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HomeStart Workshops

To register for our Financial Empowerment Workshops or In-Person Homebuyer Education please create an account at Once you have created an account and completed your dashboard, you are then able to register on the "Training Center" tab. For additional information about our workshops, please see the information below. If you have any questions or experience any trouble, please call our office at 815-962-2011.

Homebuyer Courses

In-person Homebuyer Education: Realizing the American Dream

This workshop takes participants through the entire home buying process. When completed, the participant in this HUD certified Homebuyer Education class will receive a certificate, which can be used to qualify for many down payment programs. To see our workshop schedule, please check out our class calendar. To register, create an account using the link above.

Online Homebuyer Education Options:

There are two options for online homebuyer education: Framework and eHome, both meet the education requirements for many down payment programs! Learn more about these workshops below:

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Exceeding national industry standards, this course creates knowledgeable and default-resilient buyers ready for a lifetime of homeownership. Eregister for the online version of this class, go to

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HomeStart also partners with Framework, a HUD Certified online Homebuyer Course. When completed, the participant will receive a certificate which can be used to qualify for many down payment programs.  To get started, click here to go to the class website.  Click here for a video preview.


Homeowner Workshop: Keeping the American Dream

This class emphasizes important topics to help people maintain successful home ownership after they have made that important purchase.  Topics in this curriculum include information around the importance of maintaining good credit and home maintenance.  Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. To find out dates the class is held you can check our Calendar and then call our office to register 815-962-2011.

Financial Empowerment Workshops

When home ownership is not an immediate goal, this option may be a good fit.  This approach is for families and individuals who may want to focus on other goals such as reducing debt or starting a saving plan. Click here for more information.