• Sat
    25
    Oct
    2014
    9 AM - 5 PMVillage of Forest Park, 517 Des Plaines Ave, Forest Park

    For residential property owners and managers in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Learn about:

    - Marketing Your Vacancies
    - Crime Free Multi-Housing
    - Eviction Process
    - Property Tax Appeals
    - Preventative Maintenance
    - Fair Housing
    - And More!

    A small fee of $50 is required to cover the cost of lunch and the reference manual. Preregistration is required! To register, contact Michael Stewart at 708-848-7150 or MStewart@OPRHC.org, or visit http://www.cicchicago.com/landlord-resources-training/property-management-training/workshop-schedule/.

    Sponsored by:
    Oak Park Regional Housing Center
    Community Investment Corporation
    Village of Forest Park
    The Forest Park Police Department

  • Thu
    30
    Oct
    2014
    6:00 pmForest Park West Cook Homeownership Center Office, 7740 Madison

    Looking to buy your first home? Let us help! Come to one of our FREE seminars for first-time home buyers and learn about the process. Call our office at (708) 771-5801 to register.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center offers these seminars throughout the year. See our calendar of events for more dates and locations!

  • Wed
    05
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmOak Park Regional Housing Center, 1041 South Blvd., Oak Park

    Community Conversations is a series of forums where Oak Parkers and other interested parties can discuss issues related to race and equality.

    At this Community Conversation, our topic of discussion will be "What would you like to see in Oak Park to promote inter-racial connections and understanding?" Light refreshments will be provided.

    Visit this link for more detail!

  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    6:00 pmForest Park West Cook Homeownership Center Office, 7740 Madison

    Looking to buy your first home? Let us help! Come to one of our FREE seminars for first-time home buyers and learn about the process. Call our office at (708) 771-5801 to register.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center offers these seminars throughout the year. See our calendar of events for more dates and locations!

  • Tue
    25
    Nov
    2014
    7:00 pmOak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison

    Looking to buy your first home? Let us help! Come to one of our FREE seminars for first-time home buyers and learn about the process. Call our office at (708) 771-5801 to register.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center offers these seminars throughout the year. See our calendar of events for more dates and locations!

  • Tue
    02
    Dec
    2014
    All day!

    The Housing Center is participating in Donors Forum‘s #ILGiveBig campaign, which aims to make this year’s Giving Tuesday the largest single day of donations to nonprofits in Illinois. Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday of the holiday season.

    Click here for more information about the Housing Center's participation in this initiative!

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014
    7:00 pmCommunity Room at the Wednesday Journal, 141 S Oak Park Ave

    Community Conversations is a series of forums where Oak Parkers and other interested parties can discuss issues related to race, equity, and community.

    Our next Community Conversation is December 10 at 7 pm, at the new Community Room of the Wednesday Journal. The discussion will center around recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The group is also working to plan an event around white privilege and valuing black lives and the lives of people of color.

    Light refreshments will be provided. Please join us!

  • Tue
    13
    Jan
    2015
    7 pm - 8:30 pmOak Park Library Main Branch

    We will be hosting our monthly meeting on race and community on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Oak Park Public Library' s Main Branch in the Small Meeting Room.

    The group has agreed to begin a project like StoryCorps for Oak Park. in our project, we hope to collect stories from Oak Parkers that connect to our community's racial and ethnic diversity. We will be planning how we will accomplish this project. For more info: call our Executive Director, Rob Breymaier, at 708-848-7150 x123.

  • Sat
    31
    Jan
    2015
    7:00 pmSchool of Rock, 219 Lake St.

    Come sample craft beers and specialty cuisine while listening to great live music! Proceeds will benefit the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and School of Rock. Get details on the food, the brews, and how to by tickets here.

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2015
    9 am - 5 pmForest Park Village Hall

    This program provides landlords with the knowledge to better market, manage, and maintain residential rental property.

    Topics: Marketing, fair housing, the landlord/tenant ordinance, eviction court, nuisance abatement, real estate tax issues, maintenance and budgeting.

    Led by: Experienced property managers, attorneys, fair housing experts and real estate tax specialists.

    Cost: $50

    Pre-registration is required! Visit this link to sign up. Questions? Contact Michael Stewart at 708-848-7150 or MStewart@OPRHC.org.

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2015
    7:30 pmGrace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301

    Click here for details and to buy tickets to this world premiere performance to benefit the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and Oak Park Festival Theatre!

