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LISC Chicago and our partner organizations have been operating the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network for 15 years. FOCs help families become more financially secure in three critical areas: employment and/or increased wages; improved financial condition; and improved access to public benefits. The Theory of Change for the FOC Network is that jobs are not enough for a family to become financially stable, but through the integrated services of income supports, financial coaching and employment services, clients connect to the economic mainstream.
Based on our history of implementing this model and our commitment to sharing our learning to a broader community, in January 2019, LISC Chicago piloted a cohort of three organizations who were committed to learning more about implementing the FOC model in their own organization. During the course of 2019, cohort members learned more about the model and were able to hear directly from organizations that have implemented the model. Cohort members participated in sessions focused on the content in the Paper: Elements of a Successful Financial Opportunity Center. Each cohort member received specialized technical assistance from LISC on model implementation at their organization.
In 2020, LISC Chicago is launching the first cohort of the LISC FOC Model Implementation Academy.
CLICK HERE to access the application to apply to join our next cohort. The application is due by 5pm CST on Friday, November 8.