*NEW* Buy Car
An innovative program that can assist eligible Lake County residents with the purchase of a car. Clients achieve a savings goal and Lifeline will contribute toward the purchase of a car. Tax returns can even be used to contribute to the savings goal. Applicants must be in an approved school or educational program or be employed to be eligible. All participants must complete ten hours of financial empowerment classes,as well as a vehicle asset class.
*NEW* Financial Empowerment Classes
A nine week financial literacy program is available to eligible Lake County residents. Each class will cover a different topic including savings for emergencies or goals, tracking expenses, dealing with debt, understanding credit scores and protecting your money. Small classes offer opportunities for interaction and skill building. The weekly classes are offered as a series and is not offered as individual classes. A fee of $50 must be paid at time of program intake.
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Volunteer Guardian Program
Lifeline, in partnership with the Lake County Probate Court, will work together to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals including those who are elderly and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health issues who are no longer capable of managing themselves and their life decisions. Local volunteer guardians work with Lifeline program staff to provide caring, ethical and responsible guardianship to advocate on the individuals’ behalf. The Lifeline Volunteer Guardian Program staff will support volunteers with various aspects of guardianship to ensure a successful relationship that put the ward’s needs at the forefront of all activities. This program does not assist family members or attorneys with the needs of their identified wards but rather those who are deemed incompetent by the Probate Court referred by appropriate third party entities. Volunteer guardians play a vital role in the health and safety of community members who need the support of a caring person who is able to advocate for their needs. Lifeline will accept volunteer interest inquiries by using the Guardian Interest Application below.
Questions related to applying for guardianship can be directed to the Lake County Probate Court at 440-350-2233.
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 the program. If accepted and enrolled, the customers will be eligible for partial rental subsidy for up to 18 months while attending an accredited school or vocational program. In return, the customer will agree to budget counseling sessions, as well as intensive case management. 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
Office of Reentry
The Lake County Reentry Coalition office is located at Lifeline. The Reentry Coordinator can assist those with a criminal background get connected with services that support their return to the community. Linkages to services that support long-term employment, housing and other identified barriers can be addressed. Programs offered may include financial assistance and individual or community support. Family & friends who need information and referrals can also benefit from the Reentry Office services. For more information on resources available, click here.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
During the months of January, February, March and April, Lifeline will provide tax preparation assistance for the community through the VITA Program. This program, in partnership with the IRS, will allow low to moderate-income households to participate in free tax preparation sessions with IRS certified tax preparation volunteers in an effort to increase the amount of tax returns for which they qualify for and receive. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility.
HCRP: Rapid Re-Housing Program
For those who are homeless, the HCRP Program may assist a person with obtaining housing and providing financial assistance to support housing stability. Case management supports participants in meeting their housing goals. To be eligible for this program, each customer must be referred by Project Hope, Forbes House, or Extended Housing.
HOME Funds Rental Assistance Program
Through this program, Lifeline can assist customers in obtaining safe and affordable rental housing throughout Lake County. After an application process, including a quality and safety assessment of the property, customers can obtain funds needed for a security deposit and first month’s rent.
Bike Safety Program
The Bike Safety Program offers eligible community members with an alternative way to get to appointments, employment and other necessary events independently. By referral of a collaborating Lake Co. social service agency, a low-income customer may be eligible to receive a bike, helmet and lock. Participants are required to attend a bike safety class to learn about riding safely in the community. This program operates during summer months only.
During the farmers market season, Lifeline offers nutrition classes for low-income Lake County residents in a variety of locations. The summer months offer a variety of fresh produce that can be purchased at local farmers markets and can improve the health of community members. By attending a class, eligible participants will receive a cookbook, as well as a $10 voucher for the market. Each participant can attend three classes on a variety of topics and earn up to $30 in vouchers. Classes operate during the summer months only. Participants must register for all classes they plan to attend. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility.
Diabetic Assistance Program
In an effort to help diabetics manage their health more effectively, this program allows diabetic patients to receive assistance in obtaining diabetic supplies, which may include a meter, test strips, syringes, alcohol swabs, lancets and glucose tablets.
Prescription Assistance Program
Lifeline can help customers obtain necessary prescription medication once per year. In addition, case managers can help those needing maintenance medications to apply for long-term assistance through the various pharmaceutical company Patient Assistance Programs.
Employment Training Program
The Employment Training Program helps 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. Lifeline will pay for non-credit classes toward a certificate/non-degree program. Flexible funding is also available to help pay for school-related supplies, books, uniforms and tools for those who participate in the program. As part of the program, all applicants will participate in a career assessment process prior to registering for a training program. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility. Applicants must also be referred by a collaborating agency in Lake County.
The Individual Development Account (IDA) Program
An asset-building and financial literacy education program that provides long term self-sufficiency planning for residents who have an earned income. This opportunity provides a comprehensive financial literacy education to improve money management skills. Applicants must choose from one of the three approved asset goals: home purchase, microenterprise or an educational goal. Additional financial education will be required that is asset specific. The IDA Program requires participants to commit to a monthly savings goal and attend financial case management sessions with Program Coordinator. Applicants are enrolled between six and 18 months and upon program completion, a financial match is made to the applicants savings account that must be used toward one of the three asset goals. Applicants must live in Lake County and meet program income eligibility. Applicants must also be referred by a collaborating agency in Lake County and complete an application packet.