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015
    7 pm - 8 pmOak Park Regional Housing Center, 1040 South Blvd.

    what we've lost is nothingJoin other readers to discuss "What We've Lost Is Nothing," this summer's One Book, One Oak Park selection. The discussion will be held at the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, 1041 South Blvd. Rob Breymaier, the Housing Center's Executive Director, will moderate the book discussion.

    Author Rachel Louise Snyder once worked for the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and lived in one of the apartment buildings that the Housing Center often recommends to clients. In her debut novel set in Oak Park, a series of home invasions rocks a local neighborhood into examining hidden prejudices, the power of tolerance, and the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs.

    Copies of the book are available through Oak Park Public Library locations. This book discussion is free and open to the public.

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    10:00 am - 11:15 amOak Park Regional Housing Center, 1040 South Blvd.

    what we've lost is nothingThe east side of Oak Park offers many lovely vintage apartment buildings, especially along Austin and Washington Boulevards, and clients of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center are often delighted to find these hidden gems for rent. Join Mike Stewart, the Housing Center's Marketing Director, for a tour of several apartment buildings that the Center's clients now call home.

    This event is related to the library's One Book, One Oak Park selection, "What We've Lost Is Nothing." The book's author, Rachel Louise Snyder, is a former Oak Park resident who once worked for the Housing Center and lived in one of the apartment buildings that the Center often recommends to clients. In her debut novel set in Oak Park, a series of home invasions rocks a local neighborhood into examining hidden prejudices, the power of tolerance, and the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs. Learn more about all of the One Book, One Oak Park events.

    Registration for this unique tour is required. Register online or call Debby Preiser at 708.697.6915. Please note the time for this event, which was slightly changed from its originally scheduled time.

  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2015
    7 pm - 9 pmOak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Second Floor - Veterans Room

    what we've lost is nothingJoin us to see how newcomers to our village worked with the Oak Park Regional Housing Center to find a great new home. People who sought help from the Housing Center to find apartments in Oak Park will share their stories about why they chose Oak Park as their new address.

    This event is part of the library's One Book, One Oak Park summer of events and discussions centered around "What We've Lost Is Nothing" by Rachel Louise Snyder. In this debut novel set in Oak Park, a series of home invasions rocks a local neighborhood into examining hidden prejudices, the power of tolerance, and the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs.

  • Sun
    09
    Aug
    2015
    8:00 amMills Park

    On Sunday, August 9, we will enjoy a 5K Fun Run in Oak Park!

    Click here to register–only $15!

    We will meet at Mills Park at the entrance on Marion Street at 8 am. From there, we will run a 5K route.  This run will not be timed and does not include street closures. We’ll run in packs based on pace and enjoy a morning with fellow runners.

    The Fun Run includes a t-shirt (if you register before July 25) and food and beverages afterwards at the Housing Center, 1041 South Boulevard. There are also two bathrooms for use at the Housing Center for after the run.

    Thank you to Lively Running and Run Oak Park for helping promote our event! Thank you to Whole Foods for supplying the post-run snacks!

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmNineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park

    Come support the Housing Center with a fun night of great food and great company! Get all the details here: http://www.oprhc.org/benefit/

  • Sat
    27
    Feb
    2016
    7 pm - 10 pmSchool of Rock, 219 Lake St.

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    Visit our page here for all the details about this awesome event!

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2016
    6:30 pmColumbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago
  • Tue
    07
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmUnited Lutheran Church, 409 Greenfield St, Oak Park
    Right after the November 2016 election, more than 140 Oak Park-area residents gathered for a community discussion on the new world awaiting all of us with the incoming administration.
    At this follow-up community gathering, participants will find out what has happened since the last meeting, hear about community justice efforts and initiatives that are currently taking place, and be introduced to some community-building initiatives of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center that will be taking place over the next six months.
    Information will be presented on current initiatives that are:
    • Connecting Oak Parkers to one another on equity issues
    • Helping to make Oak Park a more welcoming community
    • Connecting the Greater West Side together for a stronger region
    • Helping to ensure educational equity for all Oak Park students
    Whether you attended the November Community Conversation or not, we want to hear from you. We hope you can join us!
  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    7 PM - 10 PMSchool of Rock Oak Park, 219 Lake Street, Oak Park,

    This year will be the best Rock the House ever! This event always sells out, so buy your tickets now!

