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.

Only 37 Available, Affordable Rental Units for Every 100 Extremely Low- Income Households in Illinois

The Gap - 2019The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a national report recently co-released in Illinois by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Housing Action Illinois, takes a look at the severe shortage of affordable rental homes available to financially-vulnerable families and individuals. We have the opportunity to reduce this shortage by investing $1 billion in affordable housing in the state’s capital budget.

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CMS Guide 2.0 Released to Help Housing Counseling Agencies

Housing Action Illinois has published an updated version of its Guide to HUD-approved Client Management Systems (CMSs) to aid agencies as they replace Home Counselor Online (HCO), the most commonly used CMS. The digital resource, which is available for free online, helps users assess their options through an at-a-glance comparison chart and detailed individual system profiles. 

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2019 Policy Agenda

Each year, Housing Action Illinois works 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. This agenda outlines some of our priorities for the 2019 Illinois General Assembly session, as well as local and federal level work—measures that we believe will help families and communities across Illinois thrive.

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