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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Out of Reach 2024

A new report released by NLIHC and Housing Action Illinois finds that the Illinois Housing Wage has reached $28 and rises above $30 in Chicago.

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Make a Difference: Serve with Us

Build up communities while building your future. Housing Action Corps has connected hundreds of AmeriCorps members with community organizations across Illinois (and beyond)!

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Launching Our First On-Demand Housing Counselor Training

Recognizing a need for flexible and dynamic learning opportunities, we’ve launched our first on-demand training for housing counselors.

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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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2024 State Legislative Session Wrap-Up

During the 2024 Illinois General Assembly session, which ended on May 29, we helped secure record funding to end homelessness, move the IL CRA forward, and more.

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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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