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Dislocated Worker Program

If you've been laid off and want to re-enter the workforce, we can help.

We can connect you to training, develop a job search plan and guide you throughout the process. Our experienced career planners will assess your skills and work one-on-one with you to create a realistic, personal action plan based on your short- and long-term career goals. Through our Dislocated Worker Program, we will work with you to update your resume, provide tips for interviews and support you in your search, every step of the way.

We know that looking for employment takes energy, preparation and confidence. You will be assigned to one of our staff who will support and guide you, giving you the encouragement and insights you need to succeed. Download the below guide to get your job search started.

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Funded by the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), our Dislocated Worker Program provides:

  • Career counseling
  • Basic Skills courses in reading, math and computers
  • Job readiness workshops: resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, and career planning
  • Bridge programs into the health care (See the Health Care Career Bridge Program description below.) and manufacturing industries
  • Access to skills training and educational opportunities
  • Access to supportive services, such as public transit passes, child care and mental health services
  • Transitional job opportunities and internships
  • Job search assistance, job leads and direct placement

To be eligible for the Dislocated Worker Program, you must be residents of Chicago or west or south suburban Cook County or previously employed by a business in that area and laid off within the past two years. Email Us for our weekly orientation or call us at 708.344.3539 (west or south suburban Cook County) or 312.565.9431 (Chicago).

Documentation required for WIOA Dislocated Worker Program ~ Click Here for a downloadable copy!

These documents should be brought in the day of orientation.  Failure to bring all the required documents will result in the delay of processing the application.

Applicants must have ONE document from each category.  In many cases, one document will be sufficient for 2-3 of the categories.  Documents must be current. Expired documents are not valid.

Every applicant must bring a valid Picture ID.

Proof of birth date
Current State ID or Driver’s License
Federal, State or Local Government ID card
Birth Certificate
DD-214 – if Birth date is shown
Current Passport
Public Assistance/Medical Card
Social Security Administration Printout

Social Security Number
Social Security Card (must be signed)
Printout from the Social Security Administration 
Any Social Security Document addressed to participant that includes 

Proof of current address:
Current State ID or Driver’s License
Most recent utility bill, bank statement or check stub
Printout from government agency – (Voter Registration card with 
address, Public Assistance record, etc)
Homeless – Letter from DHS, Shelter or Applicant Statement
Lease, Landlord statement or Rent Receipt

Authorization to work in US:
US Birth Certificate
Hospital Record indicating US Citizenship
US Passport with picture (expired passport is acceptable)
Current Alien Registration Card (Green Card)
Naturalization Certification 
DD-214 (if place of birth shown)
Foreign Passport stamped eligible to work with any required backup 

Compliance with Selective Service (Males born 1/1/60 or later)
All males born January 1, 1960 or later are required to have registered for Selective Service. You can check your status on the Selective Service website and print it out.
Printout from Selective Service at
Selective Service Registration Card
Selective Service Status Information Letter *applies to 27 or older 
who did not register
DD-214 (Honorable or Medical discharge)

Dislocated Worker Eligibility – You only need to qualify in one category. 

A. Laid Off – Lack of Work, Plant Closure, Substantial Layoff 
Proof of receipt of Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments or 
Printout from the IDES system showing UI payments, benefits were 
Unemployment Benefits Exhausted Letter stating eligibility or not 
ineligibility due to insufficient earnings 
Layoff letter or notice of layoff from employer (on employer letterhead) 
AND verification of six months of employment if not eligible for UI
benefits due to insufficient earnings or working in a job or industry 
that did not pay into the UI system. 
Individual WARN Notice of plant closure or substantial layoff 

B. Self Employed – Had a physical location that had to close down due to poor economy 
Statement from attorney or accountant 
Business License/Business Records, profit – loss statements, etc. 
Tax Records 
Bankruptcy Documents or other related Business Documents 

C. Displaced Homemaker - an individual who has been providing unpaid services to family members in the home and who: 
1) Depended on the income of another family member but is no longer 
supported by that income; 
2) Is the dependent spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty 
and whose family income is significantly reduced because of a deployment, 
a call or order to active duty, a permanent change of station, or the 
service-connected death or disability of the member; 
is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in 
obtaining or upgrading employment. 

Court records verifying death, divorce, or legal separation from spouse 
Layoff Notice/Business closure documentation for family member 
Statement of Marital Status 
Documentation of spouse’s active duty status in Military 

D. US Military Veteran with at least 6 months of service and served on Active Duty Status 
Active-duty service is defined as full-time service. Except when on leave 
(vacation) or pass (authorized time off), active-duty members are subject 
to duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Acceptable Discharge 
reasons: Any other than Dishonorable. 

National Guard and Reserve service is not applicable under this category 
unless an individual was called up for active duty by the President or Secretary 
of Defense at the Federal level or they were part of the Active Guard/Reserves 
(AGR). AGR members provide day-to-day operational support needed to 
ensure that National Guard and Reserve units are ready to mobilize when 
needed. For veterans’ benefit service requirements, AGR duty is the same as 
full-time active-duty service. 
Member 4 DD-214 (long form) Short versions that do not show discharge 
reason, etc. cannot be accepted.