running extremely low, prompting the nonprofit organization to turn to the community for help.

"Due to all the foreclosures and financial problems going on in our economy, we have exhausted our funds," said Linda Malerba, director of Lutheran Social Services' Santa Clarita office.

"We are really looking for donations to help continue the program," she said.

During the past three months, the faith-based organization has seen 75 percent of the number of people it would typically seen over the course of an entire year.

Malerba estimates that 100 people have sought assistance during the last three months, 60 percent of them clients who are new to the organization's services.

Because of the significant increase in demand for services, Malerba said the annual budget, typically funded by the city and private donations, has been stretched.

The economy has created new types of clients, too.

Previously, the organization served primarily single men and women between the ages of 18 and 35, Malerba said.

"Now we're seeing seniors, two-parent households with children, as well as single parents," she said.
Lutheran Social Services, which has one office in Canyon Country, provides assistance to families, single parents and senior citizens through its three programs.

Eviction prevention provides financial support to local residents who have received an eviction notice.

The moving assistance program allows people to pay for their moving costs while the homeless case management program aids the homeless of the Santa Clarita Valley.


Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...