Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.

Policy Advocacy

We unite our members and allies to advance an equitable housing public policy agenda in Springfield and D.C. Together, our voice is stronger.

Education & Organizing

We build awareness and activate change by sharing information and real-life stories with policymakers, nonprofit service providers, and the media.

Capacity Building

We help housing counseling agencies and housing developers build their capacity and expand their resources. Together, our impact is greater.

VISTA Network

We manage and coordinate a network of capacity-building AmeriCorps VISTAs placed with organizations across the state, all working to fight poverty.

COVID-19 Relief Must Address Urgent Housing Needs

Housing Action Illinois has shifted our policy advocacy focus to call for policies and resources to meet the needs of Illinoisans facing homelessness and housing instability during the COVID-19 public health crisis. We are calling on state and federal legislators to take action so that we can all stay home when we need to.

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COVID-19 Resources Related to Housing & Homelessness

Housing Action is compiling vital resources to help those working in homelessness and affordable housing address the COVID-19 virus. Visit our hub to locate guidance for homeless service providers, housing counseling agencies, housing providers and managers, and others. You will also find information about the court system, including evictions and foreclosures, and how to access mortgage and utility assistance.

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Serve Your Community as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to end poverty. VISTA Members can serve through a wide variety of roles, and projects through Housing Action’s VISTA Network focus on expanding and improving the availability of good, affordable, accessible housing in Illinois. Serve your community and gain valuable professional experience at a non-profit organization as a full year VISTA Member or as a VISTA Summer Associate.

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Countdown to Certification for Housing Counselors

A group of HUD-certified housing counselors at Housing Action's annual conference.Housing counselors at 39 Illinois agencies have passed the HUD certification exam so far. Is your agency on the list? If you still need to take the test, we can help you prepare. Housing Action’s Wanda Collins will be hosting another session of our online study group in July. Wanda will help teach you vital test information, quiz you on what you’ve learned, and answer your most pressing questions about the exam.

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