Financial Opportunity Center

Financial Opportunity Center


COVID 19 hours of operation: (July 1st until further notice)

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

by Appointment only - 773-638-7070

The Financial Opportunity Center (or FOC, formerly Center for Working Families) serves as a hub for all resources provided by the North Lawndale Employment Network. It provides outreach, coaching, and bundles of services to help you reach your economic goals. To learn more about the programs we offer, please watch the short video below.

Our financial coaches provide free credit-building programs including soft pull credit reports, credit report and score analyses, assistance in removing errors from credit reports, and help in establishing a credit history. We also provide free financial education workshops, assistance in enrolling in public aid programs and household budgeting advice.

The FOC program integrates long-term financial coaching into NLEN’s existing services, showing you how to expand your financial education and access credit-building programming. Clients enrolled in two or more FOC services are:

  • 4 times more likely to improve their credit rating

  • 11 times more likely to improve net worth

  • 14 times more likely to improve net income


By adding income supports and financial coaching alongside employment services, the FOC connects residents to the economic mainstream and improves our communities.  

For more information about Financial Literacy and Education, or to set up an appointment with a Financial Coach, please contact 773-638-7070.


View upcoming FOC events at:

Office Hours 

Resource Room

Monday - Thursday:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday:  Closed to the Public


Hours of Operation for CEDA Applications:

Monday - Thursday:  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

All Program Teleconference Orientations 

Mondays & First Fridays at 10 am

Call 773-584-4588 Enter Code 4573.

CEDA Applications (until June 30):

The LIHEAP application period has been extended to June 30th.

Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 773-265-7940


Phone: 773-584-4591


Learn about some of the work being done at NLEN's Financial Opportunity Center.

To learn more about LISC and our work through this partnership, please watch the short video below.

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For more information, contact Tiffany Lyons at or 312-981-9285.