LISC National
What We Do

Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs)

As part of the Houston LISC strategy to increase the capacity and resources available in order to help communities thrive, LISC believes in the power of families to serve as a critical unit of change. When we can impact the ability of one individual family to stabilize and thrive, we move the needle on addressing the overall community.

Families need access to information, skills, knowledge and support in order to shift the trajectory of their lives. Houston LISC works closely with several partner agencies across the city to make these resources available.

Located in neighborhoods across Houston, Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) are career and personal financial service centers that help low- to moderate-income people build smart money habits and focus on their personal financial bottom line through three core services:

  • Employment and career planning assistance
    Free vocational training scholarships, job searching assistance, resume writing, and interview prep
  • Financial education and coaching
    Access to safe financial products such as the Twin Account™, credit building assistance and budgeting assistance
  • Screening for public benefit eligibility
    Assistance in applying for benefits such as Snap, TANF, rental assistance, etc.

Helping clients to set goals, make a plan or create a budget are all important aspects of financial stability. However, an integrated or “bundled” approach has been shown to have greater gains. FOC clients who are supported with all three core services experience concrete gains in net income and job retention. Research shows that FOC clients who take advantage of combined services are 50 percent more likely to land a well-paying job than people receiving employment services alone. Also, long-term job retention—holding a job for a year or more—almost doubles when financial coaching reinforces the work of employment counseling.

Houston’s Five Financial Opportunity Centers:

Our Impact

View our 2018 Financial Opportunity Center accomplishments here.

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VanNhi "Vonnie" Nguyen, Program Officer