Trainings & Events Calendar

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

Upcoming Trainings & Events

Online Study Group for the HUD Exam: Version 3.0Virtual
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  | Register

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 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 about 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. 

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

Sponsored by Ameren Illinois.

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

Designing a Disaster Preparedness Program: What Non-Profits Should KnowVirtual
May 18–20  |  10:30 am–12:30 pm CDT (one session each day)

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; how to follow up on things such as foreclosure avoidance, safety, insurance claims, and shelter; and working with resource agencies such as FEMA, the SBA, the GSEs, HUD, and others during and after disasters.

Scholarships: Thanks to a funder’s generosity, we are happy to be able to offer a limited number of first-come, first-served scholarships to cover the full registration cost of this training. Go through the registration process and apply the discount code SCHSPRING2021 at checkout to take advantage of this opportunity.

$100 (discounted from $150)  |  Register

Housing Matters: 2021 Annual ConferenceVirtual
October 2021

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; how to follow up on things such as foreclosure avoidance, safety, insurance claims, and shelter; and working with resource agencies such as FEMA, the SBA, the GSEs, HUD, and others during and after disasters.

Check back for updates.

What You Should Know About Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs)Virtual
June 22 & 23  | 10:30 am–12:30 pm CDT (one session per day)

A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) is a type of reverse mortgage that is insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Home equity conversion mortgages allow seniors to convert the equity in their home to cash. These reverse mortgages are increasing in popularity with senior homeowners who want to supplement their income. Join us to learn more about:

  • Basic eligibility requirements
  • Loan calculations
  • HECM default
  • Housing counseling requirements

Brought in partnership with DRN.

Scholarships: Thanks to a funder’s generosity, we are happy to be able to offer a limited number of first-come, first-served scholarships to cover the full registration cost of this training. Go through the registration process and apply the discount code SCHSPRING2021 at checkout to take advantage of this opportunity.

$80 |  Register

Past Trainings & Events

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