CCLF’s Technical Assistance
Workshop Program

A substantial part of its Technical Assistance Gateway program, Chicago Community Loan Fund offers a series of workshops focused on relevant topics for partners, community developers and potential borrowers. The courses are designed to educate and engage organizations in the field of community development … from new participants to industry veterans … and will help lay the foundation for successful project planning.

Each workshop, led by professional subject leaders, includes presentations that explore key components of the community development process and relevant topics to consider, including access to capital, project design and funding strategies.

Browse below to view upcoming workshops and register. Or, follow the links below to review previous 2020 sessions.

2021 Technical Assistance
Workshop Calendar

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops are being scheduled virtually and will resume in-person sessions when the City of Chicago and health officials deem it safe to meet in large groups. Please continue to check this page to stay abreast of when in-person workshops will resume.

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2020 Technical Assistance
Workshop Archives

In a virtual presentation conducted on December 17, 2020, Akousa Goosby, Community Outreach Representative at Elevate Energy, presented Energy Efficiency and Savings During a Winter Pandemic. In this workshop, Goosby shared innovative ideas on smarter energy use and provide solutions to help affected communities maintain economic sustainability during the pandemic. Watch a recap of the program here.

On November 23, 2020, Kathy Booton Wilson, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Chief Strategy Officer of Deborah’s Place, presented an in-depth analysis of homelessness in Chicago and how developers and community members can help tackle this issue particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Watch the presentation here.

Held Thursday, October 15, 2020, the popular session Community Relations, Public Participation was held by Sean Harden, CCLF’s Technical Assistance and Special Initiatives Consultant. Using personal experience as a platform, Harden shared ideas to gain acceptance and support from area residents of your community development project. Slides from the program are available by clicking the download button below.

Practical Construction Tips for Becoming a Successful Developer was presented virtually by Shoshiwa Shields, Construction Workforce Development Leader. During the Thursday, September 17, 2020, session, Shields shared behind-the-scenes considerations of her various projects, including her work as Project Manager on the 35th Street CTA platform in Chicago and the redevelopment project plan to revitalize a West Lawndale business corridor. Watch highlights from the presentation here or click the image below.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, ushered in the debut of CCLF’s Lunch and Learn: Virtual Rapid-Fire Sessions, a series of interactive, virtual presentations led by industry leaders discussing the most pertinent topics. Akousa Goosby, Community Organizer at Elevate Energy, joined us for lunch and share innovative ideas on smarter energy use for all which could result in vibrant urban communities. Click here or the image below to recap the discussion.

William Skalitzky, of Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen, continued CCLF’s virtual workshop series with the presentation, Regulatory Requirements: Legal issues of housing and community development. During the August 18, 2020, session, Bill led an in-depth analysis of Sample Regulatory Agreements, HUD Regulatory Agreements, LIHTC Extended Use Agreements, Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Recapture Agreements and more. Watch a portion of this workshop here or click the image below.

On August 6, 2020, Taft West, CCLF’s Vice President of Technical Assistance and Sustainability, moderated The COVID-19 Crisis and Housing: A CCLF Panel Discussion, featuring distinguished panelists – Johnna Lowe, Senior Program Manager, C.S.H. , Corporation for Supportive Housing; Harriet Mims, Director of Management Services, Interfaith Housing; and Steve Thomas, President, 5T Management/Construction – who shared insight on the landlord/tenant relationship in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. View the discussion here or click the image below for segments of the discussion.

Briana Parker, Policy Manager, and Akousa Goosby, Community Outreach Representative at Elevate Energy shared innovative ideas in the virtual workshop “Energy Savings” Wednesday July 8, 2020. This presentation offered smarter energy use ideas for all as well as ideas to build equity through climate actions that build environmentally and economically sustainable urban communities. Click here or the image below for a recap of this workshop:

Belinda Li, Founder & Chief Consultant of CiTTA Partnership, led Social Enterprise: How your organization can do good and do well Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Belinda guided an interactive workshop introducing attendees to the concept of social enterprise, exploring different business model ideas, and providing attendees a chance to sketch out their own potential social enterprise business ideas. Slides from the Social Enterprise workshop are available for download here. Click the image below to view a segment from the virtual workshop:

On May 28, 2020 CCLF held a PPP Webinar. In this webcast, Chicago Community Loan Fund provided guidance to help you identify what you’ll need to address to maximize forgiveness of your PPP loan. As we mentioned during the presentation, more guidance would become available. There is more information to the updates for the PPP, as viewable here

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, CCLF’s Technical Assistance Workshop presentations shifted to a virtual platform. On May 20, 2020, registered architect Negin Moayer of BNMO Design LLC launched the virtual workshop programming with “Adaptive Reuse of Existing Structures in Favor of the Community.” In case you missed this informative session click the image below to review a clip:

For additional information about CCLF’s Technical Assistance Workshop program, email David Feinberg, Director of Coaching and Knowledge Transfer, at [email protected].