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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.


Wednesdays July 6, 13, 20, and 27
6PM - 8PM: Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions
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Saturdays July 9 and 16
9AM - 1PM: Eight-hour course delivered in two 4-hour sessions
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Wednesdays August 3, 10, 17, and 24
6PM - 8PM: Eight-hour course delivered in four 2-hour sessions
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Saturdays August 6 and 13
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 July 12
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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Tuesday July 26
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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Tuesday August 9
6PM - 8PM:
One 2-hour session
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Tuesday August 23
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 July 21
6PM - 7:30PM:
One 90-minute session
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Thursday August 18
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.

NHS and SOUL Works Home Maintenance Webinar

Wednesday, June 29

6 - 7:30pm

Don't go broke from your home, fix your home!

This webinar is for homeowners and property owners and will discuss different home maintenance topics such as:

  • Healthy Home Principles
  • The advantages of regular home maintenance
  • When to DIY and when to call a professional
  • Common maintenance issues and how to address them.

Register Here

Navigating the Appraisal Process

Thursday, June 30

6 - 7:30pm

Many families across the South and West side of Chicago have faced issues with their appraisal and/or experienced appraisal discrimination. Join NHS Chicago to learn everything you need to know about the appraisal process and how to make sure you receive the most accurate and fair appraisal for your home.

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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.

Pathlights
Housing U: Understanding the Property Tax Redemption Process and Tactics to Reclaim Your Property

Wednesday June 29

12PM - 1PM

Join NHS Chicago and the Cook County Clerk's office to learn what you need to know to keep your property if the taxes are sold as part of the annual property tax sale.

Register Here