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.

Nowhere in Illinois Can Low-Wage Workers Afford Rent, But New Investments Promise Brighter Future

Map of 2BR Housing WageIn order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in Illinois, renters need to earn $20.85 per hour. This is Illinois’ 2019 Housing Wage, revealed today in Out of Reach 2019, a national report jointly released in Illinois by Chicago-based Housing Action Illinois and DC-based National Low Income Housing Coalition.

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Your 2019 Legislative Assembly Session Wrap Up

With Governor JB Pritzker taking office, this was an extremely busy and productive General Assembly session. Housing Action Illinois and our partners had several significant victories that will increase access to decent, affordable housing for many thousands of people throughout the state currently struggling to keep a roof over their heads, including funding allocated for affordable housing in the first major capital budget since 2009.

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Just Housing Amendment Passes, Protecting More Than 1 Million Cook County Residents from Housing Discrimination

We have spent years working with allies to pass fair housing protections for people with arrest and conviction records in Cook County, so we are very excited to announce that on April 25 the Cook County Board of Commissioners took a major step towards supporting justice, fairness, and families by passing the Just Housing Amendment, a measure that will ensure housing providers in Cook County do not discriminate against housing applicants with records.

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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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