Empowerment Series

CRN's annual training series is designed for staff and board members of community-based affordable housing development organizations, government employees, community bankers, small neighborhood developers, and elected officials and their staff. As a participant in each workshop, you will learn technical development skills, discuss strategies for community empowerment and reinvestment, and share your experiences with others in the field.



Online registration is quick and easy. Please register here.

If you have difficulty with online registration, please call 312-663-3936 or email rachel@chicagorehab.org

Certificates will be awarded to those who attend all eight workshops.

Workshop enrollment is limited and CRN reserves the right to prioritize slots for nonprofit organizations.


Non-Profit Organizations: $1,400 for Full Series | $200 per 2-Day Workshop

Other Organizations: $1,800 for Full Series | $250 per 2-Day Workshop

Empowerment Series dates for 2018

Unless otherwise noted, each workshop will take place from 9:00 am–4:30 pm at CRN, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1420.

Community Building | May 3-4
Instructor: Joy Aruguete, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

The first in the series, this workshop will present the community assets perspective as a model for community planning. Through looking at strategies employed by community-based development organizations, we will discuss the elements beyond bricks and mortar that community building requires. Day two includes a tour of affordable housing developed and operated by CRN members.

Finance Skills for Real Estate | June 7-8
Instructor: Maurice Williams, Chicago Community Loan Fund

Technology can enhance your organization’s ability to operate efficiently in today’s challenging market. Learn housing finance concepts, how to compute financial calculations on the HP-12c, and how to use spreadsheets to create development proformas.

Proforma Development | July 12-13
Instructor: Maurice Williams, Chicago Community Loan Fund

Understanding principles of real estate development and finance is critical to maintaining the long-term affordability of your project. In this session, learn to create development proformas, income and expense statements, and cash flow analyses. Emphasis will be placed on structuring projects with tax credits, grant funding, and public funds.

Sources of Development Financing | August 16-17
Instructor: Yittayih Zelalem, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement

Developing affordable housing is a challenging process that requires the layering of financing to achieve the goal of affordability. This workshop will familiarize participants with the mechanics of securing development capital, debt and equity financing, grants and subsidies.

Single Family Housing Development | September 20-21
Instructors: Teresa Prim, Prim Lawrence Group + Linda Greene, Lucas Greene Associates

The process of developing single family housing will be discussed both in terms of the technical skills involved, and in terms of maximizing production to meet community needs. Assembling the development team, acquiring property, securing financing, and marketing will be examined in detail.

Multifamily Housing Development | October 18-19
Instructors: Teresa Prim, Prim Lawrence Group + Linda Greene, Lucas Greene Associates

Multifamily housing development will be discussed as one tool for creating community-based affordable housing. The development process, acquisition, sources of financing, development team, and legal issues will all be discussed.

Project and Construction Management | November 15-16
Instructor: Angela Hurlock, Claretian Associates

Creating quality affordable housing requires knowledge of construction that includes knowing how to choose a project team, how to manage contracts, and how to closeout the project. Day two includes a tour of active affordable housing construction sites to test concepts in the field.

Property and Asset Management | December 6-7
Instructor: Eleazar Vazquez, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

This course will review the key aspects of the property management of subsidized housing. Focus will be given to marketing and lease up, accounting, asset management, fair housing laws, maintenance, capital improvements, and resident services.

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