Many voices are stronger than one. By mobilizing our members and allies to advocate for our collective public policy agenda, Housing Action Illinois amplifies the influence of community-based organizations working to end homelessness, create affordable rental housing, and promote sustainable homeownership. On our own and through coalition work with partners, we have been able to secure a multitude of policy victories in Springfield and Washington D.C. that benefit renters and homeowners.
Public Education and Organizing
We build awareness by sharing information and personal stories with policymakers, elected officials, nonprofit service providers, and the media. In addition to keeping our members informed about the latest developments in housing policy, we organize issue-specific working groups, meetings with legislators, and an annual Housing Matters! conference where advocates and practitioners share their knowledge and experience.
Latest Policy and Organizing News
Report: Nowhere in Illinois Can Low-Wage Workers Afford Rent; Candidates Need to Address This Crisis
Every candidate seeking office should have a plan to address the fact that renters in Illinois must earn more than $20 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment For Immediate Release: June 13, 2018 For more information contact: Timm Krueger, Communications...
Legislative Victories and Budget Progress Point the Way Forward The General Assembly completed this year’s session on May 31. Housing Action is glad to say that our legislative successes included three bills we advocated for being sent to Governor Rauner for his...
Back to main blog page » Leah Demarest and Rachel Schwartz are AmeriCorps VISTAs at John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic and Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, respectively. April 2018 marks 50 years since the passage of the federal...