Build Healthy & Resilient Communities
Maintain well-being of residents, focusing on the availability of accessible physical and behavioral health services for families, the aging population, and other populations in need.
Dislocated Workers: Workforce Development has focused on serving the long-term unemployed through a Dislocated Worker Training National Emergency Grant. An additional 53 long-term unemployed job seekers have received additional training and work based learning opportunities in the high growth industry sectors of healthcare, IT and transportation. The recruitment and service delivery model demonstrates success for those completing the programs with a 90% “entered employment” rate at an average wage of $29.61.
Youth Employment: Workforce Development successfully increased the engagement of the private sector in providing work based learning to the youth and young adults in both the Lake County Summer Youth Workforce Experience Program and Workforce Investment Board (WIB) grant funded programs. In the summer of 2014, the number of youth increased from 162 to 171 youth placed at 32 worksites throughout Lake County. In addition, a Summer Youth alumni group was formed with the high school graduates and WIB business leaders. The business leaders conducted workshops and met individually with the youth to assist them in transitioning to post-secondary education or competitive employment after successfully completing their summer job. The WIB grant funded youth programs focus on work based learning and resulted in 120 youth enrolled in a short-term private sector internship with an industry focus on healthcare careers, automotive, business services and manufacturing. Additionally, as part of the 2015 budget, the county board added $60,000 the summer youth program. This will allow an additional 45 youth to participate in the program.
Manufacturing Workforce: Workforce Development has collaborated with regional colleagues from the counties of DuPage, Will, Kane and McHenry to participate in an innovative solution program to address the skills gap in the manufacturing industry. To date, 45 individuals, including eight veterans, have received vocational training that leads to high wage, high demand manufacturing jobs. Thirty-three have gained competitive employment. Through this program and additional grant funds, Workforce Development has increased the pool of trained applicants in the manufacturing industry.
Lake County was selected to join the “Zero: 2016 Campaign” through a competitive, national application process. “Zero: 2016” is a national movement of 71 communities working to end veteran and chronic homelessness within the next two years. Learn more.
Support for Individuals with Mental Illness
The Lake County 19th Judicial Circuit Court Adult Probation in partnership with the Health Department, Community Development, Sherriff’s Office, Veterans Assistance Commission and other community partners received the first phase of a total potential $1.5 million, four-year grant to address mental illness and substance abuse in the criminal justice system. The project will enhance the tools available to serve these cases. There will be counselors to provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy, case managers to assist with housing, coaches to support recovery, and the ServicePoint database to enhance case coordination.
Affordable Care Act - Enroll Lake County!
ELC! expanded its coalition to reach a broader array of Lake County residents including establishing new enrollment sites at Community Action Partnerships of Lake County, Family First Center in Waukegan, the Vista Health Center, Advocate Condell Medical Center and the Gurnee Mills mall. It also included adding “awareness and referral” partners who advocate on behalf of the project. New awareness and referral partners for year two include: township offices, local mayors, chambers of commerce, libraries and non-profit agencies. A full list of partners is available on the ELC! website.
Fair Housing in Lake County
After comprehensive stakeholder and public engagement, working with housing partners and municipalities across Lake County, the County Board accepted the Lake County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) report in November 2014. The report includes an overview of facts and characteristics of County residents, and it recommends short- and long-term actions the Lake County government and community can take to ensure continued access to fair housing for all Lake County residents.