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Wealth Building Workshop Resources

Wealth Building Workshop Resources

Wealth Building Workshop Resources

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement is hosting Wealth Building Workshops at churches throughout the Los Angeles area, in partnership with CIT/OneWest Bank. The following resources are discussed in the workshops.

Learn More from CIT/OneWest Bank:

Personal Finance Empowered
CIT/OneWest Bank provides information on money basics, savings and investing, preventing elder fraud, planning and managing retirement, paying for college and buying a home. Use their Roadmap to Financial Strength to access personalized learning according to your needs.

Find CIT/OneWest Bank Branches: and

Online Accounts:

Personal Finance Resources

The following files will open in Excel.

Personal Budget

Family Monthly Budget

College Budget

Homeownership Resources

HomeReady First Time Home Buyer Program
Prepare for possibly the largest purchase of your life with this course from Fannie Mae and Framework. Find more information about the HomeReady Mortgages on Fannie Mae’s website.

FACE Homeownership Program
Faith and Community Empowerment provides up to $200,000 in down payment assistance.

County programs:

Neighborhood Housing Services of LA County

NeighborWorks Orange County

Neighborhood Housing Services of the Island Empire – Riverside

Neighborhood Partnerships Housing Services – San Bernardino 

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation – Ventura County

Renters Resources

Moneygeek provides resources for renters, including guides for first-time renters, renter’s rights and responsibility and renters insurance.

College Savings Resources is an independent resource for parents and financial professionals, providing them with information and tools to understand the benefits of 529 college savings plans and how they can prepare to meet the challenge of increasing college costs.

Retirement Resources is a health and wealth website dedicated to providing accurate information and research on a variety of retirement topics. Check out their guides on Medicare and Retirement After the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Small Business Resources

Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. Its website includes guides on how to plan, launch, manage and grow our business. The SBA provides technical support and training. The SBA also has ready-made presentations with instructor and partner guidelines. Faith and Community Leaders can find these files here.

The Opportunity Fund
The Opportunity Fund provides microloans for small business owners in California, expanding access to financial services to businesses too small or young to access traditional loans.

Resources from the City of Los Angeles

Business Stakeholders
The City of Los Angeles provides a variety of services for businesses, including loan programs, the Minority Business Development Agency, tax resources and information about city contracts. Visit this page to find links to these services.

L.A. Business Portal
The L.A. Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. Try the Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant. Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.

Private Citizens
The City of Los Angeles provides many resources for individual residents, from the Department of Water and Power to cultural and recreational activities. Visit this page to find links to these services, including 311, animals services, housing, transportation and parking, utilities and more.

On this page, you will find links job boards for the City of Los Angeles, the fire or police departments, the airport, the Department of Water and Power and more. You will also find information about job boards and job training programs, including resources for financial aid, computer classes, youth programs, internships and volunteer programs.

Housing and Homelessness
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority provides information for people in need of shelter as well as well as tools for providers, including information about applying for funding and securing contracts. 

Hotline: (213) 225-6581 (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Shelter Hotline: 1-(800) 548-6047 (Daily After 5 p.m.)
TDD: 1-(800) 660-4026 (for the deaf and hearing disabled)
L.A. County: Homeless families can dial 211 or visit 211 L.A. County.


Wealth Building Workshops

Find out how to take control of your finances and shape the future of your community at one of our Wealth Building Workshops (part of the Financial Fitness Program). You’ll get help with:

  • Buying a home
  • Getting rid of debt
  • Saving for the future
  • Paying for college
  • Repairing your credit
  • Starting or growing a business
  • Planning for retirement

All workshops are open to the public, held at churches throughout Los Angeles. Click here to find out about future workshop dates or to find out how you can host a workshop at your church.