2018 Caravan

Housing Action Illinois is hitting the road from July 9 – 12, 2018. During this week, six of our staff members and several of our Board members will be traveling through Central, Northern, Western, and Southern Illinois to listen, talk, and connect. Through the caravan, we hope to better understand what is happening in communities throughout Illinois when it comes to housing.

We’re looking forward to hearing about the challenges and successes of our member organizations, sharing updates on our current and future initiatives, and identifying ways that Housing Action Illinois can meet needs and connect groups who can learn from or collaborate with each other. By working together, we know we can achieve more.

Central Illinois

We stopped by Springfield on Monday, July 9 to visit Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, which has been helping house families for nearly 30 years and is about to finish work on their 108th house. We were inspired to hear from Executive Director Colleen Stone about how Elizabeth Owens, the owner of their 46th home, who just made her final mortgage payment. Learn more about the great work that this Habitat affiliate is doing from their own homeowners.

On Wednesday, July 11, we’ll be in Urbana, hosting a regional forum on housing issues and bringing along experts from HOPE Fair Housing to do a fair housing training for local organizations. We hope to see housing advocates and practitioners from Danville, Matoon, and Bloomington there.

On Thursday, July 12, we’ll be in Springfield, hosting a regional forum on housing issues at the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies and bringing along experts from HOPE Fair Housing to do a fair housing training for local organizations. We hope to see housing advocates and practitioners from Decatur, Peoria, and Jacksonville there.

Northern Illinois

To finish out our week on the road, we’ll be heading to Rockford to host a forum on affordable housing, homelessness, and eviction in the area. We look forward to a discussion with ZION Development, HomeStart, Shelter Care Ministries, and other local organizations.

Southern Illinois

Storytelling is a key part of explaining what affordable housing is and what we can do to create an Illinois where everyone has a good home. That’s why our communications team hosted a strategic storytelling workshop at Cahokia Mounds with the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis on Tuesday, July 10. We talked about what makes a good story and how to create concise messages about your work and your organization. It was inspiring to hear about the great work that participants such as staff from Justine PETERSEN and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Foundation are doing.

Our Marketing & Communications Consultant, Timm Krueger, stuck around East St. Louis to join CDBG Operations Corporation for their Continuum of Care meeting, while our Communications Manager Kristin Ginger and Communications VISTA Marissa Diekhoff headed north.

On the same day, our Executive Director Sharon Legenza, Outreach Manager Gianna Baker, and new Stevenson Center Policy Fellow Jerome Sader hosted a regional gathering in Carbondale, to discuss housing issues in southern Illinois. Thanks to experts from HOPE Fair Housing for joining to do a fair housing training as part of the gathering.

Later in the week, we look forward to visiting with CDBG Operations Corporation and Justine PETERSEN.

Western Illinois

In the middle of the week, we’ll be visiting the Quad Cities. We look forward to hearing about the latest undertakings at Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) and GroWorks in Rock Island.

We also hope to stop by and hear what has been happening at Tri-County Opportunities Council, a community action agency that serves nine counties in northwest Illinois: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark, and Whiteside.

Past Years

Since our beginning more than 30 years ago, Housing Action Illinois has traveled around our state to visit with our members, host regional gatherings, and take the pulse of housing issues in rural, suburban, and urban Illinois.

For our 30th Anniversary Caravan, we revived our summer caravan after a brief lull. We visited nearly 25 organizations around the state and shared updates about each of our visits »