    Our special musical guest will be Chris Connelly, the iconic leader of Sons of the Silent Age and member of Ministry, RevCo, and more. Chris will be performing original music for the first time in over a decade! You don’t want to miss this special event.

    For more on the chefs and brewers, visit this link: http://www.oprhc.org/rockthehouse2017/

  • Tue
    09
    May
    2017
    7 pm - 10 pm155 S. Oak Park Ave

    OPRHC_BINGO_EVENT 2017 jpg for emailEat, drink, and play bingo! Hamburger Mary's, Oak Park's newest bar and grille, is hosting HamBingo to benefit the Oak Park Regional Housing Center! Doors open at 7, bingo begins at 8. Suggested donation for bingo cards is $15 each, $10 for additional cards, cash only, so you do not need to purchase ahead of time. Win fun prizes and have a great time, all for a good cause!

    (A note from from our hosts: "Our bingo games can be a little risqué, but always in good fun. If your group is easily offended, this event may not be right for you!")

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    all morningOak Park Farmer's Market

    MDS0718_110655Come get your freshly made donuts at the Oak Park Farmer's Market! The Housing Center staff will be there to serve you. Proceeds benefit the Oak Park Regional Housing Center!

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017
    6 AM - 2 PMDowntown Oak Park

    Wright_Ride_Color_Logo_2015The 11th Annual Wright Ride will be held on Sunday August 20th.  Distances from 10-68 miles are available. The 10-mile route is a family friendly ride through Oak Park with Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation docents at multiple locations. The 30-, 50- & 68-mile routes start in Oak Park, continue through River Forest, Berwyn, Riverside, Brookfield, La Grange and Western Springs. The two longer routes continue on to Argonne and the surrounding area.

    Multiple rest stops ~ every 12-15 miles with fresh fruit, snacks, home baked treats, water, gatorade & ice tea will be provided as well as full SAG support.

    After the ride, stick around downtown Oak Park & dine or have post ride drinks at one of our local restaurants or bars or craft breweries. For more details or to register, click here!

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    6:30 pmColumbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson, Chicago

    Click here for all the details! We'll have more details throughout the summer, so be sure to check back here or Like the Housing Center's FB page to get all the updates!

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    7 PM - 10 PMSchool of Rock, 219 Lake St., Oak Park 60302

    Watch this page -- details to come! https://oprhc.org/rockthehouse2018/

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    12:00 pmCycleBar OPRF, 7513 W. Lake St., River Forest

    Register here: https://oprf.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=5567235

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    1 PM - 5 PMOak Park Public Library Main Branch

    This event will be broken into three parts. First will be a panel of folks who were part of passing the Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968 and establishing the Housing Center in 1972. Then a panel of current housing and community leaders will talk about the current status of fair housing, integration, and inclusion in Oak Park. The event will also include a COMMUNITY BRAINSTORM where YOU will be able to describe what you hope the future of Oak Park's fair housing and equity reality should be. A report back the the group will end the day. More details soon!

  • Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018
    7 PM - 9 PMTo be announced

    Did you miss our last book party? Now you have another chance!

    Are you...

    ...curious about the hidden causes of racial residential segregation?
    ...interested in learning how Oak Park is a national model in disrupting the cycle of segregation?
    ...someone who wants to support the Oak Park Regional Housing Center in creating an integrated Oak Park?

    Then join national expert and local author Maria Krysan at a house party for a reading and conversation about her just-published book, Cycle of Segregation, based on both national and Chicago-area data, and is described as offering “thoughtful policy prescriptions for dismantling segregation.”

    A $25 ticket includes entry and refreshments; a $100 ticket also includes a SIGNED copy of the book!

    Space is limited, so don't wait -- get your tickets today at this link!

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018
    5PM-9PMMarion St south of Lake St.

    The Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be staffing an information and family activity table at Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out events on two different evenings this summer.

  • Tue
    10
    Jul
    2018
    7PM-10PMHamburger Mary's, 155 S. Oak Park Ave.

    Eat, drink, and play bingo! Hamburger Mary's is hosting HamBingo to benefit the Oak Park Regional Housing Center! Doors open at 7, bingo begins at 8. Suggested donation for bingo cards is $15 each, $10 for additional cards (cash preferred); no need to purchase ahead of time. Win fun prizes and have a great time, all for a good cause!

    No need to register or buy tickets. Just come as you are between 7:00-8:00, buy your card(s), order a beer, and have a seat!

