Classes & Appointments

Available Classes & Workshops

Below is our full list of available classes currently scheduled. PLEASE connect with our office prior to signing up if you’d like more assistance registering, to rescheduling appointment or any cost concerns. We want to make sure you are signing up for the classes that you'll need to accomplish your goals. All courses are offered online via Zoom. To register for classes and workshops, click here!

To register for classes and workshops, click here!

  • APR

    18

    Debt Reduction & Student Loans 04/18/2024
     - 4/18/2024 6:00 PM
    This course teaches the concept of debt reduction and shows students how to wisely manage credit and personal debt. It is based on the premises that there are a lot of lifestyle changes and financial decisions that a person can make to take control of his or her financial position. In the second part of the class we discuss how students today are graduating with more student loan debt then we have ever seen. Learn what you can do to pay off your student loans and ensure you are not just another statistic. We discuss various student loan repayment options, things to avoid when it comes to repayment, and how to seek help if needed.
  • APR

    19

    Consumer Protection 04/19/2024
     - 4/19/2024 9:00 AM
    In this class we learn about the federal protections that are in place to stop unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices. We understand more about the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activities work by collecting complaints and conducting investigations. We learn what to look for in fraudulent activities, identity theft, renter’s protection.
  • APR

    20

    Fair Housing/ Fair Lending 04/20/2024
     - 4/20/2024 10:00 AM
    This course informs and educates consumers of their rights and explain the fair housing obligations of landlords, sellers, brokers, or lenders. Under the Fair Housing Act, discrimination in housing sales, rentals, and financing based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or familial status, is unlawful. The federal fair lending laws prohibit discrimination in credit transactions, including transactions related to residential real estate and to consumer loans. It is our goal to help ensure consumers understand their rights and where to go to get assistance if fair housing or fair lending rights are ever violated.
  • APR

    24

    Orientation Briefing for FSS Program 04/24/2024
     - 4/24/2024 1:00 PM
    This meeting is for clients who are already enrolled in the MSHDA Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program with their Housing Choice Voucher, and who live in either Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Ionia, Branch, Montcalm, Calhoun, Berrien, St. Joseph, Van Buren, or Cass county. During the Briefing Meeting, we will discuss the requirements that FSS participants need to complete in order to successfully complete the program. (Please note, this meeting is only for clients who are already enrolled in the FSS program in the counties listed. If you are not in the FSS program, please do not sign up for this meeting.)
  • APR

    25

    Money Management & Budgeting 04/25/2024
     - 4/25/2024 6:00 PM
    In the Money Management/Budgeting Workshop we discuss financial goals, various spending styles that affect credit, financial health and how inflation affects a person’s ability to pay bills on time. We give participants budgeting and spending plan tips and show how using a calendar can help people create budgets. We talk about budget basics, the difference between a quick budget, an emergency budget, and a detailed budget. We discuss calculating income and expenses and discuss what to do if you cannot pay your bills on time.
  • APR

    26

    Long-term Planning Insurance & Investing 04/26/2024
     - 4/26/2024 9:00 AM
    This class focuses on determining insurance needs as renters, homeowners and in auto, health, and life insurance. We discuss how insurance products and professionals work and have a quick overview of insurance options and shopping for coverage. We discuss the preparation of tasks to help people in the event of their incapacitation and death. The long-term planning part of the class includes the consideration of asset, heirs as well as settling estate taxes.
  • APR

    27

    Banking Basics & Savings 04/27/2024
     - 4/27/2024 10:00 AM
    This class provides a simple introduction to the primary services offered by banks and credit unions, including checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit and debit cards. We discuss fees and features available at different banks as well as on-line banking. The class also covers opening an account, resolving problems, the options that bank customers have and the decisions they need to make when using bank services.
  • MAY

    2

    Understanding Credit 05/02/2024
     - 5/2/2024 6:00 PM
    This class helps consumers increase their knowledge about credit – how to get it, why it is important and how to navigate the types of credit that is available today. We discuss what lenders are looking for in borrowers and how to establish good credit. Our discussion of credit scores and information about credit reports helps consumers understand what to do and what to avoid when working to increase scores. We discuss interest rates and how these impact credit and debt payments to creditors.
  • MAY

    3

    Healthy Homes 05/03/2024
     - 5/3/2024 9:00 AM
    This class provides an opportunity to talk about how communication works to develop, maintain, enrich, or limit family relationships. It is based on the assumptions that there are many ways to be a family. We promote an awareness that families are part of multigenerational communication patterns and they reflect ethnic communication patterns. Well-functioning families work at managing their communication patterns because developing and maintaining relationships takes effort. We discuss ways to be healthy emotionally, safely, financially, etc, on the inside and outside your home.
  • MAY

    4

    Consumer Protection 05/04/2024
     - 5/4/2024 10:00 AM
    In this class we learn about the federal protections that are in place to stop unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices. We understand more about the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activities work by collecting complaints and conducting investigations. We learn what to look for in fraudulent activities, identity theft, renter’s protection.

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