Lake County Lifeline

Lifeline History

  • Lake County LifelineJune 19, 1973: Lakeland Economic Development Corporation (LEDC, later known as Lifeline) is founded as a subsidiary of the NAACP

  • 1974: LEDC was incorporated as a tax exempt non-profit organization

  • 1980: LEDC becomes a participating agency of the United Way of Lake County

  • 1981: LEDC becomes an independent agency, and is no longer a subsidiary of the NAACP

  • 1984: LEDC changes its name from Lakeland Economic Development Corporation to Lifeline to Economically Disadvantaged Consumers, still known as LEDC, to clarify the target population

  • 1987: LEDC is designated as Lake County’s Community Action Agency by the then Ohio Department of Development, making the agency eligible for the Community Service Block Grant and HEAP program

  • 1994: Lifeline begins offering Home Ownership Down Payment Assistance via the Lake County Commissioners Office and the City of Painesville

  • 1996: LEDC changes their name to Lifeline for the Empowerment & Development of Consumers, Inc.

  • 1997: The Family Development program was launched to be proactive and supportive in helping families become self-sufficient.

  • 1997: Lifeline launches the Security Deposit Assistance Program, using federal Home Investment Partnership Funds granted by the Lake County Commissioners Office

  • 2002: Lifeline transitions to an all new Board of Trustees: New Board by-laws and personnel policies are adopted, as well as a new strategic plan

  • 2004: Lifeline moves from 85 N. Park Place to 8 N. State St.

  • 2004: Lifeline holds first ever Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

  • 2005: Lifeline is instrumental in helping Hurricane Katrina victims who relocated to northeast Ohio through donations made to the United Way of Lake County

  • 2006: Lifeline moves from 8 N. State St. to 54 S. State St. Office

  • 2006: Lifeline, in partnership with the Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, secures a grant from the Cleveland Foundation Lake Geauga Fund to explore partnership and fundraising, which results in the first ever Annual Campaign drive for Lifeline and the concept of the Dancing Under the Stars event

  • 2006: Lifeline is instrumental in helping victims of the Lake County floods of July 2006 to relocate and start over

  • 2007: Lifeline begins partnering with the Bikers Aiding Local Diabetics group to offer the Diabetic Assistance Program

  • 2008: Lifeline is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health as a provider of other mental health services

  • March 2009: Lifeline hosts the first annual March Mania fundraiser—to date it has generated nearly $44,000 in unrestricted revenue for Lifeline

  • August 2009: In partnership with the Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, the first annual Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser is held—to date it has generated nearly $170,000 in unrestricted revenue to be shared by Lifeline and the Family Planning Association

  • 2009: Lifeline is awarded nearly half a million dollars in federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding and launches the VITA tax clinics, the Employment/Training program and the Eye Care Assistance Program

  • 2009: Lifeline re-acquires the HEAP program administration

  • July 1, 2011: Lifeline becomes administrator of the 211 Lake County program, begins receiving funding from the Lake County ADAMHS Board, Job & Family Services Title XX and Lake County & Mentor CDBG programs

  • October 18, 2012: Lifeline Board adopts new mission statement “Lifeline strengthens the community by offering programs and opportunities for our residents to achieve self-sufficiency.”

  • 2012: Lifeline launches new Transitional Housing program in partnership with the Lake County Planning and Community Development office

  • 2014: Lifeline becomes the Lake County grantee for the Ohio Development Service Agency’s Homeless Crisis Response Program, with an allocation of over $150,000 to help homeless residents transition into stable rental housing.  

  • 2014: Lifeline Board, recognizing the need for long-term sustainable funding, launches the Lifeline Endowment Against Poverty in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation.

  • 2015: Lifeline Board adopts new mission statement “Lifeline leads the community in the fight against poverty by offering programs and opportunities to empower our residents to achieve self-sufficiency.”

  • 2016: Lifeline enters into a partnership with Lake County Job & Family Services to be a case management provider for Governor Kasich’s new Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program to help assist transitional age youth secure employment and remove barriers to self-sufficiency.

  • Today: Lifeline has an annual budget of approximately $1.8 million in expenditures, as well as 20+ employees and 18 programs.
    • The 2015-16 HEAP Winter Crisis program served nearly 1,150 households
    • The 2016 HEAP Summer Crisis program served over 350 households
    • 2-1-1 Lake County answered nearly 35,000 incoming requests for information and referral services in 2016
    • The Community Services and HEAP Offices assisted 2,731 households in 2016 with health, housing, energy and consumer education programs.

Community Action History:

LBJ Economic Opportunity
President Johnson signing the Economic Opportunity Act in 1964

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President Lyndon Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity Act that creates Community Action Agencies throughout the nation as a part of his War on Poverty.

President Nixon attempts to dismantle the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). If he’d been successful, most Community Action Agencies would have closed. He failed.

The Office of Economic Opportunity is replaced with the Community Services Administration, which administers grants directly to the Community Action Agencies.

The Community Services Administration is closed and poverty is no longer a national priority. Community Service Block Grants become available to the states, which are sub-granted to the Community Action Agencies.

Created by a national task force, ROMA was developed to provide resources and reporting for CAAs to provide the most efficient service to their communities while maintaining the highest level of accountability and management oversight.

President Barack Obama signs the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act that provided increased funding for Community Action programs, including the Community Services Block Grant, HEAP, Weatherization and Head Start.


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Address: 54 S.  State Street #303, Painesville, OH 44077
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