Trainings Calendar

Are you a housing counselor or other kind of 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.


Upcoming Trainings

Rights & Resources to Prevent & Overcome Eviction

Learn about laws and strategies for resolving disputes with your landlord, finding a landlord to rent to you if you’ve been evicted in the past, new Cook County protections for renters with criminal records, how to work with a HUD-approved housing counseling agency to improve your credit & financial stability, and opportunities to support advocacy to expand sealing of eviction records.

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

Gain a working understanding of the Department of Homeland Security’s Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. The rule was published August 14, 2019 and was scheduled to go into effect October 15, 2019, but federal court orders temporarily blocked its implementation. Topics covered will include who is subject to the “public charge test” and what it entails, the Rule’s expected indirect and direct impact in Illinois, and messages and resources for organizations serving immigrant communities.

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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. Housing Action is helping prepare counselors for the exam. See our upcoming trainings related to the exam below, read our FAQ on the exam, and view other resources or take our quiz to see if you need to get certified.

Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (Webinar Series)

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.

Past Trainings: 2019

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