    (A note from from our hosts: "Our bingo games can be a little risqué, but always in good fun. If your group is easily offended, this event may not be right for you!")

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    7AM-1PM460 Lake St., Oak Park

    On July 14, the Housing Center will be making the famous Farmers' Market donuts! Buy a box of delicious, fresh donuts and support a good cause. If you want to learn how the donuts are made, you can sign up to help behind the scenes! (Powdering the powdered donuts is especially fun.) Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4aa4ad2aa1fd0-oakpark

  • Thu
    30
    Aug
    2018
    5PM-9PMMarion St south of Lake St.

    The Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be staffing an information and family activity table at Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out events on two different evenings this summer.

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018
    5:30 pmNineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Avenue, Oak Park, IL

    On Thursday, October 4, join us for an evening of food, drink, music, and fellowship to support the Housing Center’s critical diversity and integration efforts! Get all the details--and your tickets--here! https://oprhc.org/benefit/

  • Mon
    29
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 - 8:30pm

    Change how you think about segregation!

    The previous discussions about this fascinating book sold out, so now you have another opportunity to take part in the conversation! Another gathering to discuss Cycle of Segregation will be held on October 29th. Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

    RSVP here today!

    Are you..

    • curious about the hidden causes of racial residential segregation?
    • interested in learning how Oak Park is a national model in disrupting the cycle of segregation?
    • someone who wants to support the Oak Park Regional Housing Center in creating an integrated Oak Park?

    Then join national expert and local author Maria Krysan at a house party for a reading and conversation about her just-published book, Cycle of Segregation, based on both national and Chicago-area data, and is described as offering “thoughtful policy prescriptions for dismantling segregation.”

    Admission is free (but signup is required). You might also consider a $35 ticket, which includes a signed copy of the book , or a $100 ticket that includes a signed copy of the book and a donation to support the important work of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. Exact location of the event will be provided upon signing up.

    Space is limited so don't wait -- RSVP here today.

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    9:00 a.m. - 4 :00 p.m.Malcolm X College, 900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612

    SIGN UP NOW! FOR OUR FREE HOME BUYER'S WORKSHOP!
    If you want to buy a home then this class is for you! Not just for first time home buyer’s. Learn the do’s and don’ts of your credit. Learn how to access up to $10, 000 down payment assistance!

    Earn a pre-purchase HUD certificate issued after completion of one-on-one counseling. You must enter class by 9:30 a.m. to receive 6 hours credit toward a certificate. Sorry, child care is not available.

    Register for FREE at: http://www.westcookhomeownership.org/rsvp/

    For more information call 708-771-5801 or email info@westcookhomeownership.org

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018
    5 p.m. - 7 p.m.Wild Onion Tied House Brewery, 1111 South Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302

    Join us for HAPPY HOUR WITH THE HOUSING CENTER
    Enjoy beer and drink specials, appetizer specials, meet your fellow Oak Parkers, and listen to music!

    Wild Onion Tied House Brewery
    Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

    Those in attendance will get 1 FREE raffle ticket for a chance to win a dinner and a movie at the Wild Onion Tied House and Classic Cinemas/Lake Theater. Buy more tickets to increase your chances. Three prizes!

    The Wild Onion is located just west of OPRHC on South Blvd, just steps from the Harlem Green Line stop. They have been a generous supporter of OPRHC.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL

    As part of Money Smart Week, the West Cook Homeownership Center will host the Project: WOW (Women Overcoming the Wealth Gap) Banking & Brunch seminar on SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, from 9:30 am -12:30 p.m., at 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL.

    Sponsored by PNC Bank.
    Please RSVP by calling 773-887-5187 or email info@westcookhomeownership.org.
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  • Tue
    09
    Apr
    2019
    1:10 pmGuaranteed Rate Field, 333 West 35th St., Chicago

    White sox ticketsWin 4 Tickets to the White Sox game on April 9th, 1:10 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field.

    Donate $20 or more during the first week of April 1-7, will be entered into our raffle for a chance to win the White Sox Guaranteed Rate Club ticket package, which includes:

    • Premium seats (4)
    • Premium reserved parking passes (2)
    • Premium buffet in a private lounge with all beverages included
    • Private access to the best seat locations in the park
    • In-seat wait service for food and beverages

    Approximate value for these Guaranteed Rate Club tickets is $800.00. Increase your chances for winning by purchasing multiple raffle tickets at $20 each.

    Go to https://oprhc.org/auction/ to make your donation today!

