HomeStart offers a wide variety of workshops and classes designed to expand knowledge and awareness around housing-related subjects.
In-person Homebuyer Education: Realizing the American Dream
Our premier class, Realizing the American Dream, takes participants through the entire home buying process, and is offered in-person and online. 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 find out dates the class is held you can check our Calendar and then call our office to register 815-962-2011.
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:
Exceeding national industry standards, this course creates knowledgeable and default-resilient buyers ready for a lifetime of homeownership. Eegister for the online version of this class, go to www.ehomeamerica.org/HomeStart
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. Participants will receive a certificate of completion which can be used with your Hardest Hit application. Click here for more information.