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Workshops & Education

Whether you are interested in buying a home or are an existing homeowner, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) provides a variety of workshops to empower you to make smart decisions.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

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:

Thursday Mar. 25
6PM - 7:30PM: One 90-minute session
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Financial Fresh Start (Financial Capability)

Our two-hour financial education workshop helps you:

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

Wednesday Mar. 3
6PM - 8PM: One 2-hour session
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Thursday Mar. 18
6PM - 8PM: One 2-hour session
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Online Home Buyer Education

Complete home buyer education with eHome, an online home buyer education course. Proceed at your own pace in completing 6 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.

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Online Foreclosure Education

Free online self-paced foreclosure course covering home retention options, the foreclosure timeline, and resources available to help save your home.

  • Learn foreclosure options and answers
  • Prepare to work with a foreclosure counselor
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Home Buyer Education Webinars

Learn about the home buying process such as the basics of budgeting, improving credit, understanding the closing process and down payment assistance programs. 

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

Tuesdays Mar. 2, 9, 16, and 23
6PM - 8PM: Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions
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Saturdays Mar. 20 and 27
9AM - 1PM: Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions
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A Home Buyer Education certificate of completion, required to qualify for some
down payment assistance programs, is valid for one year from date of completion.

Additional Workshops for Homeowners and Homebuyers

We also offer a variety of other workshops for current and future homeowners, such as estate
planning, insurance and taxes.

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

Rehab Ready I & II
Saturday Mar. 6 & 13
9AM - 1PM

During this 2 part workshop series learn about the rehab process from rehab professionals. Topics covered include energy efficiency, what to look for during an inspection and how to work with contractors, inspectors and architects.

Please note that this workshop is required for anyone interested in participating in the TIF Purchase Rehab assistance program.

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Property Management Training
Wednesday Mar. 10
6PM - 9:30PM

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge to better market, manage, and maintain residential rental property and is led by CIC (Community Investment Corporation)

Topics covered include screening & marketing, fair housing, the Chicago landlord/tenant ordinance, tenant retention, rent collections & evictions

Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

This workshop is required for TIF Purchase Rehab participants that plan to purchase a 2-4 unit property.

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Financial Self Defense and Estate Planning
Wednesday Mar. 17
6PM - 7PM

Learn about the importance of Estate Planning with emphasis on how to use the Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI) as part of a Financial Self Defense toolkit. Information presented by Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL).

Also learn about other tools to improve and defend your finances including: Reducing your housing costs, reviewing insurance policies, ensuring all eligible property tax exemptions are being taken and avoiding 3rd party utility supplier missteps.

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Housing University

No matter where you are on your homeownership journey, Housing U has something for you! Our webinar series is designed with you and your family in mind. Housing U is the perfect option to help you unlock the mystery of the home buying process and navigate the road to sustaining your home while maintaining and growing your finances with confidence.
Housing U: Track 1 - Homebuyer’s Education

Wednesdays, Feb 3 through Mar 10, 2021

This 4 - 6 week series led by HUD Certified Housing Counselors will provide potential homebuyers with:

  • Key information needed to start the home- buying journey
  • The ability to navigate the home buying process with confidence
  • An understanding of what to expect as a homeowner.
  • Helpful information on options for mortgage default and steps to avoid foreclosure.

Two Options to complete the 8 hour Homebuyer’s Education workshop

  • Wednesdays Feb.3 to Feb 24 (Four week series): 6PM - 8PM
  • Saturdays Feb 20 and 27 (Two week series): 9AM - 1PM

Workshops include (Choose one option for Homeownership)

Option 1: Homeownership - four (2) hour workshops offered 6-8pm

  • Feb. 3: Homebuyer Education part 1
  • Feb. 10: Homebuyer Education part 2
  • Feb. 17: Homebuyer Education part 3
  • Feb. 24: Homebuyer Education part 4

          Registration Closed

Option 2: Homeownership - two (4) hour workshops offered 9am-1pm

  • Feb. 20: Homebuyer Education part 1
  • Feb. 27: Homebuyer Education part 2

          Registration Closed

Financial Fresh Start

  • Mar 03: 6-8pm

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Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment

  • Mar 10: 6-7pm

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Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Housing U: Track 2 - Financial Wellness for Living Wisely

Tuesday, February 9 through March 30 6PM - 7:00PM

This eight week series will provide guidance and best practices on:

  • Making healthy financial decisions
  • Effective debt and credit management
  • Protecting yourself and personal finances against fraud and theft
  • Estate planning for you and your family

Workshops include

  • Feb. 9: Introduction to NHS
  • Feb. 16: Financial Self Defense
  • Feb 23: Using Student Loans Wisely
  • Mar. 2: Consumer Fraud
  • Mar. 9: Identify Theft
  • Mar. 16: Fundamentals of Wealth Management
  • Mar. 23: Estate Planning
  • Mar. 30: Foreclosure Intervention

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Housing U: Track 3 - Growing Home Equity

Tuesdays April 6 through May 25 6PM - 7PM

This eight week series led by subject matter experts will focus on strategies:

  • To help your money work for you
  • Explore practices to preserve more of your earnings while increasing your retirement savings
  • Avoid the potential financial sinkhole in your house
  • Making legacy decisions
  • Learn how to evaluate insurance, property taxes, and more

Workshops include

  • Apr 6: Intro to NHS – Financial Self-Defense
  • Apr. 13: Understanding Property Taxes
  • Apr. 20: Property Tax Appeal Process
  • Apr. 27: Energy Efficiency in Your Home
  • May. 4: Evaluating Your Insurance Needs
  • May. 11: Financial Planning – Foundations of Investing
  • May. 18: Is Refinancing Right for You
  • May. 25: Leaving a Legacy – Why Everyone Should Have an Estate Plan

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