Education

We empower future homeowners by helping them make smart decisions during the process.

Education And Counseling

Our HUD-certified Housing Counselors help individuals navigate the entire housing spectrum, from renter resources, to the homebuying process, to home maintenance and financial stability.

For each of the stages in your housing journey, we offer detailed classes and personalized counseling to support you every step of the way.
Sign up for one-on-one counseling sessions by using our NHS Client Portal.

Core Courses

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02/07/2024
Virtual

Homebuyer Education

Our comprehensive course will guide you through the entire homebuying process. We’ll focus on budgeting, improving credit, searching for a home, the closing process and down payment assistance programs.

6PM - 8PM
02/06/2024
Virtual

Financial Literacy

Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this workshop will prepare you for financial security. Learn how to develop a spending plan, reduce your debt, and increase your credit score.

6PM - 8PM
02/15/2024
Virtual

Foreclosure Prevention

We will help you better understand the foreclosure process by discussing home retention and explaining non-retention options, loan modifications, mediation and available mortgage assistance grant program information.

6PM - 7:30PM

All Courses & Seminars

Explore the categories below for a list of courses and seminars that best meet your needs.

Our comprehensive course will guide you through the entire homebuying process. We'll focus on budgeting, improving credit, the closing process and down payment assistance programs.

These are online courses taught by a live instructor via Zoom.

02/07/2024
Virtual

Homebuyer Education

Wednesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28
Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions.

6PM - 8PM
02/17/2024
In-Person

Homebuyer Education

Saturdays Feb. 17 & 24. Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions.  Please note: this course is in-person on the West Side and requires you to create an account in our client portal. Due to limited space, participants should not bring extra attendees and guests that are not registered for the course. Additionally, feel free to bring water, drinks and snacks because there is no guarantee that the offsite locations will have access to these amenities.

9AM - 1PM
03/02/2024
In-Person

Homebuyer Education

Saturdays Mar. 2 & 9. Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions.  Please note: this course is in-person on the West Side and requires you to create an account in our client portal. Due to limited space, participants should not bring extra attendees and guests that are not registered for the course. Additionally, feel free to bring water, drinks and snacks because there is no guarantee that the offsite locations will have access to these amenities.

9AM - 1PM
03/06/2024
Virtual

Homebuyer Education

Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20 & 27. Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions.

6PM - 8PM
03/09/2024
In-Person

Homebuyer Education

Saturdays Mar. 9 & 16. Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions.  Please note: this course is in-person on the South Side and requires you to create an account in our client portal. Due to limited space, participants should not bring extra attendees and guests that are not registered for the course. Additionally, feel free to bring water, drinks and snacks because there is no guarantee that the offsite locations will have access to these amenities.

9AM - 1PM
04/03/2024
Virtual

Homebuyer Education

Wednesdays April 3, 10, 17 & 24th. Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions.

6PM - 8PM

Our financial education workshop helps you prepare for financial security, whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply looking to improve your finances. Learn how to:

  • Develop a spending plan
  • Reduce your debt
  • Increase your credit score

These are online courses taught by a live instructor via Zoom.

02/06/2024
Virtual

Financial Literacy

Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this workshop will prepare you for financial security.

Learn How To:

  • Develop a spending plan
  • Reduce your debt
  • Increase your credit score
6PM - 8PM
03/05/2024
Virtual

Financial Literacy

Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this workshop will prepare you for financial security.

Learn How To:

  • Develop a spending plan
  • Reduce your debt
  • Increase your credit score
6PM - 8PM
04/02/2024
Virtual

Financial Literacy

Whether you are planning to purchase a home or simply need to improve your finances, this workshop will prepare you for financial security.

Learn How To:

  • Develop a spending plan
  • Reduce your debt
  • Increase your credit score
6PM - 8PM

Our 90-minute foreclosure prevention education workshop provides insight into the foreclosure process, loan modification options, mediation, forbearance, housing counselor assistance, and mortgage assistance grant programs:

These are online courses taught by a live instructor via Zoom.

02/15/2024
Virtual

Foreclosure Prevention

One 90-minute session

6PM - 7:30PM
03/21/2024
Virtual

Foreclosure Prevention

One 90-minute session

6PM - 7:30PM
04/18/2024
Virtual

Foreclosure Prevention

One 90-minute session

6PM - 7:30PM
02/08/2024
Virtual

Financial Self Defense

What happens after the mortgage holder passes? Learn tips for Homeowner Savings; Mortgage loan “PITI”, Homeowners Insurance, Property Taxes, Energy Cost, and so much more.

6 - 7:30pm
03/14/2024
Virtual

Financial Self Defense

What happens after the mortgage holder passes? Learn tips for Homeowner Savings; Mortgage loan “PITI”, Homeowners Insurance, Property Taxes, Energy Cost, and so much more.

6 - 7:30pm
04/01/2024
Virtual

Financial Self Defense

What happens after the mortgage holder passes? Learn tips for Homeowner Savings; Mortgage loan “PITI”, Homeowners Insurance, Property Taxes, Energy Cost, and so much more.

6 - 7:30pm

Free 1:1 Sessions

Meet with a HUD-Certified Homeownership Counselor to:

  • Create a plan to achieve your financial goals
  • Get personalized advice for all your questions
  • Prepare for homeownership
  • Reduce housing costs and learn about available financial assistance
  • Avoid foreclosure and facilitate communication with your servicer

Sessions are available over the phone, zoom or in person, but slots fill up quickly!

Online Education at Your Own Pace

Complete Homebuyer Education with eHome, an online education tool. Proceed at your own pace through six modules, which are also available in Spanish. The regular cost of this course is $99, but use the discount code NHSC49 for a significant reduction in price to $50.

eHome also offers a free, self-paced foreclosure prevention course covering home retention options, the foreclosure timeline, and resources available to help save your home.

Let’s Get Started

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Have more questions? Email us at homeownership@nhschicago.org or call NHS Client Services at 773.329.4111.

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