From VISTA to Full-Time Staff Member: Rachel Contos

Back to main blog page » When I started college in 2011, I had a vision of myself becoming a theology professor—but rather than going in the direction of teaching, I decided I wanted to work more directly in the community and wasn't sure where to start. To prepare for...

AmeriCorps VISTA Positions for 2017 – 2018

We're currently recruiting for nearly 30 positions in Housing Action Illinois' AmeriCorps VISTA network. These are one-year volunteer positions that last from from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018. Interested in 10-week summer positions? Head over here. These...

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program

The Housing Action Illinois VISTA Network is currently recruiting for 34 VISTA Summer Associate positions throughout the state of Illinois. These 10-week summer positions start in June and end in August. Interested in full-year positions? Head over here. These VISTA...

Life After VISTA: Working at HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing

Fresh out of graduate school and wanting to pursue a totally new career, I had an idea of what I wanted to do professionally, but I just was not sure of the proper steps to achieve my goals. I did not want to rush into a job just for financial gain; I wanted to do...

Measuring the Magnitude of Homelessness

Back to main blog page » Nearly fifty volunteers assembled on Chicago’s West Side to kick off their participation in the 2017 Point-In-Time (PIT) count. I arrived promptly at 8 p.m. with a large cup of coffee and took a seat with three others. Together, we were at...

April VISTA Happenings

Back to main blog page » Events, deadlines, holidays, and other important dates for the VISTA...

The Power of Storytelling

Back to main blog page » Making my way into the back of a bar off of Damen into a very crowded room, I waited for Story Lab to start. I found out about this storytelling event while researching how to find storytellers for the advocacy program I coordinate called...

Housing is a Human Right: Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing

Housing instability is not merely a symptom of poverty; as illustrated by Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book Evicted, it is a cause. Over 60% of Chicago’s housing stock is rental units, and in 2016 there were upwards of 25,000 evictions filed in the city. The unstable nature...

The Illinois Affordable Housing Support Project

Housing Action Illinois manages a network of nearly 30 AmeriCorps VISTAs placed with our member organizations. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty, and our VISTA members commit to serve our communities full-time for a year. They fill a wide variety of roles, but all are aimed at fighting poverty and helping communities by expanding and improving the availability of decent, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois.

Learn more about our VISTA network »