Upcoming Events

In addition to our annual Housing Matters! conference, Housing Action regularly hosts webinars, workshops, and training for housing counseling agencies and housing developers. Our member organizations also coordinate a wide variety of events related to affordable housing. Have an event you think we should add to the calendar? Send us the details.

Opening Reception for Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction @ Archeworks (Chicago)
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The National Public Housing Museum and Archeworks partner to explore housing as a human right. With architechtural and design interventions, artifacts recovered from the Jane Addams Homes, and oral histories of housing residents as source material, the joint curatorial team presents a dynamic exhibition that challenges mainstream narratives about public housing. Learn more here.

Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy @ Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago)
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This book event, part of UChicago’s Urban Readers Series, will focus on Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy (Lee Anne Fennell & Benjamin J. Keys, eds., 2017), recently published by Cambridge University Press and available via open access on CUP’s site.

Three contributing authors, Lior Strahilevitz (UChicago Law), Stephanie Stern (Chicago-Kent College of Law), and Amir Sufi(Chicago Booth), will discuss their chapters and join in a discussion moderated by Lee Fennell (UChicago Law) about the future of housing law and policy.

This book grew out of the Kreisman Initiative’s June 2016 interdisciplinary housing conference.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available.

Please visit the Seminary Co-op’s webpage for more information about the event.

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.

Citywide Housing Fair (Chicago) @ Malcolm X College Conference Center
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This FREE citywide housing fair is for you if you’re planning to buy a home, are a current homeowner, or are behind on your mortgage.

Planning to buy a home?
– Learn about down-payment assistance programs
– Receive your credit report on-the-spot
– Receive one-on-one pre-purchase counseling
– Speak with lending institution representatives, plus insurance and
real estate agents

Having trouble paying your mortgage?
– Meet with housing counselors about mortgage modifications
– See if you qualify for mortgage payment assistance programs

Come meet with housing counselors who can help you with homebuying, downpayment assistance, difficulties in making mortgage payments, or credit problems. Chicago’s leading housing counseling groups are here to help you.

Questions? Call the Northwest Side Housing Center (773) 283-3888

RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChicagoHousingFair

This event is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank does not endorse or recommend any participant attending this event or its products.

First Time Home Buyers Workshop: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW! (Maywood) @ Maywood Multi-purpose Building
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join the West Cook Home Ownership Center, in partnership with the Village of Maywood Mayor & Trustees and the Monroe Foundation, in a series of workshops dedicated to providing resources for first time home buyers! They’ll cover everything from understanding and protecting your credit, to navigating the pre-purchase process and retaining ownership. Learn how to save on energy costs, approach banks, apply for down payment assistance, and even participate in a turkey give away!

RSVP to Otis Monroe with your name, address, and phone number to: omonroe@themonroefoundation.org.

More information here »

IL Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing (Chicago) @ Hyatt Regency Hotel, West Tower - Gold Level
Feb 21 @ 8:00 am – Feb 22 @ 4:00 pm

Save the date for the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Affordable Housing on Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Enjoy one-and-a-half days of speakers, discussion, and networking on the latest trends in affordable housing. More information to come!