    The winner will be notified by email and will need to pick up their ticket package from the Oak Park Regional Housing Center at 1041 South Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60302.

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  • Tue
    23
    Apr
    2019
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL

    Join us on Tuesday, April 23 for our FREE Homebuyer Education Orientation at Oak Park Village Hall, on 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL, from 6-8 p.m.

    Obtain information on the following:

    • The steps in the home buying process
    • Why you should work with a HUD approved agency
    • Options for financing
    • The real value of your professional partners
    • Should you continue to rent or pursue homeownership

    You MUST register to attend. Register at: https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

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  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    8:30 am to 12:30 pmMalcolm X Learning Center, 4624 W Madison, Chicago

    Learn basic banking, budgeting, debt management, credit building, and credit report management at our FREE Financial Empowerment Workshop. The consequences of a negative credit rating is typically a reduction in the likelihood that a lender will approve an application for credit under favorable terms, if at all. In certain cases, insurance, housing and employment can also be denied based on a negative credit rating. So because of the unwanted effects of having bad credit, it is important to learn proper money management techniques to improve future spending habits. If you need help with your credit, don’t miss out on our Financial Empowerment Workshop on April 27, 2019, from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, at the Malcolm X Learning Center on 4624 W Madison, Chicago. Find out about the resources available to help you manage your credit and qualify for a home loan.

    You MUST Register to attend. Register now at:

    708-771-5801
    https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/rsvp/
    info@westcookhomeownership.org

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

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  • Tue
    30
    Apr
    2019
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pmHamburger Mary's, 155 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

    HamBingo Mary’s is a weekly charity event held in Hamburger Mary’s Show Lounge, with a different charity beneficiary every week. On Tuesday, April 30th, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be the charity beneficiary. Hosted by Bingo-Diva Savannah Westbrook, this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.” The show can get a little risqué, so enjoy the drink specials and leave the kids at home! It’s all about having fun while supporting local charity groups.

    Guests are asked to make a $15 donation to play all night (10 games, three chances to win each game). If you want more chances to win, additional cards are available (Note: there are no cash prizes!  This is a charity event, not a gambling casino). The money collected for Bingo cards will go directly to the Housing Center.  Also featured will be special shots and drink specials that benefit the Housing Center as well, so “eat, drink, and be … MARY!”

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  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Malcolm X College, on 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

    Join us on May 11th for our FREE Homebuyer Education Workshop at Malcolm X College, on 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at: https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

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  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Oak Park Arts District on Harrison Street

    This family-oriented May event has highlighted the Oak Park Arts District since 1999 with an art fair, children’s carnival, music stages, food trucks, beer garden, makers booths and more!
    What’s Blooming on Harrison is a day of community building featuring live music on multiple stages, dance performances, maker experiences, local food and drink and an art fair with select guest artists and local crafts people. It’s guaranteed fun for all ages! In 2019, What’s Blooming on Harrison will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 11 am – 7 pm. An after party at the Taylor Avenue Beer Garden and Main Stage runs until 9 pm.

    Stop by the Housing Center's information table and say hi!

    Click HERE for more information.

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  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.T.H. Wade Center, 1405 Madison St, Maywood, IL

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is now holding a Homebuyer Education Workshop in Maywood every 3rd Saturday. Join us on Saturday, May 18th for our FREE workshop at the T.H. Wade Center on 1405 Madison St, in Maywood, IL, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Learn everything you should know about the home buying process:

    • Budgeting and Credit
    • Financing Your HOme
    • Down Payment Assistance
    • Building Your Team
    • Working with a HUD approved counseling agency, when, why, and how to obtain a HUD Certificate

    Sponsored by Wintrust Mortgage.

    To RSVP, call us at 773-887-5187 or email info@westcookhomeownership.org

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

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  • Sat
    25
    May
    2019
    7 am - 1 pmPilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, Illinois 60302

    Come to Donut Day at the Farmers' Market on May 25th. The Housing Center will be making the famous Farmers' Market donuts! Buy a box of delicious, fresh donuts and support a good cause. If you want to learn how the donuts are made, you can sign up to help behind the scenes! (Powdering the powdered donuts is especially fun.) If you are interested in volunteer opportunities on the morning of May 25th, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054fa5ac2ea13-oakpark

    Pilgrim Congregational Church
    460 Lake St., Oak Park, Illinois 60302
    Saturday, May 25
    7:00-1:00 pm
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  • Tue
    28
    May
    2019
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL

    Join us on Tuesday, May 26th for our FREE Homebuyer Education Orientation at Oak Park VIllage Hall, on 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL, from 6-8 pm.

