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In March we are hosting a number of workshops to educate landlords, tenants. real estate professionals, and everyone else interested in fair housing. Here is what we have planned.

Note: Due to Covid-19, all workshops will be held via Zoom. We will send the Zoom link to the email you use for registration prior to our workshop date.

Fair Housing 101 - Wednesday, March 10

Knowing your rights is the first step to defending yourself from housing discrimination. Join us to learn more. This online workshop will cover the following:

  • The protected classes under the federal, state, and local fair housing laws

  • Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities

  • Who is liable under the Fair Housing Act

  • Dealing with tenants who require service animals

  • How are fair housing laws enforced?

  • How can I assert my right to fair housing?

Housing for Those Who Are 55+ - Thursday, March 11 and

Friday, March 26

This workshop will provide education on housing options and industry updates that will allow those 55 and older to age in place.

  • Reverse mortgages

  • Rental education

  • Property tax exemptions

  • Delinquency prevention

  • Refinance options

Tenant Training - Friday, March 12 and Thursday, March 18

Register for the March 12 event

This workshop will educate tenants on self-advocacy tips, lease options, selecting a rental, and financial sustainability. In particular:

  • Focus on overcoming potential renting barriers, and help participants prepare for sustainable housing

  • Educate tenants going through an eviction on their rights and remedies

  • Educate tenants on developing a positive rental relationship with their landlord

  • Provide financial education to tenants preparing for homeownership

Financial Capabilities - Friday, March 19

Learn the financial steps to reach your financial goal. This workshop is geared toward communities in Cook and Lake County, Illinois. In this workshop you will learn

  • How to reach your short vs long term goals (education, credit, and spending)

  • How to maximize income, budgeting, emergency budgeting, and setting goals

  • Details about student loan and education planning

  • Investment types, maximizing income, savings goals, banking options, and retirement

  • Best practices for families, and married couples when it comes to financial planning, goal setting, and income maximization

Avoid Foreclosure - Thursday, March 25

This workshop educates homeowners about the various options available to assist them in avoiding foreclosure. It will cover:

  • The foreclosure process

  • How to adapt financially and adjust/restructure your budget

  • How to keep the lines of communication open with your lender to protect your home and prevent foreclosure

  • How to rebuild your credit and prepare for life after foreclosure

While we welcome anyone to register for our programs, Open Communities serves these communities in Chicago's North Shore and Northwest suburbs: Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Glenview, Glencoe, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Wilmette, Deerfield, Kenilworth, Highland Park, Highwood, Elk Grove, Hoffman Estates, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Barrington Hills, Streamwood, Bartlett, Golf, Wheeling, Inverness, Barrington, Deer Park, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Mount Prospect, and Waukegan.



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