From VISTA to Full-Time Staff Member: Rachel Contos

Back to main blog page » When I started college in 2011, I had a vision of myself becoming a theology professor—but as I started taking theology classes, I realized my true calling was to be in social services. Unfortunately, it was too late for me to switch my major...

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions for 2017 – 2018

We’re currently recruiting for nearly 30 positions in Housing Action Illinois’ AmeriCorps VISTA network. These are one-year volunteer positions that last from from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018. Interested in 10-week summer positions? Head over...

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program

The Housing Action Illinois VISTA Network is currently recruiting for 34 VISTA Summer Associate positions throughout the state of Illinois. These 10-week summer positions start in June and end in August. Interested in full-year positions? Head over here. These VISTA...

Life After VISTA: Working at HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing

Fresh out of graduate school and wanting to pursue a totally new career, I had an idea of what I wanted to do professionally, but I just was not sure of the proper steps to achieve my goals. I did not want to rush into a job just for financial gain; I wanted to do...

Measuring the Magnitude of Homelessness

Back to main blog page » Nearly fifty volunteers assembled on Chicago’s West Side to kick off their participation in the 2017 Point-In-Time (PIT) count. I arrived promptly at 8 p.m. with a large cup of coffee and took a seat with three others. Together, we were at...