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We know that healthy, sustainable communities are made up of people who have living wage jobs and feel confident about their economic futures. To get there, residents need the skills to advance along the path of employment and manage their money well. That’s why LISC invests in helping people tackle all the facets of their financial life—earning a steady pay check, budgeting, building good credit and saving for education and retirement.
Building financial opportunities for Chicago families may begin with a job, but it doesn’t end there.
In Chicago, LISC supports 11 FOCs which provide employment and career counseling, one-on-one financial coaching and education and low-cost financial products that help build credit, savings and assets.
Our Bridges to Career Opportunities programs helps FOC clients ramp up foundational literacy and math skills, get technical training and pursue certifications, and receive support.
Our summary of the Mobility study.
An independent study by the Economic Mobility Corporation shows LISC's Financial Opportunity Centers program surpasses other programs.
Research on the efficacy of our Financial Opportunities Center model