Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.
The consequences of America’s affordable housing crisis spill over into many other areas, such as the education, health care, civil rights, anti-hunger, homelessness, and anti-poverty sectors. Leading organizations from these sectors have joined together to form Opportunity Starts at Home, a national campaign to support federal policies that protect and expand affordable housing. Housing Action Illinois is excited to announce our designation as a formal state partner of the campaign.
In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in Illinois, renters need to earn $20.85 per hour. This is Illinois’ 2019 Housing Wage, revealed today in Out of Reach 2019, a national report jointly released in Illinois by Chicago-based Housing Action Illinois and DC-based National Low Income Housing Coalition.
With Governor JB Pritzker taking office, this was an extremely busy and productive General Assembly session. Housing Action Illinois and our partners had several significant victories that will increase access to decent, affordable housing for many thousands of people throughout the state currently struggling to keep a roof over their heads, including funding allocated for affordable housing in the first major capital budget since 2009.
Just Housing Amendment Passes, Protecting More Than 1 Million Cook County Residents from Housing Discrimination
We have spent years working with allies to pass fair housing protections for people with arrest and conviction records in Cook County, so we are very excited to announce that on April 25 the Cook County Board of Commissioners took a major step towards supporting justice, fairness, and families by passing the Just Housing Amendment, a measure that will ensure housing providers in Cook County do not discriminate against housing applicants with records.