Become a Member

Join our movement to create good, affordable homes for everyone in Illinois.

Many voices are stronger than one. Membership with Housing Action Illinois means joining a network of 180+ organizations—all united in our mission to advance quality, affordable housing for all.

By joining our coalition, you strengthen our collective voice to advocate for the policies we need to make sure that everyone in Illinois has a good, affordable place to call home.

Membership benefits extend to all staff and volunteers at your organization. As a Housing Action Illinois member, you’ll access the power of our coalition. This means getting updates about issues that directly affect your agency, having the chance to advocate for critical policy priorities, and participating in networking opportunities with your peers from across Illinois. You’ll also have access to our trainings, capacity building initiatives, and network of resources to help you better serve individuals and families in your community.


Build relationships with peers from organizations across Illinois at social and networking events.


Strengthen our collective voice to secure more resources and better housing policies for our communities.


Join trainings and initiatives designed for housing organizations that can help you and your community thrive.

Working with David Young (Housing Action’s Director of Capacity Building) over the past year was worth the membership alone. Housing Action’s capacity building services have been a tremendous resource in building up an organization from scratch.

Mike Davis

Executive Director, Central Illinois Land Bank Authority (member since January 2020)

Membership Benefits

  • Significant discounts for training sessions and our annual Housing Matters Conference, coming up this October in Bloomington, IL
  • Access to valuable capacity building initiatives and resources, such as eligibility to host a Housing Action Corps member
  • The opportunity for one-on-one guidance from our housing counseling experts, who can help you prepare for a HUD review, give advice on expanding programs, or navigate challenges
  • Updates on key issues related to ending homelessness and expanding affordable housing, including a members-only quarterly update
  • The chance to shape and advocate for critical policy priorities at local, state, and federal levels
  • Amplify your organization’s voice through collaborative advocacy opportunities with key decision makers and media referrals
  • Eligibility to share jobs and events in our newsletter
  • Networking opportunities with peers across the state
  • Strengthen and support the movement to expand affordable housing and end homelessness in Illinois

The Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union has been a member of Housing Action since its creation. Housing Action is our only vehicle for staying connected with activity in the legislature that will improve or diminish tenants’ rights…the people we serve greatly benefit from the legislative advocacy work done by Housing Action.

Esther Patt

Executive Director, Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union (member since 1986)

Annual Dues

Membership dues are based on organization type and annual operating budget. You can pay dues online using the form below or by mailing a check to: Housing Action Illinois, 67 E. Madison St., Ste. 1603, Chicago, IL 60603.

Nonprofit Organizational Membership
Based on annual budget:

  • $50 (budget under $50,000)
  • $75 (budget $50,000 to $99,999)
  • $125 (budget $100,000 to $249,999)
  • $225 (budget $250,000 to $1 million)
  • $300 (budget over $1 million)

Government Membership


For-Profit Organizational Membership


Membership Fee Waivers

Organizations that are experiencing financial hardship may request a fee waiver online »

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We are primarily a coalition of organizations. If you’re interested in joining us as an individual, please reach out to to let us know.

Note: Housing Action Illinois reserves the right to accept and decline new members according to the standards in our bylaws.

“Housing Action provided the lifeline that we all needed to make it through the first few years following the collapse of the housing market.”

Bob Campbell

Executive Director, ZION Development (Board member since 2007)

Individual Affiliates

Individuals can support our work to create an Illinois where everyone has a good, stable home by making a donation.

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