Employment Training Program
The goal of the Employment Training Program is to help those who are under and unemployed to assess what fields they are best suited to work in, learn new skills that will help make them more employable and then help with job seeking. This program will pay for non-credit classes toward a certificate/non-degreed program at a local vocational or educational institution. Flexible funding is also available to help pay for related school supplies, books, uniforms and tools. As part of the program, all applicants will participate in a career assessment process at Auburn Career Center’s Career Services office prior to registering for a training program. They will also participate in a job retention workshop and in post-training program job placement counseling. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility. Applicants must also be referred by a collaborating agency in Lake County.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Lifeline will provide tax preparation assistance for the community. This program, in partnership with the IRS, will allow low income households to participate in free tax preparation sessions with certified tax preparation volunteers in hopes of increasing the amount of tax returns they qualify for and receive. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility.
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Supportive Housing Program
This program will help low-income residents make strides in self-sufficiency while providing a supported housing component. Customers will apply and interview for this 18-24 month program. If accepted and enrolled, the customers will be eligible for partial rental subsidy for up to 24 months, in addition to added support services, including financial assistance for transportation, job training or school expenses and other goal-related costs. In return, the customer will agree to attend basic skills classes and one on one budget counseling sessions and participate in an educational or job training program. They’ll also work with Lifeline staff to develop both a short and long-term goal plan and work to meet those goals by eliminating barriers to self-sufficiency.
Transportation Assistance Program
This program will allow Lifeline’s program participants assistance with transportation costs on a limited basis. Oftentimes, lack of affordable transportation prevents Lifeline’s customers from going to doctor appointments or school and these funds will help alleviate this issue. Approved participants may receive bus tokens or LakeTran bus passes, or fuel-only gas cards. Applicants must live in Lake County, be enrolled in a Lifeline, Inc. program and meet program income eligibility.
Budget Counseling Session
Though this program, a Lifeline case manager will work one-on-one with customers to organize and understand their monthly budget. This includes comparing income to expenses and setting budget priorities and goals. Cost saving methods regarding utilities and food purchasing will be discussed as well as referrals to other cost saving programs.
HCRP: Rapid Re-Housing Program
This short term program offers brief housing and case management support for individuals and families who are homeless. The goal of the program is to help those who are homeless quickly obtain and stabilize their housing. Customers must currently be connected with Project Hope, Forbes House, or Extended Housing to receive a referral to this program. Customers may receive up to 90 days of housing support for rent or other housing costs as well as a case manager to assist with referrals to link customers with other housing or related resources. Customers must be Lake County residents and meet program income eligibility.
HCRP: Transitional Housing Program
Homeless individuals and families may receive up to eight months of housing assistance and case management to promote housing stability. Customers will meet with a case manager to identify barriers and to be linked to community resources. Customers must currently be connected with Project Hope, Forbes House, or Extended Housing to receive a referral to this program. Customers must be Lake County residents and meet program income eligibility.
Bike Safety Program
The goal of the Consumer Bike Program is to assist customers with obtaining an alternative form of transportation to increase independence. This program is designed for those who need a bicycle for daily activities not for leisure purposes. The use of a bicycle can assist customers with getting to work, medical appointments, and other necessary community activities. Lifeline has partnered with Laketran to educate customers on the benefits of using bicycles in conjunction with public transportation to expand customer travel opportunities. To receive a bicycle, customers must complete a safety class and register their bicycle with the appropriate municipality. Applicants must also be referred by a collaborating agency in Lake County.