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.

2017 Conference Registration Open: Get the Early Bird Rate

Each year, Housing Action brings together hundreds of housing practitioners and advocates from across the state for our annual conference. Participants get updates on the latest issues in housing from leaders in the field, learn best practices, and form relationships. This year, in addition to hosting workshops in five different subject tracks, we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary!

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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 $20.87 per hour. This is Illinois’ 2017 Housing Wage, revealed in a national report released on June 8. The report, Out of Reach 2017, was jointly released in Illinois by Chicago-based Housing Action Illinois and the DC-based National Low Income Housing Coalition. Learn more »

HUD Certified Housing Counselor Exam Starts on August 1, 2017

Department of Housing and Urban Development sealStarting on August 1, 2017, housing counselors will be able to take a HUD-administered exam and become certified (which will be a requirement starting on August 1, 2020). We break down what you need to know and how to prepare in our HUD Certified Housing Counselor Exam FAQ »

Federal and State Housing Policy Updates

Illinois General Assembly Recap: For the third year in a row, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31 without agreeing on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Read our update on the continued budget impasse and state legislative victories »
Federal Budget Update: President Trump has proposed a FY18 budget that would increase homelessness and hardship for families and communities in Illinois and throughout our nation. We break down the numbers for Illinois and look at how the drastic cuts would hurt all of us »

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