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

Advocacy and Organizing

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

Capacity Building

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

Housing Counseling Intermediary

We facilitate the management and distribution of HUD Housing Counseling Funds to a regional network of 26 agencies.

VISTA Network

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

Housing Action Awarded $1.2 Million in Housing Counseling Funds

HUD has awarded $1,200,141 to Housing Action Illinois to distribute to local housing counseling agencies that help families rent or buy safe, affordable homes and prevent foreclosures. Thirty-three housing counseling agencies—serving communities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Missouri—will receive funding this year. In addition to financial support, Housing Action assists with administrative functions and offers training and one-on-one guidance to help agencies become more effective and expand their programs.

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2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report: From Our Homes to YoursHome 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.

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Policy Brief: Black Illinoisans Eight Times More Likely to Experience Homelessness Than White Illinoisans

Black and White Disparities in Homelessness in Illinois Policy Brief CoverBlack 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.

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Countdown to Certification for Housing Counselors

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.

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