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, all in-person trainings have been converted to online opportunities.

Upcoming Trainings

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

During this two-day virtual training, 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 training was originally planned as an in-person training, but has been converted to an online training due to COVID-19.

$100 | Two sessions each day – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 – 3:00 pm  |  Register (Note: Registration works best when using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser)

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

On November 3, Illinois has a very important election in which we can vote to make the tax structure in Illinois fairer and better able to responsibly fund state budget priorities, such as education, health care and human services. Whether you are a fully in support of passing the Fair Tax or are still need more information, please join us for this session to discuss the problems with our current tax system, the basics of the Fair Tax, what the Fair Tax means for the future of our state and what needs to be done between now and election day to pass the Fair Tax referendum.

Free | Two sessions each day – 1 pm – 2 pm  |  Register

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

Join Housing Action Illinois, the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA), and HOPE Fair Housing Center for a webinar on what housing counselors need to know about fair housing. Learn about Fair Housing Rights and responsibilities under the Federal Fair Housing Act, how to identify and report present-day forms of discrimination, and find out about resources and tools you can provide to your clients.

Thanks to Ameren Illinois for helping make this training possible.

Free | 2 pm – 3 pm | Register

2020 Housing Matters! Conference — Going virtual and national!
National Sessions: October 13 – 23
Illinois Sessions: October 13 – 15

We’re excited to announce that Housing Action Illinois is partnering with the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) to bring you our 2020 Housing Matters! Conference as part of a national forum. Strengthening Resilient Communities, a virtual event, comes with a major bonus: in addition to our robust Illinois programming, you can participate in plenary sessions with top national speakers and community development leaders working on similar issues in different states. 

Forum registration will open later this 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