“I Have a Lot to Say”: Stories from Heartland Housing Residents

Back to main blog page » "I have a lot to say," starts Stacey Brown in her story, "New Beginnings," published in a 2017 issue of Real Conditions magazine. Stacey describes her struggles with being bipolar and how becoming a mother has changed her. "She is...

Launching our Summer Associate VISTA program!

Back to main blog page » Our VISTA Summer Associates Program has officially launched! For the next ten weeks, twenty individuals from all over Illinois will be serving their communities by working at nonprofit organizations in our state. These Summer Associates’...

Springing into Spring: 2017 Retreat

Back to main blog page » Each year, we have two retreats for VISTAs. During our spring retreat (this year's happened on May 5), we talk about wrapping up VISTA tasks and passing projects on to staff or incoming VISTAs, and we also talk about what our VISTA members...

Beyond VISTA: What Are Other AmeriCorps Programs Like?

Back to main blog page » During my final semester of college, AmeriCorps NCCC seemed like an attractive alternative to entering the corporate job market. NCCC offers the ability to travel the U.S. working and living with people age 18-24 on a multitude of different...

Preparing for Your VISTA Interview

Back to main blog page » Interviewing for an AmeriCorps VISTA position is a lot like interviewing for any other job, so doing some general interview prep beforehand makes sense, but there are also some additional things it's a good idea to think through before...

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 full-year 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. Chicago Rehab Network (CRN): Our Communications and...

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...

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 »