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: 2019

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

We will be walking through the VISTA Host Site Application. Organizations interested in applying to host at least one AmeriCorps VISTA position at their organization during the program year 2020–2021 are encouraged to join the webinar. We walk through the application, describe what makes a strong application, and what we especially do not want to see in applications. We will also be answering organizations’ questions.

Learn more and register

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.

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.

  • December 3 – 5 & 10 – 12: At capacity (registration closed).
  • Additional 2020 dates: TBA

Past Trainings: 2019

#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

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

Past Trainings: 2018

  • Grant Writing for Housing Nonprofits (February 15, Chicago; March 28, Springfield)
  • Credit as an Asset (February 27 – 28, Chicago)
  • Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers in Illinois (March 9, Chicago; April 26, Webinar)
  • Fundamentals of Rental Housing Counseling (March 13 – 15, Chicago)
  • NeighborWorks HO250 – Homeownership Counseling Certification: Principles, Practices and Techniques, Part 1 (March 26 – 30, Chicago)
  • Housing Counselor Online Made Easy (April 4 – 5, Chicago)
  • Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification (April 18 – May 30, Online; September 26 – October 26, Online & in Bloomington)
  • NeighborWorks HO345 – Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification, Part 1 (May 21 – 25, Chicago)
  • NeighborWorks HO360 – Homeownership Counseling Certification for Program Managers and Executive Directors (July 16 – 20, Chicago)
  • Program Manager Training (August 13 – 17, Chicago), brought in partnership with RCAC
  • Illinois Anti-Predatory Lending Database (October 2, Webinar), brought in partnership with IDFPR
  • Foreclosure Law Guidelines (November 8, Webinar), brought in partnership with LAF
  • Student Loan Debt Training (November 13 – 15, Chicago)