Trainings Calendar

Are you a nonprofit housing professional? Our workshops help you expand your knowledge and stay up to date on issues. Find other kinds of events on our general calendar.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the status of in-person trainings may change.
We may convert some to online opportunities or end up having to cancel. Please check back regularly for updates.

Upcoming Trainings

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

Join Housing Action Illinois, Legal Aid Chicago, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing for a conversation on issues that matter most to low-income renters and homeowners in Illinois as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We’ll discuss what relief is being offered for homeowners and tenants by the courts, government agencies, and creditors, with a focus on developments during April and which deadlines have passed or been extended.

This conversation is a follow-up to our March 27 webinar on rentals, foreclosures, and bankruptcy court during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Rather than presenting the information from that webinar again, we will focus on what has changed since then and leave more time for questions. View the previous webinar and download the presentation slides and handouts here.

Free | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm | Register

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (April 6 – 10, Webinar Series)

Housing counselors must take and pass a HUD-administered certification exam by August 1, 2020 in order to continue working with clients at HUD-approved agencies. Read our FAQ on the exam, and view other resources or take our quiz to see if you need to get certified.

Our online study group helps you gear up for the test in a supportive, peer-learning environment. Dedicate a full week to joining daily sessions that will help you prepare to ace the HUD exam’s different modules. Housing Action’s Wanda Collins will go over key content covered by the test, quiz you on what you’ve learned, and answer your most pressing questions about the exam.

The study group consists of five modules. Register for each separately. 

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

This training will provide background on why advocates lobbied for the Just Housing Amendment and its impact on Cook County, an overview of the provisions in the amendment, and best practices for housing providers and case managers.

Free | 1:30 pm – 3 pm | Register

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

Do you have questions regarding bankruptcy? Join Housing Action Illinois and Legal Aid Chicago for a webinar to learn 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.

Free | 2 pm – 3 pm | Register

Financial Management for Nonprofits (June 18 – 19, Chicago)

To ensure sustainability in today’s challenging environment, nonprofit managers must be able to understand and effectively communicate their organization’s “financial story,” as well as establish sound financial management practices. A key capacity for an effective nonprofit organization is its ability to manage its finances and use financial information strategically. Join Housing Action Illinois and FMA to learn about key issues regarding nonprofit financial health to build the skills for strategic financial management.

$100 (Limited scholarships available) | 9 am – 3 pm | Registration available soon through NACA

HELOCS and Mortgages: What Housing Counselors Need to Know (June 30, Webinar)

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) can be a convenient, flexible and low-cost way to borrow money, but in situations of financial trouble could lead to foreclosure. Join Housing Action Illinois and Legal Aid Chicago for a webinar to learn the basics of a HELOC, foreclosure and loss mitigation and how you can help your clients

Free | 2 pm – 3 pm | Register

HECM/HECM Default Training (July 28 – 29, Chicago)

Join Housing Action Illinois and DRN to learn more about HECM Default training. Reverse mortgages are increasing in popularity with seniors who have equity in their homes and want to supplement their income. This class will be cover topics including:

  • Basic eligibility requirements
  • Loan calculations
  • HECM default
  • Counseling requirements

$100 (Limited scholarships available) | 9 am – 4 pm | Registration available soon through NACA

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

Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) can be a convenient, flexible and low-cost way to borrow money, but could lead to foreclosure in situations of financial trouble. Join Housing Action Illinois and Legal Aid Chicago for a webinar to learn the basics of a HELOC, foreclosure and loss mitigation and how you can help your clients.

Free | 2 pm – 3 pm | Register

Designing a Disaster Preparedness Program: What Non-Profits Should Know  (July 30 – 31, Chicago)

Disaster survivors need accurate information and lots of resources to cope with and fully recover from these emergencies. This class provides the necessary steps to follow as people go through recovery after a disaster. Join Housing Action Illinois and DRN to learn more about how to respond, how to work with clients/residents/consumers, and how to follow up on things such as foreclosure avoidance, safety, insurance claims, shelter, and working with resource agencies such as FEMA, the SBA, the GSEs, HUD, and others during and after disasters.

$100 (Limited scholarships available) | 9 am – 3 pm | Registration available soon through NACA

Joint Training: The Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling + Counseling Clients with Student Loans (August 3 – 7, Chicago)

In this week-long joint training, we will pair two trainings that Housing Action Illinois developed for housing counselors in response to hearing the need for more guidance and resources. During the first three days, we will focus on the essentials of rental housing counseling to develop the skills you need to create your own rental counseling program or deepen your knowledge to streamline your current program. We will cover every step of the rental process, from finding an apartment and building good landlord-tenant relations to addressing issues and ending a lease. We will share extensive collection of resources and more than a dozen templates for housing counselors to use as they aid clients.

During our final two days, we will discuss how to help clients weighed down by student loan debt or families trying to decide whether to take out loans for a child’s college education. Since housing counselors see families before they take out loans, as well as clients currently paying off major debt, they are ideally positioned to provide valuable guidance to students and parents. We will discuss options for paying for higher education, such as loans and grants available; repayment options; expenses beyond tuition; and budgeting while paying off loans. We will also explore the ways that student loans affect homeownership options.

Note: This is a joint training; all registrants must sign up for both.

$200 (Limited scholarships available) | 9 am – 3 pm | Registration available soon through NACA

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

Join Housing Action Illinois and the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) for a webinar on what housing counselors need to know about fair housing. Check back soon for more information and registration.

Free | 2 pm – 3 pm | Register

2020 Housing Matters! Conference (October 22 – 23, Bloomington)

Each year, we bring together more than 200 housing professionals who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois. Together, we build expertise, experience, and the capacity to make our communities better. During the conference, we offer workshops in four different tracks:

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Housing Counseling
  • Affordable Housing Development

We also bring participants together for opening and closing sessions, our annual membership meeting, and an evening networking reception.

Registration will open in summer.

Learn more

Past Trainings: 2019


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