HCO Made Easy @ Illinois State University Alumni Center (Normal)
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Frustrated with HCO? Can’t resolve error codes? Need help completing HUD-9902 reports? We can help. Join us for a hands-on training to learn how to use HCO more efficiently and effectively.

2017 Housing Matters! Conference @ DoubleTree by Hilton (Bloomington)
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

Since our beginning 30 years ago, Housing Action Illinois has brought housing practitioners and advocates together from across Illinois to foster collaborative relationships and strengthen communities. Each year, hundreds join us at our annual conference to learn best practices, get updates on the latest issues in housing from leaders in the field, and network. Together, we build expertise, experience, and the capacity to make our communities better. This year, in addition to our usual programming, we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary!

Our 2017 Housing Matters! conference, Building Blocks for a Better Future, will take place on October 26 & 27 in Bloomington, IL at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Learn more and register here

Joint NeighborWorks & Credit Builders Alliance Training @ Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (Springfield)
Nov 6 @ 8:30 am – Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm

Join us in Springfield to learn how to deliver effective financial education and credit building programs!

Housing counselors throughout Illinois have told us they would like to learn more about creating or refining a financial education program and how to help clients with credit building. In response, we’re bringing a combo training to Springfield.

On Monday through Wednesday, we’ll hear from NeighborWorks on creating an effective financial education program; on Thursday and Friday, we’ll hear from Credit Builders Alliance on creating an effective credit building program.

When: November 6 – 10, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, 3435 Liberty Drive, Springfield, IL 62704

Cost: We are excited to be able to offer this combo training for the heavily discounted registration rate of $200.00.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible! Registration will close on October 27.

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NW HO209: Delivering Effective Financial Education for Today’s Consumer Course

Today’s consumer is seeking financial security — searching for real-time information on how to maneuver the maze of financial products and services, establish or rebuild credit, reduce debt and save for the future. Helping clients reach their potential through a variety of services has never been more essential. This course addresses the fundamental components to successfully deliver a well-designed financial education program starting with group education and the core content areas for instruction: Banking, Credit, Debt, Assets, Taxes and Insurance. Participants will explore growing industry trends surrounding comprehensive “financial capability” programs, lifestyle changes, counseling, coaching and measuring outcomes. Educators and non-profit leadership will learn some of the most current practices in implementing an effective and sustainable program that best meet the needs of diverse audiences. Innovative strategies using a variety of delivery methods, including social media will be explored, along with available resources.

CBA: Credit as an Asset

Understand credit building as an essential and viable activity, foundational to the successful implementation of any financial asset building strategy for low-income and underserved individuals and families. In this training, we’ll explore tools and develop skills in order to design, implement, and measure credit building programs based on client needs and goals as well as organization missions and capacities. Engage with other training participants and learn from CBA’s growing Credit Building Community about best practices in credit education, access to responsible financial products, and measuring and communicating client credit outcomes.