Bob Palmer (he/him), Policy Director for Housing Action Illinois, has more than 30 years of experience in housing organizing, advocacy, training, and finance. He joined Housing Action in September 2002. He has spearheaded successful campaigns to create and fund a state rental subsidy program for extremely low-income households, secure money for affordable housing in Illinois’ capital budget for the first time, pass state legislation protecting homeowners and renters during the foreclosure process, and protect state funding for homeless service providers. Recent wins include new rules and funding protecting children in Illinois from lead poisoning, state law protections for homebuyers considering rent-to-own contracts, and working with coalition partners to get more than $300 million in federal funding dedicated in the state budget for COVID-19-related emergency rent and mortgage assistance.
Prior to his work at Housing Action Illinois, Bob served as a Policy Specialist with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, where he led a budget campaign and outreach efforts to address youth homelessness. He also previously worked with Chicago Mutual Housing Network, where he provided training and technical assistance to members of limited equity housing cooperatives.
Bob joined the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition in 2013. He holds a certificate in Urban Housing Development and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Beloit College.