Policy Advocacy

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.

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Speak Up

Join our action network to stay informed and urge your elected officials to support renters and homeowners.

Get the Facts

Arm yourself with data on rental housing affordability, homelessness, foreclosures, and more.

Learn More

Dig into our publications, which share research and analysis on issues related to affordable housing.

Latest Policy and Organizing News

State Budget Advocacy Resources

Housing Action Illinois has been updating our list of resources to assist people in their advocacy efforts to encourage Governor Rauner and our state legislators pass a responsible state budget. "Stopgap" Budget for FY 2016 and First Half of FY 2017 (June 2016) Just...

State Housing Legislation Signed into Law

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed two pieces of legislation into law that Housing Action Illinois advocated for during the 2016 General Assembly session. Senate Bill 2271, signed into law on July 15, extends the Comprehensive Housing Planning Act through...

Just Two Weeks Left

In just two weeks, Illinois will start its second year without a state budget. We're still urging lawmakers to put aside their differences and pass a balanced budget with adequate revenue before then. Meanwhile, it's also vital that Governor Rauner sign Senate Bill...