Education and Asset Building

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El Centro seeks to promote self-sufficiency and empowerment through bilingual education and skill building initiatives.

Employment Assistance

Provides employment and life skills training to improve job readiness, job placement, employability, and increase wages by helping remove barriers through education, workshops, individual counseling and referrals. The program connects participants with appropriate employers. This program assists low-income, unemployed and Latino people in securing and maintaining a livable wage by teaching employment skills and conduct, vocabulary/language, safety regulations and other information to better current employment and end the cycle of homelessness.

Tax Preparation Site

Provides free, bilingual tax filing assistance to the community from January – April as a United Way Tax Preparation Site.

Home Retention

As a HUD approved housing counseling agency, ECDLR’s Home Retention Program provides assistance with reviewing and choosing the best option for homeowners who are in need to refinancing, at risk of mortgage delinquency, or facing foreclosure.  We provide personal counseling to review possible solutions. We guide and advocate in the foreclosure or refinancing process as well as help navigate ways to mitigate negative impacts to finances and credit. Call us at (206) 957-4610 or email us at to schedule an appointment.

Financial Empowerment

We provide our participants the information and skills needed to improve credit, reduce debt, and increase savings. In addition to personalized, one-on-one financial and credit counseling, we also offer Lending Circles, a secure, interest-free loan to build and establish credit. Call us at (206) 957-4610 or email us at to schedule an appointment, attend a workshop, or enroll in a Lending Circle.

Home Purchase

As a HUD approved housing counseling agency, ECDLR’s Home Purchase Program is designed for potential homebuyers. We evaluate your current financial and credit capacity to determine your mortgage readiness. Workshops are also available to inform participants of the home buying process (finding lenders and real estate agents, budgeting, and different loan products). Call us at (206) 957-4610 or email us at to schedule an appointment or attend a workshop.

Life Skills & Job Readiness Education

Provides employment assistance and soft skills employment training to homeless and low-income families so that they know their rights, increase their wages, and maintain employment to help end the cycle of homelessness.

ESL Classes

Addresses the language barriers to obtaining employment, citizenship and in everyday life through English classes for beginner and intermediate students to improve proficiency. Services include assessment and evaluation of participant skills, bilingual instruction, referrals for legal assistance, and other services as need.

Bilingual Legal Clinics

Provides free, monthly bilingual orientation and consultation on various legal matters through partnership with the Law Offices of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender and the Washington State Latino/a Bar Association.

Young Adults in Tech

Provides a 6-week Salesforce Administrator training along basic coding instruction and a 60-hour internship for young adults with barriers to entry in the employment system. Salesforce Administrator certification can lead to living wage jobs in the technology sector. YAT also provides job readiness training, employment assistance, money management, and financial literacy skills. Participants who complete the 6-week program plus a 60-hour internship will receive $1,000. This program is works with young adults who are out of school, low-income, between the ages of 16 and 24 and familiar with and/or interested in learning more about Salesforce, Coding, and Jobs in the Tech Industry.