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at: https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

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  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019
    11 a.m. - 6 p.m.Scoville Park - Lake Street/Oak Park Avenue

    a day in our villageThe 46th annual A Day in Our Village festival celebrating diversity and community is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd.

    Activity booths representing Oak Park civic, cultural, social service, educational, religious and business organizations will fill Scoville Park, Lake Street at Oak Park Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along with live performances and a food court featuring local restaurants.

    Of course, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be in attendance, with an informational table to let people know about our services helping people find a home in Oak Park.

    The Park District of Oak Park will also offer old-fashioned carnival activities from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mills Park, 217 S. Home Ave, with $5 wristbands offering unlimited access to all the activities.

    For more information, call 708.358.5407 or email community@oak-park.us or visit www.oak-park.us/dayinourvillage.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

    homebuyer education workshop

    Start making your hard-earned dollars work for you, instead of your landlord. Stop paying rent and get a mortgage. Join us on June 8th for the West Cook Homeownership Center's FREE Homebuyer Education Workshop at Malcolm X College, on 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    If you want to buy a home then the Homebuyer Education Workshop is the class for you! Not just for first-time home buyers.

    • Learn the do’s and don’ts of your credit
    • How to build your home ownership team
    • How to finance your home
    • Learn how to access up to $30,000 down payment assistance!

    Lunch will be provided.

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at: https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

    Call us at 773-887-5187 for more information, or email info@westcookhomeownership.org

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

     

  • Wed
    12
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Arts Center, 200 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

    Bobbie Raymond memorial

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A memorial for Roberta 'Bobbie' Raymond, founder of the Oak Park Housing Center, will be held at the Arts Center, 200 N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, starting at 10:00 a.m., June 12th.

    READ MORE about Bobbie Raymond.

     

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St, Chicago

    build your creditGet Your Financial Freedom

    Join us at the West Cook Homeownership Center's FREE Financial Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, June 22 , at the City Colleges of Chicago, Malcolm X Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St, Chicago, and learn how to build and maintain your credit.

    • Learn how to keep your spending under control
    • Learn how to set goals while you build your credit
    • Receive a free credit report with free credit counseling
    • Join the Home Buyer's Club

    Some of the benefits of having a good credit score includes:

    • Low Interest Rates on Credit Cards and Loans - The interest rate is one of the costs you pay for borrowing money and, often, the interest rate you get is directly tied to your credit score. If you have a good credit score, you’ll almost always qualify for the best interest rates, and you’ll pay lower finance charges on credit card balances and loans. The less money you pay in interest, the faster you'll pay off the debt and the more money you have for other expenses.
    • Better Chance for Credit Card and Loan Approval - Borrowers with a poor credit history typically avoid applying for a new credit card or loan because they've been turned down previously. Having an excellent credit score doesn’t guarantee approval, because lenders still consider other factors like your income and debt. However, a good credit score increases your chances of being approved for new credit. In other words, you can apply for a loan or credit card with confidence.
    • More Negotiating Power - A good credit score gives you leverage to negotiate a lower interest rate on a credit card or a new loan. If you need more bargaining power, you can take advantage of other attractive offers that you’ve received from other companies based on your credit score. However, if you have a low credit score, creditors are unlikely to budge on loan terms, and you won't have other credit offers or options.
    • Better Car Insurance Rates - Your borrowing capacity is based on your income and your credit score. One of the benefits of having a good credit score is that banks are willing to let you borrow more money because you’ve demonstrated that you pay back on time what you've borrowed. You may still get approved for some loans with a bad credit score, but the amount will be limited.

    Every 4th Saturday. Begins promptly, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

    For questions or to RSVP call 773-887-5187, email info@westcookhomeownership.org, or register online by clicking HERE.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

  • Tue
    25
    Jun
    2019
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL

    home buying processLearn the home buying process by joining the West Cook Homeownership Center on Tuesday, June 25th for our FREE Homebuyer Education Orientation at Oak Park VIllage Hall, on 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL, from 6-8 pm. Join us, as we share:

    • The steps in the home buying process
    • Why you should work with a HUD approved agency
    • Options for financing
    • The real value of your professional partners
    • Should you continue to rent or pursue homeownership

    Here are some of the benefits of owning your own home:

    Homeownership is an investment - Unlike a car and many other purchases that decrease in value, a home is a purchase that appreciates over time. While each local market has its own unique factors, the national median home price goes up each year, even in times of recession. As you pay your mortgage each month, your debt amount goes down, while the value of your home continues to rise. This creates the buying and reinvestment power better known as equity.

