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 »



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 »


Prejudged: The Stigma of Eviction Records

Having an eviction filing on your public record is a serious obstacle to finding housing–even if you were never actually evicted or you didn’t violate your lease in any way. “Prejudged: The Stigma of Eviction Records,” a report released by Housing Action Illinois and the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, shows that 39% of eviction cases completed in Cook County in recent years did not result in an eviction order or other judgment against the tenant. Read the report »

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SF just voted to give tax-funded legal help to tenants facing eviction, following in NYC's footsteps! 🥳 Having legal representation makes a HUGE difference for tenants in housing court, but only 12% of people facing eviction in Cook County have attorneys. sfchronicle.com/poli…

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