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, a summer outreach caravan, and an annual Housing Matters! conference where advocates and practitioners share their knowledge and experience.
Latest Policy and Organizing News
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...
Congress Should Consider the Gap in Affordable Rental Homes for the Poorest Households as They Finalize This Year’s Federal Budget
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Housing Action Illinois, finds a severe shortage of affordable rental homes for the extremely low-income (ELI) renter households...
39% of eviction filings do not lead to a judgment against the tenant, but these tenants still get rejected when applying to rent CHICAGO—A new report by Housing Action Illinois and the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) explores how an eviction...