Making a Difference: AmeriCorps VISTA

Housing Action Illinois manages a network of 30 full-year AmeriCorps VISTA Members and 30+ Summer Associate VISTAs placed with our member organizations around the state. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to end poverty. Our VISTAs fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at helping our communities thrive. We’re very proud of what out current and past VISTAs have accomplished.

VISTA Spotlight: Joy at the Chicago Jobs Council

After graduating with a Masters in Sociology from Roosevelt University and while awaiting her matriculation into Loyola University’s School of Social Work, Joy Powell hopped onto her computer in May searching for summer opportunities. “I have the summer,...

Farming in the City: A Day of Service in Honor of 9/11

Believe it or not, fall is only a few short days away, and even if we aren’t preparing ourselves for it, nature certainly is. When you have plants growing in the middle of the city, sometimes they can use a little extra help, and that’s where Housing...

Tackling Case Management in Ford Heights

After earning undergraduate degrees in Social Work from Governors State University this spring, Dionna Gordon and Jocelyn James-Moore immediately put their coursework into practice as AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates at Ford Heights Community Service...

Building the Next Generation of Change Agents

From recent college graduates to retirees, social workers to construction workers, the members of Housing Action Illinois' diverse AmeriCorps VISTA Network are united under one goal: to end poverty by expanding access to affordable housing. “While the...

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Full-Year vs. Summer

Full-Year Host Sites (2018 – 2019)

All Chicago • Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook CountyCenter For Changing Lives • Center for Disability & Elder Law • Chicago Coalition for the HomelessChicago Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Chicago Rehab Network City of EvanstonDuPage Habitat for HumanityGarfield Park Community CouncilHabitat for Humanity of Champaign County • HomeStart • Heartland HousingHesed HouseHolsten Human Capital Development • Housing Action Illinois • Housing Forward • John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal ClinicLake County Coalition for the Homeless • Latin United Community Housing AssociationLawyers’ Committee For Better Housing Mid Central Community Action • Northwest Side Housing Center • South Suburban PADS • Spanish Coalition for Housing • ZION Development

Summer Sites (2018)

All Chicago • Archi-Treasures • Catholic Charities (DuPage County) • Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet (Will County) • Chicago Jobs Council • DuPage Habitat for Humanity • Embarras River Basin Agency • Ford Heights Community Services Organization • Hesed House • Inspiration Corporation • Mercy Housing Lakefront • Peoria Housing Authority • Respond Now