Economic Self-Sufficiency

Services offered through the economic self-sufficiency program are designed to help newcomers acquire new job skills, increase their familiarity with American financial systems, establish their own businesses, and move into permanent housing. Newcomers are looking for good paying jobs and often need information and better skills to get them. We work with the Workforce Development Center and other skill development organizations on non-traditional programs and settings that will assist the new workforce to develop their potential through tutoring, mentoring and training.

Financial literacy classes are designed to teach basic economic concepts to strengthen people’s skills in managing their personal finances and making sound decisions with money. RentWise is a tenant education certificate program. The curriculum takes an active-learning approach and stresses tenant responsibility, and provides how-to information on unit maintenance and creating collaborative relationships with landlords and neighbors.

Home Stretch workshops give consumers an in-depth look at the entire homebuying process. The workshops will help you: Decide what type of mortgage is best for your needs; Determine your financial situation; Select the right home for your family; Understand the loan closing process; Find special programs just for first-time homebuyers.

Visit our classes page to see the class schedule.

How We Help

  • Financial Literacy Classes
  • RentWise Classes
  • Homebuyer Education Classes

ALL classes and materials offered FREE of charge. Registration is required. Visit our classes page to find out class dates and times.



Welcome Center Accreditation

The Welcome Center of Austin announces that it has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal. The Certification and Seal indicate that the Welcome Center meets all twenty-seven of the Council’s Accountability Standards. More



Core Values

  • Diversity: We celebrate diverse cultures, backgrounds and languages and the contributions all people make to our community.
  • Service: We believe that service begins with commitment to and compassion for all people with whom we come in contact.
  • Opportunity: We believe that, with access to the right resources, all people have the capacity to thrive socially, economically and physically.
  • Respect: We respect and honor all people with whom we come in contact with regardless of class, race, gender and sexual orientation.