Upcoming Events

Below, you’ll find a wide range of public discussions, events, fundraisers, trainings, and other activities of interest to people working in homelessness and housing in Illinois. Our main event each year is the annual Housing Matters! conference. We also have an annual trainings calendar where you can find the workshops and webinars that Housing Action Illinois is hosting in the coming year. 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? Let us know.

Feb
21
Wed
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!

The Art of Activism (Chicago) @ National Museum of Mexican Art
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Common Cause IL, The National Museum of Mexican American Art, and the Alphawood Foundation for an evening discussing the intersection of art and activism. With less than one month until the Illinois primary election, we will dive into the importance of voting, and attendees will learn how to get more involved in ensuring everyone can exercise their right to vote. Whether you make art or simply enjoy it, your voice is important.

Reception with food and beverages will take place immediately following the program. Please consider public transportation, or allow additional time for street parking. Please register before attending.

Feb
27
Tue
Credit as an Asset (Chicago)
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm

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 Credit Builders Alliance‘s growing Credit Building Community about best practices in credit education, access to responsible financial products, and measuring and communicating client credit outcomes.

February 27-28, 2018  | (2-Day Class)  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

RSVP

Feb
28
Wed
Empathy-Driven Enforcement for Working with People Experiencing Homelessness (Naperville) @ Community Christian Church (the "Big Yellow Box")
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Empathy-driven enforcement is an approach to getting people to follow rules without using threats or punishment. During this training, Ryan Dowd, Executive Director of Hesed House and author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, will talk about how to use this system for working with people experiencing homelessness. Dowd has trained thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations in working more effectively with homeless individuals and has conducted this training in nearly a dozen states. Learn more and RSVP for one of his (free) trainings here.

Mar
5
Mon
Deadline for VISTA Summer Associate Host Site Applications
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

March 5th is the last day to submit an application to host a VISTA Summer Associate for the upcoming summer! Request an application today. 

Summer Associates help Illinois communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing, implementing summer education engagement programs for youth, and providing food security. This program is an expansion of Housing Action’s full-year AmeriCorps VISTA network; instead of serving for a full twelve months, VISTA Summer Associates work full-time with an organization for 8-10 weeks on specific projects. Unlike our full-year VISTA positions, Summer Associates are able to participate in direct service, which allows them to perform tasks such as case management, client intake, and tutoring, in addition to the traditional capacity building of AmeriCorps VISTA positions.

Check out our FAQ for interested organizations, read testimonials from VISTA supervisors at our host sites, and email our VISTA Leaders (vista@housingactionil.org) to learn more.

What is the selection criteria for VISTA Summer Associate host sites

  • Quality of the VISTA project, including the following:
  • Capacity of the organization to be a host site
  • All current Housing Action Illinois member organizations are invited to apply. We give preference to current Housing Action Illinois VISTA host sites who are up to date with their membership dues and have been strong, responsive VISTA partners in the past

VISTA members cannot engage in political activities and cannot serve as substitutes or replacements for staff members. See application for more details.

What costs do Project Host Sites need to cover?

  • Travel reimbursement to VISTA for any project-related travel
  • Reimbursement of Chicago Transit Authority/Metra pass if Project Host Site is located in Chicago Metro region and collar counties
  • In-Kind office requirements: office space, desk, computer, phone line, email, etc.
  • There are other in‐kind donations such as housing or housing assistance, opportunities for professional development, etc. These items are not required, but are encouraged as they drastically increase the number and quality of VISTA applicants.
  • Project Participation Fee to Housing Action Illinois; $750 per VISTA Summer Associate during the summer of 2018. The Project Participation Fee helps offset administrative expenses for the project.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 9th, 2018.

Executed Agreements will be due to April 3rd, 2018.

We have made significant changes to the VISTA host site application. For more information or to request an application, please contact our VISTA Team at vista@housingactionil.org or at 312-939-6074.

Mar
9
Fri
Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers in Illinois (Chicago) @ LAF Office (9th Floor)
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As of January 1, 2018, would-be homeowners are protected from predatory rent-to-own contracts by a new state law that creates some of the strongest consumer safeguards in the nation when it comes to these situations. Housing Action Illinois drafted and advocated for this legislation after a resurgence in predatory contracts from largely unregulated companies that falsely promise homeownership to people with low incomes. Too often, these contracts result in people agreeing to buy houses in extremely poor condition at highly inflated purchase prices and high loan interest rates. For predatory sellers, their business model is based on the buyer defaulting on the contract, so the home can be resold in the same predatory manner. The provisions of the law include many mandatory disclosures and prohibitions on certain contract terms. Join us at this workshop to learn more about the new protections.

RSVP today!

Mar
12
Mon
Housing Action Illinois 2018 Annual Benefit (Chicago) @ THE Basement at Lagunitas Brewing
Mar 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at our 2018 Annual Benefit for a night of food, drinks, music, and fun! Come mix and mingle with other housing champions who believe a stronger Illinois begins at home.

Who: Housing champions of all kinds who are 21+
When: Monday, March 12, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: THE Basement at Lagunitas Brewing, 2607 W. 17th Street, Chicago IL 60608

Free private parking available; close to the California Pink Line stop and the #49 bus stop at Western & 16th
$20 ticket includes entrance, pizza, and salad
Tickets will be available at the door for $25

Mar
13
Tue
Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling (Chicago) @ Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, HUD Offices
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – Mar 15 @ 4:00 pm

Americans are more likely to rent a home today than at any other time during the previous 50 years. Given this landscape, it is essential for housing counselors to empower clients with information and resources during every step of the rental process. That’s why Housing Action Illinois has developed a comprehensive, step-by-step training to introduce housing counselors to rental counseling or deepen the knowledge of counselors already guiding clients through the rental process.Our curriculum includes an extensive collection of resources and more than a dozen templates for housing counselors to use as they aid their clients. While many examples are taken from the Midwest, the information is applicable throughout the nation. When housing counselors support tenants and landlords by facilitating better communication, understanding, and respect, we help our communities thrive.

Register today!

Mar
19
Mon
Empathy-Driven Enforcement for Working with People Experiencing Homelessness (Naperville) @ Community Christian Church (the "Big Yellow Box")
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Empathy-driven enforcement is an approach to getting people to follow rules without using threats or punishment. During this training, Ryan Dowd, Executive Director of Hesed House and author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, will talk about how to use this system for working with people experiencing homelessness. Dowd has trained thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations in working more effectively with homeless individuals and has conducted this training in nearly a dozen states. Learn more and RSVP for one of his (free) trainings here.

Mar
26
Mon
NeighborWorks HO250 – Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices and Techniques, Part 1 (Chicago) @ Wells Fargo, 14th Floor
Mar 26 @ 8:30 am – Mar 30 @ 4:30 pm

This course is for housing counselors with a minimum of one year of counseling experience providing one-on-one pre-purchase counseling to clients. Through hands-on applications, this intermediate level course teaches counselors the skills, procedures and content needed to create new homeowners. They learn how to provide one-on-one counseling sessions to address savings, credit and debt barriers to homeownership, and use the latest industry tools, including client management systems (HCO, CounselorMax), techniques and resources. They practice mortgage readiness assessment, prequalification, standardized income calculations, credit report review, action plan development, and other key counseling activities. HUD-requirements for file management, code of conduct, and operations guidelines along with implementation of the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling are taught. Full certification in homeownership counseling training is offered by completing this course, passing the exam and completing the Foreclosure Basics course (HO109 Foreclosure Basics or HO109el).

Register today!