    Gain equity - When it comes to homeownership, investment and equity are directly related. As you make mortgage payments each month, part of the payment goes toward the interest, while the rest pays down the principal balance. Equity can be better defined as the part of the principal balance you’ve already paid, or the percentage of your home you already own. Paying the principal is like depositing money in the bank, because that money becomes available for reinvestment in the home itself or a new home.

    Take advantage of tax benefits - The federal government encourages homeownership by offering tax incentives for homeowners. The biggest one is the option to deduct interest from mortgage payments on your income tax return, especially at the start of a mortgage when most of the payment is applied to the interest. Payments on private mortgage insurance (PMI) and certain home-related purchases also qualify for tax benefits.

    Register HERE to get started in taking advantage of the benefits from owning your own home. You can also register by calling us at 773-887-5187 or email info@westcookhomeownership.org.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

     

  • Thu
    27
    Jun
    2019
    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Marion Street, Oak Park

    Every Thursday Night from May 30–August 29
    Start your weekends early at Thursday Night Out! Downtown Oak Park’s popular dine-around series Thursday Night Out takes on new heights this season with a free world music concert series on Marion Street. The Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be staffing an information and family activity table at Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out events on two different evenings this summer. Look for our tent on June 27th and August 1st.

    https://www.downtownoakpark.net/signature-event/thursday-night/

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  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

    first time homebuyerJoin us on July 13th for our 2nd Saturday FREE Homebuyer Education Workshop at Malcolm X College, on 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Learn everything you should know about the home buying process:

    • Budgeting and Credit
    • Financing Your Home
    • Down Payment Assistance
    • Building Your Team
    • Working with a HUD approved counseling agency, when, why, and how to obtain a HUD Certificate

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at: https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Must RSVP for Location

    Join the West Cook Homeownership Center at our 3rd Saturday FREE Homebuyer Education Workshop, as we share:

    • The steps in the home buying process
    • Why you should work with a HUD-approved agency
    • Options for financing
    • The real value of your professional partners
    • Should you continue to rent or pursue homeownership

    You must RSVP for location.

    Free refreshments will be provided.
    To RSVP, contact us at (773) 887-5187 or at info@westcookhomeownership.org

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

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  • Tue
    23
    Jul
    2019
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL

    Join the West Cook Homeownership Center on Tuesday, July 23rd for our FREE Homebuyer Education Orientation at Oak Park Village Hall, on 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL, from 6-8 pm.

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at:
    https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

    homebuyer education

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sat
    27
    Jul
    2019
    9:00 am - 1:00 pmMalcolm X Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St, Chicago, IL

    Build Your Credit

    Find out how to build your credit at our FREE Financial Empowerment Workshop on Saturday, July 27th, at the Malcolm X Learning Center on 4624 W. Madison St in Chicago.

    • Learn how to keep your spending under control
    • Learn how to set goals while you build your credit
    • Receive a free credit report with free credit counseling
    • Join the Home Buyer’s Club

    Some of the benefits of having a good credit score include:

    • Low-Interest Rates on Credit Cards and Loans – The interest rate is one of the costs you pay for borrowing money and, often, the interest rate you get is directly tied to your credit score. If you have a good credit score, you’ll almost always qualify for the best interest rates, and you’ll pay lower finance charges on credit card balances and loans. The less money you pay in interest, the faster you’ll pay off the debt and the more money you have for other expenses.
    • Better Chance for Credit Card and Loan Approval – Borrowers with a poor credit history typically avoid applying for a new credit card or loan because they’ve been turned down previously. Having an excellent credit score doesn’t guarantee approval, because lenders still consider other factors like your income and debt. However, a good credit score increases your chances of being approved for new credit. In other words, you can apply for a loan or credit card with confidence.
    • More Negotiating Power – A good credit score gives you leverage to negotiate a lower interest rate on a credit card or a new loan. If you need more bargaining power, you can take advantage of other attractive offers that you’ve received from other companies based on your credit score. However, if you have a low credit score, creditors are unlikely to budge on loan terms, and you won’t have other credit offers or options.
    • Better Car Insurance Rates – Your borrowing capacity is based on your income and your credit score. One of the benefits of having a good credit score is that banks are willing to let you borrow more money because you’ve demonstrated that you pay back on time what you’ve borrowed. You may still get approved for some loans with a bad credit score, but the amount will be limited.

