Trainings & Events Calendar

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

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Generating Stable Revenue for Your Nonprofit – Virtual
February 2 | 10 am–12 pm

Are you searching for ways to stabilize your organization’s revenue without having to constantly write grants? Spend less time chasing money and more time focusing on serving your clients by learning how to diversify your revenue streams. In this two-hour webinar with Laura Royer of The Royer Consultancy, you will learn how to build multiple consistent revenue streams for your nonprofit.

Take this webinar individually or pair with Let’s Get Strategic: Your Nonprofit’s Revenue (February 9) to delve deeper into nonprofit revenue models.

$50  |  Register

Register for both February nonprofit revenue trainings for just $80 (a $20 discount) »

 

Let’s Get Strategic: Your Nonprofit’s Revenue – Virtual
February 9 | 10 am–12 pm

Do you need help creating a revenue strategy that works for your nonprofit? Do you want to establish a clear plan that will help you strengthen your revenue and secure new sources of funding? In this two-hour webinar with Laura Royer of The Royer Consultancy, we’ll go over a step-by-step process for sustaining your nonprofit budget, based on your revenue model of choice. You’ll also learn how to build a marketing and pitch strategy to secure a winning result.

Take this webinar individually or pair with Generating Stable Revenue for Your Nonprofit (February 2) to delve deeper into nonprofit revenue models.

$50  |  Register

Register for both February nonprofit revenue trainings for just $80 (a $20 discount) »

Breaking Down LIHTC: Leveraging the Tax Credit for Your CommunityVirtual
February 17  |  2–3 pm

Join Housing Action and Cat Vielma of Red Stone Equity Partners to learn about the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), which provides a tax incentive to encourage investors (primarily banks) to finance affordable housing—and is the largest source of new affordable housing in the United States. We’ll give an overview of the program, including recent updates, and discuss how LIHTC can be used by smaller and mid-sized nonprofits to support smaller scope projects in urban, suburban, and rural areas. We’ll also talk about what factors to consider in joint venture opportunities with a developer partner, what similar opportunities might be available to your organization, and what resources are available to support you along the way.

Free for members, $15 for non-members  |  Register

Member Coffee HourVirtual
February 18  |  10 am–11 am

Kick off your morning by joining Housing Action’s Executive Director Sharon Legenza and other colleagues working in housing and homelessness for a casual coffee hour. Do you miss chatting with coworkers in the office kitchen? Do you need a sounding board for a new idea? Whether you’re looking for support working through a challenge or just want to discuss the great new show you watched on TV last night, join us to talk things out. Drop in for a few minutes or the full hour.

Members: Contact Amina Farha to RSVP and get a link.

Master Follow-up with First-time Homebuyers: Creating Effective Email Marketing Campaigns  Virtual Three-Part Series 
March 2, 9, & 16 | 10 am–12 pm

A recent study by the National Realtor’s Association finds that 82% of renters want to become homeowners, but many don’t know where to start—and some struggle with next steps even after a first-time homebuyer class. One inexpensive and effective way for housing counseling agencies to help these clients is through email marketing campaigns. Join this three-part webinar series to learn how email marketing tools can help you serve first-time homebuyers outside of routine counseling services. In our first session, we’ll go over the basics of setting up an email campaign; in our second, we’ll discuss segmenting lists to meet the homebuyer where they are in the process; and in the third, we’ll go over example campaigns for clients in the pre-purchase, post-counseling, non-mortgage-ready, and post-purchase stages of buying a home.

Brought in partnership with Laura Royer of The Royer Consultancy.

Discounted to $100 (a $150 value)  |  Register

Plain Language 101Virtual
March 11  | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Using plain language can make information about housing and homelessness—and your nonprofit’s programs and services—easier to find, understand, and use. Join us to learn key concepts for communicating more clearly, especially when trying to reach people who are strapped for time, have low literacy skills, or are English language learners. We’ll examine examples from the housing and homelessness fields and review strategies related to audience needs, organization, layout, and wording that you can use to improve everyday or formal communications.

Brought in partnership with Melanie Sampson of the Clear Language Lab.

Sponsored by Ameren Illinois.

$20 for members, $30 for non-members  |  Register

Helping Homeowners Seeking Loan ModificationsVirtual
March 25  |  10 am–12 pm

The federal CARES Act, passed by Congress in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, provides for mortgage payment forbearance for homeowners affected directly or indirectly by COVID-19. Beginning in April 2020, homeowners whose homes were secured by federal mortgages (about two-thirds of the market) could ask for up to 12 months of forbearance. After that, mortgage servicers must consider homeowners for various types of modification based on the loan type. So, by April 2021, there are likely to be millions of homeowners seeking loan modifications. This webinar will examine the different types of loan modifications that are available, how they work, and tips on applying.

Free  |  Register

Designing Better FormsVirtual
April 8  | 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

In this workshop, we will review the principles of plain language and apply them to a specific type of document: forms. Forms are often the first entry point into a program, but they are often overly complicated and hard to understand while often asking for very personal information. We’ll review strategies for making forms easier to understand, more inclusive, and trauma-informed. We’ll also review basic design principles and basic tools for different types of forms. Come with a form you would like to discuss and be ready for small group conversations. Taking the Plain Language 101 workshop on March 11 before this workshop is recommended but not required.

Brought in partnership with Melanie Sampson of the Clear Language Lab.

Sponsored by Ameren Illinois.

$20 for members, $30 for non-members  |  Register

Member Coffee HourVirtual
April 15  |  10 am–11 am

Kick off your morning by joining Housing Action’s Executive Director Sharon Legenza and other colleagues working in housing and homelessness for a casual coffee hour. Do you miss chatting with coworkers in the office kitchen? Do you need a sounding board for a new idea? Whether you’re looking for support working through a challenge or just want to discuss the great new show you watched on TV last night, join us to talk things out. Drop in for a few minutes or the full hour.

Members: registration info will be shared via email. Contact Amina Farha with questions.

Online Study Group for the HUD ExamVirtual
April 27–29  |  11 am–12:30 pm & 2:00–3:00 pm (two sessions each 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 take 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.

$150  | Registration coming soon

Supporting Clients with Diverse Digital Literacy NeedsVirtual
May 6  | 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to support clients with who may have varying digital literacy needs. We will examine common obstacles and potential solutions when delivering services remotely, review ways to incorporate plain language strategies while writing or speaking aboutinto your written and spoken delivery of information around technology, and identify tools that can support you in your work.Brought in partnership with Melanie Sampson of the Clear Language Lab at Literacy Works. Taking the Plain Language 101 workshop on March 11 before this workshop is recommended but not required.

Brought in partnership with Melanie Sampson of the Clear Language Lab.

Sponsored by Ameren Illinois.

$20 for members, $30 for non-members  |  Registration coming soon

2021

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

  • Daily from January 19 – 21

Banks, Communities, & the CRA: Speak Up for a Better Tomorrow (January 19, Virtual)

Hot Cocoa Social (January 13, Virtual)

Banks, Communities, & the CRA: How Did We Get Here? (January 12, Virtual)

 

2020

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

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