Training and Consulting

Housing Action Illinois is passionate about helping housing counseling agencies and housing developers build their capacity, become more efficient, and develop their skills. We share our extensive experience and knowledge through a wide range of workshops, one-on-one support, direct technical assistance, and working groups on key topics. We also advocate for the resources these nonprofits need to most effectively fulfill their missions.

We want to make sure that agencies throughout Illinois can keep up with changing trends, new technology, and complicated regulations.

For Housing Counselors

We support housing counseling agencies with training and one-on-one support, advocate for the resources they need, convene discussion groups, and facilitate the Illinois Housing Counseling Coalition.

Housing Counseling Intermediary

As a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Intermediary, we facilitate the distribution of HUD Housing Counseling Funds to a strong network of 26 nonprofit agencies throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.

For Housing Developers

We help developers network and learn from each other during discussions and trainings, and we act as a resource for nonprofit housing developers to call on when they encounter challenges.

Latest Happenings

Summary of HUD’s Housing Counseling Program Final Rule

On December 14, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a Final Rule for the Housing Counseling program. Housing Action Illinois has reviewed and summarized the rule to help housing counselors understand the key changes. Read our summary of HUD’s Final Rule »

New Fair Lending Brochure for Housing Counselors

As a housing counselor, it’s important to be able to help your clients identify and respond to lending discrimination. Our brochure on fair lending helps your clients identify warning signs of lending discrimination, find fair housing enforcement agencies, and figure out how to file a complaint. Find out more and download the brochure »

New Stevenson Fellow to Assist in Managing the Intermediary and Client Management System Work

We’re excited to welcome our newest fellow from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University, Andrew Kuka, who will assist us in managing the Intermediary and our client management system work. Andrew, who hails from New Jersey, is pursuing his master’s in Sociology. He spent two years serving in AmeriCorps, including a term of service was with Rebuilding Together in Bergen County, NJ, where he supervised and directly aided in the repair of homes affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Guide to HUD-Approved Client Management Systems Helps Housing Counselor Agencies Make Informed Decisions

Our new detailed breakdown of client management systems helps agencies find the best fit for their needs. Agencies rely on CMSs to manage their work with clients and track their outcomes as they help households seeking to make informed home purchase or rental decisions, repair credit, and budget for the future. Figuring out which system is best for an agency can be difficult, especially since there has been no side-by-side comparison of the CMSs until now. Read the guide »