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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.

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.


Saturdays September 10 and 17
9AM - 1PM: Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions
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Wednesdays September 7, 14, 21, and 28
6PM - 8PM: Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions
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Wednesdays October 5, 12, 19, and 26
6PM - 8PM: Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions
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Saturdays October 8 and 15
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.


Financial Fresh Start (Financial Capability)

Our two-hour 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.

Tuesday September 20
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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Tuesday October 11
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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Tuesday October 25
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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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:

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

Thursday Sept 15
6PM - 7:30PM:
One 90-minute session
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Thursday October 20
6PM - 7:30PM:
One 90-minute session
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Meet with a HUD-certified Consultant

An experienced HUD-certified Consultant can meet with you one-on-one to help you prepare for homeownership, reduce your ongoing cost of homeownership, or help you avoid foreclosure.
>> Click button above and select the Service needed:

  • Preparing for homeownership?
    >> Scroll To: Homebuyer Education / Counseling
    >> Select Option: I would like to meet one-on-line with a homeownership counselor…

  • Looking to reduce the cost of homeownership?
    >> Scroll To: Homeowner Education / Counseling
    >> Select Option: I am current on my mortgage , but would like to meet one-on-line with a counselor to review ways to reduce my housing cost…

  • Looking for assistance to avoid foreclosure?
    >> Scroll To: Foreclosure Intervention Education/Counseling
    >> Select Option: I am currently a homeowner and having difficulty paying my mortgage or other expenses that could lead to me losing my home.

Create your account and provide responses to the questions to activate the service.
Once the service is active, you can make an appointment (under the classes and appointments tab).
If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, please call 773-329-4111.

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.

Register Here

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
Register Here

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.

Fair Housing for Rental Properties

Thursday, September 22

6 - 7:30pm

This webinar will cover all of the rental housing laws from the federal, state, county and city level. If you are a renter or a landlord, you will learn important information to know your rights to protect yourself and your property.

Presented by Jocelyn Rios of HOPE Fair Housing Center

Register Here

NHS and SOULWorks Present: Home Weatherization

Tuesday September 27

6 - 7:00pm

As we head into colder weather, this webinar will provide an overview of some DIY tips you can do to prepare your home to stay safe and warm. From understanding what projects you should be doing seasonally, to learning how to avoid high energy bills with simple projects you can do yourself, this will give you the tools you need to prepare for winter.

Presented by Eya Louis SOULWorks L3C

Register Here

Moving on up: Financial Literacy for Renters

Thursday, September 29

6 - 7:30pm

Moving is a costly process, smart budgeting and being prepared can help you avoid going into debt when moving into a new place. This webinar will focus on key information that renters need to financially prepare for a move and budget in order to thrive in their current apartment.

Register Here

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: The Student Experience: Financial Road Map for College Bound, College Students, and Parents

Join NHS Chicago for our Financial Preparedness Series: September-October 2022

Workshops topics include:

  • Financial Preparedness Series: September, 2022
    • Banking Basics - 9.8.22
      Banking products, how different accounts work, Cash app pros and cons
    • Budgeting – 9.15.22
      Knowing what goes in and what comes out, Planning for the future
    • Credit – 9.22.22
      How to choose a card, Best way to build credit, The cost of bad credit
    • Resumes and Job Hunting – 9.29.22
      Job Market, know how you work best (at home, in office, active), Best practices for applying
  • College Preparedness Series: October, 2022
    • Financial Aid – 10.6.22
      How to get the most out of your school, what to expect when applying, State and Federal scholarships or forgiveness plans
    • SL 1: The Cost of Student Loans – 10.13.22
      Why you should be more conservative with loans, What happens when you use it like free money
    • SL 2: Management and Repayment – 10.20.22
      Consolidation, Interest rate, Debt Forgiveness

Register Here