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.

Training and Consulting

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.

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 »


Study Group for HUD Housing Counseling Certification

Are you ready to pass the HUD Certification Exam? Join our online study group to test your knowledge, ask questions, and learn in a supportive peer environment as you prepare for the exam. We will host 6 hour-long study sessions in April & May that tackle each section of the exam.  Join the study group »


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. But many landlords will refuse to rent to someone if they just see an eviction filing on the record, regardless of a case’s context or outcome. Read the report »

Rent-to-Own Homebuyers in Illinois Now Protected by Law

As of January 1, 2018, would-be homeowners are protected from predatory rent-to-own contracts by a new state law that creates some of the strongest consumer safeguards in the nation when it comes to these situations. Housing Action Illinois drafted and advocated for this legislation after a resurgence in predatory contracts from largely unregulated companies that falsely promise homeownership to people with low incomes. Learn more »

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