Lives in Transition

Availability: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties.

Eligibility: An individual may be unemployed or employed and eligibility will be based on state income guidelines.

Program Description: You must have provided unpaid household services for at least two years, have lost your primary source of income, and now find that you must support yourself and your family.

This can be from any number of personal factors: A separation, a divorce, desertion, a death or a disability of a spouse or partner. If you lose public assistance benefits, you can also qualify for our program.

You have to meet income guidelines based on a federal formula. Staff at one of our Workforce Centers or six Displaced Homemaker sites can help you understand those guidelines.

If you do not qualify for free services you can still use our program through sliding fee payments.

Homemakers are also eligible to receive the same services that we offer to people who have been laid off from their jobs, known as the Dislocated Worker Program.

Although there is overlap between the two programs, the Dislocated Worker Program does offer some unique services, including occupational skills training, on-the-job training, entrepreneurial training, adult education and literacy, job readiness training, and customized training.

Depending on the circumstances, funding may available to cover the cost of tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses. Training can be up to two years.

In limited cases, financial assistance for things transportation, child care, health care, housing or rental assistance available.

Ask about the Dislocated Worker Program at your local WorkForce Center.


Amanda Kingsley
Grand Rapids Office: (218) 327-6743


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