The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) serves the under- and unemployed residents of the North Lawndale neighborhood and surrounding communities. The North Lawndale area is rich in history and was once a major industrial corridor that was home to Sears, Roebuck and Co. world headquarters. Due to the recession, North Lawndale’s unemployment rate rose from an estimated 26% in 2000 to approximately 40% in 2012. Forty-five percent of North Lawndale households live below the Federal Poverty Level and 57% of adults in North Lawndale have a history with the criminal justice system. Our programs also attract job seekers from across the city. Below is a look at the demographic profile of who we serve:
To learn more about our community and those we serve, please read the stories of some of our clients below.