In 1987, a group of 46 organizations from across Illinois formally established our coalition.
Their vision: An Illinois that invests in creating and protecting good, stable, affordable homes.
Their first goal: Creating an Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund to ensure that state resources would be available to build much-needed housing.
They succeeded—and their vision grew.
Recognizing the power of statewide collaboration, these early housing leaders continued working together to advocate for equitable housing policies and critical investments, train nonprofit staff, strengthen our state’s homeless services, spearhead initiatives, and create thriving communities.
They built a coalition that would grow and adapt to changing needs.
Housing Action Illinois is a robust network of 160+ member organizations and a powerful voice for positive change.
Since our founding, hundreds of partners and supporters have come together with us to make progress towards an Illinois where everyone has an affordable place to call home.
We’ve secured critical investments and equitable policy changes that have helped millions of Illinoisans, facilitated trainings for thousands of housing professionals, and fostered countless collaborations.