Training at All Chicago

As the leader in homelessness prevention within the region, All Chicago’s Learning Center delivers innovative educational training and workshops to our expansive network of partners within Chicago’s Continuum of Care (CoC) and the homeless services sector. Through the strategic application and dissemination of best practices, we empower our community, enhancing skills, knowledge, processes, and resources crucial for achieving our shared vision of ending and preventing homelessness in Chicago.

Our Learning Center emphasizes training in the following core areas:

  • Chicago CoC Structure
    Our comprehensive training programs delve into the intricacies of Chicago’s Continuum of Care (CoC). Participants gain in-depth insights into the structure and processes that define the Chicago CoC, including understanding and navigating the Coordinated Entry System and Implementation Structure.
  • Direct Services & Best Practices
    Designed to empower direct service staff, our training modules equip individuals with the information and skills necessary to deliver high-quality services to participants engaged with CoC programs. By focusing on best practices, we ensure that participants are well-prepared to provide optimal support within the CoC framework.
  • Program Administration
    Navigate the complex landscape of HUD CoC-funded programs with confidence through our program administration training. Participants receive comprehensive guidance on regulatory requirements governing HUD CoC-funded initiatives, coupled with insights into best practices for program implementation. These trainings ensure a nuanced understanding of regulatory compliance and foster effective program execution aligned with the highest standards.

Explore our training offerings to enhance your knowledge, skills, and effectiveness in contributing to the success of Chicago’s homeless services sector.

Self-Paced Courses

All Chicago uses an online Learning Management System (LMS) to efficiently handle registration for live training sessions and house a comprehensive collection of training materials. Featuring over 100 recorded and self-paced modules, our LMS is a valuable resource accessible to Chicago CoC members. These on-demand courses serve multiple purposes, including training new staff, facilitating orientation to the Chicago CoC, and enhancing understanding of best practices and program requirements.

Peer-to-Peer Group

All Chicago facilitates a monthly peer-to-peer group for professionals in the Chicago homeless services sector. These discussion-based meetings foster an atmosphere of collaboration and learning, providing staff from various agencies the opportunity to share knowledge, skills, experiences, and best practices.

Scheduled on the third Thursday of each month, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, these sessions address rotating topics based on identified community needs. Join the Peer-to-Peer email list to receive regular updates on meetings.

Technical Assistance Resource Library

All Chicago provides technical assistance to agencies within the Chicago CoC to aid learning and help resolve identified needs or issues. The resource library has been developed or accumulated by All Chicago and relates to broadly applying best practices, policies, standards, and regulations.

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About the Alan Stone Learning Center

Norman H. Stone
Founder of the Emergency Fund

In 1973, Norman H. Stone founded the Emergency Fund, a financial assistance program that provided help immediately and without red tape. As the Emergency Fund grew, a need for collaboration became apparent. Emergency Fund Managers and partners would meet monthly to focus on education and sharing knowledge about community resources. This philosophy of education and knowledge sharing evolved into today’s Learning Center. After Norman passed away, his son, Alan Stone, took over as President of the Emergency Fund and expanded the organization to establish it as a leading non-profit serving the homeless and those in need of immediate financial assistance.

Alan’s contributions to the Emergency Fund included a steadfast commitment to evidence-based practices and sound decision making, focusing on developing the people involved in this work, and a vision toward the entire community. Through his leadership, the Emergency Fund forged partnerships with hundreds of social service agencies in Chicago and provided innovative educational and tgraining offerings to our extensive network of partners.

Alan Stone
Long time Chairman of the Emergency Fund & All Chicago