Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.

Advocacy and Organizing

We unite our members and allies to advance an equitable housing public policy agenda in Springfield and D.C. Together, our voice is stronger.

Capacity Building

We help housing counseling agencies and housing developers build their capacity and expand their resources. Together, our impact is greater.

Housing Counseling Intermediary

We facilitate the management and distribution of HUD Housing Counseling Funds to a regional network of 26 agencies.

VISTA Network

We manage and coordinate a network of capacity-building AmeriCorps VISTAs placed with organizations across the state, all working to fight poverty.

Report: Nowhere in Illinois Can Low-Wage Workers Afford Rent

In order to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in Illinois, renters need to earn $20.34 per hour. This Housing Wage is shared in Out of Reach 2018, a national report co-released in Illinois by Housing Action Illinois and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Read the report and find out your local Housing Wage »



Brochure on New Protections for Rent-to-Own Homebuyers

As of 2018, would-be homeowners are protected from predatory rent-to-own contracts by a new state law, which Housing Action Illinois drafted and advocated for. Now we’re helping educate housing counselors, their clients, and the public about these protections through an educational brochure that we welcome you to download. You can also request physical copies of the brochure for yourself or your agency »


Welcome to Our New Housing Counseling Intermediary Affiliates

Since we became a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Intermediary in 2014, our network of affiliate housing counseling agencies has nearly doubled in size! We spoke to leadership from three of the latest additions to our Intermediary network to learn how their work in housing counseling impacts the communities they serve »



Legislative Victories and Budget Progress Point the Way Forward

This year’s Illinois General Assembly session ended on May 31, 2018. We’re happy to say that our legislative successes include three bills we expect the Governor to sign into law: protections against lead poisoning for children, clarifications on the Security Deposit Return Act, and transparency around public housing wait lists. Read our 2018 Illinois General Assembly Session Wrap-Up »


Apply Now: Join the Housing Action Illinois VISTA Network!

We are currently recruiting for 2018-2019 full-year AmeriCorps VISTAs and 2018 VISTA Summer Associates as part of the Housing Action Illinois VISTA Network. Our VISTAs fill a wide variety of roles, but every project is aimed at ending poverty and helping communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois. Apply today »


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