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Financial Opportunity Center

Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) are an important part of LISC’s approach to building strong, vibrant communities. Thriving neighborhoods are made up of residents who feel confident that their incomes will grow, their job prospects will improve, and their lives will become stable. LISC is committed to helping families increase their income, decrease expenses, reduce unnecessary debt, make investments and save money. FOCs provide career and financial coaching that helps residents improve the financial bottom line for themselves and their families. The strength of the FOC model lies in the fact that the anchor component of this method is employment along with long-term engagement with each client.

Currently, LISC Jacksonville supports Steps to Success, Jacksonville and the State of Florida's first Financial Opportunity Center located Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood. Creating financial stability starts with a sustainable-wage job, which leads to a more stable family financial position, which in turns leads to growing both income and assets for the family (home ownership).

In collaboration with its operating partners, LISC Jacksonville provides residents access to the following services in the place where they live:

  • Job placement, career improvement and employment services
  • Financial education and coaching
  • Public benefits

Operating Partners:

  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Family Foundations
  • New Town Success Zone
  • Edward Waters College
  • United Way of Northeast Florida
  • HabiJax

Funding Partners:

  • Weaver Family Foundation Fund
  • Bank of America
  • Florida Blue
  • Scheidel Foundation
  • Fanny Landwirth Foundation
  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • TIAA Bank
  • HaibJax
  • United Way of Northeast Florida
  • Edward Waters College