Housing Counseling Training

Community Development Institute

Our upcoming 2-day CDI class will give participants the knowledge to conduct a pre-purchase homebuyer education course at their agencies. 

Housing Counseling Training
January 18th and 19th
10am to 4pm
Columbia, SC

The class will focus on designing and presenting a homebuyer education workshop, recruiting partners, marketing the workshop, measuring the impact of the workshop, and working with clients on a one-on-one basis.

The training session will cover:

  • Planning and designing a pre-purchase workshop
    • Determining the curriculum to include
    • Designing a workshop – creating an effective agenda
  • Delivering a pre-purchase workshop
    • Presentation skills
    • Incorporating games and activities
  • Recruiting partners
    • Selecting effective partners/volunteers
    • Tips for working with partners/volunteers
  • Marketing the program
    • Social media
    • Community outreach
  • Measuring Impact
    • Tracking and evaluation
    • Surveys
  • National Industry Standards
    • The importance of adopting the standards
    • SC Department of Consumer Affairs licensure


Debbie Kidd  Director of Homeownership for Origin SC

Debbie Kidd
Director of Homeownership for Origin SC

Kristin Bastian  Financial Education Director for Origin SC

Kristin Bastian
Financial Education Director for Origin SC

Origin SC (previously known as Family Services) is a 128 year-old nonprofit organization well-ingrained in the areas of finance and housing. The organization is approved by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a NeighborWorks Charter Member, and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Debbie Kidd, Homeownership Director, Realtor, and Facilitator, has 25 years of experience in facilitating pre-purchase homebuyer education workshops. She is a licensed credit counselor with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, and she also holds NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) Certifications in Pre-Purchase Homeownership Education and Post-Purchase Homeownership Education. Ms. Kidd and the Origin SC staff will be responsible for designing this proposed “train the trainer” workshop, provide curriculum materials, and can assist in marketing and outreach.

Origin SC is an approved provider of continuing education for the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs for licensed credit counselors. Participants who attend this workshop and are also licensed credit counselors through the State of South Carolina will receive continuing education hours for that licensure as well.

Community Development 101

Community Development Institute

Across the United States, community development practitioners work hard to revitalize blighted and underserved neighborhoods and help their low-income residents. Yet few practitioners know about the origins of their field or why their work takes the form it does. We invite you to join us for an upcoming CDI class...

Learning from History: What the Community Development Past Can Tell Us About the Present
Irmo, SC
February 15th
10 am to 4 pm

This class offers practitioners the opportunity to learn about the roots of community development, its accomplishments, and the challenges it faces in the days ahead. Participants will learn about the various trends that have shaped the history of community development and the current state of the profession and - through discussion - understand the current issues facing the field of community development and introduce new ways to think about the work.


Moderator and Presenter


Jeanne Milliken Bonds
Community Development Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

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Brian Dabson, Research Fellow

Brian Dabson
Research Fellow
UNC School of Government

Mike Schubert, Principal

Mike Schubert
Community Development Strategies

Bankers Panel

To Discuss How CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) Supports Community Development

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Matt Giddens
First Vice President, Community Development Manager
SunTrust Bank

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Kim Graham
Senior Vice President, Director of Community Relations
Bank of North Carolina

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Nate Barber
Senior Vice President
South State Bank


Community Development Institute (CDI) is an initiative of SCACED which offers professional organizations and their staff an opportunity to build skills, learn from peers and connect to existing state, regional and national resources. We offer structured training sessions throughout the year and cover a broad range of topics. Learn More

2-Day Housing Development Class

Community Development Institute

Access to affordable housing remains a critical need in underserved communities across South Carolina, and the state’s community-based organizations are uniquely positioned to develop safe, decent and affordable rental and home-ownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. We invite you to join us for a 2-day interactive class...

Impacting Communities through Single-Family and Multi-Family Housing Development
North Charleston, SC
Wednesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 17th
10am to 4pm

You will learn the art and science behind developing single-family and multi-family housing projects using proven strategies, tools, and guidance from three Community Development Corporations: Santee Lynches Affordable Housing & CDC, Homes of Hope, Inc. and Community Assistance Providers, Inc.


Jamie Devine  Community Assistance Provider

Jamie Devine
Community Assistance Provider

Luis Rodriguez  Santee-Lynches Affordable Housing & CDC

Luis Rodriguez
Santee-Lynches Affordable Housing & CDC

Don Oglesby  Homes of Hope

Don Oglesby
Homes of Hope

Dawn Dowden  Homes of Hope

Dawn Dowden
Homes of Hope

Participants will walk away with actionable steps to start a housing development project in their service area and the tools to analyze your project for fiscal sustainability.

Participants are required to bring a laptop with a minimum of Excel 2007 software. Pre-loaded thumb drives will be provided to participants containing all spreadsheets used during the class.

Healthy Insights Community Workshops

Healthy Insights Community Workshops

We are hosting several workshops throughout SC during September and October which are designed to introduce SCACED’s Healthy Insights initiative. Participants will better understand the situation in their communities and the impact that various factors have in accessing healthy food and healthier lifestyles.

During the workshops, we will:

  • Discuss available funding
  • Solicit feedback from attendees about the community health challenges they face
  • Explore potential projects and programs to address those challenges
  • Present data from our Healthy Insights tool 

Click below for event details and to register.