Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.
Each year, the Housing Action team works on a broad range of issues aligned with our core mission of creating an Illinois where everyone has a good, affordable place to call home. With 2020 around the corner, we’re taking a moment to reflect on nine of our proudest accomplishments. From securing $200 million for affordable housing in Illinois’ capital budget to storytelling for change, we’ve done a lot over the past year.
The Just Housing Amendment will protect more than one million residents and their families by giving people with arrest and conviction records a fair chance at finding housing in Cook County. At the end of November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved final rules on how to implement the measure, clearing the way for it to take effect on December 31, 2019. This is a major step toward economic and racial justice for families.
Home is where we center our lives. It matters to us on every level: individual, family, and community. Good homes are the backbone of strong families and thriving neighborhoods, and they create a foundation for opportunity. That’s why good homes are the center of our work at Housing Action Illinois. In our 2018 Annual Report, our Board members open their doors to offer a glimpse into their homes and to share Housing Action’s accomplishments over the last year.
Housing counselors have less than a year to take and pass the HUD certification exam. Housing Action Illinois is helping HUD housing counseling agencies determine which staff need to take the test and supporting counselors as they study. Find out about Housing Action’s online study groups, where counselors can gear up for the exam in a supportive, peer-learning environment.