Workforce Investment Act for Adult and Dislocated Workers
Our Maywood, Mid-South, Oak Forest and Southwest Workforce Centers help low-income and laid-off workers find and keep good jobs, get access to training opportunities, and receive other career-related services. Funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (CCWP), services are available at no cost to eligible residents.
Workforce Investment Act for Youth
Our WIA Youth programs at the Maywood, Mid-South and Southwest Chicago Workforce Centers offer the same services as our WIA Adult programs, but with an approach customized to meet the unique needs of Chicago’s youth population. Funded by WIA and CCWP, services are available at no cost to eligible Chicago youth.
Community Services Block Grant
E&ES provides career counseling and job placement assistance at Chicago Community Service Centers, facilities run by DFSS that help individuals and families access a wide range of resources including shelter, food, and clothing.
Comprehensive Case Management, Employment, and Clinical
As a service provider for the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) FamilyWorks program, we offer intensive case management services for public housing residents in four main service categories:
Employment preparation, placement, and retention: We help prepare residents for work and place them in quality positions that foster long-term job retention.
Housing: We work with residents to ensure they are lease compliant and have made their permanent housing choice.
Clinical: Our on-site Licensed Clinical Social Workers reduce barriers to self-sufficiency by engaging with residents through counseling services and referrals.
Support services: We use our large referral network of community and government partners to assist residents with various life challenges, including access to child care, senior services, and utility assistance.
E&ES is committed to the objectives outlined in the CHA’s "Plan for Transformation." We actively engage with and advocate for CHA residents to increase their housing choices and encourage self-sufficiency.
The Transitional Jobs program provides residents the chance to establish a solid work history that will help them get and keep good jobs.
The program has three components:
Job-readiness training: E&ES Trainers prepare residents for employment through a week-long seminar covering everything from résumé writing and interview skills to workplace stress and conflict resolution.
Placement in temporary subsidized employment: Our Job Developers work with local businesses to develop
on-the-job training opportunities matched to each resident's interests and experience.
Transition to permanent unsubsidized employment: After successfully completing the subsidized employment period, residents work with their Job Developer to gain permanent unsubsidized employment.