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

Policy Advocacy

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

Education & Organizing

We build awareness and activate change by sharing information and real-life stories with policymakers, nonprofit service providers, and the media.

Capacity Building

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

AmeriCorps Network

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

RTLO Passes, Extending Basic Rights to 245,000+ Cook County Renters

On January 28, Cook County Commissioners voted unanimously to extend basic renter rights and protections to 245,000+ suburban renter households in Cook County. The Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance (RTLO) will create safeguards against illegal lockouts, procedures for withholding rent until building problems are addressed, and protections against unfair lease terms. It will also prevent landlords from charging absurdly high late fees and security deposits.

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2020 Silver Linings  

2020 has been a difficult year. As we work to meet these challenges and build a better future for everyone, we are taking a moment to reflect and honor the resilience of individuals and communities throughout Illinois. We are inspired by the ways in which Illinoisans have come together to meet urgent needs, and we are grateful to our members and partners for your hard work in the midst of constant change and uncertainty. We want to share the bright spots that have carried us through the past 12 months, and we invite you to join us in finding silver linings from 2020. 

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COVID-19 Resources Related to Housing & Homelessness

Housing Action is compiling vital resources to help those working in homelessness and affordable housing address the COVID-19 virus. Visit our hub to locate guidance for homeless service providers, housing counseling agencies, housing providers and managers, and others. You will also find information about the court system, including evictions and foreclosures, and how to access mortgage and utility assistance. View resources »