Housing Action Illinois mobilizes organizations to end homelessness, address the shortage of affordable rental housing, and expand homeownership opportunities.

For more than 35 years, we have brought together member organizations from across Illinois united in our vision of expanding affordable housing and ending homelessness. Our members include housing counseling agencies, homeless service providers, developers of affordable housing, and policymakers.

Our work has led to tens of thousands of new homes being built, hundreds of thousands of people going from housing insecurity or homelessness to having stable homes, and millions of renters gaining better protections. Working with our members and allies, we’ve created access and housing opportunities in every community throughout Illinois.

Policy Advocacy

We mobilize our members to advocate for policies that help end homelessness, create affordable rental housing, and promote sustainable homeownership. Together, our voice is stronger.

Capacity Building

We help housing counseling agencies and developers build their capacity and expand their resources. We are a HUD-approved Intermediary and manage an AmeriCorps network. Together, our impact is greater.

Education & Organizing

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

Recent Happenings


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2024 Trainings & Events Announced

We build the capacity of housing nonprofits through trainings, with a specific focus on supporting housing counselors. We also host an annual conference and an annual benefit.

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Enough for All

Our messaging guide advocates for all Illinoisans experiencing homelessness, both longtime residents and recent arrivals. Read about efforts and challenges in addressing homelessness.

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A new report released by NLIHC and Housing Action Illinois finds only 36 available and affordable homes per 100 low-income renter households in Illinois.

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Join us at our 2024 Annual Benefit

Housing Action is hosting our 8th Annual Toast to Housing Justice at Catalyst Ranch in Chicago. Join us for a night of celebration and support for housing justice.

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Housing Action AmeriCorps Network

From making a fundraising video to launching a program that empowers residents to advocate for themselves, AmeriCorps members in our network tackle a wide range of projects.

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2024 Policy Agenda

We work 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. Read about our priorities for the 2024 Illinois General Assembly session, as well as work implementing some of our previous successes. 

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