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.

AmeriCorps Member Positions Now Open

Housing Action AmeriCorps Member positions are now open! Whether you are interested in joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program for a summer or an entire year, we have service options at non-profits all across the state of Illinois. Learn how you can start your service journey today »

Emergency Rental Assistance Programs Opening in Illinois

The State of Illinois, as well as local governments, are finalizing their programs to provide emergency assistance to renters and rental property owners using funds from the December 2020 federal COVID-19 relief package. Two programs (Madison County and suburban Cook County) are currently open for applications. We expect all the others programs to open during April and May. Statewide, $834.7 million in assistance will be available to help people pay rental arrears and rent going forward.

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New Illinois Community Reinvestment Law Takes Aim at Lending Disparities

On March 23, 2021, in a historic victory for low-income and communities of color in Illinois, Governor Pritzker signed the Illinois Community Revitalization Act (IL CRA) into law. With this legislation, Illinois joins Massachusetts to become the second state with an oversight system to ensure that residents are equitably served by all three main segments of the mortgage lending market: banks, credit unions, and state-licensed mortgage companies.

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Upcoming Trainings & Events

Housing Action Illinois hosts events to help housing nonprofits build relationships and collaborate, and facilitates trainings for housing professionals, helping them build their skills and knowledge. Our trainings are designed to meet the unique needs of housing organizations, helping them better serve communities throughout Illinois.

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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 »