Program Directory – Jobs

Asset Building Community Partnerships

Heartland Alliance partners with companies and community-based organizations to provide training and financial education workshops on the following topics: financial coaching, matched savings, credit, consumer protections, tax assistance and education, connection to income support services, etc. The team customizes services for the business in order to meet the needs of partners. A train-the-trainer model is …


Asset Building Matched Savings

Several asset building and matched savings programs are offered including Meet Your Match and the IDEA Initiative. Participants commit to saving money and attending financial education classes to enhance skills and knowledge of financial and asset resources. Additionally, individual consultation services assist participants in identifying and meeting economic stability goals. Some Asset Building programs provide …


Chicago FarmWorks Urban Farm

For many low income communities, good jobs and healthy food are in short supply. To help solve both problems, Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), in partnership with the City of Chicago, NeighborSpace, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, operates a 2.6 acre urban farm in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. We distribute local produce of …


Family Self-Sufficiency

Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD escrow savings program delivered in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority. FSS enables residents to enroll in the program and save money as their income and rent increase. This five-year asset building program provides an incentive for residents to increase their earned income. Participants also receive individual consultation and …


Family Works (Employment and Economic Advancement)

Family Works is a comprehensive program in conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) that provides case management, employment, and clinical services for current CHA residents who are engaged in the “Plan for Transformation” relocation process. Family Works’ primary goal is to help participants remain lease compliant by meeting site-specific criteria in the area’s new …


Illinois Asset Building Group

The Illinois Asset Building Group (IABG) is a diverse statewide coalition. Co-chaired by Heartland Alliance and made up of community leaders, service providers, researchers, advocates, and financial institutions, we believe that every person deserves the opportunity to save and build wealth across their life-time. Through our advocacy efforts, we are committed to addressing the growing …


Imagine Dedicate Earn Achieve (IDEA) Initiative, an asset building program

The IDEA Initiative is an asset development initiative that provides individual consultation, courses, and workshops for currently employed, female heads of households who earn between $10,000-40,000 per year. Through individualized consultation, participants self-identify their financial literacy, housing, education, and career goals and are provided with the services and support to achieve them. Workshops, courses, and …


National Transitional Jobs Network

The National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN) is a coalition of city, state, and federal policy makers; community workforce organizations; anti-poverty nonprofit service providers and advocacy organizations committed to advancing and strengthening Transitional Jobs programs around the country so that people with barriers to employment can gain success in the workplace and improve their economic lives …


Refugee and Immigrant Community Services

Refugee & Immigrant Community Services (RICS) partners with refugees, asylees, immigrants and survivors of trafficking to address their needs by connecting them to their new community, providing education and employment services and the help they need to succeed in their new country.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSET) Program

The SNAP FSET program is a job training program with a major focus on helping individuals improve their work skills and obtain employment placement. As part of these activities, individuals receive assistance with transportation and may enroll in GED classes or short-term career enhancement training and employment placement services.


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Work First

The TANF Work First program is a job training program with a major focus on helping individuals improve their work skills and obtain employment placement. As part of the TANF activities, individuals receive assistance with transportation, clothing, and employment placement services.


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families WorkFirst Program

The TANF WorkFirst Program is a job training program focused on assisting individuals receiving TANF benefits increase their work skills and obtain permanent unsubsidized employment. Eligible individuals work with staff to complete individualized skills and needs assessments and to set goals related to employment. Participants subsequently engage in various work and training activities, including work …


Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

WIA is designed to assist both job seekers and hiring organizations with various employment services. These services are tailored to enable the job seeker to acquire and retain employment. WIA services are provided to assist in the improvement of the quality of the workforce, reduce the need for public assistance, and enhance the productivity and …