New Housing 101 Series: For Renters, Homeowners/Potential Homeowners, and Landlords

Evanston Public Library in partnership with Open Communities has launched Housing 101, a comprehensive series of free workshops on a wide variety of legal and financial topics related to vital issues in housing. The goal of the series is to connect Evanstonians who may be experiencing housing insecurity or anxiety to helpful resources.

Events in the series are for renters, landlords, homeowners, and those want to buy a home. Participants will gain helpful knowledge whether they are facing foreclosure, trying to make their current living situation a sustainable one, or addressing possible housing discrimination. People who fall within the groups protected by Fair Housing laws may find certain workshops particularly meaningful, as well as older people who may be struggling with the decision to stay in their homes.

Upcoming events include: 

The Fair Housing Workshop is on Wednesday, March 10 from 6 to 7 pm. This event focuses on learning your housing rights to prevent discrimination and educating housing providers about the dos and don’ts of fair housing law. Topics covered will include protected classes under the federal, state, and local Fair Housing laws, liabilities under the Fair Housing Act, accommodations for persons with disabilities, and more.

The Tenant Training Workshop will follow on Friday, March 12 from 1 to 2 pm, educating tenants on self-advocacy tips, lease options, selecting a rental, and financial sustainability. Topics covered will include overcoming potential renting barriers, the rights and remedies available to tenants going through eviction, developing a positive relationship with your landlord, and more.

Next is the Financial Capabilities lecture on Friday, March 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. This event focuses on helping individuals reach their financial goals and build financial well-being.

Housing Workshop for Older Persons, on Friday, March 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm., will inform those 55 and older about housing options that may allow them to age in place, such as reverse mortgages, rental education, refinance options, and more.

Landlord Training, on Thursday, April 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm., will educate landlords on ordinances, landlord rights, and tenant retention.

The Housing Post-Purchase workshop, on Tuesday, April 20 from 12 to 1 pm., will provide education on post purchase options, maintaining a home, finances, and avoiding delinquency and foreclosure.

Register online for all events prior to attending.


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