2018 Conference Program

Join us for a dynamic two-day conference with hundreds of individuals and organizations that care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois. Leading the Way will feature several plenary speakers, interactive breakout sessions, and workshops in four tracks: Public Policy Advocacy, Ending Homelessness, Housing Counseling, and Affordable Housing Development. View workshop topics by expanding the sections below; session topics and titles subject to change.

The day before the conference, Wednesday, October 25, we will be hosting a summit for our HUD Housing Counseling Intermediary Affiliates. Stay tuned for more information.

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Plenary Sessions
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Public Policy Advocacy
This year’s topics will include:

  • Addressing the Cost of Segregation through Racial Equity
  • Let’s Get Local: Community-Focused Affordable Housing Advocacy Strategies
  • Preventing Lead Poisoning
  • Eviction in Illinois
Ending Homelessness
This year’s topics will include:

  • ACEs and Homelessness: Tools to Build a Trauma-Informed Housing Program
  • Ending Homelessness Through Relationships
  • Engaging Your Entire Agency to Effect Measurable Change for the Homeless
  • Making Case Management Work: Empowering People for Change
Housing Counseling
This year’s topics will include:

  • Study Group: Preparing for the HUD Certification Exam’s Housing Affordability Section
  • Study Group: Preparing for the HUD Certification Exam’s Fair Housing Section
  • The Daily Grind: A Roundtable Conversation to Troubleshoot Challenges and Discuss Self-Care
  • Housing Counseling for Clients Living with Disabilities
Affordable Housing Development

This year’s topics will include:

  • Housing Strategies and Solutions for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Changes to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program
  • Single Room Occupancy Hotels: From Advocacy and Organizing to Development and Preservation
  • Check back soon for more!
Breakout Sessions
This year, in addition to our regular workshop tracks, we will have targeted breakout sessions.

  • Meet and Greet for New Faces
  • Success Spotlights: Grantees of the Foreclosure Prevention Program – Graduated
  • Community Revitalization Challenge Roundtables
  • The A to Z of Hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA

2018 Conference Sponsors

We invite you to join us in Leading the Way by sponsoring our 2018 Housing Matters! Conference. Please view our 2018 Sponsorship Packet for more details and contact Kristin Ginger with questions.