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Family Income and Wealth

27 workforce training graduates celebrate with FOC partners and Dennis White, President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation, which seed-funded the first FOC in NYC

We know that healthy 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. That’s why we support programs that help people to tackle all the facets of financial life—earning a steady pay check, budgeting, building good credit and saving for education and retirement.

LISC NYC’s Financial Opportunity Center with Fifth Avenue Committee, the first FOC in the city, is a career and personal finance service center that helps low and moderate income people build smart money habits and focus on their financial bottom line.

It is part of a national network of 80 FOCs across the country developed by LISC and operating in low-income communities across the country. These centers are embedded in local community organizations that are trusted, known for their history of providing quality services, and convenient to where people live and seek out services. Using an evidenced-based model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, they provide integrated employment counseling, one-on-one financial coaching and assistance enrolling in income supports. Learn more about research on FOC work nationwide.  

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