Financial Opportunity Centers

Indy FOC
Indianapolis LISC's Financial Opportunity Center

Financial Opportunity Centers are career and personal financial service centers that focus on the financial bottom line for low-to-moderate income individuals. This means changing people's financial behavior in a way that encourages them to make a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. FOCs provide families with services across three areas: employment placement and career improvement; financial education and coaching; and public benefits access. These core services are integrated together and provided to clients in a bundled fashion in order to reinforce one another and to provide a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building. The model for these centers was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Since launching in Chicago in 2005, LISC's network has expanded to 65 Centers in 25 cities: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati/Covington (KY), Detroit, Duluth (MN), Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (MI), Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark (NJ), Oakland/Richmond/San Jose (CA), Philadelphia, Providence/Woonsocket, San Diego, and Toledo.

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> Financial Opportunity Centers - Program Summary (PDF, 138 KB)