The JB Brown Fund is a philanthropic partnership between USA Properties and LifeSTEPS, a nonprofit that provides social services to residents at USA Properties’ communities. LifeSTEPS social workers assist residents in many of USA Properties’ affordable family and senior communities.

Founded in 1996, Life Skills Training & Educational Programs (LifeSTEPS) mission is to provide effective educational and supportive services to maximize the strengths of individuals and build resilient communities.  LifeSTEPS is the single largest provider of social services to the residents of affordable housing communities in California. Statewide, LifeSTEPS serves families, seniors and individuals in 240 communities, providing  more than 80,000 people in 26,000 households access to our strength-based, resident-centered services.

LifeSTEPS is firmly committed to helping people rise above impoverished environments to become self-sufficient, experience well-being and break the devastating cycle of poverty. We help people create healthier, happier and more sustainable lives through case management, adult education, senior age-in-place services and after-school programs. Our Client Emergency Assistance program provides a tangible safety net for residents at danger of not paying their rent due to a financial crisis. Since 2010, 87% of the residents receiving this assistance have maintained their current housing for 12 months or longer – and 92% have said that our financial literacy program was “life-changing.”

In 2012, LifeSTEPS was inducted into the California Housing Hall of Fame. LifeSTEPS is proud of its association with USA Properties and the JB Brown Fund partnership. Together, we are changing lives and changing the world through investments in education, stabilizing families, strengthening the character of children and supporting the needs of older adults.

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