    Every 4th Saturday. Begins promptly, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

    For questions or to RSVP call 773-887-5187, email info@westcookhomeownership.org, or register online by clicking HERE.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

     

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Downtown Oak Park

    thursday night outStart your weekend early at Thursday Night Out on August 1st! Downtown Oak Park’s popular dine-around series Thursday Night Out takes on new heights this season with a free world music concert series on Marion Street. The Oak Park Regional Housing Center will be staffing an information and family activity table. Look for our tent on August 1st.

    Click here for more information on Thursday Night Out

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL,

    Join the West Cook Homeownership Center on August 10th for our 2nd Saturday FREE Homebuyer Education Workshop at Malcolm X College, on 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, from 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. If you want to buy a home then this class is for you! Not just for first time home buyers. At our Free Homebuyer Education Workshop learn the do’s and don’ts of your credit. Learn how to access up to $30,000 down payment assistance!

    Earn a pre-purchase Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Certificate issued upon completion of one-on-one counseling. You must enter class by 9:30 a.m. to receive 6 hours credit toward the certificate.

    Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. It's important that you are equipped with the proper tools to help you along your journey.

    Learn everything you should know about the home buying process:

    • Budgeting and Credit
    • Financing Your Home
    • Down Payment Assistance
    • Building Your Team
    • Working with a HUD-approved counseling agency
    • When, Why, and How to Obtain a HUD Certificate

    You MUST register to attend. You can register at https://www.westcookhomeownership.org/workshop_registration/ You can also register by emailing your nameaddress with zip code, and phone number to info@westcookhomeownership.org. Call us at 773-887-5187 if you have any questions. Sorry, no childcare is available.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

    Homebuyer Education Workshop

     

     

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019
    6:00 amDowntown Oak Park

    Get ready for the 2019 Wright Ride on Sunday August 18th in Oak Park, IL.

    Register Now at oakparkcycleclub.org

    Wright Ride 2019

    Wright Ride 2019

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  • Tue
    27
    Aug
    2019
    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL

    homebuyer education orientation

    Learn the home buying process by joining the West Cook Homeownership Center on Tuesday, August 27th for our FREE Homebuyer Education Orientation at Oak Park Village Hall, on 123 Madison St, Oak Park, IL, from 6-8 pm. Join us, as we share:

    • The steps in the home buying process
    • Why you should work with a HUD-approved agency
    • Options for financing
    • The real value of your professional partners
    • Should you continue to rent or pursue homeownership

    Here are some of the benefits of owning your own home:

    Homeownership is an investment – Unlike a car and many other purchases that decrease in value, a home is a purchase that appreciates over time. While each local market has its own unique factors, the national median home price goes up each year, even in times of recession. As you pay your mortgage each month, your debt amount goes down, while the value of your home continues to rise. This creates the buying and reinvestment power better known as equity.

    Gain equity – When it comes to homeownership, investment and equity are directly related. As you make mortgage payments each month, part of the payment goes toward the interest, while the rest pays down the principal balance. Equity can be better defined as the part of the principal balance you’ve already paid, or the percentage of your home you already own. Paying the principal is like depositing money in the bank because that money becomes available for reinvestment in the home itself or a new home.

    Take advantage of tax benefits – The federal government encourages homeownership by offering tax incentives for homeowners. The biggest one is the option to deduct interest from mortgage payments on your income tax return, especially at the start of a mortgage when most of the payment is applied to the interest. Payments on private mortgage insurance (PMI) and certain home-related purchases also qualify for tax benefits.

    Register HERE to get started in taking advantage of the benefits of owning your own home. You can also register for our Homebuyer Education Orientation by calling us at 773-887-5187 or email info@westcookhomeownership.org.

    The West Cook Homeownership Center is a program of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.

     

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    5:30 pmNineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, IL 60301

    Annual BenefitJoin us at the historic Nineteenth Century Club to celebrate the legacy of Bobbie Raymond, founder of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center on September 26, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Show your support of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center by attending our Annual Benefit. Your donations are critical to our important work in ensuring Oak Park’s diversity and integration! Make a contribution today to show your support.

    Purchase your ticket today at:
    https://oprhc.org/2019-annual-benefit/

     

     

     

     

     

     

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