Trainings & Events Calendar

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all trainings & events are virtual. 

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Bankruptcy: What Housing Counselors Need to Know – Virtual
July 8  | 10:00 am–11:00 am CT
Do you have questions regarding bankruptcy, especially now that the COVID-19 public health crisis has pushed many homeowners to the brink? Join Housing Action Illinois and Legal Aid Chicago for a webinar on bankruptcy law for housing counselors and advocates. During this webinar, we will discuss how bankruptcies can be used to save homes from foreclosure, property tax sale, and other debt-related issues. We will also cover the basics of consumer bankruptcy, discuss reasons for homeowners to consider filing bankruptcy, and the advantages and disadvantages of filing bankruptcy for a homeowner. Finally, we will share updates on what financial support is being offered for homeowners in Illinois through pandemic relief initiatives.
Free  |  Registration coming soon

Lender Lunch & Learn for Housing CounselorsVirtual
June 16 | 12:00-1:00 pm CT

Join Housing Action Illinois for our first virtual Lender Lunch & Learn for housing counselors. You’ll hear from Providence Bank & Trust about their full menu of banking and lending services, learn about their commitment to stewardship within the community, and have the chance to ask questions. Providence Bank and Trust serves Cook, Will and DuPage counties in Illinois, and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

Free | Register

What You Should Know About Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs)Virtual
June 22 & 23  | 10:30 am–12:30 pm CT (one session per day)

A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) is a type of reverse mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Home equity conversion mortgages allow seniors to convert the equity in their home to cash. These reverse mortgages are increasing in popularity with senior homeowners who want to supplement their income. Join us to learn more about:

  • Basic eligibility requirements
  • Loan calculations
  • HECM default
  • Housing counseling requirements

Brought in partnership with DRN.

$80 |  Register

Making Connections: How Housing Professionals Can Support People Facing HomelessnessVirtual
June 24 | 3:00-4:00 pm CT

Even if you work in the housing field, it can be hard to know how to help people facing homelessness. Join Housing Action Illinois for a member event to learn about what resources are available through the homeless services system in our state and how to help people access them. Our conversation will be geared toward people who are familiar with the issue of homelessness but don’t work in a homeless service program themselves.

Our panel of homeless service experts will provide an overview of available resources for homelessness prevention and assistance, share information to help you make referrals, and answer your questions. We’ll share resources to help you the next time you’re wondering what you can do to support someone facing homelessness.

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Free to members | Register

Online Study Group for the HUD Exam: Version 3.0Virtual
July 20 – 22  | 11:00 am–12:30 pm & 2:00 pm–3:30 pm CST (two sessions per day)

Your preparation for the HUD certification exam starts here! Housing Action Illinois is back with another online study group series, and we’ve redesigned the training to be more interactive and adapt to the needs of each group of counselors joining the series. Join us to gear up for the test in a supportive, peer-learning environment. We will do a deep dive into the key points of each module, share critical test information, quiz you on what you’ve learned, and answer your most pressing questions about the exam.

Remember: The deadline for certification is August 1, 2021!

Registration: $150  |  Register

Housing Matters: 2021 Annual ConferenceVirtual
October 4–8

After last year’s success, Housing Action Illinois will be holding our conference virtually again—and we’re rejoining partners to bring Housing Matters as part of Resilient Communities: The National Forum in 2021. We are collaborating with the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations and peer associations from around the country to host plenary sessions with top national speakers and collaborative sessions, while still bringing Illinois-specific workshops on local topics with our state’s experts and decision makers. The forum will kick off with two days of collaborative national content on October 4–5, followed by two days of Illinois-focused programming on October 6–7.

Learn more »

Past Trainings & Events

2020 Trainings & Events

2020 Trainings & Events

Member Coffee Hour (December 17, Virtual)

Evictions & Foreclosure During COVID-19: What Housing Counselors Should Know (December 8 & 10, Virtual)

2020 Housing Matters! Conference (October 13 – 15, Virtual)

HUD Certification Update with Jerrold Mayer (August 31, Webinar)

Fair Housing Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Tools for Housing Counselors (August 20, Webinar)

Vote Yes! for the Fair Tax: Info & Action Session (August 19, Webinar)

Counseling Clients with Student Loans (August 6 – 7, Webinar Series)

HELOCs and Other Liens: What Housing Counselors Need to Know (July 30, Webinar)

Designing a Disaster Preparedness Program: What Nonprofits Should Know (July 27, 28 & 31, Webinar Series)

HECM/HECM Default Training (July 23 – 24, Webinar Series)

Learning Curve: How Housing Counselors Are Going Virtual (July 9, Webinar)

Financial Management for Nonprofits (June 16 – 19, Webinar Series)

Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling

  • May 27 – 2, Webinar Series
  • August 3 – 5, Webinar Series

Bankruptcy: What Housing Counselors Need to Know (May 21, Webinar)

Virtual Pre-Purchase Education: An Introduction to Framework (May 7, Webinar)

A Primer on Virtual Housing Counseling

  • May 5 – 6, Webinar
  • May 13 – 14, Webinar

Just Housing Amendment: Best Practices for Housing Providers & Case Managers (April 22, Webinar)

COVID-19 Updates: Rentals, Foreclosures, and Bankruptcy Court (April 16, Webinar)

Rentals, Foreclosures, and Bankruptcy Court in the Time of COVID-19 (March 27, Webinar)

Dealing with Property of Elderly and Deceased Mortgagors (March 26, Webinar)

Community Revitalization Challenge 2.0 Kick-Off (January 23, Webinar)

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

  • Daily from February 10 – 14
  • Daily from June 8 – 12
  • Daily from July 13 – 17

Latest Updates on Foreclosure in Illinois (February 27, Webinar)

Keeping the ‘Community’ in the Community Reinvestment Act

  • March 19, Webinar
  • April 1, Webinar

2019 Trainings & Events

2019 Trainings & Events

The Public Charge Rule: What Organizations Serving Immigrant Communities Need to Know (December 10, Webinar)

Rights & Resources to Prevent & Overcome Eviction

  • December 3, Chicago
  • December 5, Chicago Heights

2020-2021 VISTA Host Site Application Webinar (November 20, Webinar)

#ILGive Series: Strategic Storytelling (October 16, Springfield)

Annual Housing Matters! Conference (October 24 & 25, Bloomington)

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

  • Daily from January 22 – 28
  • April 22, 25 – 26, 29 – 30; May 1
  • December 3 – 5 & 10 – 12

Tips and Tools for Taking the HUD Certification Exam (August 6, Webinar)

Reverse Mortgage and Loss Mitigation (August 8, Chicago)

Saving Homes Through Bankruptcy (January 29, Webinar)

Counseling Clients with Student Loan Debt (March 6, Webinar)

Storytelling for Change

  • March 14, Mount Vernon
  • May 9, Peoria
  • July 18, Rockford
  • August 8, Hillside
  • August 22, Chicago

Developing Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers (April 16, Webinar)

Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling

  • May 21 – 23, Chicago
  • July 16 – 18, Springfield

Dealing with Property of Elderly and Deceased Mortgagors (June 11, Webinar)

Marketing Strategies for Small Nonprofits

  • July 16, East St. Louis
  • July 18, Springfield