Your Safety and Well-Being

The Lake County Board cares about the physical and emotional well-being of our residents and communities. This manifests itself in many areas, including a nimble response to creating programs to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a commitment to an integrated, humane, data-driven justice system with innovative programs aimed at reducing crime, recidivism, family violence and substance abuse, a focus on broad access to behavioral health services, spearheading a Regional 911 consolidation effort and more. 

Ongoing: COVID-19 Response

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Lake County Health Department has been sharing important COVID-19 information with our residents, our businesses, and our community partners, every day, with the goal of keeping everyone safe and healthy. For the latest information about COVID-19, including how to register for the vaccine, visit

Ongoing: Assisting the Homeless

Lake County’s annual point-in-time count of its unsheltered homeless population occurs every January in order to assist in refining the County’s information on the annual census of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the County. In light of COVID risks, this year’s point-in-time count event will be cancelled upon formal HUD waiver approval. In lieu of its customary point-in-time count, Lake County staff is partnering with the Lake County Coalition for the Homeless to use other methods and data sources to complete the inventory of Lake County’s homeless population in 2021. More information

Ongoing: Regional 9-1-1 Consolidation

Lake County is spearheading an effort with 21 partner agencies to consolidate regional 9-1-1 services in Lake County in order to provide the highest quality 9-1-1 service and lasting value for the residents of participating communities. Learn more

April 2021: Lake County Launches Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Lake County renters who face financial hardship related to COVID-19 may apply for the new Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance (FERA) Program, which provides help for individuals paying rent and/or utility bills. Learn more

October 2020: Lake County 2-1-1 Service Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

The County’s 2-1-1 service, launched in 2019, enables residents to get the help they need 24 hours a day, regardless of the language they speak or where they live. The service, administered by United Way of Lake County, received critical funding from Lake County government. In its first year of service, 2-1-1 received 6,760 calls and texts to its contact center, and more than 49,000 visits to the website. The service has been especially important this year due to the increased needs of our residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for help have come in from every zip code in Lake County.

August 2020: New Program Offers Financial Help to Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Lake County Board announced a new COVID-19 Housing Relief program to help those in need of financial help with rent or utility payments. Read more

July 2020: Lake County Selected for Pilot Program to Create a Crisis/Wellness Center

Lake County was selected for a MacArthur Foundation-funded program to develop a crisis/wellness center to help connect residents experiencing mental health crisis to the services they need. The center would provide an alternative location to bring those in crisis, whose options have previously only been jail or the emergency room. Read more

April 2020: Food Drive Collects Six Tons of Food

A drive-thru food drive organized and staffed by Lake County employees in Waukegan on April 23 broke a donation record for the Park City Northern Illinois Food Bank, with nearly six tons of food collected in just two hours. More than 25 Lake County Government employees volunteered their time running this no-contact event. Watch the video

April 2020: Board Sets Aside $100,000 in Video Gaming Revenues for Emergency Shelter

At its April 7 meeting, the Lake County Board  voted to approve setting aside $100,000 of 2020 Video Gaming Revenue (VGR) grant funds in the event the money is needed to reimburse local agencies for emergency shelter expenses incurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

March 2020: Disaster Proclamation Allows Lake County to Access Resources for COVID-19 Response

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart signed a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, a proactive measure allows Lake County to access additional state and federal funding and resources for coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts. Read more

July 2019: Lake County Drives Veteran Homelessness to Zero

Lake County joins an elite group of communities throughout the nation that has officially ended veteran homelessness, based on certifications from both the federal government and Built for Zero, a national nonprofit organization. Read more