Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition formed to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing throughout Illinois.
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.
Policy Brief: Black Illinoisans Eight Times More Likely to Experience Homelessness Than White Illinoisans
Black Illinoisans are disproportionately more likely to experience homelessness compared to White Illinoisans, even among those living in poverty. While 14% of our state population is Black, 30% of Illinoisans experiencing poverty and 59% of Illinoisans experiencing homelessness are Black. Our new policy brief calculates racial equity severity scores for regions across the state and offers policy recommendations that will begin to address systems of inequity and make progress toward ending homelessness.
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.